has produced a Twtter thread of 11 tips for Inclusive Knowledge Organisers. We reproduce her tips here.
Some excellent guidance for those who want to create great Knowledge Organisers.1 - visual visual visual
Dual coding good but also keep consistency - symbols e.g. Royalty keep the same symbol, don't switch2. Distraction free
Argh, the amount of times I've KOs that look like someone has vomited words, images, lines, dashes, exclamations - all in tiny print and squished together - makes me go
Keep it simple
Keep it clear
Make space3. Chunky chunk chunk
Chunking is not just for oral language and instructions. Learners can become overwhelmed really quickly, they need guided by the metaphorical hand through your KOs. What do they need to do first? Can there be tick boxes?4. Framing
Chuck a frame round stuff - draws attention and then students can ignore other bits. Framing focuses attention and prevents headspin until they become so wound up they don't know where to go or what to do.5. Carrier language
Take it out wherever possible e.g.
Now try to find ...
No people, why would you add in extraneous language? That's three superfluous words to process - why would you do that? WWHHYYY?
Is fine.6. Command language
Good but be consistent or at least make sure they are taught words. Your KOs are for words and information on the subject (tier 3) but do your students understand the commands? Have you done a KO on those for example?7. Subject Specific language
You have your list of key words then you go & add in a load more - think it through - maybe you need to add more in? Do a language audit after your design, have you sneakily bunged in a load of key words which are not on the list?8. Underlining bad bolding good
For those with reading difficulties, putting a line underneath letters just makes it even harder to distinguish the letters, you've just added more confusion - bold much easier to read and has the same effect9. Break up text - paragraphs bad, bullet points good
I love a list - read your paragraph and work out how it can be reduced to a few sentences with bullet points - easier to read and less overwhelming10. Simple and consistent symbols/codifying
Punctuate your KOs with consistent symbols - it allows for pauses and a journey with rest breaks
Need to know11. Clarity & simplicity
Unlike my life, a KO should be calm & purposeful, well thought out - zen.
Frames, symbols, prompts, visual, clear, crisp, familiar & consistent - like that annoying friend who seems to have their s**t together.If you have other thoughts on making Knowledge Organisers accessible, we would love to hear them. Just REPLY below.