Recently a former colleague introduced me to an app called Plickers. It is a “classroom polling” app that I use on my iPad®. (It can be used as a web-based tool as well.)
First, you create an account. Then add the students from your class to Plickers; each student will receive a number. (I coordinated the Plickers numbers to my students’ classroom numbers.)
After you set up the class and the individual numbers, you will need to print out a Plickers barcode sheet for each student. The barcode includes the student number and four answer choices—A, B, C, and D. The way the student holds the sheet indicates which answer he is choosing. If student 14 thinks the answer is A, for example, she should turn her sheet so that A is at the top and then show you the sheet (as in the image below).
During class, you can ask multiple-choice questions you have previously entered into the app. The students show you their sheets to indicate which answer(s) they have chosen. Scan their barcode answers with your iPad, smart phone, or webcam. (You can learn more about the devices Plickers supports on the website.)
The app shows you each child’s response and displays a graph showing the results for the whole group. At a glance, you get immediate feedback about how many got the question right and which students gave wrong answers. In the example below, all seventeen students displayed C as the correct answer.
This is a great way to monitor the effectiveness of your presentation as you’re giving it. You can instantly see if your students are getting the concepts. I love it!
Have you ever used Plickers before? What did you and your students think?