Exit Tickets turn into a Collaborative Review

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Traditional exit tickets have been completed on a slip of paper, collected from each student as they leave the classroom.  They are a great, quick formative assessment to determine whether or not the students understood the objectives.  They can also be used to prepare students for the lesson that will be coming the next day by activating prior knowledge, getting them thinking.

But what if we used exit tickets to encourage students to work together.  Instead of independent responses, why not allow students to answer the exit question(s) on a collaborative document?  Now the students can see what others have added, increase their understanding with the help of their peers, have a quick, digital copy of notes they can use to review the lesson, and you can easily see who is on the right track and who might need a little clarification.

Using a Google doc, with editing shared to all who have the access link, allows all classmates to work together and helps them guide their own learning.  Rather than just the teacher giving out information and keeping track of their student’s learning, now you are giving that responsibility back to the learner.

Give it a try.  Here is a video that walks you through the steps of setting up a Google doc so it is ready for a collaborative exit ticket.


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Post It Boards – Lino

After reading a discussion on my listserv about “flipping” faculty meetings as a way to get rid of the “daily chores” and leave more time for professional growth, I would like to share the site called “lino” or “linoit”, www.linoit.com.  This site can be used by anyone but rather than just share it with teachers I thought it would be better shown through example, so I’m sharing it here in hopes it will spark and idea and someone will try it out.

This site is a post it note site that can be shared with others via a link (or embedded on a website).  You post your notes, agenda items, reminders, links, pictures, video, etc. and teachers would review this site before the meeting.  Teachers (or others) can also post notes to the board if they need to with any questions/comments.

You can post the meeting topic or assignment to staff if you will: you post a video link or article link that would be reviewed before the meeting and have staff post their thoughts about that information.  This allows your actual meeting time to be devoted to conversation about the “learning topic” and how it can be implemented in the classroom, i.e. more time for professional growth rather than “daily chores” that always need discussed.

Here is an example of a board about Flipped Classrooms.  See it embedded below.


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Learn Zillion with Common Core

This week is currently the annual PA Educational Technology Expo and Conference (PETE&C) in Hershey PA.  I usually attend this conference to connect and collaborate with other technology coaches and teachers from across the state.  However this year I have been listening and learning from afar thanks to Twitter.

learnzillion teacher screenshot HS mathOne of the resources I have just learned about is a site called “LearnZillion“.  This website has over 2000 online lesson plans that are built by teachers and connected with the Common Core.  They are all searchable by grade level, topic, or standard.  Once you find a lesson topic, the lesson plan itself has an instructional video for the teacher to use with their students.  The lesson plan supplies a “code” for the students so they can review the video on their time, at home or in class.  Depending on the lesson plan topic, students may also see a video to help them complete practice activities .

BEST thing about this site is it is FREE.  Teachers can visit the site and “sign in” using their Google account (example: bdilling@nbpanthers.org) or you can create a new account.  Students do not need an account.  Teachers can also inform parents about this site and share a lesson plan topic with the parents so they can use the resource at home as a way to support their child in school.  The videos are clear and direct and provide another way of learning for the student.

learnzillion teacher screenshot gr 5 EnglishImagine assigning this video for homework along with an outline or graphic organizer that students must complete before coming to class the next day.  In class you are able to answer questions or  uncertainties the students have about the topic.  This allows you to spend the majority of your class time helping students solve problems using this skill or topic or even put those English skills to use in a written piece or video they are creating.

Once teachers find a lesson they want to use with their students, simply give that code to the students.  The students will go to the site, LearnZillion and click on “I’m a Student”.  They will choose “Quick Code” and be prompted to enter the code given to them by the teacher.  Sorry there is no embed code for these lessons but on a positive note, the videos do not come from YouTube so even students here in class, at school, can access the videos.

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