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Remote learning options - ABC cards for schools

ABC is a process for designing sequences of learning activities and particularly for transitioning from conventional face to face approaches to blended and online activities. Teachers have adapted ABC for the current lock down context.

Jane Waite @janewaite

Created by Jane Waite @janewaite
last edited May 27 2020 by Claire Buckler



Created by UCL and originally developed for university settings, ABC is a simple process for redesigning teaching and learning sequences which normally involves months worth of activity.

Primary and secondary teachers have collaboratively adapted this process for school contexts and are producing ABC cards which can be used to review and design remote teaching activities.

So far we have made a couple of cards (but we are working on others).

Card 1: Production in a secondary computing context

Card 2: Production in a general secondary context (google school)

Card 3: Acquisition in a general secondary context (google school)

Card 4: Discussion in a general secondary context (google school)

Card 5: Collaboration in a general secondary context (google school)

Card 6: Investigation in a general secondary context (google school)

Card 7: Practice in a general secondary context (google school)

Please make suggestions to add to these cards (and make your own - for your own school).

Each card is for

  • a specific learning type (e.g. production)

  • a particular context. (e.g. secondary computing)

There are six learning types - Acquisition - Investigation - Collaboration - Discussion - Practice - Production

Each card includes:

  • a description of the learning type

  • general examples of conventional methods to teach that learning type

  • general examples of digital technology which can be used to facilitate that conventional method

  • context-specific examples of current activities and how they can be alternatively delivered in contexts of

    • low tech,
    • mid-tech and
    • high tech ways (including example tools).

If you would like to find out more about ABC, please read here and contact j.l.waite@qmul.ac.uk

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