ABCD cards

Also known as: comprehension check, class poll

ABCD cards can be established as a way for students to give quick, silent, individual responses to a multiple-choice question posed during class. They:

  • allow educators to quickly check for understanding by asking students to select one card as their answer and then having the whole class display their cards
  • encourage all students to respond as there are only four options to select from
  • should be four different colours, or contain visuals of four easily distinguishable shapes or objects.

ABCD cards

ICT templates

How to use with ICT

In the simplest form, the teacher poses a question and students respond by displaying their device scree with their chosen card from one of the templates below.

As an extension of this, there are plugins that add live polling to both Microsoft PowerPoint and Google Slides presentations. All of these will require students to have ready access to a mobile device or laptop with internet access. In Google G Suite, you can use a form to collect data, use a spreadsheet to collate the data, and then make a live chart that can be inserted into a presentation. The chart will update as students respond to the question.

Single computer

If using presentation software in class, include an ABCD question slide. Plickers requires the teacher to have a mobile device with a camera and students need a set of printed cards, however, it collates answers to prearranged questions quickly. Websites such as Kahoot and Mentimeter template are engaging ways to pose questions and record live results.

External resources

Find out more resources
Title Link Description (2020) (2020) How to get started? Quick tutorial for teachers A quick tutorial for teachers on how to use Plickers.
Socrative for teachers: A brief introduction Socrative for Teachers - A brief introduction This video provide a basic overview of Socrative and how to use it for formative assessment with students.


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