Adapting a SIOP Strategy using Technology

Type of strategy: Brainstorming and DiscussionCollaboration

Intended Audience: Students

Take a regular SIOP strategy, Four Corners, and instead of using paper, use iPads. Possible apps are Explain Everything, Educreations, Edmodo and other collaborative apps that can document student work.


Four Corners – You can use this activity to introduce a topic or let students share their prior knowledge. Choose a topic that has four possible dimensions (e.g., Topic: food resources. Dimensions: cleared land, forest, river, ocean).

  • Assign one dimension to various iPads, depending on the number of groups or subjects you desire.  
  • Students move to the iPad that has the subject ready that they are interested in or knowledgeable about.  
In their corners, students pair and explain why they chose that subject and what they know about the topic. Now you can decide if it's the beginning activity, they can just write what they already know. To extend the activity they could research and gather information via the Internet to post.
  • A student from one iPad group shares ideas with the whole class.
  • Next, you may want to ask a student from another iPad group to paraphrase.
  • This process continues until each group has shared.
This activity is also a method for creating voluntary groups. After the Four Corners technique is over, you may want the students to document their discussion and the pictures they gathered,or information for another group task.


VARIATION TO BRAINSTORM: Post different concepts around the room, have students travel to add information or list everything they know about it.


Submitted by: Darcy Steele