Assessing Students with Twitter-Style Exit Slips
Lesson Objective: Use a Twitter-style exit slip to quickly assess learning
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Thought starters

  1. What are the benefits of using an exit slip that is in the style of Twitter?
  2. What might you assess with this style of exit slip?
  3. With older students, how could you adapt this strategy for use on actual Twitter?
Great idea for promoting concise thinking! :) I plan to use this in my math classes! Suggestion . . . possibly include a grid with light gray blocks for them to write their tweets so that they don't have to keep going back to count the characters. 8 rows of 18 blocks would provide 144 spaces for letters, numbers, punctuation marks, and spaces. :) Of course, you could turn the paper sideways and use 7 rows of 20 blocks to get exactly 140 blocks. :) Here's a link to free printable gray-lined centimeter grid paper in case anyone would like to provide grids. (Quarter inch may be too small.)
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Cool! I will try this idea! I love Twitter, follow me at @mcbride_edutech
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In Google Forms, text and paragraph text questions have an option for "Advanced Settings" and "Data Validation" that allow creators to limit response length by number of characters, no more than, no less than, exact number (to collect phone numbers or other specific data), etc. Set Data Validation to No More Than 140 characters and collect Tweets all in one spreadsheet for easy grading. This will engage students, even in upper grades, more effectively and make teacher's life easier (if only students had a computer, Chromebook, tablet, or smart phone handy)
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Thanks so much! I plan to use this with my 7th & 8th graders when we return in August. Will definitely try the Google Forms (thanks, Greg), and hopefully we can Tweet in real time!
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Thanks very much. I often use exit slips, but really like the idea of limiting to 140 characters and I will give this a go with senior English in order to help them refine thesis statements. This is an excellent style of formative assessment that gives a clear indication of student understanding.
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  • Assessing Students with Twitter-Style Exit Slips Transcript

    Speaker 1: "Are you ready for this?"

    Class: "Yes."

    Speaker 1: "Okay." One way to quickly assess your

    Assessing Students with Twitter-Style Exit Slips Transcript

    Speaker 1: "Are you ready for this?"

    Class: "Yes."

    Speaker 1: "Okay." One way to quickly assess your students when they leave their class is to give them a Twitter-style exit slip. "Now remember, this is a tweet." It's so sophisticated. Kids are like, "Ooh, Twitter." "Take your tweet, and start writing on that." Before my students leave the class, I have them choose one of three questions that they must answer in one hundred and forty characters or less. "What are the characters?"

    Class: "Letters, spaces, and punctuation."

    Speaker 1: "Okay." It provides variety for one, and it also gives them the challenge of thinking about what they learn.

    Speaker 3: "People write blogs to show emotions and feelings against a claim or an argument, like against somebody, like a debate in writing class." That would have been a Twitter.

    Speaker 4: "Yeah, because I feel like people, since it's a blog, people would share their opinions ..."

    Speaker 1: They have to think quickly, and they have to be concise in their answer.

    Class: "Have a nice day, [inaudible 00:01:27]."

    Speaker 1: "You, too." I don't have to pick out of a whole paragraph what they have learned. "Ooh, you did it. Okay."


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