Plickers – real time assessment without the need for student devices
Plickers is an app that lets you carry out real time assessment in the classroom without the need for student devices. It is an alternative to clickers such as Qwizdom and students’ own devices, which are commonly referred to as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device).
There has been a range of BYOD apps that put students’ smartphones and tablets to good use in the classroom, but they require time for students to log on and familiarise themselves with the apps.
Plickers only requires the teacher to have a device with a camera which scans cards that students hold up in response to a question. The orientation of the card determines a student’s response – A, B, C or D.
I have not tried this in the classroom yet, but it is definitely something I want to investigate in the near future. I have a couple of thoughts regarding this app which I will look into and report on:
- How easy will it be for students to understand how the orientation of the card relates to a particular response?
- What is the potential of this app, given that more and more learners have a smartphone or table with Internet access?