Plickers 101

Real-time formative assessment made simple!

What are plickers?

Plickers are classroom clickers without the clicking!

If you have been teaching for a while, you have probably seen a classroom set of clickers somewhere on your travels. These student response systems were all the rage for a while. They looked like TV remote controls and were designed as a way that students could respond to a quiz or oral question by pressing a button to indicate the answer that they chose. Each clicker was unique to that student so that the teacher could see who answered what and when.

Fast forward a few years and today you can experience the future of classroom clickers – a free tool called Plickers. Now, if you are imagining a high-tech handset with an HD touchscreen, WiFi and a built-in camera, you would be wrong. Plickers uses paper. Yes, paper! Oh, and your students don’t need any electronic devices to take part in your assessment.


GREAT Features

  • 4 multiple-choice answers
  • Up to 40 responses recorded individually
  • Online tracking/reporting tools coming soon
  • Immediate aggregate graphs and individual results
  • Order laminated cards or print your own
  • Lose or destroy a card? Just print a new one!

How to Use Plickers Cards

1. Sign in to the website.

2. Set up a class.

3. Download the app from the Apple Store or the Android Store.

4. Print out the Plickers cards, then assign one Plicker for each student.

5. Make a quiz on the app.

6. Students show answers on their plicker cards.

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Plicker Cards Details

  • Notice the number at the top right: 5--that is the number of the Plicker.
  • There are 40 plickers in a batch.
  • Notice the A at the top.
  • Notice the B at the right side.
  • Notice the C at the bottom.
  • Notice the D at the left.

How does it work?

  • Ask the question.
  • Student choose A, B, C, or D.
  • Student's show you their Plicker with the proper choice at the top. They rotate the Plicker depending on which choice they are making.
  • Scan the class with your iDevice.
  • Answers are received in a grid on your device.

How do I get started using Plickers?

You will need an iDevice and the Plickers app in order to use Plickers with your students. Print your cards from the Plickers website on card stock or laminate them. You will need to set up a free account and set up your class. Please click on the links at the bottom of this page or view the below to see how to set up your classes and get started.
How to Use Plickers in the Classroom