As teachers we all know how important it is to take the temperature of the room. To figure out if our students are following along and understanding the lesson. But, sometimes that can be difficult – we can do a “thumbs up, thumbs down” or “vote with your feet/toes” or even an every student response with white boards. However, there is an easier, more effective, and more efficient way to do this. There is an app called Plickers that has changed the way I check for understanding in my classroom.
In this post you will find:
- Pros & cons to using plickers
- Ideas for using plickers in your classroom
- Student reviews about plickers
- What you need to know in order to use Plickers tomorrow (checklist freebie included)
Ways You Could Use Plickers in Your Classroom and at Your School:
- formative assessments
- take the temperature of the room (surveys)
- self reflection (I use them with this daily outcome recording/reflection sheet)
- lunch choice count collection
- check in during rotations (from across the room)
- staff surveys
I recently did a Periscope tutorial on Plickers. In this 10 minute video you will learn everything you need to know in order to start using Plickers in your classroom tomorrow! You can also use this checklist (a freebie only available to my blog followers/readers) to ensure you’ve done everything you need to do before trying it out (it’s not complicated at all). For other exclusive freebies – be sure to sign up for my monthly newsletter!
**If you’ve read this far – you deserve a special tip: I write the letter choices on the back of the Plicker cards (very very small) to help students ensure they put the correct letter choice up)**
I’d love to hear from you!
If you’ve tried Plickers before – let me know what you used it for and how it went in your classroom. If you’ve never tried it – let me know if you’re going to give it a try now…
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