Plickers Magnets for Physical Education
Helping Students Gain Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose
This course was designed for K-12 physical educators looking to help students gain the autonomy to take charge of their own learning, mastery over class content, and finding the purpose behind learning our skills and outcomes. It can be used for all subject areas at any level.
The purpose of this course is to explore what Plickers Magnets (also called plagnets) are, why they’re so powerful, and demonstrate various ways in which to use them in physical education at any level, both with or without technology. Learners will discover how to incorporate them into any class content to collect valuable data on student learning.
This course is designed to teach the student how to create and implement Plickers Magnets (Plagnets) into any physical education content. Students will start with a review of what regular Plickers cards are first, which will help give a better understanding of Plickers Magnet use. Students will then explore the different Plickers magnet templates (and how to make them) that people have created and shared so they can choose the one that works best for their needs. The course will also go over the different surfaces that can be used with the plagnets so that anyone in any situation can find a way to make it work for them. The course will also give students many examples of how plagnets are being used around the world.
Course Goals: On completion of this course, learners will:
- Be able to explain the difference between Plickers and plagnets.
- Know how create their own plagnets.
- Have explored how to use plagnets as a multi-use assessment tool.
- Understand how to plagnets help with student autonomy, mastery and purpose.
- Gain the competence and confidence to incorporate plagnets in their own class.
- Receive a host of valuable lesson samples/resources to use in their classes.
Reading Materials: All reading materials will be available on the internet as articles or from files to be downloaded within the course module.
Technology needed to complete: You will need a computer and/or tablet, Google Slides or Power Point, Microsoft Word or Google Docs, a Google account with Google Drive (optional but very helpful), and a Twitter account (optional but very helpful). You may use any valid email address to contact the instructor or turn in materials.
Course Design/Schedule: We have estimated this module will take approximately 5 clock hours to complete. Of course this will vary with every learner. Since the course will take approximately 5 hours you could apply for 5 professional development hours from your school/school district. Make sure to check with your principal or professional development coordinator to see how this works in your district.
Students can start and complete assignments any time they wish. You will have an instructor that you can contact via email for help, and you will turn in some of your assignments via email to your mentor. Your instructor will communicate with you via email. The instructor will also review most of your work to make sure you are making the appropriate progress. You will not earn a letter grade from this course.
Standards: Source: SHAPE America National Standards for K-12 Physical Education (2016).
Standard 1 - The physically literate individual demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.
Standard 2 - The physically literate individual applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies and tactics related to movement and performance.
Standard 4: The physically literate individual exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.
Standard 5 - The physically literate individual recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and/or social interaction.
Need to get your Professional Development Credits approved by your administration? Download the course description here.
Mike Ginicola has taught K-6 health and physical education for 20 years, and was the 2016 recipient of the CT PTA Teacher of the Year Award and CTAHPERD Outstanding Program Award recipient. He was the 2017 recipient of the national American Heart Association/SHAPE grant and award. He was also the 2016-17 community champion award winner for his school district. He’s currently serving on the board for CTAHPERD. He’s presented nationally on gamification and shared its power on the “Global Voxcast” and “Under the PE Umbrella” podcasts.
"This was a GREAT course! I tried to use Plickers cards years ago when they first came out, but I couldn't use them in a way that was efficient and gave me VALID data that I felt I could use. I am looking forward to taking what I learned in this course and putting it into action next school year." -Jodi P.