Saturday, January 24, 2015

Spark Student Motivation: Plickers

Since Mini arrived, I have been looking for and trying out apps for the one iPad classroom. I found one through Caffeine and Lesson Plans (here) that my kids absolutely adore.
http://headoverheelsforteaching.blogspot.com/

Plickers is a website and app that you can use with your mobile device (I had to get a little creative to get it on Mini-I download it on my computer, and then when Mini synced with iTunes, it appeared).
https://www.plickers.com/
To start, you need to create a class and assign students numbers.
 
Each student will be getting a card that is specific to them-which you can print on cardstock (or you can buy through Amazon).

 https://www.plickers.com/cards
Once your students have their numbers and cards, you can create your questions-multiple choice or true/false only. 
You can create questions on the computer, or you device (I try to choose the computer, as sometimes Mini and I disagree with what I'm trying to type!).

You project your questions on the board, and the students hold up their cards with what they think the answer is.
You can scan their cards from one spot in the room, and when the app checks them, a check mark goes next to their name (there is also a graphing option, to see how many have chosen what answer-but I like the checks-it lets the students know that I've 'caught' them!)
You can do a graphing instead checks, and when everyone has answered, click the 'show correct' button to show what they answer is and how many got that answer.
What I like? You can clearly see who has it and who doesn't as you are scanning-their name will highlight green or red (or stay white if they haven't answered yet).

Plus, questions are saved, and you can view reports of the questions.
I love using this-it gives me a quick check to see who understands a concept and who doesn't.

Plus, my kids cheer when I say it's time for a Plickers question- they love the kids and seeing their name checked off! :)

Smiles and Sunshine,
Kaitlyn

2 comments:

  1. What a great way to quickly assess your students' learning! Anytime you incorporate technology kids always thinks it's more exciting-a win-win! Thanks for sharing and linking up Kaitlyn! Have a great weekend!
    Joanne
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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  2. Glad you are enjoying it! My kiddos are big fans. The "fun factor" hasn't worn off yet!

    Mandy
    Caffeine and Lesson Plans

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