Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Venn Diagram

Venn Diagram (iOS app and/or web application) allows students to visually represent the similarities and differences between two concepts so that they may analyze connections and limitations. This best practice strategy causes students to apply knowledge and comprehension of content while analyzing the specific ways that two seemingly different concepts share characteristics. The Venn Diagram also helps students to visually evaluate the limitations of the comparison to draw conclusions about the differences between the two concepts.

The strategy will yield the highest results if a) students create their own Venn Diagrams, b) students discuss with one another or write about the reasons behind each component placed on the diagram, and c) students apply their completed diagrams to another learning task.

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Best-Practice Strategy: Identifying Similarities and Differences
Identifying similarities and differences helps students understand more complex problems by analyzing them in a simpler way.

Feedback Based on Student Performance:
  • Students may email their completed Venn Diagrams to the teacher who can now check for student understanding. In addition, the teacher could project each diagram so that students can provide feedback to each other about the contents of their diagrams.
  • Students make take a screen shot of their Venn Diagrams so that they become saved to the iPad camera roll or computer files. From there, the students may post and share their diagrams so that the teacher and/or peers may provide feedback about the evidence of learning demonstrated by the student(s).

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