I know the feeling of having the head of school looking to me to provide evidence that our 1:1 initiative is working. The school had made a sizable investment in edtech and as Manager of Educational Technology, I was told to demonstrate a return on that investment. I showed my principal a number of edtech’s classroom uses, but it wasn’t until I showed him ExitTicket that I really knocked his socks off.
With ExitTicket I was able to recognize my students’ achievements using fun badges in the same way games encourage players to continue. ExitTicket has the SuperStreak app that recognizes ‘hot streaks’ of correct answers. I also used ClassBadges, which is a free way to design and distribute such rewards. And both tools not only motivate, they focus students on specific learning targets to ‘unlock’ their next achievement. My principal didn’t share my passion for gamification, but he did love the students’ focus and excitement.
With a glance at my tablet, I know where I need to be in the classroom. I was able to maximize my presence in the room by knowing exactly who needs help and with what concepts they need support. Using real time results from ExitTicket, I just tap to get a list of who might need to be pulled aside. The administration was especially pleased when I noted again that this is how technology can enhance the teacher’s role and not try to replace it.
Reteach with Real Time Data
My classes are always interested to see the results pouring in on the projector. But more substantive was how I was able to capitalize on that engagement and make critical instructional adjustments. Reteach is more than simply going over the results, I developed a routine of analyzing misconceptions as a group. Then I’d quickly duplicate the assessment and lock in the lesson by retaking the ticket.
Differentated Flipped Lesson
Edtech opens the door to new methods of teaching. Using a lesson plan like this one, I flipped my class by sending Educreations or KhanAcademy videos home as homework. In class, I would then use ExitTicket to identify unprepared students a created a group for structured remediation. After I addressed that group and got them started, I would check on the rest of the class, already taking advantage of extra class time for engaging projects.
The mastery-based scorebook, sorting grades not just by assignment and dates but by concepts and skills, does more than develop student ownership. I planned my lessons plan with a deeper, more nuanced perspective of their students’ understanding. Meeting curricular goals is only growing in importance. It was a huge comfort to equip myself with an assessment system that conveniently tracks students’ growth along standards that I could customize.
Transparency and data can empower students. In ExitTicket, I unpacked my content standards into daily learning goals, (that was before ExitTicket added the ability to import and customize the Common Core Standards). Linking questions to my learning targets is why I chose ExitTicket over any other system. It allowed me to show students their performance data in each concept and skill I would teach that year. It’s their education, giving them sophisticated insight is transformative.
Investments in educational technology need to show results. As a classroom teacher, employing the right tools can reduce your workload while increasing your instructional impact. ExitTicket, a student response system, uses of small, formative assessments to build insight into your students’ comprehension. Try ExitTicket, give your students insight and empowerment, and knock your principal’s socks off.
Featured image hosted by Visually.
If this information was useful to you kindly share it with your social network.