Plickers is an assessment tool for the classroom that lets teachers ask questions and poll their class using a collection of visual code cards.

So, how does it work? Well, each student is given a card with a unique visual code on it. There are four sides to the code, labelled A, B, C and D. To answer a question, the student holds the card with the corresponding letter at the top of the card, and the teacher uses an app on their phone or iPad to scan the room for answers. The app recognises the cards, records who the teacher assigned them to, and captures the answer that the student chose.

This hi-tech, low-tech approach is a really interesting way to poll your class, and students seem to really like it.

The really good thing about this is that the students do not need to use an electronic device for this. They just need a piece of paper, and the teacher needs the app. The results appear live on the teacher’s device in real time, and can also be projected onto the board via the Plickers website for the class to see.

This video shows you how to set up Plickers and use it with your class. There are also further resources on the Plickers website.

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