Contributed by Ryan Schaff, Assistant Professor of Technology, University of Maryland, Notre Dame

Do they get it?

After the instructional lesson is over, the academic students look at them and leave a full classroom. Did my students get lessons? Are they still unsure of any such idea, concept or skill? Do my students have any misconceptions about the lesson and its content? Do I need to review something tomorrow?

These are just a few of the questions that reflection educators are going to consider after ringing the bell. In a real sense, many of these reflective questions are asked if they can be addressed if they use an exit ticket. Exit tickets are a simple, quick and often insightful constructive assessment method that is employed near the end of the lesson. It is a simple task that requires answering a few learning questions or performing certain tasks that are explored during the learning process.

The format of an exit ticket changes. Teachers can use a variety of questions / activities. There are multiple-choice, true or false, short written feedback, match, close (fill in the blanks), and survey or poll names but there are a few. In classroom implementation, exit tickets should be brief, concise, and the peaks should be involved in a review of the skills, ideas, and experiences explored during the lesson. They are also ideal for continuing to study in the next class - many educators start with exit tickets from previous lessons to activate students' previous knowledge.

In the age of digital learning, exit tickets are no longer limited to small slips of paper collected by teachers as students leave their classrooms (although this method is still fine). There are countless digital tools for teachers to dispose of to collect this valuable performance data from their students.

Here are 18 best constructive assessment tools for teachers - to gather information, take snapshots of understanding, create digital exit slips and much more.

Digital exit slip? 18 Of the best constructive assessment tools for teachers

1. Loop

Using digital exit ticketing tools like Loop can be an easy way to verify if students have understood the text, as well as request reflection (and promotion) from students.

2. Google Forms

Students can set up departure tickets with a variety of types and submit requests to participate via email or a shared link.  All participants will have a single spreadsheet of their feedback. Teachers will be able to review each single departure ticket in the same document.

3. Socrates

Societal trainers allow their students to evaluate with educational activities (ideal for the BYOD environment) on tablets, laptops or smartphones. Through the use of real-time Q&A, learners and students can all visualize the data to make decisions about upcoming learning.

4. Hand signal

Okay, this is not a digital tool but using hand signals to quickly ‘take the temperature’ of the classroom is probably already in most teachers ’toolkits. Even a basic ‘thumbs up’, thumbs up half way there and ‘thumbs up if you get lost’ provides teachers with instant ‘constructive assessment data’. Of course this is self-assessment, which means you depend on their self-assessment skills but it is a skill that can develop over time.

5. Picker

When using Plicker cards, students are able to provide answers to their teacher's questions. Academics can use a smartphone or tablet to capture student responses and the app collects and reports data.

6. Flipgrid

If you want to evaluate students through video prompts - by asking them to create summaries, 3-2-1 (3 things I remember, I have 2 questions and 1 topic I found interesting, etc.)), Flipgrid a Easy way to create and share videos while controlling visibility and privacy.

Here are some more ideas for using flipgrids in the classroom.

7. IXL

You can read more about how to use IXL here, but in a nutshell, it's an adaptive learning platform that is content-based - meaning content and lessons, and as a teacher, you can simply assign content (or self-select students) To evaluate content understanding.

8. Kahut

Game-based constructive assessment to win?

9. Google Classroom

While this may not be the fastest way to get data in real-time (depending on the teaching and learning model being used), the Google Classroom is certainly popular and if you use it, there are questions and data and class rosters right in the having.

10. Voice thread

VoiceTread allows educators and students to discuss documents, presentations, images, audio files and videos using a myriad of methods. Students are able to add audio, text or video feedback for a media-centric assessment experience.

11. Padlet

Like Leno, Padlet is an online shared space where students can post notes, multimedia files, hyperlinks and documents. Teachers are also able to adjust privacy settings to ensure student safety.

Of course, connected educators can use hundreds of additional digital tools or techniques to manage an exit ticket for students who aren't listed here.

12. Metmeter

Montimeter allows students to use interactive presentations with real-time polling as you teach. Although they have a free account level, it is limited to just two questions according to the presentation. However, their ‘Education Basic’ plan is only $ 6.99 / month and Education Pro. 14.99. You can find out more details in the links above.

15. Twitter

Ideal for older students, teachers can allow students to post a 280-character summary of today's lesson and send discussions after the class has officially ended. You can anchor the response using your own personalized hashtag so that it is searchable later. Clearly, the downside is the students' privacy concerns - not to mention they're on Twitter (with all the inherent confusion). To use Twitter for constructive assessment requires a fairly niche.

16. GoFormative

If you don't have your own content, just grab a construct from our public library of pre-made forms. Feel free to edit the details of any questions for your students. Once you have something to offer your students, just click on it. Then, share the login information, a link, or guest code for your students to join and let the fun begin.

17. Pier deck

Other benefits of this popular learning tool include integration with other tools, including Google or Microsoft-based digital learning tools.

18. Poll everywhere

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