A planning and reflection graphic organizer for improving student learning.

Upgrade your standard KWL to the 21st Century, taking students from recall and inquisitive questioning through to sharing what they have learned and how they will put it into action.

Easily create individual templates for each student with a single click and password. GroupMap automatically combines them to give you the overall view of the class for discussion.

Help students take charge of their own learning. Perfect for all subject matters, whether or not you are in a flipped classroom.

Using your KWHLAQ graphic organizer Template

A KWHLAQ graphic organizer is a great visual tool for people to share what they know, think about what they want to research or learn, and then reflect on what they learned. This helps you create a student engaged learning experience. You can use the information collected to help you create tailored and student specific lesson plans whilst still linking it to your curriculum. This is especially useful for deep exploration of a new topic.
K – What do they already KNOW about the topic?

W – WHAT do you want to learn or find out?

H – HOW will they go about obtaining this information?

L – What did they LEARN from the experience?

A – What ACTIONS can be taken based on this new knowledge?

Q – What new QUESTIONS have arisen?
Time:
Allow around 10-15 minutes per column depending on the topic.

Before Class

  • Create your KWHLAQ map from the education templates. Add names and objectives.
  • The default allows individual students to create their own,but you can share the results with them to cross pollinate ideas.

During Class – Before research or delivery

  • Step 1 – Invite students via map ID, password or email on their web enabled device.
  • Step 2 – Introduce your topic and provide some background, then ask students what they already know about the topic. Review the results and invite some preliminary discussion asking people to share what they already know. This is a great opportunity to open up possibilities and encourage curiosity.
  • Step 3 – Now, ask them to think about what they would like to find out. These are things that they don’t already know but would like to discover. Again, sharing what people come up with might open up the opportunity for people to be curious about the same things or to work in teams to discover different information.  You can always provide comments on what students put down, encouraging them to either be more specific or to expand their thinking.
  • Step 4 – Finally, to encourage them to take charge of their learning, ask them how they would find out this information. It should be more than just an internet search. They might have to conduct their own experiment, talk to experts or look up specific sources of information.
  • Step 5 – With this ready to go, you should now switch to your main activity, whether it be your lecture, lesson plan or they are sent off to do their own research and discovery.

During Class – After research or delivery

  • Step 1 – To help consolidate their learning, ask students to summarize the key facts, insights and discoveries. This is a great time to check that they have picked up the key points and that they haven’t missed anything important.
  • Step 2 – Based on their new information, ask them how they could apply this in the real world. You could have them actually do this, or keep it as a thinking exercise.
  • Step 3 – Finally, based on their “new level of understanding”, ask students to think of what new questions they now have. These are things they could not find out or have raised new areas which would be good to know.

By using GroupMap as a graphic organizer, you can also take advantage of these real – time reporting options and additional functions.

  • Click on Reports, Participants, to which students were participating and which ones were not. You can also click on an individual student name to see their KWHLAQ. (Note that students must have logged in)
  • Download a full map from the class.
  • Turn on Likes/Dislikes to give feedback on student responses.
  • Use dot voting or ideas ratings to home in on the key ideas in each heading before proceeding to the next one. Ideas can be automatically sized and sorted in the results stage.
  • Create multiple maps for different classes or clone an existing one from your map menu.