Some of you might be aware of my Youtube account where I talk about some different tech that you can use in the classroom.
Below you can see my video on how I use Plickers, but I wanted to give a bit of a write up to go with it.
The reason I am pro-Plickers and anti-most other apps of the same kind is that Plickers only requires the teacher to have a device. For me this is essential for a few reasons:
- Not all pupils have a smartphone or the latest smartphone, therefore meaning that they cannot take part in the activity. We are effectively excluding them based on their income, or parental decision not to allow their child to have a smartphone.
- Some pupils have a phone, but it is not a smartphone. Again, this excludes them.
- Some schools don't have the infrastructure, or do not allow pupils to connect their devices to the school wi-fi, it is unfair to get pupils to use (or overuse) their data just so that they can take part in an activity.
- It might go against a school policy, perhaps pupils shouldn't have phones out at all. It would create an inconsistency if you started allowing them for chance events.
For Plickers, only the teacher has a device, this means that you avoid all of the above problems.
All the pupils require is a card (prior to the class you need to allocate a number to the pupils) printed out with a funny shape on it. You can see an example at the top.
As you can see on the card there is a letter, 'A', 'B', 'C' and 'D', a question, selected by the teacher, appears on the whiteboard, pupils then hold the card up with the letter which they think has the correct answer, pointing towards the ceiling. Using your device, you then scan the cards.
You are then able to see how pupils answered, meaning that if they all got it right you can move on. If there were errors then you can recap on what they need to know and address any confusion.
I really like Plickers, it is easy and simple to set-up and use and it is something different for pupils, whislt enabling you to see how pupils are answering and getting on.
You can check out the video I posted below, which is avaliable on my Youtube channel.
Try it out and let me know how you got on, either in the comments below or on Twitter, I'll do my best to help you out, or defend my points.