Make Awesome Exit Tickets with Digital Breakouts

Exit Ticket Digital Breakout ThumbnailAuthor’s Note: This strategy is very similar to the Make Vocabulary Fun with Digital Breakouts strategy I blogged about on BamRadioNetwork’s EdWords blog.

Here is a strategy for using digital breakouts to make exit tickets that challenge and engage learners while producing useful assessment data.

Step One: Make a Google Form with the digital breakout locks.

Use response validation to set each lock (they are short answer questions) to be a key vocabulary word or concept from the lesson. Sometimes locks are referred to as “codes” as seen below. Set each question to be a required question.

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Keep this to four or five locks.

Step Two: Make a Google Form with quiz mode enabled.

Click the settings gear in the upper right corner of the form to enable quiz mode.Quiz Mode

Add multiple choice questions to Google Form that assess what students learned. The number of questions should equal the number of locks in the first Google form. Choose the correct answer for each question in the form. Feedback for correct answers should be short answer questions that assess the lesson. The answers to those questions are the locks in step one. Feedback for incorrect answers should be links to remediating content.

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Step Three: Make a one-page Google Site.

The first element is a text box that outlines a scenario where something is locked. Have fun writing it and model creativity for learners. See below for an example.

The second element is a section with another text box. Put the text, “Want some hints? Click here.” in the box. Link “here” to the Google Form with multiple choice questions from step two. Set the section style to “Emphasis 2” or “image” to call attention to this text box. This box can also contain a link to a resource that reviews the lesson content if a teacher wants to provide that scaffold. Here are two examples of what this section can look like:

 

Without Scaffold Resource

Without scaffolding recourse and section style set to “image.”

 

 

With Scaffold Resource

With scaffolding resource and section style set to “Emphasis 2.”

The third element on the page is the Google Form with the locks from step one. Simply insert it.

That’s it. The exit ticket is complete. It gives learners a way to interact with lesson content and assesses them using multiple choice and short answer questions. All a teacher has to make are:
Two Google Forms
A one-page Google Site

Please make copies of the two Google Forms in this Google Drive folder to use as templates to make a digital breakout exit ticket. Click the image below to try a US history digital breakout exit ticket I made for tenth-grade students.

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Thank you for reading. If you would like to discuss this strategy further, please comment below or tweet me at @TomEMullaney.

Make Vocabulary Fun with Digital Breakouts

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My latest BamRadioNetwork EdWords blog post is Make Vocabulary Fun with Digital Breakouts – my strategy for using Quizlet, Google Forms, and Google Sites to rejuvenate vocabulary review. Thank you for reading and considering it. Please comment below or tweet me at @TomEMullaney if you would like to discuss further.

Comparing Digital Breakouts in New Google Sites and Classic Google Sites

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The New Google Sites is live in personal GMail accounts. It is vastly different from what is now known as “Classic Sites.” Here are my thoughts on using both tools to make digital breakouts.

Looks are important.

Students are more likely to engage with a breakout if it is visually appealing. The New Sites makes much nicer looking websites. Have a look at my digital breakout templates in Classic Sites and New Sites to see the vast difference. Speaking of design, use Canva to make beautiful header images. 280 pixels high and 767 pixels wide are the ideal dimensions.

It is so easy!

Classic Sites is difficult to work with. It is not intuitive. New Sites could not be any easier to use. Make one site with it and you’re a pro. I am thrilled to share New Sites with teachers because they can point, click, and make a beautiful website!

The one drawback.

Beautiful, easy sites! So what’s the catch? There is one, and it is big. Third-party sites that embed in Classic Sites, such as EdPuzzle, ThingLink, and Quizlet, don’t embed in New Sites. Instead, there is a preview that opens a new tab when clicked:

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New Sites is still better.

New Sites’ beauty, ease, and fantastic G Suite integration make it well worth it. EdPuzzle doesn’t work? Find a short video and pair it with a Google Form! Google Slides, PDFs in Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and even My Maps embed flawlessly – with no code needed! Simply click and drag to move or change size.

I am perfectly willing to use only G Suite tools in New Sites while I wait for embeds to be added to the platform’s functionality.

Beware the navigation!

New Sites has two navigation settings:

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This means that all site pages are visible by default. However, you can hide pages individually:

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Here are some suggestions.

For what it’s worth, here are some suggestions from someone who made many digital breakouts in Classic Sites and can’t wait to get started in New Sites:

  • Figure out what you want your students to work with before making your digital breakout. What PDFs, Google Docs, Google Slides, YouTube videos, Google My Maps, etc. do you want your students interacting with during your digital breakout? Figure that out and your locks will flow from there.
  • Keep the elements on each page minimal. Do not overload students with too many things to view on any one page. Keep it simple and visually appealing. New Sites and Canva help those of us (like me!) who are not artistically inclined.
  • Make one lock super easy. Once students crack one lock, they are hooked. I don’t always follow my own advice on this one. I should.
  • Make digital breakouts in personal Google accounts. No one has a crystal ball. Making a Google Site in a school domain means it could go away if employment status changes. Use personal Google accounts to ensure sites do not disappear when changing jobs.
  • Beta test! Before students try a breakout, have your PLC beta test it to make sure everything is correct. Errors from incorrect links to grammar are common when making digital breakouts. Beta testing makes sure students work on a refined finished product.

Thank you for reading. Comment below or send me a tweet @edtechtom with questions.

Digital Breakouts in the New Google Sites

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The new Google Sites is live. This is a template website to give you ideas for making digital breakouts in the new Sites. Currently, there is no way to copy sites or publish them as templates. The good news is that the new Sites is so intuitive that making digital breakouts is easier than ever!

If you have never tried a digital breakout, please watch this video where I take you through the template to show you how it works:

Please make copies of the files in this Google Drive folder to help you make digital breakouts. This template site uses Google Forms, an embedded PDF, an embedded YouTube video, and Google Slides. Google My Maps and Google Sheets are other G Suite tools that are great for embedding in digital breakouts.

Comment below or send me a tweet @TomEMullaney with questions.

All Digital Breakouts I make are inspired by the innovators behind BreakoutEDU,  James Sanders and Mark Hammons, as well as by the creators of Digital BreakoutEDU,  Justin Birckbichler and Mari Venturino.

Update June 4, 2017:

Have a look at my video about a small problem with digital breakouts in the new Google Sites and a solution:

Use These Templates to Make Your Own Digital Breakouts!

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Author’s note: This post is intended to help teachers make Digital Breakouts in Classic Google Sites. The New Google Sites has gone live. Please read my blog post about making Digital Breakouts in New Google Sites. Additionally, please read my post comparing the classic and new versions of Google Sites.

Digital Breakouts, the entirely online offshoot of the BreakoutEDU movement, are a great way to help students fall in love with problem-solving. I make and use them, as do my colleagues who have found innovative ways to incorporate them into instruction.

Recently, I have had colleagues and educators on social media tell me they would like to make digital breakouts but the task seems daunting. One colleague asked me to build a template website to help him get started.

So here it is – a Digital Breakout template website, a replicable Google Site template, and a Google Folder with template files. Makes copies of them and have at it! The website is a Digital Breakout itself. Go through it to see how they work.

The site demonstrates some great tools for digital breakouts: Google Forms with Quiz Mode enabled for feedback, Quizlet, EdPuzzle, and Thinglink.

Comment below or send me a tweet @edtechtom with questions.

All Digital Breakouts I make are inspired by the innovators behind BreakoutEDU,  James Sanders and Mark Hammons, as well as by the creators of Digital BreakoutEDU,  Justin Birckbichler and Mari Venturino.

The Next Awesome Thing In Your Classroom – Digital BreakoutEDU

I have made fourteen digital BreakoutEDU activities. Please have a look, attempt to crack the locks, and give me feedback! Can you succeed in 45 minutes?

For those new to BreakoutEDU, hints for cracking the lock are built into the site. Some are visible, some are hidden. Some are distractions.

Update 11/25/16: I will no longer post new digital breakouts to this blog post. I am now storing my digital breakouts on this website.

Update 11/17/16: I have made a how-to resource for digital breakouts.

Update 5/18/16: I documented how teachers use Digital BreakoutEDU at Gravelly Hill Middle School to engage students on the BAMRadio Network EdWords blog.

Poetry Digital Breakout

My colleague ELA teacher Suzanne DeConto and I made a poetry break-out to help 7th-grade students review poetry. Adults and students have enjoyed it. Update (7/1/16): I am honored to announce this breakout was featured in USA Today!

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Defeat Barry Goldwater! was designed for high school history students. The 2016 presidential election has a controversial candidate in Donald Trump. Before Trump, there was Barry Goldwater. Use this digital breakout to teach your students about LBJ, Goldwater, the Civil Rights Movement, Freedom Summer, the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, and the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. Be warned – with seven locks this breakout is in the higher range of difficulty.

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Combine Like Terms and Save Halloween! was a collaborative effort amongst myself, Beth Liner, Ashley Vaughn, and Sara Rodgers. As the instructional support staff at Gravelly Hill Middle School, we were tasked with making an activity to help seventh-grade students review combining like terms. We put our heads together and this breakout is the result. The amount of math involved in this breakout makes it a good choice for an entire block period or two days in a conventional bell schedule.

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Decide The 1800 Election! is my attempt to capitalize on the Hamilton musical craze while teaching middle and high school students about Hamilton, the 1800 presidential election, and the Federalist-era United States. Be warned – cracking the date lock is especially tricky in this breakout!

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Campfire Conundrum is a simple three-lock breakout designed to help sixth-grade students review heat transfer. This is my first science breakout. It is a good way to introduce students to digital breakout.

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Pave the Way for Barack and Hillary! teaches students about trailblazing 1972 presidential candidate Shirley Chisholm. This makes a great addition to any US history unit focusing on the 1970s.

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Richard Knicks-on blends some of my favorite things, Digital BreakoutEDU, US History, and the New York Knicks! The Knicks content is window dressing to give the site a nice orange and blue color scheme while making students feel like they are in the late 60s and early 70s. This breakout is good for teaching about Watergate, Nixon, and protests against the Vietnam War.

Ratify the Bill of Rights Splash Image

I challenged myself to make a digital breakout for the first half of US history. The result is Ratify the Bill of Rights. This is my first breakout using DocHub, a great tool for manipulating PDFs.

Sell World War I to the American Public

I made Sell World War I to the American Public as a relatively easy way to review World War I concepts. It is mostly from the US history perspective. This breakout is good for someone just starting out with digital breakouts as it focuses more on content and less on gaming.

Escape to Summer Vacation Digital Breakout

I designed Escape to Summer Vacation as a fun end of the year activity for Caroline Smith, my middle-school math teacher colleague. This challenging breakout tells the story of Caroline trying to escape to summer vacation. I hope you like order of operations and integers!

Escape the Guillotine Digital Breakout

I made Escape the Guillotine with 9th-grade World History curricular materials. This digital breakout will help middle and high school students review the French Revolution. I used EdPuzzle to include short videos and convey hints.

 

Liberate the Sphero Digital Breakout

I made Liberate the Sphero to commemorate the arrival of Spheros at our school and introduce math teachers to digital breakout.

Liberate Paris Digital Breakout - High School

Liberate Paris was made with curricular materials for 9th-grade students.

Liberate Paris Digital Breakout - Middle School

This is a different version of the Liberate Paris breakout. I designed it to help 7th-grade students study for their World War II test. If you have never participated in a BreakoutEDU, this is a good one to start with.

Cuban Missile Crisis Digital Breakout Currently in Beta

I made the Cuban Missile Crisis with materials I used for 11th-grade students. Beta-testing has shown this is a very difficult breakout. I will tinker with it and make improvements soon.

These breakouts were inspired by Justin Birckbichler‘s and Mari Venturino‘s work at DigitalBreakout. Additionally, I was inspired by the work of James Sanders and Mark Hammons at BreakoutEDU.com. The work of these fine educators was integral in designing these activities. I am especially grateful to Justin for the awesome Google Sheet I copied for use in some of these breakouts.

Thank you for reading this. Please feel free to give me feedback on Twitter, @edtechtom, or in the comments below.