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Low on devices? Want a formative assessment tool?

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Cassie teaches 7th grade geography teacher at Seaman Middle School. And she’s awesome at what she does.

She recently shared a blog post at the KCSS Doing Social Studies site that I love. I’m cross-posting it cause, well . . . it’s also awesome.


I was introduced to an awesome piece of technology that allows you to gather real-time data when giving formative assessments. Plickers (paper/clickers) is a mobile app linked to the Plickers website that gives teachers the ability to test students using mobile devices. Even if they don’t have any devices for their students.

After creating an account on the website, you simply upload questions and print off a classroom set of Plicker cards for students to use.  Each card is similar to a QR code, and is marked with a number which you can then assign to individual students to track their answers.  Using a computer, you can display the question and answer options on the board or projector and students hold their cards up to show their answers with the correct letter at the top of the page.

You then use your iPhone or iPad to scan across the room and the app picks up and records each individual student’s response. While scanning across the room with your device,  you will see each student’s name pop up with their answer. Their names will either color in green for a correct answer or red for an incorrect answer.

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On the board, you have the option of displaying student names, a checkmark will appear next to their name when their answer has been recorded, or displaying a graph showing which answers are being chosen by students.

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This app is great for teachers who don’t have access to a device for every student but want to utilize technology in the classroom in an individualized way.  Plickers runs along the same lines as Nearpod and Socrative in that teachers are getting real-time feedback, and providing formative assessments without having to grade a stack of tests.

The best part about Plickers? The students absolutely love it!  I even had a few ask me if we could take a longer quiz so they could keep “playing.”

Give it a shot!

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Cynthia Smith #

    Love this! Can’t wait to try it out this school year.

    September 3, 2015
    • glennw #

      Let us know how it goes!


      September 7, 2015

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