I have used the app Plickers in Science and Physics classes since October 2017. I first introduced it as a plenary task, asking questions that pupils should be able to answer that were closely linked with the learning intentions and success criteria of that lesson. I then continued to use it with my National 5 class as a different way of assessing their understanding of units as we continued through the course. I have found since using the app with my National 5 class that engagement has increased and pupils are less likely to forget to include units in a numerical question and will always state the correct unit for a certain quantity.
Much like the app, Kahoot, pupils don’t see this as a way of learning they view it as a game. I find gamification is a great way to enhance motivation and attainment in the classroom and I find plickers to be a highly effective assessment tool. You can access the pupil’s score sheet looking at an individual pupil, whole class and specific questions. I find it to be very user friendly and it is generally easy to see at a glance what the pupils do and do not understand.
Miss Nicole Chalmers, Physics Department, Harris Academy.
The hope is that we will have a little in house CLPL session on plickers soon, but if it is something that you fancy trying out in your classroom then have a look at these tutorial videos. there are 3 videos that help explain how to get started.
I simply went to the website and created a login using my glow email account. It is really straightforward to set up. It is also very easy to import a class list from SEEMIS, so if you want some more info on generating class lists without having to type in pupil names, then come and have a chat in the social subjects base or room 4101. Thanks, Mr Beattie.