So as I was perusing my edtech blogs last week I came across a shoutout for Plickers.
On the website, you download up to 40 different barcodes (one for each student). They look like QR codes and each one has a unique shape. This is how the smartphone is able to recognize each student.
When you ask the kids a question, they hold up their Plickers with the answer at the top. You use a smartphone or a table to scan their answers. I find I can scan about 8 cards at a time.
The screen shows you what cards have been scanned and starts to track right and wrong at the top left of the screen.
My kids have fallen in love. They ask daily for Plickers and make me make up questions right on the spot. They love the engagement and really like the automatic feedback. This is an absolute keeper for my classroom!!!!!!
I showed this to the head of tech for my whole district. he was in my room pretesting our PARCC pilot and I just knew I had to show him. He was so blown away! The possibilities with only one smart device!!!
Plickers is just in its infancy and I can't wait to see more! The one thing I would love is the ability to load a question and the answer options. Right now you can only load the question so I do a split screen with Plickers and Google Drive to show the question.
And then we had the medal ceremony!