The KWL is one method that many teachers use to activate prior knowledge and to have students personalize their learning goals. Yes, the KWL has been around for some time, but it is evolving. If you do an internet search on "KWL", you will notice that many educators are using a KWHL, the H standing for "How will I find out?". Seems like the perfect addition for including some digital literacy skills. Some are even diving in deeper and using a KWHLAQ chart. Do you want to know what the AQ stand for? Then check out this post from Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano's blog, Upgrading your KWL to the 21st Century.
Here are some things to consider as you attempt this Edtech Challenge.
- Try using Google Docs, Padlet, Popplet, Inspiration, or even Smart Notebook software to create your digital KWL, KWHL, or KWHLAQ. This way, you can embed the document on your website or blog or publish it as a webpage.
- Add some multimedia to your chart. You can add links to websites and online sources, add video and audio clips and attach files.
- Have your students add content to the chart during school or as part of a homework assignment. Make it a collaborative, working document.
- Have students personalize their learning goals by creating their own digital KWL to use as they progress in the unit of study.
- For younger students, you can create a KWL using Voicethread or another web tool that has an audio recording feature.
- Get creative with QR Codes.Check out Mrs. Weeden's blog to see how her first graders used Padlet and QR codes to go digital with their KWL.
Here is a simple example that I created using Popplet to show how you can embed video, images, and links.