Friday, April 3, 2015

5 Free Digital Tools for Exit Tickets

Exit tickets are important for reflecting on learning and provide valuable information about student achievement.

They can be as simple as:

  • "I used to think ... But now I think."
  • 3 things your learned, 2 things you found interesting, 1 question you still have
  • One-sentence summary of notes. 
These exit tickets, and others, can be completed on paper or tools like the following five. 

1. Google Forms

Forms are easy to make and visually appealing. If all of your students have access to a computer or smart device, Forms can be a reliable exit ticket tool, especially if your school uses Google Apps for Education. 

2. Poll Everywhere 

The strength of Poll Everywhere is in the wide range of devices that can be used to submit responses.

If a student only has a non-smartphone, Poll Everywhere can still receive a response through text messaging (SMS).

Presentation formats are also a strength. For text response, teachers can set the responses to scroll automatically at any speed, present a tiled arrangement, download a CSV for records, share a link to the responses, or present the responses in a word cloud. The word cloud is a quick way to get a feel for the class's concerns.

3. Remind Chat

This is my new favorite, and I actually use it more during class than after hours. Students with the Remind app on their smart device can send text messages, images, links, and voice recordings. 

If your students are taking notes, they can send a one-sentence summary to synthesize their work. But changed it up. Tell your students to search for an image that summarizes what they learned and have them send it to you through Chat. It's a great way to start the next class.  

4. Today's Meet

The character limit can be a blessing in disguise. At first, my students and I didn't like it, but then I noticed that it forced them to be more creative and think about their word choice.

Today's Meet works well on any device that can access the internet through a web browser. It includes a projector view, PDF transcript, short link, and can be embedded in a site or blog for long term use or presentation. The image on the right is of a current events exit ticket. 

5. Padlet

If your students need to share images, links, and text, Padlet is nice because you can share the walls by custom link or embed. You can also customize the wall in a variety of ways such as adding an image.

Perhaps your students are summarizing a land form and posting it on a map of a region. The area in which they post their summary can correlate to the physical feature they studied. Now, the teacher has a resource to discuss in lieu of a prescriptive presentation.

Play with these tools. You'll find that they all have strengths. It just depends on your goal and your students. My students work best with Remind Chat, Google Forms, and Today's Meet.