Affordances & Constraints Chart

Affordances & Constraints Chart
Professional Development
Time Frame:
30 minutes - 3 hours over time.
Depends on the background knowledge, complexity of the "tool," and whether this is meant to get participants thinking or to represent best thinking.
Using a Think-Pair-Share, participants will consider the affordances & constraints of a "tool," pedagogy, reform, etc. The results could be compiled on a sheet of paper, whiteboard, wiki page, etc.
  1. Explore the tool, pedagogy, reform, etc.
  2. Optional - Watch/read how others have used the tool
  3. Optional - Try a quick round of Things That Suck
  4. Fill out a draft Affordances/Constraints chart
  5. Optional - Try it in the classroom
  6. Revisit affordances & constraints chart adding and editing as needed
  7. Consider SAMR (maybe through apps taskonomy) & revisit affordances and constraints chart
  8. Compare it to other tools (over time if this is there first chart) and watch Activity Types video that gets at a teacher making choices while planning and consider TPaCK
  9. Rinse and repeat with a new tool
  10. Note - connect to Mitch Resnick's Low Floor, Wide Walls and High Ceiling?
  11. Want to compare 2 technologies that might offer some overlap in functionality in the classroom? Try an Affordances & Constraints Comparison chart. For comparing more than 2, try a matrix.
  • What GLCE's or other objectives does this activity/lesson project meet?
  • Please include at least one !gnite objective here as well (communication with text and non-text resources, collaboration, higher order thinking skills, problem solving, etc.)
How will you assess the students learning?
Please identify opportunities for differentiation.
  • Links to teacher or student examples.


Use the Embed Widget tool to add a Discussion Area widget. Bump the number to 100. This will take the comments from the discussion tab and add them to the bottom of the page. This will encourage teacher reflection and modification.