I am confused. There is Blicker Teacher and Blicker Student?
Blicker Teacher App is only available from the Windows 10 App Store and is meant to be used by the teacher. Blicker Student App is available from the Apple app store, Google Play Store, Amazon App Store, Windows 10 mobile app Store and Apple Mac App Store. Blicker Student App is meant for the student to install on their mobile phone (ios, android, win10 mobile) and also on their notebook (win10, mac osX). We had made Blicker Student to be available on as many platforms as possible as we understand that students bring different gadgets to schools
Why the name "Blicker"
Clicker is the general term coined for classroom response device. Our clicker uses Bluetooth and we thought the name "Blicker" = "Bluetooth" + "Clicker" sums it up very well
Why use Bluetooth Low Energy?
Bluetooth Low Energy (aka BLE) uses very little energy and is friendly on Smartphone battery. BLE is also suitable as communications medium for a classroom or Lecture theatre setting. In today’s context, most if not all smartphone nowadays come equip with Bluetooth Low Energy. Also, as Bluetooth has a limited radius, students must be physically present (in the radius) to submit their responses.
Why is Internet not required or used?
One of the main purpose of Blicker is to eliminate the use of Internet. Other tools that uses the Internet often face challenges such as the responsiveness of the system and the cumbersome registering/logging in/logging off. The students would of course also required internet. Also, as registration and login is required, the sense of anonymity is undermined and students may not submit their most genuine response. Using Blicker in Anonymous mode gives the student the confidence that his response is totally anonymous. Another challenge face in using Internet is that students can be absent from the class but still being able to submit their response. Using Bluetooth eliminates this problem as the student must be physically in the class (Radius of up to 75m). Using Blicker to take attendance ensures that the student cannot be remotely logging in to update his attendance.
Why I cannot see any responses on my Blicker Teacher App on Windows 10
Blicker uses Bluetooth Low Energy or also known as Bluetooth 4.0. If you are sure that the Blicker Student App on iOS and Android is working fine but is still not receiving any responses, please check and make sure that the Bluetooth adapter on your Windows 10 machines version 4.0 or BLE. You can go to Device Manager in the Control Panel to discover the bluetooth version that you have (see pic below). If you can see the Microsoft Bluetooth LE Enumerator, your win10 pc/laptop/tablet is able to use Blicker Teacher. If your computer is more than 3 years old, it is likely that it does not have Bluetooth 4.0. Therefore even though, you can run Blicker Teacher, you will not be able to receive the iBeacon signals from iOS and android
Why is my older Android smartphone not working?
The new Blicker Student App for Android (version 8.0 ) now supports any Android Smartphone running Lollipop and above. Older Android phone on KitKat or below however will not be able to install Android Blicker Student.
Therefore please make sure you are using the v13.0 Blicker Teacher on Windows 10 and v8 Blicker Student on Android
Also Blicker Student Android (version 8.0_ now comes with Internet support as we received a lot of feedback that certain Android Phones have Bluetooth problems. With the Internet support, Blicker Student Android will send the student response via Internet instead of using Bluetooth. Both the teacher and student must enable this secondary feature in the app. Blicker Student ios does not need this feature as the Bluetooth Low Energy feature is very stable in ios.
Why is my ios smartphone not working?
It will be rare that ios devices will not be able to run Blicker. Please make sure that Bluetooth is turn on. The hardware requirement is that the ios device must be iPhone 4s (and above), iPod 5th Gen (and above), iPad 3rd Generation (and above), iPad mini (and above). The ios device must run IOS 7 (or later)
It seems like there is quite a lot of setup to do. Are you sure Blicker is making things easier?
We are also educators and we know that the last thing we want to happen in class is to waste precious time away meddling with technology. This is the single main reason why we build Blicker. We want to use Technology to serve us in enhancing learning and teaching...and yet at the same time, the technology should be as seamless as possible. We can assured you that the only "hard-work" is done only once when you setup the class info, pictures and questions. There will be no need of any sign-up, logging in, handling of hardware clickers etc...
Since not every smartphone are supported, why not use hardware clickers to ensure everyone can use Blicker?
Using Hardware clicker does have its advantages but it also comes with many disadvantages as well. Cost is definitely one of them as well as maintenance. Students also has to pay for it if it was lost. Although certain Android (older ones) phones are not able to support Blicker, we have managed to put Blicker Student onto as many platform as possible. It is available on the ios smartphone as well as windows 10 phone. If your student also own a windows 10 laptop/tablet, you can also download and install Blicker Student into your machine. If you own a mac (10.9 or later), you can also find Blicker Student in the Mac App Store.
Is Blicker Teacher and Student free to use?
At this moment, Blicker Teacher and student are free to use. We are constantly adding new features to Blicker to make learning fun and interactive. Blicker is an Educational project developed by educators to help educators to better engage the learners. We hope to bring fun to learning and learning to fun!
How does the automated attendance taking works?
The teacher simply leave the Blicker Teacher on at the start of the class. Students who have arrived simply run the Blicker Student app and their time of arrival will be automatically recorded and displayed in Blicker Teacher. The teacher can also export the data into an Excel file.
How does the class competition mode works?
The teacher can split the class into 2, 3 or 4 teams. Each student who answers correctly will then contribute to his team overall score.
I saw many buttons in Blicker. What are they use for?
Again, we are educators ourselves and we take this opportunity to infuse features which we think are useful in a classroom. For example, the "Random" feature will enable the teacher to randomly allow Blicker to pick a student with effects like in a live-game show. Students will feel thrill and not blame the teacher for being bias.
The "Fastest Finger (coming soon)" feature will identify the first student that gets the question correct.
The "Timer" feature will have a count-down stop watch to put a time constraint and can creatively serve as a way to have a friendly competition within the class.
The "Team Challenge" feature can also be used to randomly schedule students for presentation so that all is fair and square! I use it all the time now to schedule my students for presentation and surprisingly ever since then, there is no more complaints about unfairness or bias-ness
The "Analytics (coming soon)" feature will help the teacher to keep track of individual student's performance. As educators, it is our responsibilities to make sure that most attention goes to the weakest student. Leave no one behind!
What are the future plans of Blicker?
It depends on how wide use Blicker will become. We hope to add in features like photo customizations, different types of questions, student's analytics etc. You can help Blicker by introducing them to your friends if you think it was fun using Blicker.
I saw a Blicker Teacher for ios. What is the different compare to Blicker Teacher on Win 10
Blicker Teacher on ios/android has very limited features. In fact, it can only record anonymous responses from students. It will soon be discontinued due to incompatibility with the new Android blicker student app. Please use Blicker Teacher on Windows 10
I have difficulty getting the sample data files from the app
No worries. You can download from here. Please remember that you ned to unzip this file. Included are the students data and images as well as a set of questions. Do modify them according to your needs
Why is Blicker Teacher not on Windows 7 or 8.
The ability of Bluetooth Low Energy is only available from Windows 10 onwards.
Will you develop Blicker Teacher on the Mac
Yes but we hope to first develop more features of Blicker Teacher on Windows 10. From survey, we also find out that more educators are on Windows Microsoft Platform.
I downloaded and ran both Blicker Student and Teacher on my win 10 machine but I cannot receive any response from the Blicker student
Bluetooth works in a way that it is unable to receive its own signal that it is sending out.You must run Blicker teacher and Blicker student on seperate machines.
Is there any instructions on how to use Blicker.
Click Here to access the tutorial. Also, when you install and run Blicker Teacher on Windows 10, there is a step by step instruction (+ sample data) to help you get started. If you still requires assistance, do drop us an email and we will try our best to help you get started.
Can another student "hijack" the BLE signal?
Technically yes in this Free version of Bluetooth. This will only pose as a real problem if you are using Blicker for summative assessment. Do write to us as we can offer you customize solutions to overcome this problem.
Can we customize Blicker student such as putting in our school logo or changing the design
Absolutely. Write to us and we can discuss further
Can you show us a diagram of how Blicker Teacher and Blicker student work together?
I love videos. Do you have a video to know more about Blicker
Me too. Click here to watch a video about Blicker