PLICKERS: AUGMENTED REALITY STUDENT FEEDBACK TOOL
My performance management target this year was to develop and use a creative method of gathering student feedback within my lessons. I have used and continue to use a range of feedback tools and software which can be found here but, they lack a sense of personalisation. Instead they provide a general overview of a class and return too much data to process on the spot. Often I use them to assess overall understanding and to inform my lesson planning. I needed a very quick method to accurately indicated which students required immediate support or intervention to further their learning, this had to use the benefits of technology but also be cost effective. I also needed to be able to compare progression at 10, 15 05 20 minute intervals. Had a student's understanding moved on? What were they learning, why were they learning and how, what was a barrier to them learning. Welcome to Plickers that has enabled all this and enabled real time 'learning' dialogue between myself and each individual student.
What is it?
There are many apps and websites where questions can be deployed or tests can be sent and grades and averages worked out. However, I wanted to be able to stimulate a learning conversation with individual students in real time as the learning was taking place. Many students are reserved and do not like to identify themselves or are modest about what they have learnt and how well they are doing.
With Plickers each student gets a card which is assigned to them, I then ask them at various points in the lesson for students to identify their level of learning, A is High ranging through B and C down to D, where, "my learning is Low". The student turns the card to the appropriate position and holds it up. Then using my mobile device with the App, I enable the camera and scan the room. In 20 seconds or less this amazing app reads each of the cards, identifies the answer the students has selected and returns an overall graph of the results. Furthermore it privately links the answer back to each individual student for me to view. Other students cannot identity other responses but I can via the App.
The powerful part is that I can then go to an individual student and ask learning questions, what are you finding hard, how can I move your learning from a C to a B, what do you need to do? Two or three students working at a B can be grouped together to discuss how to progress their learning further. Real time feedback, real time learning discussion, real time student progression. After 15 minutes or so the whole process can be repeated, targeted learning discussions evaluated and again the progress evaluated. All for free and through each student holding up a piece of card with a symbol!
PLICKERS IN ACTION
getting set up
Download the APP, it's free and available on both Android and Apple Devices
Download, print and prepare the student response cards