Interactive Teaching with Plickers (Free Webinar)
Do you use Plickers in your classroom? If not, it’s definitely worth taking time to check it out!
Plickers is an amazing FREE formative assessment tool that works like handheld response clicker programs, but it’s far cheaper because it doesn’t require expensive clicking devices.
If you’ve heard about Plickers, you might be wondering why everyone is so excited about it, especially if you tried to figure out how to use it on your own. Because Plickers can be a little confusing at first, the best way to learn how it works is to have someone walk you through the set up and explain how to use the program’s features.
If you don’t know anyone who uses Plickers, I’m here to help! I developed a free webinar to show you exactly how to get started and how to use the program to actively engage your students. The live webinar is over, but you can sign up to watch a free replay of Interactive Teaching with Plickers.
One reason I love Plickers, besides the fact that it’s FREE, is that it doesn’t require expensive clicker devices. Instead, this innovative program uses “paper clickers” that you can print for free from the Plickers website. You only need one card per student, and each card has a unique pattern that can be scanned like a QR code with just about any mobile device.
When you’re ready to use Plickers with your students, you’ll display multiple choice questions for the class one at a time. Your students will respond to each question by holding up and turning their cards in one of 4 directions. Next, you’ll scan all the student response cards from the front of the room by pointing your mobile device camera at the class and “sweeping” it around the room. Within moments, data will appear on your device to show who answered the problem correctly and who still needs help. That same data will also be captured in your online Plickers account to review and analyze later. Being able to capture assessment data quickly and easily means you can teach interactively and adapt your instruction to the needs of individual students without having to take home stacks of papers to grade each night!
I learned about Plickers over a year ago, and I loved it right away! I couldn’t believe that something so amazing was FREE! I started sharing information about it on my Teaching Resources page, and every time I did, the post went viral. Dozens of teachers commented on those posts to tell me how much they loved Plickers and about all the interesting things they were doing with the program.
Free Plickers Facebook Group
I was so intrigued by the program that I set up a Facebook group where teachers who were using Plickers can share ideas or get help with the features of the program. Plickers can be used with just about any grade from Kindergarten through college and in almost any subject area, but it was clear from comments on Facebook that elementary teachers use it a bit differently than teachers of older students. As a former elementary teacher, I wanted to know more about how Plickers is being used with K-5 students, so I decided to make those grades the focus of the Facebook group. If you’re interested in joining this group, click over to the K-5 Plickers Facebook group application form, read the details, follow the directions, and sign up.
Free Webinar: Interactive Teaching with Plickers
The more I learned about Plickers, the more I loved it. In fact, I’ve already written two other posts about Plickers to share how it can be used. Plickers 101: Digital Exit Tickets and More was the first post, and I followed that with Plickers 102: Innovative Ways to Use Plickers.
The only problem is that Plickers can be a bit tricky to set up and use, and it’s hard to explain exactly what to do in a blog post. That kind of information is easier to share in a webinar, and that’s why I presented Interactive Teaching with Plickers in February. It’s jam-packed with information including how to set up your account to using innovative strategies to use Plickers interactively.
To get a sneak peek at the webinar content, you can download the free handouts below from my TpT store. These handouts provide an outline to follow during the webinar that many attendees find to be helpful, especially if they want to use the webinar for professional development.
I hope you enjoy the webinar replay. I know you and your students will LOVE Plickers just as much as I do!