Holly Dent, a fabulous adopter and 4th grade teacher, told us about a great app she uses when her students take The Walking Classroom quizzes. This fabulous app, Plickers, is an engaging way to assess what students have learned from The Walking Classroom, science, social studies, and more!
Plickers is a FREE app that can be downloaded onto an Apple or Android device. It’s an easy and engaging way for teachers and students to receive instant feedback on their responses. The teacher knows what that class does and doesn’t know and students suddenly view the quiz as a fun and engaging learning experience. It’s a win-win!
“They LOVE this!! It is super fun for them and the engagement during those quizzes is stellar.”
How It Works
Each student it assigned a number and a unique card with a 4-sided geometric shape on it. The number is assigned to them in the Plickers system and each side of the shape represents a multiple choice or true/false answer choice.
After entering the quiz questions and answers into the system, you’re ready to give the quiz! Project the Plickers site and pull up each question one at a time. When it is time to answer the question, students hold up their card with their answer choice on the top side of the card. The teacher then uses an phone or tablet to scan the room. The teacher is provided with immediate feedback with each student’s answer, whether it was correct or not, how many kids got it right, etc.
We have reached out to Plickers to determine if we could put all of the quizzes into their system to share with each of you, but for right now that is not an option. However, if it does become available we will be sure and let you know.
We hope you’ll try this innovative, simple and engaging way to assess your students learning, not just with The Walking Classroom, but any of your instruction! Let us know if you do!
Special thank you to Holly for sharing this great program with us!
Click here to learn more about Plickers, print your own set of cards, and get started!!
Lauren M says
Wow! This is something that I would love to try! I am currently learning more about formative assessments and this fits right in. This seems like an engaging, non-threatening way to collect instantness data. I love that it is paper and that I can find these for free- every teacher’s dream! Plickers could be used in a multitude of ways across all content areas. Again, as an elementary teacher, I love something that can be used throughout my entire day- not just for one subject. I look forward to trying these in my class!
Thank you for the recommendation!
Deanna Fairclough says
What a great resource! I have used the Kahoot! app before, but that involves way more technology than this one uses. I will look into using it because it gets the students involved and it is instant data for teachers!
Thanks for sharing!
Leah Smith says
I love this idea. We area always looking for ways to mix up the quiz/assessment portion of the content. Thanks for the great idea. I cannot wait to download the app and try it with my kids.
Pam Scholz says
I’m so glad you posted about Plickers! I wasn’t familiar before your blog post, but I am now completely on board. I chose to purchase the Plickers cards because I used TWC with six different 4th grade classes and I wanted them to be very sturdy, which they definitely are. My students love this! They even ask for more questions!
With my schedule of 6 4th grade classes meeting for only 45 minutes each day it has been difficult to assess how the students are comprehending the podcasts. By the time they get set with equipment, listen, put away equipment there isn’t much time for the quizzes. The Plicker program has fixed that time shortage for us and the kids just love it! I have been bragging all over school about to my fellow teachers, too. Thanks for introducing me to Plickers.
T. Robinson-Freeman says
I’ve heard about Plickers, I have not had the opportunity to use them. I am all in for any technology that prevents me from using pencil and paper. Save the trees :).
Laura Hecker says
What a great way to assess the students’ understanding of the content! Thanks for sharing!