Classroom Scenarios

Below is a list of possible scenarios that might occur during this challenging time, and we've included how Plickers could potentially fit in with each one. If you don't see yours included, please feel free to contact us here.

Scenario 1:  All students in school on a normal schedule

Now Playing mode: Cards

Some schools will be welcoming all students on a normal class schedule. In this scenario, you can use Plickers as usual, with students responding to questions using their Plickers Cards.  See our recommendations on sanitizing cards if you're sharing Plickers cards between classrooms.

If your school shuts suddenly and you move to hosting “live” lessons with your students, you will be able to instantly switch your class to Plickers E-Learning to assess your students remotely.

Plickers E-Learning allows you to keep all of your classes' data in one place as well as use all of your existing question sets.

When your school reopens, you will be able to instantly switch back to using cards.

Tip: Absent students who are unable to attend school for whatever reason will be able to participate live at home using Plickers E-Learning.


Scenario 2:  Remote learning only

Now Playing mode: E-Learning

Many schools may move entirely to remote learning for portions of the year. In this scenario, Plickers may be able to help, depending on how you will be remote-teaching your students.

If you will be running live lessons (e.g., over Google Meet or Zoom), Plickers E-Learning should be a great fit. If at some point you return back into school – either on a normal or hybrid schedule – you will be able to instantly switch back to Plickers Cards.

Note: If you will not be running live lessons remotely, and instead, giving students asynchronous assignments, Plickers will not be a great fit for you.


Scenario 3:  Hybrid – Simultaneous in-person & remote learning

Now Playing mode: Hybrid

In this scenario, classes will be split into two groups, and you will be (bravely) teaching one of the groups in-class at the same time as teaching to the other group at home.

Plickers will be a great fit for this situation!

You can use standard Plickers Cards for your students who are in the classroom like normal, while students at home can participate via E-Learning at the same time. You do need to share your screen for Plickers E-Learning.

Just make sure you choose Hybrid Mode in Now Playing. You'll find it in the dropdown menu in the top-right corner of the Now Playing view on the Plickers website.


Scenario 4:  Hybrid – Split-school with grade levels kept together

Now Playing mode: varies

At some schools, grade levels will be kept together, but come to school on different days of the week. For example, Grades 6-8 will be in-school Mon-Tue, and Grades 9-12 will be in school Wed-Fri.

If you intend to run “live” lessons for your students who are at home, Plickers will be a great fit.

You can use Plickers Cards when you see your class in-school and easily switch to Plickers E-Learning for the other half of the week when you see them over Google Meet or Zoom.


Scenario 5:  Hybrid – Split class and repeat topic to each Group

Now Playing mode: varies

Your classroom might be split into two groups, with each group in-school on alternating weeks.

In this scenario, you’re planning to teach a topic to Group 1 during the first week and then teach the same topic again to Group 2 during the second week.

As all of your teaching is in-person, you'll only use Plickers Cards. See our recommendations on sanitizing cards if you're sharing Plickers cards between classrooms.

When setting up your classes in this scenario, you have two options:

  1. Use one Plickers Class for each half of your class
    • If the classes merge again later in the year, create a new third class.
    • We recommend this approach as it’s the simplest!
    • The downside is that you won’t have a single view of whole-class results.
  2. Use a single, combined Plickers Class
    • This is more complicated to do, but the advantage is that all of your student data will remain in one place for your class.
    • If you play a set with Group 1, then “Continue Playing” it with Group 2, you'll be able to see the combined class's results together in the set report. Note that when you Show Graph in Now Playing, Group 1 will see only their own results, and Group 2 will see the combined results.

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