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Digital Strategies

Braden Roper, Rance Roper, William Thompson, Javier Elizondo, Glen Straughn | Published: February 20th, 2024 by K20 Center

Summary

This is a collection of Instructional Strategies with digital versions you can use with your class or presentation. Most of these are simple tools to help you engage your participants with a topic of your choosing. Simply visit any of these Instructional Strategies, and find the "Go to" button under their "Interactive Version" section.

Resources

3-2-1

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th

This writing activity enables students to summarize their understanding of material, to evaluate understanding for gaps in knowledge, and to communicate this to their teacher. Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Individual

Copied To Clipboard Placement In Lesson

  • Engage/Opening, Explain/Closing, Evaluate/Assessment

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • Less Than 10 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Activate Prior Knowledge, Conversation Starter, Critical Thinking, Evaluate, Reflection, Review, Self-assessment, Writing

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th
S-I-T (Surprising, Interesting, Troubling)

Grade Level Grade Level

  • Preschool - 12th

Using this strategy, students identify something they find surprising, interesting, and troubling about the selected stimulus. Using S-I-T, students can summarize and demonstrate their interaction with a text, an image, or a video. Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

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  • Engage/Opening, Explore/Learning Activity, Extend/Additional Learning Activity, Evaluate/Assessment

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • 10 - 20 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Activate Prior Knowledge, Analyze, Conversation Starter, Elaborate, Evaluate, Hypothesize, Identify, Interpret, Reflection, Student Choice, Summarize, Synthesize

Grade Level Grade Level

  • Preschool - 12th
What? So What? Now What?

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 11th - 12th

Use this strategy as a method of reflection on a lesson, topic, or learning objective. The purpose is to allow students a scaffolding to reflect in a deeper manner than simply recalling what they did. Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Individual

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  • Evaluate/Assessment

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • Less Than 10 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Reflection

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 11th - 12th
Two Stars and A Wish

Grade Level Grade Level

  • Preschool - 12th

Two Stars and a Wish is a reflection strategy designed to provide student feedback via peer- and self-assessment. Students consider a recent activity, lesson, event, etc., and respond with two positive (stars) and one hopeful (wish) reflection. Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Individual, Whole Class

Copied To Clipboard Placement In Lesson

  • Explain/Closing, Extend/Additional Learning Activity, Evaluate/Assessment

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • Less Than 10 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Compare & Contrast, Critical Thinking, Evaluate, Identify, Reflection, Student Choice, Synthesize

Grade Level Grade Level

  • Preschool - 12th
Step In, Step Out, Step Back

Grade Level Grade Level

  • Kindergarten - Undergraduate

This strategy helps students analyze and understand differing social and cultural perspectives by putting themselves in the shoes of another person or character. Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Individual, Large Group (at least 30), Medium Group (at least 10), Small Group, Small Group (at least 4), Whole Class

Copied To Clipboard Placement In Lesson

  • Engage/Opening, Explore/Learning Activity, Explain/Closing, Extend/Additional Learning Activity, Evaluate/Assessment

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • 10 - 20 Minutes, 20 - 30 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Analyze, Compare & Contrast, Critical Thinking, Interpret, Reflection

Grade Level Grade Level

  • Kindergarten - Undergraduate
Examples and Non-Examples

Grade Level Grade Level

  • Preschool - 12th

This strategy has students explore what they know about a topic or concept by generating examples of what it is and what it is not. Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

Copied To Clipboard Placement In Lesson

  • Engage/Opening, Extend/Additional Learning Activity, Evaluate/Assessment

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • 10 - 20 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Activate Prior Knowledge, Brainstorming, Collaborate, Compare & Contrast, Critical Thinking, Interpret, Organize, Problem Solving, Reflection, Student Choice, Summarize, Writing

Grade Level Grade Level

  • Preschool - 12th
How Am I Feeling? What Am I Thinking?

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th

Students self-evaluate or reflect on their learning and social-emotional status after exploring or engaging in a new topic or concept. This formative assessment can also double as an Exit Ticket. Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Individual

Copied To Clipboard Placement In Lesson

  • Evaluate/Assessment

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • Less Than 10 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Reflection

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th
Triangle-Square-Circle

Grade Level Grade Level

  • Preschool - 12th

This reflective strategy requires students to reflect and choose important pieces of information and question anything they don’t completely understand. Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Individual, Whole Class

Copied To Clipboard Placement In Lesson

  • Engage/Opening, Explain/Closing, Evaluate/Assessment

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • Less Than 10 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Analyze, Critical Thinking, Evaluate, Identify, Organize, Reflection, Self-assessment, Student Choice, Summarize

Grade Level Grade Level

  • Preschool - 12th
Looks Like, Sounds Like, Feels Like

Grade Level Grade Level

  • Preschool - 12th

This social-emotional learning strategy allows students to analyze abstract behavioral terms, empowering students to identify the concrete characteristics of behaviors. This skill is useful in setting classroom norms and resolving conflict. Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Individual, Whole Class

Copied To Clipboard Placement In Lesson

  • Engage/Opening

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • Less Than 10 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Collaborate, Problem Solving, Student Choice

Grade Level Grade Level

  • Preschool - 12th
What Did I Learn Today?

Grade Level Grade Level

  • Preschool - 12th

Reflective writing helps the teacher determine if a day's lesson met its intended learning goals. Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Individual

Copied To Clipboard Placement In Lesson

  • Extend/Additional Learning Activity, Evaluate/Assessment

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • Less Than 10 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Activate Prior Knowledge, Analyze, Critical Thinking, Evaluate, Self-assessment, Student Choice, Summarize, Writing

Grade Level Grade Level

  • Preschool - 12th
RAFT

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th

This strategy enables students to create new understanding about a topic by adopting another point of view in their written responses. Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Individual

Copied To Clipboard Placement In Lesson

  • Explain/Closing, Extend/Additional Learning Activity, Evaluate/Assessment

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • 20 - 30 Minutes, More Than 30 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Critical Thinking, Identify, Student Choice, Synthesize, Writing

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th
Fiction in the Facts

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th

Students analyze statements to differentiate between fact and fiction, promoting critical thinking and discourse among students to identify correct content area knowledge. Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Individual, Whole Class

Copied To Clipboard Placement In Lesson

  • Engage/Opening

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • Less Than 10 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Analyze, Collaborate, Compare & Contrast, Critical Thinking, Evaluate, Recognize

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th
Stoplight

Grade Level Grade Level

  • Preschool - 12th

Students self-identify their understanding of a topic at anytime during instruction. This strategy promotes metacognition and allows teachers to quickly assess students' individual confidence, understanding, or knowledge about a topic. Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Whole Class

Copied To Clipboard Placement In Lesson

  • Engage/Opening, Evaluate/Assessment

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • Less Than 10 Minutes, 10 - 20 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Activate Prior Knowledge, Conversation Starter, Physical Movement, Reason, Reflection, Review, Self-assessment, Speak & Listen, Student Choice, Summarize, Synthesize

Grade Level Grade Level

  • Preschool - 12th
Stoplight Questions

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 5th - 12th

Stoplight Questions help students consider how rigorous their research and inquiry questions are. This strategy equips students to evaluate their questioning for deeper learning. It also helps them internalize what defines a quality research question. Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Large Group (at least 30)

Copied To Clipboard Placement In Lesson

  • Explore/Learning Activity

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • 20 - 30 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Brainstorming, Research

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 5th - 12th
Stoplight Stickies

Grade Level Grade Level

  • Preschool - 12th

This strategy provides a formative assessment to gauge how confident students feel about their understanding of new content and/or their ability to put that new learning into action. Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Whole Class

Copied To Clipboard Placement In Lesson

  • Engage/Opening, Evaluate/Assessment

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • Less Than 10 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Activate Prior Knowledge, Evaluate, Self-assessment

Grade Level Grade Level

  • Preschool - 12th
5W Cube

Grade Level Grade Level

  • Preschool - 12th

The 5W Cube is a portable strategy to target open-ended questions (beginning with who, what, when, where, why, and how) as a means of exploring content and conversational speech. The 5W Cube helps students formulate questions and foster meaningful connections with content. This strategy can be used... Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Whole Class

Copied To Clipboard Placement In Lesson

  • Engage/Opening, Explore/Learning Activity, Explain/Closing, Extend/Additional Learning Activity, Evaluate/Assessment

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • Less Than 10 Minutes, 10 - 20 Minutes, 20 - 30 Minutes, More Than 30 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Activate Prior Knowledge, Analyze, Brainstorming, Conversation Starter, Elaborate, Evaluate, Identify, Infer, Interpret, Organize, Recognize, Reflection, Review, Speak & Listen, Summarize, Writing

Grade Level Grade Level

  • Preschool - 12th
Critical Thinking Cube

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th

This is a writing activity that enables students to have fun while practicing different levels of critical thinking, from lower order to higher order. Students construct cubes to examine a topic of study from six different perspectives. Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Individual, Small Group

Copied To Clipboard Placement In Lesson

  • Extend/Additional Learning Activity, Evaluate/Assessment

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • 20 - 30 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Activate Prior Knowledge, Analyze, Brainstorming, Collaborate, Compare & Contrast, Conversation Starter, Critical Thinking, Elaborate, Evaluate, Identify, Interpret, Persuade, Recognize, Speak & Listen, Summarize, Synthesize, Writing

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th
Commit and Toss

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th

Students are encouraged to evaluate their classmates' effort without personal bias in this anonymous peer evaluation and writing strategy. Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Individual, Whole Class

Copied To Clipboard Placement In Lesson

  • Engage/Opening, Explore/Learning Activity, Explain/Closing, Extend/Additional Learning Activity

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • 10 - 20 Minutes, 20 - 30 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Activate Prior Knowledge, Compare & Contrast, Critical Thinking, Elaborate, Evaluate, Persuade, Reason, Reflection, Self-assessment, Student Choice, Summarize, Writing

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 6th - 12th
Six-Word Memoirs

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 11th - 12th

This is a strategy of brevity. You can say a lot briefly. Six-Word Memoirs does just that. Students describe topics in six words. Saying less requires identifying essential facts. It means thinking about word choice. It also requires eliminating unimportant information. It's not easy, but it's doable.... Read more »

Strategy Instructional Strategy

User Group Group Size

  • Individual

Copied To Clipboard Placement In Lesson

  • Extend/Additional Learning Activity, Evaluate/Assessment

Time Frame Time To Complete

  • 20 - 30 Minutes

Tag Intention Or Purpose

  • Critical Thinking, Elaborate, Review, Summarize, Synthesize, Writing

Grade Level Grade Level

  • 11th - 12th

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