Capacity Matrix

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

What is it?

Matrices include many of the multiple methods for using X and Y axis with a grid. A matrix is useful when there is a need to prioritise, reflect or analyse.

It allows for the planning development of ideas and skills and a tool to assess the degree of achievement.

What aspects of learning are being supported?

  1. Bloom’s Taxonomy: remembering, understanding, applying, analysing, evaluating, creating
  2. QT – Intellectual Quality: Deep Knowledge, Deep Understanding, Higher-Order Thinking, Metalanguage, Substantive Communication
  3. QT – Quality Learning Environment: Explicit Quality Criteria, Engagement, High Expectations, Social Support, Students Self-Regulation, Student Direction

Which apps could I use?

  1. DEC managed collaborative tools (via Portal): Google Docs, Microsoft Office 365, Adobe Connect.
  2. Related collaborative tools: EvernoteiCloudBaiBoardNote AnytimeWeb2AccessCool Tools for Schools, and Exploratree.
  3. Analogue collaborative tools: Paper, pens and Postit notes.

How do I use it?

  1. A Capacity Matrix is a visual learning tool and charting technique created by David Langford and Myron Tribus. It helps learners understand explicitly what they need to know, understand and be able to do.
  2. Progress towards these learning goals can be tracked over time using the matrix.

Some examples

Taking into account the various theories of learning and the students’ stages of development, Bloom’s Taxonomy and Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligence can be combined in a grid to help plan selection or modification of activities, or to record what was done.

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