@Plickers #tmc14 #myfav

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An APP I downloaded early in the summer, then forgot about it until dinner Friday night.  Something was said which triggered a thought, so I pulled out my phone to share with my #tmc14 roomies. Click here for more info.

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I was already scheduled for a #myfav Saturday a.m. so why not introduce this fun app to others?!?

I used the hotel’s business desk to print my paper clickers, set up my account and ran back upstairs to practice. 

A QR code of sorts.  Each plicker has a number you can assign to students.  The answer you wish to submit should be at top of your page when scanning.

We scanned reponses.  Changed answers by rotating our plicker. We saved, opened and cleared responses.  It tagged the reponses w time and date.

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You could see response distribution immediately.  It even listed each student’s response individually.

We were using the 5.5 inch plickers (you can print a larfer size, too) and my  device read them at 20ish feet away.

As folks arrived the next morning, I passed out plickers and asked them if they minded helping me later. 

I shared my story, asked them to hold their plickers for response A just to ensure I didn’t need to calibrate.  I scanned the room.

Based on reading tweets later, it was described as mind-blowing, #amazeballs and some other gasping descriptions too embarrassing to share.

I asked a couple of them to change their answers.  Scanned again. Yep.  They worked again. 

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Smiles. Ooooo’s and Ahhhs.  It was a good thing.

Since #myfav, several have shared ideas for their claases.

Laminated.
Printed on cardstock. 
Students keep in INB pocket.
Color coded for each class. Student’s name on outer edge.
Single set laminated, velcro dots to attach to desks for quick access.
Laminated to back of INB.
Others I know I missed.

Pros:
Free.
iOS or android.
40 different codes for larger classes.
One device.
Lose a plicker, print a new one.
Immediate feedback can sync with online account to display results.

What’s not to love?

Now to find out where I can get one of those cool t-shirts someone tweeted about!

Add-on:
Question in comments concerning how to get results graph on computer screen…

Need to create an online account if you have not already and link by signing in on the app.

When you are logged in online with your class device, mine is desktop for my projector, go to my account.

Choose Classes.
Add a new class, name it.
To populate class list, just type name and hit enter. It will save names automatically.
Click classes.
Choose class.
Click Teach!

You need to hit refresh on your handheld device to see class.

Once you add question & title it, it should show up on class screen immediately.

You have a choice to see Grid – student names (option to show or hide responses) or Graph to show response distribution.

On device create question, check to save.

Choose question, pencil to edit and you have option to delete, clear responses or choose correct response (can choose multiple answers too) by tapping answer. Should turn from blue to green/red.

Let me know if this is too confusing. Still learning myself.

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11 responses »

  1. I checked out Plickers as soon I saw people tweeting about it at #tmc14. Got pretty excited about it. We have Promethean clickers, but Plickers seem more efficient. Thanks for a great share. I’m looking forward to trying it.

  2. I already added it to my list of formative assessment strategies. It’s way more economical than the other similar ones on the list, because it only requires one device. Thanks for sharing.

  3. I have already prepared my class set. I have been practicing with other teachers. I am not sure how to get the image displayed on the smart board and coordinated with my phone (which is my scanning device. Could you point me in the right direction?

    • When you are logged in online with your class device, mine is desktop for my projector, go to my account.

      Choose Classes.
      Add a new class, name it.
      To populate class list, just type name and hit enter. It will save names automatically.
      Click classes.
      Choose class.
      Click Teach!
      You need to hit refresh on your handheld device to see class.
      Once you add question & title it, it should show up on class screen immediately.
      You have a choice to see Grid – student names (option to show or hide responses) or Graph to show response distribution.
      On device create question, check to save.
      Choose question, pencil to edit and you have option to delete, clear responses or choose correct response (can choose multiple answers too) by tapping answer. Should turn from blue to green/red.

      Let me know if this is too confusing. Still learning myself.

      • Thank you. I will practice today. I am presenting to my math department in a week. I hope this will give teachers one more tool – and I think my kids will find it more interesting to use- especially if I put one student in charge of “collecting” the answers! I will let you know!

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