Plickers is an awesome assessment tool that you can use to quickly assess your students knowledge through multiple choice questions. In this post I will show you how to use Plickers in your classroom and show you a demonstration of how I have used Plickers this year in my Physical Education Classes.
When using Plickers you can give a quick question and record student answers in a couple of minutes without taking out any paper or pencil
How awesome is that?
The video below will give you an idea of how I introduced Plickers for the first time and how you can use it to assess kids. It takes a little longer the first time you try it, but after your students understand the procedures and how the cards work the whole process can be done very quickly.
This year I jumped on the Plickers wagon and decided to see what all the buzz was about. My conclusion is that it’s a really awesome way to gather data and do quick assessments in Physical Education without getting out paper and pencil.
SO you think you wanna try it?
To get setup you will first need to download the App for Free
Plickers is a free App that you can can download to your device, just do a quick search in the App Store
After you download the App, you simply go to www.Plickers.com and register a free account. You can do this on your device, but it’s a lot easier to do from a computer.
After you register your account online you can create test questions, enter class names and student rosters and get familiar with the setup. I thought about making a setup video, but another awesome PhysEd Teacher Ben Pirillo has already put together a great setup tutorial, check it out below if you need some help and give him a follow:
The Plickers company recommends buying their matte laminated cards, or printing your own on card stock, by going to their website and downloading the free Plickers PDF Cards. You can try laminating your own, but if it’s a normal laminator the light reflection will make it hard for your device to scan the cards. I use the matte laminated Plickers cards from Amazon, you can check them out HERE. So far I haven’t had any issues scanning cards and I can scan a class of 25 students very quickly (10-20 seconds).
I also use a pocket chart organizer to store my cards on the back of my storage closet door so that they can easily be accessed by students anytime by simply opening up the door. You can check out the Pocket Chart Organizer HERE. My cards were a little droopy so I used a hot glue gun to put some glue spots in between the cards on the organizer which has helped improve the way that it holds the cards. See the picture below:
I knew that with double classes I would need 50 cards and there were only 40 cards in the pack that I purchased from Amazon, so as you can see in the next picture below, I printed my own cards on cardstock for last 10 cards (#s 41-50). You can also see that I organize my cards according to my students “Home Base Spots” with the stickers signifying their assigned number and letter.
You can always just ask your students the question, but I think putting a visual up is a good call and will help your kids process the answer they think is correct. If you are doing a true/false question, asking without a visual is probably fine, but with 4 choices it can be tough for even an adult to visualize all the answers, so if possible throw it up on a TV, Projector or a White Board. You can see an example of one of question visuals is used in the video at the beginning of the video in this post below (we were doing a pre-test before our fitness unit).
I know there are 6 questions in the download, but I wouldn’t recommend doing more than 1-3 questions per class. I think ideally Plickers can be used as a tool to ask your students an exit question and receive some great feedback to help you as the teacher understand where your students stand with content knowledge. It’s a very informative way to check for understanding. I know that I’ve been surprised at some of the results and it’s really informed my instruction. For example see the results from one of my classes below:
If almost half of the class missed a question, that’s a great cue that you need to review it and make sure kids understand the content – I speak from experience 😉