Protocol Overview and Instructions:
This is a simple and quick technique for students to see what ideas the people in their group think are the most important and address the driving question the most effectively.
Each person within the group receives a limited amount of sticky dots and places them on whichever solution(s) they think is the best. This results in a quick visual of which ideas or solutions they feel best addresses the issue the students are trying to solve.
Dot Voting Instructions
This protocol demonstrated students' perceptions of their peer’s understanding of the driving question, investigation, and solution. It allowed them to almost anonymously vote on what they felt would best work. The challenge can be helping students feel comfortable to not vote with the influence of peers or the pressure. The success is voice-and-choice through having small groups of students vote at a time and being able to see visually where the votes were.
"I like that students have a voice-and-choice in what they perceive as the best or feasible solution to the driving question. It is interesting to see and hear their perspectives as they vote."
"I felt like I had control over what I would be playing."
Meet the Educator:
My name is Erin Carmody, and I teach 7th grade PE, 8th grade Health, and 8th grade Guided Academics at Lakeshore Middle School in Grand Haven, Michigan. I have been involved with futurePREP’d since the summer of 2013 in iChallengeUth, iChallengeU, Watercooler Session, PREP’d 2020, and FUZE/Unite4Insight. These amazing experiences inspired me to get my masters in learning design and innovation in 2017 (Go Waves)! I enjoy the process...particularly investigation and ideation. I’m looking forward to learning alongside you and growing our PBL experiences!
"The creative sequence allows for creativity to flourish and reach beyond typical ideas. Each protocol helps build, challenge, and expand upon learning! It truly helps learners dig into what they’re doing and showcase all the possibilities."