Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Data collection in the 21st century.

Plickers is my new best friend. Plickers, you make individual data collection so easy. Goodbye grading paper exit tickets every day. Goodbye paper and pencil pre-assessments that I have to take home on the weekend and spend hours grading. Goodbye moans and groans when it's time to take a quiz. Hello Plickers!

Plickers describes themselves as, "... a powerfully simple tool that lets teachers collect real-time formative assessment data without the need for student devices." It is an app/website that collects individual student data in seconds and sets it right in front of your pretty little face. When I first visited the website, I didn't quite understand what that would actually look like, so let me do my best to explain it in my own words.


First, you create an account and set up your class list (or multiple classes) at https://plickers.com/


Then, type up (or insert pictures of) some multiple choice problems.


Prints out a set of QR codes, one per student. You can laminate them or print on cardstock so they can be used over and over.


Each 4-sided QR code has answer choices A, B, C, and D around the sides.

Students have an assigned QR code card, unique to them (numbered).

Next, you open the Plickers website to project problems for students.



Then, open Plickers app on your phone or iPad and select the first question.


The question is projected through the computer/projector.

Students turn and hold up their QR code with their answer (A-D) at the top.


Now, you click "scan" on the app, and scan across the room while the app magically finds student answers by scanning the direction of their QR code.

When all students have been scanned, you click the check mark button and... voila! Data!



Now you can make re-teach or enrichment groupings in the blink of an eye!



It is so easy, you guys. And so fun. And so amazing. And I love it so much I'm using conjunctions at the beginnings of my sentences.

Another really cool feature is that you can insert pictures as your questions, and then just type in the answer choices. I'm currently working on prepping some fractions questions for an upcoming math unit using screenshots of some of my fractions task cards! So. Easy.



This tool is seriously life changing. Once you make an account (easy), download the app (easy), and print some cards (easy), you are ready to gather all kinds of data. And you know how we teachers looooove data! (Your principal will really love it, you data driven diva.)

Oh, how have I not mentioned this yet... Plickers is 100% FREE!

I know. You can't even deal.

Go! Get set up NOW. You won't regret it.

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