The idea of Plickers is similar to Kahoot, but in Plickers, each student has their own number (their tray) which allows the results to be saved over time in stylish charts. The teacher can follow a student to see how they are doing at different stages. It sounds great, but after testing I can't give Plickrs five stars and I'll explain why.
In order to create complete quizzes, the teacher needs to be a plus member and it is not free. If you are not a plus member, you can only create series with a maximum of five questions in a row, then you could instruct the program to play the series one after another without interruption, and so the students noticed no big difference. The big difference was however that as a teacher I do not get the good-looking charts. Instead, it gets quite messy.
Everything went well when we started with the exercise! The students got their badges with their own number on and then the first question showed up on the canvas. All the questions have four options; a, b, c or d. The students should take their badge and keep it so that the right option comes on top. Then I scan the whole class at once with the phone and it will record who responded in what way. The students' names are in a list next to the question and they will be marked as green when their answers are recorded, so I can see that I don't miss anyone.
It was a bit of fun, but not like "rush-in-the-stomach" exciting. In a Kahoot there is captivating music, time counts down and some cool effects. This was kind of quiet and almost tedious. When the very first wow feeling folded (and it did so after the second question) it became pretty boring.
It was fun to test Plickers once, but it's not something we're going to use again. It was a little too quiet!
I am the technician who became a librarian, but who got tired of the quiet and peaceful life at the library and started working as a teacher. I brought with me everything I knew about databases, information retrieval and networks and soon I was an ICT-educator. Today, I work as a teacher at Komvux in Norrköping.
I have always had a nerdy great interest in technology. I can find interest in everything from robots to model railroads or the steel industry of the industrial revolution. Technology should take us forward and prevent us from everything boring. You need to dare to be somewhat lazy and ask yourself if there is no easier way to get something done. The human desire to get away is what has driven the technical development and find time for other things. Like model railroads, for instance!
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