I will begin this post be explaining what workflow is. This word defines the process taken to complete a task. Most commonly, this term is used in the field of technology. The task could be as simple as knowing how to log in to your email account, so something as complex as using multiple apps to create a 20 minute video. Both of these examples define the word workflow, but both are on very different levels. In this post, I will help you to find the benefits in teaching workflow and provide some brief examples. 

How can workflow benefit my classroom?
  • It teaches technology skills! Probably the most important element of teaching workflow is that students learn how devices work and interact. By knowing what a device is capable of, they are able to plan and build more complex projects. I would also argue that the more devices students learn workflows for, the better off they will be. We cannot predict the future and what tools will be out for the students we educate. The more well rounded these students are with todays technology, the better!
  • It is a process. This process is one that can be transferred, and learned in new environments. Using this term will help students to identify when they need to follow many steps, or when they need to be meticulous with their work. 
  • It forces students to plan ahead. When working to complete a large project, students will need to be forward thinkers planning out their project and the steps that need to happen along the way. 
  • It reflects metacognition. Using workflow's in general, provides a wide angle lens on a task or process. Students are forced to step back, predict, and reflect on the project before beginning. These skills naturally transfer into content areas and thinking processes.
  • It builds independence. Students who learn how to rely on how to's and videos for assistance, build their own self efficacy. This is an irreplaceable skill in any person today. 
How does it look!

I chose all of these examples because they are all digital, and able to be given and taught outside of the school day. This method of flipped education helps open class time for you, and provides students learning time on their schedules!
To conclude, workflow can look many different ways, there is no one size fits all solution. Teaching and using workflows in your classroom will help your students many skills that can be transferred across all subject areas on top of teaching countless technology skills. I encourage you to start small in your classroom and teach your students minimal tasks using these methods.