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Polling Your Students With Plickers

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If you were at the Oak Middle School staff meeting on Tuesday, you heard Jeff LaRose talk about the new tech tool he is using to get quick formative feedback from students in gym class. You probably thought to yourself, “I want to try that!” Well, here is everything you need to know to get yourself started!

There is no shortage of formative assessment apps out there. Socrative, Poll EverywhereClass Kick*, and Kahoot are all great tools for polling students.

*Class Kick was mentioned to us by a few teachers at the high school. We will be writing a blog post about it shortly, so if you currently use it in your classroom, we would love to get your opinions/suggestions to share with others!

Plickers sets itself apart from the rest because it lets teachers get real-time formative data without the use of student devices. This makes it a great tool for all classroom settings. The teacher still must use the Plickers app on their iPhone or iPad, but the students simply hold up a card with what looks like a QR code. The teacher’s device scans all of the codes in the class and yields quick results. The bottom left image is an example of the student #1 response card. They can answer “A”, “B”, “C”, or “D” depending on how they orient the card. The bottom right image shows an example of the teacher’s results screen.

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The Cards

You can purchase a 40-card standard deck of Plinker cards on Amazon for $20. They come on durable, matte-laminated card stock and are ready to use. You can also print out your own deck for free! They provide all necessary handouts and instructions here. It is recommend that you print them on card stock and laminate them only if you have a matte laminating option. The typical glossy laminate makes it difficult for the iPad to scan the codes. (Jeff learned at his conference it’s much easier to just purchase the cards, so he bought one of the decks from Amazon.)

Happy Polling!

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Author: Mr. Mularella

Middle school science teacher/world traveler

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