#ELI5 Explain Like I’m Five: Making Student Learning Explicit, Simple

You may remember my previous post about using Reddit’s #TIL (Today I Learned) hashtag as a tool for metacognition, similar to an “exit ticket”.

Another great meme they use is #ELI5: Explain it Like I’m Five.  These answers take complex topics like The Russian invasion of Crimea and offer a brief summary in simple, clear language that a five-year-old could understand.

This is a great mental exercise for anyone to show comprehension of a complex concept and practice boiling it down into simple comprehensible language. You could even challenge students to use multimedia, images, and visual aids to make their topic clearer.

Check out the ELI5 board on Reddit to see how it’s done.


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Ted Curran is a Learning Experience Designer/Developer for Autodesk. He is committed to empowering educators and learners to create transformational change through effective pedagogy and technology integration. You can follow Ted on Mastodon, LinkedIn or learn more at my 'About" page. These thoughts are my own.

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