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Instructional Strategies
Instructional Strategies.doc (39 Kb)
In this document there are listed several instructional strategies that may be applied in designing ICT rich learning experiences.
Six thinking Hats
six hats.doc (24.5 Kb)

Edward de Bono's thinking hats provide a scaffold for analysing different perpectives or different points of view.

Academic Controversy
academic controversy.doc (24.5 Kb)
Academic controversy is a co-operative learning form of debate in which students consider alternative sides of an issue before reaching consensus.
Imaginitive Re-creation
imaginitive.doc (27 Kb)
Imaginative recreation is re-creating a literature text or part of a text in a way that helps students to both deepen their understanding and appreciation of a text and express a considered response to it. When students retell part of a text from the point of view of a minor character, or change the time or setting, for example, they are engaging in imaginative recreation.
Joint Construction
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Joint construction is a collaborative writing process involving the students and the teacher in constructing a text, individually, in small groups, or as a whole class. This strategy lends itself to collaborative onlne spaces such as forums and wikis.

PMI
PMI.doc (24 Kb)

Plus, Minus Interesting (PMI) helps students learn to: see both sides of an argument; view things from a different point of view; think broadly about an issue; suspend judgement; make informed decisions; work as individuals, in pairs or as members of a group. This strategy could also be completed in a collaborative space. A SWOT analysis can also be done effectively in an online forum or collaborative space.

SCAMPER
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SCAMPER is a strategy that can be used to assist students to generate new or alternative ideas. It is a tool to support creative, divergent thinking. SCAMPER is an acronym for: substitute, combine, adapt, modify/magnify/minify, put to other uses, eliminate, reverse/rearrange.

Y Chart
ychart.doc (31.5 Kb)

A graphic organiser that requires the brainstorming of ideas around three dimensions: what a particular topic/situation ?looks like?, ?sounds like? and ?feels like?.

Plot Profile
plot profile.doc (26.5 Kb)

A plot profile or plot line is a combination of a timeline and an excitement rating chart. It helps students to gain a deeper understanding of the whole structure of the text they are reading or viewing, and to explore their own responses to it.

Jigsaw
jigsaw.doc (23 Kb)

Jigsaw is a co-operative learning structure that promotes the sharing and understanding of ideas or texts. Jigsaw facilitates learning in two areas; the social skills of positive interdependence and equal participation and the academic skill of acquiring knowledge and understanding. Expert group members share that information with home team members so that each member of that team puts a piece of the ?jigsaw? together, forming the basis of holistic understanding of a topic.

Directed Reading and Thinking Activity
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A way of teaching students to read closely and purposefully. A text is revealed to students in instalments. As each is introduced, the students are asked to make predictions, reach conclusions, consider the structures and features as supporting evidence from the text. This activity could be faciltitated in a discussion forum.