Flow chart

Published on: Author: Greg Alchin

flow chartWhat is it?

A Flow chart is a diagrammatic representation or visual depiction of a set of steps that clearly guide us through a process. Flow charts are made up of different boxes, which each have different functions. Flow charts are used when it is necessary to have a common language and approach to process or project. Flow charts are a systematic approach to clarify a process.

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. Flow charts tend to use simple and easily recognisable symbols
  2. Clearly define the starting and stopping points of the process
  3. Gather or Brainstorm the tasks and actions involved in the process
  4. Use symbols to document the flow of the processes
  5. Place/ document the symbols according to the order of the process
  6. Connect the symbols with an arrow pointing to the next symbol in the sequence of the process
  7. Review the flow chart to determine how where and when the process  can be improved

Some examples

Flow Charts can be used to:

  • plan an event, project or activity which involves a series of tasks
  • document a process that requires a systematic approach
  • examine how various steps in a process work together
  • stream-line administration and or organisation in a school or business

Ensure students understand the steps to be taken in an activity or task

The Procrastination Flowchart

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