Remember when students used to raise a mini dry-erase board with an answer on it and the teacher would glance across the room to get an idea of how well the class was understanding something?
Were you that teacher?
Did you catch some students looking around to steal the answers off others or to see who might have missed the answer?
Did you have to take little notes as you went along in order to remember who missed what and what the wrong answer was?
Did you ever wish you could have all of their answers combined onto one report?
Welcome to Plicker! This unique and free app allows for a little something new.
1. The teacher prints these unique, QR-Code-Looking sheets. Each student has one. Each one is a little different. Each one has an A side, a B side, a C side, and a D side. But the A, B, C, and D are tiny, so the student holding the card knows that he is holding his card "A side up," but those around him can't really see that. And since each student's card looks a little different, students cannot try to copy each other.
2. The teacher creates a little multiple choice quiz.
3. In real time the teacher projects the little formative assessment and the students answer by holding up the card "portrait" or "landscape" style with the appropriate answer-letter... A, B, C, or D... on top.
4. App on, the teacher scans the classroom with her phone or iPad and it reads each card telling the teacher who can answer what.
5. And then the teacher can easily run a report combining her information and informing instructional next-steps.
Plicker is another in a series of formative assessment apps/sites such as Kahoot, Quizlet, or even Google Forms. Each puts a different spin on formative assessment, and using all over the course of several months creates the variety that today's students crave.
Author: Susan Hayes
Principal, Barkley Bridge Elementary School