Unit 2: Incorporating Plickers into Instruction
Unit Overview and Objectives
In this unit the participant will become more familiar with how to incorporate Plickers into the classroom. Plickers can be used across virtually every content covered in every grade level in the average classroom. Participants will gain knowledge on how to take the content they teach and create a Plickers class to pre assess, post assess, or review with their students.
Whether you teach Math, Science, Social Studies, English, Foreign Language, Art, Music, Technology, or P.E., Plickers is the perfect tool for your classroom. By being able to create your own class and library of questions to use, Plickers allows its user to design a lesson for any content or topic. When building up your question library, as discussed in Unit 1, you are able to create both multiple choice and short answer style questions and have the ability to write out the questions and construct the response options. This feature allows the user to incorporate Plickers into just about any aspect of the classroom or lesson.
Pre assessments, review, or post assessments are the most common ways to use Plickers in a classroom...
Pre Assessment: To design a pre assessment Plickers class, use questions that focus on the main ideas of a topic. True or False questions work best when designing a pre assessment because it prevents the assessment from getting too specific and prevents students from getting caught up on the multiple response options that are present when using multiple choice style questions. Using questions that focus on prerequisite skills also help the teacher assess their students prior knowledge and even some misconceptions that may skew their learning of the new content.
Review: Educators always struggle to find a fun and fast way to review material with students using a program or tool where they can control what is being presented to the students. Using Plickers as a review tool, the designer is able to control what is being reviewed with the students and is able to design the review to topics that students had more trouble with. Users are also able to make multiple classes which allows the review to be adaptable to different classes. For example, if a teacher has four sections of math they are able to create four different Plickers classes and select questions from their library that the specific class needs more practice with.
Post Assessment: While it is not a traditional form of a paper and pencil test, Plickers can give the same amount of data as any other formative assessment in real time. A combination of multiple choice and true/false questions work best when designing a post assessment. Using questions that students have not had any prior exposure to will give you a more accurate data collection on how well the students know and understand the content.
Other uses for Plickers include
- Lunch Count
- Choosing groups
- Status of the class
First, watch these two videos of Plickers being used in a classroom
Next, take the questions that were created in Unit 1 from your Plickers library and create either a pre assessment, review, or post assessment for your class. You may want to try out Plickers a few times to work out some kinks you may experience. The more efficient you and your students become at using the program, the more effective your lesson will be.
Once you have tried out Plickers in your classroom, complete this survey and discuss your opinion on how the lesson went
Continue To: Unit 3: Using Plickers as an Assessment Tool