Ed Tech Tips with E. Mosier
Make your classroom more Efficient!
Using Tech without Student Devices
What is it?
This is a terrific tool to use as an easy formative assessment, or a quick way to survey students and count responses without students needing a device. Each student is presented a square sheet of paper, a "paper clicker," with a QR code on it. Teachers will then project a question for the students to answer. Then, using the mobile app on the teacher's phone, quickly scan the room and it will read the entire class' responses in just a few seconds. That data is then transferred back to the projector, making it easier to break down and analyze once it is necessary. What's great about the cards is that they are set up completely differently, so if one student is holding their card horizontally and another is holding it vertically, they may both have the same correct answer.
As you're scanning, the responses are being sent to the projector screen. There, you can see the number of student responses gathered, and it will light up green or red (if you've allowed that option) whether a student is correct or incorrect. Another benefit is that, as answers are appearing, they are calculated by card number, instead of student name or another form of identification, which keeps the students anonymous to their classmates. Then, in the Plickers Scoresheet, you're able to see the data for a student by the day, week, or even month. This makes tracking improvement, and celebrating successes that much easier!
Benefits of Using Plickers
There are many benefits to using Plickers in the classroom:
- All students can participate and have a "voice" in the discussion
- No time is wasted logging students in, or waiting for them to input a join code
- Students are not embarrassed if they hold up the wrong answer
- Lightning fast feedback and assessment capabilities
Ways to Use Plickers in the Classroom
- Simple review questions
- Vocabulary term review
- Survey of students
- Attendance or lunch counter
- Choose Your Own Adventure stories
Several more ideas can be found on this blog.