Easy exit tickets in the age of social distancing

Tal, Resident Teacher

Exit tickets are a well-known tool for gauging comprehension, or as a strategy for formative assessment. Traditionally done at the end of class, on a slip of paper, teachers gather one or two answers from students to see who grasped a concept, and to flag any difficulties students may be having. 

With an increase in flexible or remote learning, and concerns around spreading illness by passing around pieces of paper, formative assessment strategies such as paper exit tickets are no longer a viable option. So how can we adapt this practice for the new education landscape? Digital exit tickets provide an answer.

Digital exit tickets

Digital exit ticket tools use technology to make it easy to share questions with students and collect and understand responses.

Some handy features include: 

  • Quick setup, no printing and cutting
  • Save your favourite questions to re-use later
  • Make use of different response types - text answers, number scales, emoji reactions or multiple choice
  • Schedule questions in advance to reduce your workload
  • Make use of dashboards - review all your students' responses in one spot without having to sort through bits of paper
  • Respond to individual students as needed

Wellbeing and the learning environment

Exit tickets don’t just need to be about comprehension. Now more than ever, a safe space to ask students how they are feeling in their learning environment, or to pulse check wellbeing is equally as important. 

When you ask questions about wellbeing, remember that each response is important to the student, and students are sharing how they are feeling in that moment. Take the time to respond, but resist the urge to problem solve (at least in the short term). Generating understanding over time will help you understand what action to take. 

9 great digital exit ticket questions

Here’s some suggested questions to get started, some of which are from Ziplet's question library in the free teacher account. 

Content Comprehension
  1. Explain x concept in a tweet (180 characters)
  2. What is one thing you would like me to explain more clearly?
  3. How did the x activity we did today help you understand the content?
Learning Environment
  1. What’s one change we could make to our learning environment to help you learn better?
  2. What’s one thing you would like me to Start/Stop/Continue doing in our virtual class?
  3. Do you feel safe and comfortable in your learning environment?
  1. How are you feeling about accessing resources online?
  2. What is one thing you are grateful for today?
  3. When do you feel challenged and supported?


Make it easy with Ziplet

Ziplet is a free tool for teachers that makes it easy to send an exit ticket in under 30 seconds.

You can access suggested questions, collect instant responses, see student responses as word clouds and charts. With loads of features that save you time, Ziplet can help you improve relationships with your students and elevate your teaching.

The best part is, it's free. Create your own account here.

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