Gadgets are so cool, but know what's even cooler? Paper gadgets! 🙂 Well, paper gadgets plus one device, (be it Android or iOS). If you've got these, you've got coolness in the classroom. Download the Plickers app and get started. Your students will think it's cool because of the “awe” factor. You'll think it's cool because you get instant feedback when you check for understanding.
Check out their demo video: (click here)
From Nolan at Plickers:
If you want to use the same poll with 5 classes, here's what I'd recommend:
1. Set up your 5 classes 2. On the phone, add a question (the + button) for
each class, one at a time. There's no need to input the whole question;
just give it a label: “Q1” or “Author's purpose”. Then you can ask the
question in each class and keep all the data straight. In 3-5 weeks, we'll
be adding the ability to set up questions before class starts, display the
questions on your projector, and use them in multiple classes.
This app is amazing as is. It is obviously only going to get better. And let me say this – these folks over there have been extremely helpful and friendly since I first tweeted at them this summer. They will tweet and/or email you back if you contact them. They also have a support forum on their site. AND – if you look at the image above, you see the bright pink feedback button on the side of the screen. They want YOUR feedback. What could you recommend to make this app even better? Gotta LOVE that!
So, go! Get the word out! Tell a friend about Plickers. Share this with your colleagues! Try it in your classroom now. It's great for test prep and opinion polling. Quick, easy, and fun!