• If you are citizen of an European Union member nation, you may not use this service unless you are at least 16 years old.

  • You already know Dokkio is an AI-powered assistant to organize & manage your digital files & messages. Very soon, Dokkio will support Outlook as well as One Drive. Check it out today!


Quickfire Analysis

Page history last edited by msward 11 years, 8 months ago

Quickfire Analysis:

 How Online Tools Can Engage Students in Meaningful Analysis

Presented BY: Jennifer Ward

Digital Literacy Conference

Saturday, October 13, 2012

West Chester University



What is a QuickFire Challenge?


Pulling from an idea that started on the television series Top Chef, many teachers are now using Quickfire Challenges in the classroom as a way to introduce potentially complicated material in a way that engages students by asking them to play with ideas in a limited format. Blogger and teacher Leigh Graves-Wolf explains, "In a nutshell, in each episode, the chefs are challenged to cook a dish with certain constraints (i.e. ingredients, themes) within a tight time frame. As I watched the show, I thought, mmmm, I should remix/co-opt this for my teaching!" 



Adapted from the Brigham Young University Wikipage for Teaching Spanish


1) Talk less, plan for students to do more

2) Simplify instructions (Words, words, words!)

    • No more than 5 steps
    • No more than 7-10 words per step
    • Model FIRST
    • Write key words on the board, handout, or PowerPoint slide
    • Use images to support comprehension


3) Scaffold

    • Where is the activity likely to break down?
    • What supports can you add into the structure and processes of the activity to maintain "flow" for students?

4) Don't pre-teach vocabulary--let students learn it through the activity

5) Activities should build to a final creative product that invites self-expression



How the key elements work together to produce a meaningful learning experience

    • PURPOSE drives the content, process, tools, and final product
    • CONSTRAINTS support creativity by establishing specific limits re: "ingredients," theme, time, tools
    • CONTENT CREATION a critical element of synthesis and personal integration of content knowledge & skills
    • SOCIAL SHARING promotes sharing of expertise with authentic audiences, along with expansion of personal learning networks

Our QuickFire Challenge


  • We will break into small groups. Each group will be given the same poem - "Nothing's Changed" by Tatamkhulu Afrika.
  • Pairs will randomly select a presentation tool and randomly select a literary device.
  • The groups will have 30 minutes to create a presentation using that tool.
  • The presentation should incorporate: 
      • a definition of that literary device with hyperlinked citation,
      • application of that literary device to poem "Nothing's Changed", and
      • images or video to support the analysis.
  • Your purpose is to entice fellow educators to think about how technology can aid in student literary analysis.
  • When you are finished, your presentation will be linked to this page.

Our Presentations:












Why Use This Format with Technology to Teach Literary Analysis?

Let's brainstorm!

  • We'll add our ideas here






Comments (0)

You don't have permission to comment on this page.