As my organization rolls out G Suite for Education to our eleven sites across the state, I have been scheduling several professional development sessions over the next couple of months. One tool that I will be sharing during these sessions is Plickers. The Plickers app is an easy to use assessment tool perfect for classrooms and other settings with limited access to technology. If you aren’t familiar with Plickers, please take a look at my post “Formative Assessment is the One Device Classroom” Plickers is perfect for our specialists because oftentimes were are presenting in locations that have limited access to the internet. Since presenters are at the mercy of the network admins as to what access they may be granted, it is imperative that presenters are prepared with effective tools even in the face of limited access.
In preparation for this rush of presentations, I decided to create a new set of Plickers cards to stash in my presentation bag. Plickers provides a pdf document of the card set is a couple of sizes. With the convenience of packing in mind, I went with the standard size for a set of 40 cards.
With visions of grandeur in my mind, I first tried printing the cards directly on card stock with my desktop laser printer. The smearing that resulted made the set unusable! So, I tried another approach. I printed the pdf on plain paper using the “big” printer/copier that is shared in the office. I then loaded the card stock in the bypass tray, made an adjustment for think paper and simply copied the pdf. The results were perfect.
The set will print as two cards per page so, of course, some trimming was needed. I knew that I wanted to end up with a set that was nice in appearance and that was as uniformly cut as possible. Off to the paper trimmer! Of course, a good trimmer with a measurement grid is essential. Now I had to calculate the dimensions.
After a couple of dry runs here is the procedure I followed:
- Cut the paper in half vertically by placing the car stock in the trimmer lengthwise with the left edge at the 5 1/2 inch mark. This will give you a half sheet with one card.
- Place one of the resulting cards in the trimmer lengthwise, this time with the left edge at the 6 1/2 inch mark (removing 2 inches from one side of the card).
- Rotate the card so that the right edge you just created is now the left edge and place the edge at the 4 1/2 inch mark. This will cut 2 inches off of the opposite edge.
The resulting card should look like this:
Next, I needed an easy way to carry the cards without worrying about creases and tears. A quick look around the office and I located some leftover cardboard mailers, the kind once used to mail CDs. The entire set of 40 cards fit nicely in the mailer and the cardboard is sturdy enough to protect the cards.