Index cards are a versatile tool that can be used in a variety of manners to foster engagement and create active learning within a live classroom setting. Index cards are perfect as tools to foster active learning because they are small, easier to carry than reams of paper and are relatively inexpensive. In this video tutorial, learn how Karl Kapp incorporates index cards into the design of active learning from drawing and exchanging diagrams to writing questions to create lists to compare with other students.
- One often overlooked tool for building engagement…is the use of index cards.…Index cards are highly versatile.…They're small, easier to carry than reams of paper,…and are relatively inexpensive.…Best of all, index cards can be used in a variety of manners…to foster engagement.…A simple way of using index cards…is to give each learner three index cards,…each of a different color.…A red, a green, and a yellow.…Then, at certain times during your instruction…or group discussion or lecture,…stop and ask the learners to hold up a green card…if they understand the material.…
Ask them to hold up the yellow card…if they sort of understand the material.…And the red card if they don't understand it at all.…It's a quick way to get a sense…of the class's level of understanding,…can help you decide if you need to review content…or if you can move on.…Index cards can also be used to facilitate conversations.…A technique I use is to first provide each learner…with a blank index card.…Have each learner individually write an answer…
- Understanding the value of engaged learners
- Using index cards and flip charts
- Role playing
- Asking learners to give presentations
- Using blogs, wikis, and other collaborative tools