Plickers – Day 20 #AppventCalendar

Gauging feedback from pupils is an amazingly useful tool whether it be to see if they have understood something in a lesson or to give them a voice on a change in the school.

Plickers is a useful app for those schools that do not have 1:1 device capacity.

App Reveal Day 20

What is it?

It is a free app and printable card set that allows pupils to answer multiple-choice questions. The results then appear in real-time on the screen as a phone or iPad scans the printed answers cards held up by the pupils. Thus, allowing live feedback with very little investment on devices.

Plickers screenshot

How does it work?

First, a teacher will download both the app and the printable answer cards. These cards are numbered and will give an answer from (a) to (d) depending on the way it is held.

Plickers example

After signing in, a teacher can reuse a seat or create their own to be answered in class. Then, when in the class, pupils just hold up the unique answer sheet to be scanned using the app. On the screen of a desktop computer or device, the answers are then displayed as a graph. Great for multiple-choice assessment, exit tickets, or as a feedback tool throughout a scheme of work.

Plickers Interface

Once a session is complete the results will be scored and score sheets downloaded from the website to be used in mark books and forward planning.

Top Tips

1)  Assign each pupil a numbered card on your Plickers account and then ask the pupils to stick the Plickers card assigned to them in the back of an exercise book for easy access.

2)  Use Google or Apple to sign in so that you can automatically add classes and assign Plickers cards.

3)  Be careful laminating the cards as sometimes the reflective light can impact their scanning ability.

4)  Use the scorecards in your mark book as evidence of the progress of your pupils.

5)  Use the premade questions rather than making your own to save time.



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