I’ll admit that the hardest part of lesson implementation for me is the dreaded wrap-up, concluding event, exit ticket. What ever you want to call it, I suck at it. Period. While I have dreams of grandeur, inevitably, I find myself shouting down the hall reminders about homework instead of using the carefully crafted exit tickets that I had cut by hand the night before. You have no idea how many exit tickets I have “recycled” due to lessons that had to be shortened or reevaluated….
So I had this idea…
I wanted to use Flipgrid, an online video response platform, to create digital exit tickets that I could actually use to tailor my instruction for the next day.
FlipGrid in a nutshell:
Flipgrid allows you to set up a “wall” where you can post as many questions as you would like. Then, students respond to the question with a video response. The tool is managed by the teacher and many of the features can be manipulated and tailored to fit your classroom.
For my lesson I taught 8th grade science students. I used the book What If? by Randall Munroe as an inspiration for the lesson. Students had previously learned about the periodic table of elements. Using the question “What if you created a periodic table out of the actual elements the symbols represent?” students acted as ghost writers, creating cartoons to hypothesize what would possibly happen based upon their previous knowledge.
At the end of the lesson, students were given the opportunity to record their own “what if” questions by Randall Munroe. These were then shared via Twitter with Munroe. This added a bit of levity for the students, knowing their work was going to be shared with the author.
Four things that impressed me:
- I only used 3 iPads. I set up stations in the room and the students took turns. It took about 7 minutes for 25+ students to submit their responses. Some worked in groups, others submitted individual responses.
- Many students submitted more than one question…Having a student challenge themselves further…YES PLEASE!
- I did not have to do ANY pre-teaching for the students to use the app. Flipgrid is very user friendly.
- It works across platform. Since we are going 1:1 next year with 8th grade this is definitely going to be a game changer for many teachers.
Here is the Flipgrid we created to share Randall Munroe!
Here is a copy of the lesson if you are interested!