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Anchor Charts in the 21 st Century Classroom
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In digitally equipped, interactive 21st century classrooms, visual reinforcement tools are still
necessary. Tools like interactive whiteboards, tablets, classroom computers, and personal
devices create a dynamic learning environment, but these tools may not support key concepts
on a daily basis. Visual reinforcements like anchor charts are necessary to a classroom’s
environment in order for students to continue learning once the technology is turned off.
Utilizing anchor charts created during a lesson or unit will eliminate distractions from constantly
moving from one screen to another on, and students of all learning abilities will benefit from the
decrease in distractions. Tangible visuals are also a fantastic way to showcase student work.
Visuals individual students create can be displayed with the class’s, and become another
reinforcement for students to study each day.
The increased amount of standards and goals for students and teachers to reach requires
specific action to be taken in order to reach those benchmarks. As indicated in this article
regarding strategies for teachers in the 21 st century, “Involving children in the goal setting
process is an excellent way to encourage them to take ownership of their learning…Teachers
can facilitate goal setting through the use of organizers, anchor charts, and similar aids.”
The discussion on technology and anchor charts in the modern classroom does not need to be
either-or. In class technology and tangible posters and manipulatives can complement each
other.
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EngageNY lists 3 key purposes o f anchor charts: 1) Anchor charts build a culture of

EngageNY lists 3 key purposes o f anchor charts:

1)

Anchor charts build a culture of literacy in the classroom, as teachers and students make thinking visible by recording content, strategies, processes, cues, and guidelines during the learning process.

2) Posting anchor charts keeps relevant and current learning accessible to students to remind them of prior learning and to enable them to make connections as new learning happens.

3) Students refer to the charts and use them as tools as they answer questions, expand ideas, or contribute to discussions and problem solving in class.

EngageNY lists 3 key purposes o f anchor charts: 1) Anchor charts build a culture of
EngageNY lists 3 key purposes o f anchor charts: 1) Anchor charts build a culture of
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Anchor Charts & Tablets QR Codes One way to pair anchor charts with tablets is to
Anchor Charts & Tablets QR Codes One way to pair anchor charts with tablets is to
Anchor
Charts &
Tablets
QR Codes
One way to pair anchor charts with tablets is to add a QR
code to anchor charts that correspond to online content
students can reach using their tablet. Teachers can add
either content they’ve created such as a PowerPoint or
video review of the lesson, or link to supplemental
content.
Conversations abound
regarding the “best” way to
use tablets in the classroom:
This is an easy, quick way to create an interactive
anchor chart with two uses: to reinforce a concept
(anchor chart) and to provide additional materials for
students to review the lesson (QR code). Plus, students
can potentially take these materials outside the
classroom with them if their devices are personal or
assigned for the year.
what rules to use, and how to
ensure student engagement.
Anchor charts and other
classroom visuals do not
become obsolete with the
introduction of tablets— here
are a few ways they can work
together.
When the anchor chart is taken down, remove the QR
code before discarding or filing the anchor chart. The QR
code can be added with its topic to a separate bulletin
board or binder for student use the remainder of the unit,
semester, or school year.
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Anchor Charts & Tablets QR Codes One way to pair anchor charts with tablets is to

Before you take it down, take a photo of each anchor chart created and sync across student devices—this way they have the anchor in another form for their reference even after the unit is over. This album will become a built in study guide and notes over the year, and anchor charts won’t take up too much of your much-needed wall space.

Hint: this is also a great way for you to keep track of your anchors each year.

Anchor Charts & Tablets QR Codes One way to pair anchor charts with tablets is to
Caterpillar (Larva) Chrysallis Eggs Life Cycle of a Butterfly (Pupa) 3 Ways to Pair Anchor Charts
Caterpillar
(Larva)
Chrysallis
Eggs
Life Cycle
of a
Butterfly
(Pupa)
3 Ways to
Pair Anchor
Charts with
Interactive
Whiteboards
Adult
(Imago)

1) Enhance Lessons

Teachers can use the interactive white board for a lesson, then transfer key points onto the anchor chart. The chart becomes a visual reinforcement that students can use throughout the lesson/unit. On day two of the lesson, teachers can use the poster that was created on day one as the review or anticipatory set to begin the new lesson for the day.

2) Encourage Group Work

Use the interactive whiteboard as a tool for quick notes for the student to reference in addition to the posters that have been made throughout the week. Teachers can then put students into partners/groups and have the students create their own posters with the poster maker to share with the class after. The whiteboard can be used as a reference for directions if needed.

3) Display Student Work

Teachers can also use the interactive whiteboard to teach a lesson with a hands-on element. For example, the life cycle of the butterfly could be virtually shown on the whiteboard, then students can put together their own butterfly life cycle using anchor charts as references and cutouts to assemble and personalize. This creates a great visual for students and a larger display of student work!

VariQuest regularly publis hes Common Core aligned lesson plans that can be adapted for use with
VariQuest regularly publis hes
Common Core aligned lesson
plans that can be adapted for
use with these classroom
technologies. Check out our
blog for downloads & ideas!
Caterpillar (Larva) Chrysallis Eggs Life Cycle of a Butterfly (Pupa) 3 Ways to Pair Anchor Charts
Help! I’m running out of wall space! With increased standards, crowded classrooms, and, let’s be honest,
Help! I’m running out of wall space!
Help! I’m running out of wall space!

With increased standards, crowded classrooms, and, let’s be honest, Pinterest, it seems as though classroom walls are filling up more quickly than ever! Some teachers automatically assume they need to cut back on the anchor charts in order to declutter their walls, however there are ways to manage your charts while still getting maximum instructional use.

First, designate a space for revolving anchor charts, that is, anchor charts that correspond to specific lessons, times of year, etc. This way charts are easy to find for students looking to reinforce a previously taught concept. Before you take the poster down, or while it is still up, take a photo and consider uploading it to a class Google site or Google document—students will have anchors at their fingertips while working at home, and will be able to add comments, upload their own work, and more!

You can use ideas from the tablet section as well by uploading all photos of anchor charts to a classroom computer, flash drive, or print smaller versions or photos of charts into a binder per unit in an accessible place for students. This way, the charts necessary for day-to-day work are still left up, but other relevant charts are just a click or a page flip away.

Help! I’m running out of wall space! With increased standards, crowded classrooms, and, let’s be honest,
In a 21 st century classroom often it is more of a race to complete or
In a 21 st century classroom often it is more of a race to complete or find
instant gratification rather than understanding a concept or problem and truly
working through it. One teacher tells of the difficulty she had getting students
to understand and articulate connections to text, and found the best solution
in an anchor chart students could focus on while reading and during class
discussion.
With access to technology such as tablets, interactive whiteboards, and
personal devices, it could appear that traditional classroom tools such as
anchor charts are no longer necessary. However, we believe anchor visuals
and reinforcements are still vital to learning, and will continue to strive to
make anchor visuals and manipulatives compatible with the latest classroom
technology.
In a 21 st century classroom often it is more of a race to complete or
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Additional Resources Six Strategies for 21st Century Early Childhood Teachers iPads at Burley: Interactive Anchor Charts
Additional Resources Six Strategies for 21st Century Early Childhood Teachers iPads at Burley: Interactive Anchor Charts

Additional Resources

Six Strategies for 21st Century Early Childhood Teachers

iPads at Burley: Interactive Anchor Charts

Using Anchor Charts with iPads

Anchor Chart Link-Up

Anchor Chart Planning and Management

VariQuest Blog

VariQuest on Pinterest

Classroom Technology Management Anchor Charts to Download

Additional Resources Six Strategies for 21st Century Early Childhood Teachers iPads at Burley: Interactive Anchor Charts
Additional Resources Six Strategies for 21st Century Early Childhood Teachers iPads at Burley: Interactive Anchor Charts
Additional Resources Six Strategies for 21st Century Early Childhood Teachers iPads at Burley: Interactive Anchor Charts
Additional Resources Six Strategies for 21st Century Early Childhood Teachers iPads at Burley: Interactive Anchor Charts