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6 Ways Edtech Can Knock Your Principal’s Socks Off

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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.

6 Ways Edtech Can Knock Your Principals Socks Off

Student Engagement

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.

Intervention Hotlist

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.

Mastery-Based Scorebook

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.

Student Ownership

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.

Knock Socks Off

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Dan Adiletta

About Dan Adiletta

Daniel Adiletta is a licensed teacher with experience implementing 1:1 programs. While guiding an iPad initiative and teaching Computer Science, Adiletta went through numerous response systems until he found ExitTicket. It was exactly what he was looking for and he told his colleagues about it via YouTube. Now he's a part of the ExitTicket team.

Today, I ran a professional development my teaching staff at Allen Park High School. It went great. Before today, I have 8 teachers who are using it. After today, the number will definitely increase.

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Tim Brown, Mathematics Department Chair
Allen Park High School

ExitTicket has been designed how education technology should be designed: In the classroom, by teachers and students.

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Scot Refsland, Ph.D.
LPS Innovation Fellow

We designed and built ExitTicket with the purpose of giving teachers a powerful tool to accelerate student learning – particularly for students entering significantly below grade level.

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Dr Louise Waters, CEO, Superintendent
Leadership Public Schools

Great app to be a more responsive teacher, save time grading, and have students celebrate growth

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Mitch Mosbey, First Grade
Promise Road Elementary

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Lindsay Hudak, Edtech Integration Specialist
Tri-Creek School Corp.

Your app has helped me teach my students how having ‘grit’ leads to success

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Kristin Thomsen, 6th Grade Teacher

I saw ExitTicket when it was just barely a functional prototype two years ago. Now seeing it in action recently at the Education For the Future’s Summer Institute, Wow! It’s a real game changer.

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Marcy Lauck, Director, National Data Strategies, NLET

I am very enthusiastic about ExitTicket because it fills a much needed gap in our education reform efforts.

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Tom Vander Ark, CEO of Getting Smart

I’ve seen a lot of technology over the years, and ExitTicket is one of the most impactful educational tools I’ve ever seen.

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Tim Koogle, Former CEO of Yahoo

I’m a huge ExitTicket fan.

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James Sanders, White House Fellow

The power of change it produces in both students and teachers is amazing. The way it handles detailed longitudinal data has never been seen before in a student response system.

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Vickie Bernhardt, Director, Education for the Future