Branching scenariosAlso known as: branched scenarios, choose your own adventure, CYOA
Branching scenarios are an interactive form of learning where students are presented with a scenario and a set of potential actions. When they choose a particular action, they then discover the consequences and are presented with a new challenge that builds on the initial scenario. Branching scenarios:
- can be set as an assessment task by the teacher, where the students complete an existing one or are challenged to create their own scenarios
- promote student engagement as each consequence produces new challenges and new choices which students must decide on
- support students to develop critical thinking, decision-making and problem-solving skills.
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How to use with ICT
Digital technology makes creating and presenting branching scenarios much easier. Presentation software can produce a scenario using internal links between slides. Online forms can also be used to present a branched scenario – both Microsoft and Google forms can have branching built in. Websites are another way of producing branched scenarios.
Present a scenario as a whole-class activity by projecting onto a screen. If you are using ABCD cards students could use these to vote on choices. For text-based scenarios, much of the writing can be done offline, so students could plan out and write their scenario using a printed template then take turns at the computer producing the digital version.
|Choose your own adventure template by Mrs Priestly||Choose your own adventure template||A range of templates to get you started with supporting students to create choose your own adventure experiences. The site also includes links to a range of other valuable teaching templates.|
|Branching or mini scenario: which do you need?||Branching or mini scenario||Cathy Moore is an internationally recognized training designer. In this blog post, she gives advice on when to use a branching scenario and when a mini-scenario is useful.|
|Where on Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego||Play the Crown Jewels Caper||This refresh of the classic adventure game series is a great example of a simple branching scenario elevated with technology and presentation.|
|Edu Game Templates by Claire Seldon||Explore gamification templates||This page has templates for implementing a variety of gamification activities in your classroom. It includes scaffolds for students to make their own branching scenarios.|
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Disability, Learning and Support
When planning to use technology in the classroom it is important to consider the diversity of your learners. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a framework to guide the design of learning environments that are accessible and effective for all. For UDL guidelines, information and additional materials, visit the CAST website.
Many students require technology as an adjustment to support their access to learning. Adjustments (NESA) are actions taken that enable a student with disability and additional learning needs to access syllabus outcomes and content on the same basis as their peers. Enrol in the Personalised learning with technology online course to help you make more informed decisions regarding technology.
For a range of simple, how-to videos visit the Assistive Technology page on the Disability, Learning and Support website. Resources are organised into four sections; Literacy and Learning, Vision, Hearing, Physical and Motor Skills.
High potential and gifted learning and support
When planning to use technology in the classroom it is important to consider the full range of abilities of all learners. High potential and gifted learners may require additional adjustments and deliberate talent development. These strategies include differentiation, grouping, enrichment and advanced learning pathways so students can be engaged, grow and achieve their personal best.
Assessing and identifying high potential and gifted learners will help teachers decide which students may benefit from extension and additional challenge. Effective strategies and contributors to achievement for high potential and gifted learners helps teachers to identify and target areas for growth and improvement. School leaders can access the Evaluation and Planning Tool to support strategic improvement planning.
For further support and advice about how to tailor learning for high potential and gifted students from all backgrounds, visit the High Potential and Gifted Education web section, High Potential and Gifted Education Policy or attend one of the professional learning courses on offer.