I was going to save this for tomorrow and then call it Tech Tuesday, but I have learned not to procrastinate. A few weeks ago I was looking for a way to quickly assess my support class without it being formal, and without grading, and make it non threatening to students. Once upon a time, I had seen students clickers used in the classroom and wanted them desperately. I even went to a training, and entered every raffle I could find to win a class set. They are expensive. I never won. I am glad.
Then a few weeks ago I stumbled across Plickers.com. It is free. It is easy. It is doable without a lot of training. It has reports that I can download to record the results if I want. All I had to do it to make a class, enter my students and then print out cards–one for each student. They look like puzzle pieces, the kids saw them and said “Bar Codes”, which I thought was brilliant.
I didn’t read directions first, I rarely do. I am bad that way. So I started printing the cards on whatever paper I had, which was purple. They print two on a page.