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One of my most favorite activities to start the year with is a personality test. Everyone loves taking them and it really can be a good way to facilitate conversation about how different people work together and can learn from one another.

I took a simple “color” personality test and created a Plickers question set from it.

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One person in the class kept track of the most common responses. Participants had a tally sheet of their own so they could keep track and preview the next item.

My set had 27 items and took us about 15 minutes, but you could easily shorten the quiz to 10 or 15 items and get pretty similar results. After the first few items to get the hang of responding, we kept the questions up for less than 20 seconds as I scanned the room. We had 20 participants, so that was pretty good time. This would be a good way to introduce kids to Plickers in the first week of school before you get content really going – they’re learning your procedures for responding so you don’t need to do that later.

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If you responded mostly “A,” it meant you’re a “red.” “Bs” were Green, etc. Our class had a pretty good mix. If I were doing this with students, I would have had each color meet together as a group to discusses strengths and weaknesses and strategies for being a good group member.

I’ve included my quiz and the color meanings as well as some discussion questions. Enjoy! Link: Personality Color

I’m always looking for creative uses for Plickers. Let me know if you have one!


Here’s another way to use ThingLink!

World History students need to learn a little bit about Renaissance art and what makes it unique.

The criteria for Renaissance art are:

  1. Realistic – based on the intense study of the human form, tries to portray accurate musculature, skeletal shape, etc; often depicts models (especially sculpture) as nude (to glorify the human body)
  2. Emotional – use of light, color, expression to portray emotion in the subject and to invoke emotion in the audience
  3. 3D – sort of, used linear perspective to show dimension on a flat surface; things in the foreground of the picture are shown to be larger than things in the background
  4. Pyramid Configuration – figures are arranged more naturally, creating a general pyramid shape to show symmetry, rather than arranged on a horizontal grid
  5. Secular – while much of the art in the Renaissance does show religious themes, artists also drew inspiration from classical mythology and nature

Here’s a list of good pieces for students to examine and determine if they meet the criteria.

Renaissance or Not? (The ones marked with ** are not Renaissance!)

1.Hans Holbein the Younger, “The French Ambassadors”
2.Berlinghiero, “Madonna and Child” **
3.“Justinian and Attendants”  **
4.Donatello, “David”
5.Giotto, “Noli me tangere”
6.Botticelli, “Birth of Venus”
7.Masaccio, “The Tribute Money”
8.“The Unicorn in Captivity”  **
9.Leonardo, “The Last Supper”
10.Michelangelo, “Pieta”
11.Raphael, “School of Athens”
12.Van Eyck, “Arnolfini Wedding”
13.Durer, “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse”
14.El Greco, “Resurrection”
15.Benedetto Antelami, “Descent from the Cross”
Here’s a way to use ThingLink. Students can annotate an image to determine if it meets the criteria.


Here’s a neat new tool, It’s a site, it’s an app, it’s neat. You take an image and link to it other things, like more images, videos, music, etc. Here’s a quick one I made as an example of what kids could do for a project on development in Latin America.