The 60-second post-it: a great way to make information stick

Jan-Wolter Smit

Head of Education

With the learning technique 60-second post-it students are stimulated to write as many words as possible on a ‘digital post-it’. What is going to stick?

With the learning technique 60-second post-it students are stimulated to write as many words as possible on a ‘digital post-it’. What is going to stick?

What is it?

With the 60-second post-it students are encouraged to fill in a ‘digital post-it’ to their heart’s content. The time limit stimulates students to be selective and write down only the most important things. In other words: what sticks the most?

How do you create this learning technique?

This learning technique uses an open question. See in this video below how you set up an open question. The question you ask depends on what you want your students to learn. If you decide to use this learning technique as an exit ticket it will be something like: “What have you learned in this lesson? Write everything that comes to mind.”

As clearly stated, the students have 60 seconds to fill in their post-it. To make the time limit clear and visual, make sure you add the LessonUp Timer component. In the video below our colleague Alice explains how to add a timer to the lesson.

How do you implement it?

This learning technique is often used at the end of a lesson, while reviewing what has been learned and the learning objective/s. Actually this technique could be implemented at any given moment during the learning process. Just as many other types of exit tickets, it is a very powerful formative assessment tool, and a way of initiating a brainstorm session: for students and teachers.