By Tara Caravaggio, Marketing Intern at Spiral.ac

tara@spiral.ac

With more universities using class participation to make up final grades, what tools can be used to help teachers track this?

At my university in Canada, class participation makes up 20-30% of students’ course grades. This is intimidating for students who fear public speaking. Spiral transforms intimidating lectures into collaborative learning sessions. Technology in the classroom is what engages this generation. Spiral allows students to make use of digital tools to achieve their learning goals. Students that do not take part in class now have the opportunity to share their opinions and answers anonymously. This is one of the key benefits of the application.


As a marketing intern at Spiral, my first task is to determine its competitive advantage. What differentiates Spiral is its ability to boost learning inside of the classroom by increasing participation. It provides more features than any other formative assessment tool in the market. This platform encourages students to prepare for class and be active participants in classroom discussions.

Spiral changes the way learning and teaching takes place. It makes it more meaningful and impactful for students. This platform is a combination of a student response system and collaboration tool. Students work together to share ideas and to achieve a goal. Spiral allows teachers to ask questions and gather students’ responses during a lecture. Through collaboration, creativity, and communication, Spiral’s applications provide students with the skills necessary to face the future.

Through the use of formative assessment tools, teachers are able to determine if students understand the content. Teachers use the results to adjust their teaching. Students use the results to adjust and improve their own learning. This is known as an exit ticket, which is an assessment that occurs at the end of class to check students’ understanding of key concepts.

Steps to Using an Exit Ticket:

  1. Create: Determine what it is you would like to find out from your students at the end of a lesson. Then, pose one or a few questions on the Exit Ticket. Each question can be multiple choice or short answer.
  2. Collect and Compile: Set a specific amount of time for students to complete the exit ticket. Collect the exit tickets from students once everyone is finished. Read and analyze the results.
  3. Clarify: Identify students’ strengths and weaknesses, and then plan for the next day’s lesson.

Reference: https://www.edutopia.org/practice/exit-tickets-checking-understanding

What makes Spiral such a powerful learning tool is its three-way view. Students answer using their personal devices, teachers provide feedback, responses appear anonymously. Spiral encourages both groups to teach and participate. Unlike other tools, it is not only teacher controlled or only student controlled. It is a combination of the two.

Spiral activities are used internationally, in every subject from primary to university level. The company offers schools a one-stop solution for class engagement. Spiral has established a foothold in a fast growing market. As a summer intern, I am looking forward to meeting with some of the 350,000 registered users to discuss their experience with Spiral. Spiral is transforming education and how students learn. It is an essential tool for any classroom in a digital world.

Encourage collaboration and feedback in your classroom today: https://spiral.ac

For more information, contact me at tara@spiral.ac

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