When I was a classroom teacher, I always liked ending my lessons with an activity where students would reflect on their learning experience. I would do this using exit slips, which students would write on torn sheets of paper. But times have changed and now almost every student has some sort of personal device. For that reason, we love using the following tools to create, distribute, and collect digital exit slips.
Here are 5 digital exit slip tools you could use in your classroom!
1. SMART response 2 and SMART lab
Say goodbye to paper and pen grading with SMART response 2 and SMART lab—both features of the SMART Learning Suite.
In just a few minutes using SMART response 2, teachers can create formative assessments, virtually hand out those assessments, and receive instant feedback from students without breaking the flow of their lesson. SMART response 2 allows you to ask multiple choice or short response questions that students can respond to on their personal devices. Results can be viewed on your interactive display or exported as a report for individual student performance.
Quickly and easily create activities with SMART lab. Using lab’s pre-made templates, you can customize your questions and game components, and push those activities out to multiple classroom devices. From monsters and rockstars to pirates and aliens, teachers can always find something fun and interactive no matter the subject or age group!
2. Google Forms
Simplify the process of collecting student exit slips with Google Forms.
This tool has students eager to participate, with a wide variety of question options including short response, multiple choice, true/false, check boxes, and more! It also provides quick and helpful feedback to both the student and teacher.
Your Google Form can be lesson-specific or generic if you would like to re-use the same form at the end of each class. Generic forms would ask questions such as, “What is one takeaway from today’s lesson?” or “What is one thing you still find confusing?”
Google Forms also allows teachers to change any form into a quiz, where teachers can assign points to each question. Google Forms can automatically grade student submissions as soon their work is complete, and all data can be automatically exported to a Google Sheet.
Socrative is a free mobile assessment platform that works with any web browser, iOS, or Android devices.
Using this platform, teachers can streamline the process of delivering, collecting, and analyzing student assessment data into a seamless, paper-free process. Teachers can personalize content and design assessments to work with a variety of learning styles.
Students love Socrative because they get to interact with the platform using any type of mobile device, and receive instant feedback. Teachers love Socrative because the platform generates reports in a matter of seconds after students have responded. With Socrative, teachers can create simple quizzes, a “Space Race” (a competitive activity where teams collaborate on a quiz), or a simple exit slip that populates 3 generic questions automatically.
One of the many reasons why I love this platform for exit slips is because of the “Quick Question” option. Quick questions come in the form of Multiple Choice, True/False, and Short Answer. You don’t need to have questions pre-created when using a Quick Question.
Padlet is a great way for students to create, communicate, and collaborate on digital content.
Its simple platform makes it easy to start and work within an interactive space that can be shown on the board in real time. Students can access the “Padlet wall” quickly through a website link or QR code. You can even personalize the web address to make it easier for students.
With Padlet, you see data in real time, whether you’re using an interactive display or personal device. Students and teachers can immediately view responses and assess their understanding.
As the teacher, you can choose different layouts to fit your needs. For an exit slip activity, there is a board with sticky notes that may work best with your students. My favorite parts about Padlet is that students don’t need to create their own accounts and the data will never be deleted unless you do it!
5. Poll Everywhere
If your students have access to iPads or tablets, mobile devices, personal computers, twitter accounts or simply anything connected to the web, they can download the app “Poll Everywhere.”
Poll Everywhere creates a clicker-free classroom when it comes to collecting instant data. When it’s time for an exit slip, simply ask your class a question with the Poll Everywhere app. Students answer in real time using their personal devices and then see class results live on the web or in a PowerPoint or Keynote presentation.
Teachers can also use Poll Everywhere to find out how their students’ poll responses compare/contrast with responses to nationwide or statewide polls. This application fosters rich discussions, helps guide student and teacher communication, and promotes an easy way to check for misconceptions once the lesson ends. A simple opinion question using a rating scale from 1-5 about how well the students understood the lesson’s content could be used to grab a quick summary of how effective the lesson was.
Remember, the end of your lesson is not where the learning stops. These closure activities are meant to review the objectives of the lesson and give students the opportunity to show what they know or what they may still find challenging. Using some of these fun and interactive digital assessments foster this type of responsibility for students. They are excited to participate and don’t feel pressure to answer the final questions correctly if they still have misconceptions.
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