Plickers: quick and easy AfL in the classroom – perhaps the App of the year so far!

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Why do I think this is App of the year so far? Well, Plickers brings technology into your classroom with minimal stress. It’s fun, it’s simple and….drum roll…it works! It does exactly what it says on the tin; there is no fiddling or explaining its use to students that can result in lost learning time.

Students use unique cards (known as ‘paper clickers’) to show their responses to your questions (either multiple choice or true/false). The cards are held up with either ‘A, B, C or D’ at the top to show their choice. Thus you can gather real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices and, ironically, it is my students’ favourite app to use…

Simply use your iPad to scan the cards that students raise to do instant checks-for-understanding, exit tickets, and impromptu polls. The best bit? Your data is automatically saved, student-by-student on your account at plickers.com.

Find the app here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/plickers/id701184049?mt=8

Find how to use it here: https://plickers.com/help

Below is a picture of the feedback that is given to your iPad, which is then saved on your plickers.com account.

The view from my iPad when used in a true (a) or false (b) activity last week. N.B. remember to be explicit to pupils about there are only two options to choose from in this mode.
The view from my iPad when used in a true (a) or false (b) activity last week. N.B. remember to be explicit to pupils about there are only two options to choose from in this mode.
An example of the app being used in a picture from the plickers.com stie.
An example of the app being used in a picture from the plickers.com stie.
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