iPads in Education – Enhancing student learning by Lynda Cutting

Exit Tickets and your iPad

Logically, the best way to find out what students learnt during a lesson…is to ask them.

exitExit tickets are a powerful way to get instant feedback on student learning, reinforce learning intentions or essential understandings, find out any questions or misunderstandings students may have or even find out if they can apply their learning in different ways. All vital to enable us to plan to best meet student learning needs.

Exit tickets can be used at the end of a lesson, series of lessons, unit of work or even the end of the day. All you need is a process or tool to use and a prompt to inspire student thinking.

Great prompts could include:

  • Questions which could be as simple “What did you learn today? or “What challenged your thinking?” or an Essential Question from your planning. Click here for some other great exit ticket questions.
  • Thinking routines make inspirational prompts to encourage higher level thinking.
    • “I used to think….but now I think!”
    • Use a “Word – Phrase –Sentence” to summarise your learning
    • Today what did you “See – Think – Wonder?”
  • Quotes can prompt thinking. Perhaps some Confucius “You cannot open a book without learning something.”, or a gem from Douglas Adams – “Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.” Or from my favourite educational philosopher…Dr Seuss – “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you’ll go” or “Sometimes the questions are complicated but the answers are simple.” Here are some more great quotes.
  • Images and Graphics related to your learning tasks can inspire thinking.

There are many ways to have students create ‘Exit Tickets”. For me using a variety of tools to keep interest high and support the varied learning styles of our students is vital.The speed of the iPad and the wide variety of apps available make iPads the perfect tool on which to create Exit Tickets.

For quick responses to questions and quotes try Socrative or Poll Daddy. For a collaborative approach  Today’s Meet creates an in the class “Twitter type” conversation. Create a shared notice board with Padlet or Corkulous,  images can be added and the class can share their reflections.

Screencasting apps like Educreations, Mini Doodlecast and Explain Everything take reflections one step further, adding images, text and voice and are a great way to respond to pompts that ask students to demonstrate what they have learnt.

Simple and effective digital story telling tools such as Haiku Deck and 30 Hands give a more graphic and visual element to responses and can be done in a few minutes.

Students could respond using mindmapping tool like Popplet, Popplet Lite or Ideas Sketch or in a comic using Strip Designer.

Exit tickets are a powerful and essential element of our teaching and iPads can support this in ways  only limited by our imaginations…as Dr Seuss said….”Think left and think right and think low and think high.Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”


One comment on “Exit Tickets and your iPad

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