What's that?

I'll tell you what it is...

Plickers is an awesome resource that I just recently discovered in my student teaching classroom. My mentor teacher showed me as she did a review with the class. Questions were shown on the screen and students held up a picture a certain way to tell their answer. It's a great way to assess students, keep data and have fun at the same time.

Let me tell you more about it...

Why is this technology useful in the classroom? Or why it is personally useful to you as a teacher?

Plickers is useful tool in many ways. First, it's a great way to review or even pretest. Teachers go into the website, or app, and adds questions on whatever skill they may be working on. Students are able to show what they know by quickly holding up a card. The teacher can do a quick check using the app to scan the cards. The app will collect data on which students answered correctly while also showing the class data as a whole. Second, it's quick and low management. Teachers don't have to worry about many materials for themselves or students. The only materials needed to assess are cards, projector and a phone with the app installed. Students only need the cards to participate as the simple turn the cards accordingly to give their answer. And finally, it's fun and engaging for students while keeping answers confidential. This is great for students with low confidence because they can answer quickly and without many students knowing what they may have choose.

How does the tool or app work?

Teachers start by entering the classlist into the site and printing or buying the cards. Each card has a number that will be assigned to each student. Teachers then create questions on the site. When it is time to use them, students should each have a card and the teacher should have the app pulled on a phone. The teacher can choose which question to ask and then use the camera mode to scan all of the students. The students can look on the projected screen to see if their answer has been recorded. Plickers then shows the teacher the data on the phones screen and saves it for future use. For more information, visit their Getting Started page.

What particular Common Core standards would this technology address? Give a short explanation.

I believe this tool could be used to address most Common Core Standards. It can be used to assess skills in math by showing problems or even asking about math terms. Teachers can add photos to the questions making it very useful to address science and social studies. Terms and definitions, characters and main ideas can all be address for reading as well.