If you have a tablet or smartphone, then you can do quick formative assessments with your students by using Plickers. What is incredible is that it does not require your students to log-in on a computer or to a website. In fact students don't even need a device at all. This is a great tool for the one tablet classroom. It works with a simple card set that you print from the website. Each one has a unique design on it for each student in your class. Each side of the design has one of four letters A, B, C, or D.
Here is how to get started. First, you need to download the Plickers app. It is available at the Apple App Store or Google Play for Android.
Go to the plickers website your your computer by clicking here. Once there, click on the sign-up button in the top right. Create an account with your email address and a password of your choice. Once you have created your account go ahead and sign in on both your mobile device and your computer.
Once logged in, you will need to create your class. You can do this simply by clicking on the classes tab and then choosing add new class.
Enter the information for your class and then you will be ready to enter the student names. It will assign each student a card as you type in the name. You could enter the names alphabetically or according to how they sit in your room. If you have more than one class, when you finish with the first one, just go back and click add new class and repeat.
Now it is time to create the question or questions. Click on the library tab and then click on the box that says type your question here.
Type in your question and answer choices. Be sure to select the correct answer. You can choose multiple choice or true/false.
To print out a card set for you class to use, go to the cards tab and click on it. Choose standard Plickers card set. This will open a list of cards in another tab that you can print out. Each card has a number on it in addition to the letters. The number of the card should go to the student that was assigned the number in your class list that you created earlier. For example, this card below should go to Mickey Mouse in my class.
On your mobile device, open the app. Choose your class and then pick a question to ask. On your computer, go to the live view tab. It should appear if you are logged in. On your mobile device click on the camera icon. Now you are ready to scan. Have your students hold up their cards with the correct letter at the top or in the up position. Scan the room with your device and you will see the results start to populate on your computer. If you have a whiteboard or projector attached to your computer, you can hide the names by clicking on the graph tab and the class can see the results instantly.
That is pretty much it! This would be great for exit tickets, a quick comprehension check, voting, or a short quiz. If you need more instructions or help, the Plickers website has a help tab that has a great tutorial. If you use Plickers or plan to do so, please comment on this post and tell me how you used it. Thanks and enjoy!!