Plickers: Formative Assessment

Published On: April 14th, 2016·By ·

Plickers for Real-Time Assessment


101 Days of Free Tech for Teachers, Day 74
Get real-time data and feedback with Plickers. As much as every classroom would like to be 1:1, many are not, but this app allows teachers to poll their class without the need for student devices. Using cards with QR codes printed on them, the teacher simply has to scan the classroom to get every students’ answer. Teachers can use Plickers for quizzes and even during class discussions as a way to get every student engaged, and to check their understanding along the way. Available on the App Store and on Google Play, this resource is easy to integrate and begin using immediately in any classroom.

How We Decide Which Free Tech Tools to Feature
Yup, there are thousands of apps, tools, services, websites, and other offerings — many free — designed for teachers and students. So, how do we sort through all of those to feature the ones which are most useful and interesting? Well… we start by sorting through thousands of these things… then we talk to the presenters in the SimpleK12 Teacher Learning Community and watch their videos closely… then we talk to many of the members in the Teacher Learning Community, teachers just like you who are using these apps and tools day in and day out. We’ve been doing this for over 30 years and have, in that time, developed a sense for what’s good and bad. Have we missed something that we should feature here? Most certainly. So, let us know in the Comments section what we should take a look at and we’ll throw ’em into the hopper.


Carolina Fransen is the EdTech Apps and Tools Editor at She writes regularly about the use of educational technology in K-12 classrooms. If you have an app, tool, website, or service that you think we should know about, please send your information or tip to


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