Assessment Technologies have changed the possibilities of assessment. There are many tools out there that can be used for formative and summative assessment and long gone are the days of the traditional pen and paper assessments. Technology can provide students with a variety of tools that they can show and share what they know and what they have learned about a topic. Digital assessment has the ability to become embedded in learning and does not have to be something that is completely separate and done at the end of a unit. Digital assessment allows teachers to get immediate feedback on exactly where their students are at. This allows them to assess that data and use that immediate data to inform their planning in order to meet the students exactly where they are at. There are many benefits to using assessment technology within the classroom.
In saying all of this I know that many teachers have been using Assessment Technologies for years but quite honestly I haven’t used them much at all. One challenge that I have had with them is having access to enough technology in our classroom to use these on a regular basis. I feel like I have been my own barrier in this and so this week I made it my mission to see what I could find that could be used within my classroom even without having access to a full set of classroom devices.
When searching for an option that does not require each student to have their own device I found that Plickers would be a great tool to test out. I have heard about Plickers before and knew that it was a multiple choice assessment technology but I assumed that Plickers would be similar to Kahoot where students would select their answer on their own device. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that Plickers is a tool that offers the same multiple choice type of experience as Kahoot but that it only requires the teacher to have a device and not every single student.
Plickers requires teachers to print off a set of class cards where every student is assigned a card. Each card is unique to that student that has a different shape that is scanned when the student holds up their card. Students are required to turn their card to demonstrate their understanding by picking the answer A, B, C or D. Students need to be informed and taught how to properly hold their cards so that their fingers are not covering up the pictures as well and need to be taught how to turn their card to show which answer they have picked.
The following video demonstrates how Plickers can be used in the classroom to give teachers quick, informative and immediate feedback on their students learning.
Considering last week was a short week at school I only had the opportunity to introduce Plickers and give it a single try in our classroom. I am looking forward to this week to give it another try and begin to see what type of data I can collect and see how it can be used to inform my planning and teaching. All in all, I think that Plickers is a great option for incorporating Assessment Technology in the classroom when you do not have access to a classroom set of devices!