Making a list is usually straightforward and requires little thought. But when it comes to ordering and prioritizing items in that list, higher-level skills of analysis and evaluation are put to use. The Visual Ranking Tool brings focus to the thinking behind making ordered lists. Students identify and refine criteria as they assign order or ranking to a list. Items in the list may be represented by images. Students must explain their reasoning and can compare their work with each other in a visual diagram. This tool supports activities where students need to organize ideas, debate differences, and reach consensus.
The tool and related resources are available for free, from any computer that is connected to the Internet. Students may work on their lists at home or at school, and can even compare their ideas with students located in distant classrooms. The Visual Ranking App provides another option for accessing the tool anytime, anywhere on a mobile computing device.
Overview and Benefits ›
Learn more about the features of the Visual Ranking Tool. Read what the research literature says about learning opportunities in making, ordering, and comparing lists.
Try the Tool ›
See how easy it is to use the tool. Follow a tutorial that helps get you started with using the tool in the classroom.
Project Examples ›
Get project ideas from other teachers who have used Visual Ranking in the classroom. Learn how the tool promotes lively discussions as students apply criteria to evaluating lists. Browse short project ideas or longer, detailed unit plans.
Instructional Strategies ›
Learn effective strategies from teachers who have used the tool. Find ideas for planning a project, using the tool in an activity, and assessing what students have learned.
Download a step-by-step guide that shows the key features of the tool.