This collection of resources focuses around the Draft Australian Curriculum Strand of Technology and how teachers can use both digital and design technologies in a primary school classroom to promote critical thinking. This curated collection will provide you with information and practical teaching resources to use with your students in the classroom to promote higher order critical thinking when working with technology.
Critical thinking as a skill is the mother of all other skills and one that underpins and solidify students overall learning. This photo would be ideal to hang on the wall near your working space to remind you of easy ways to include critical thinking into the classroom and how certain questions topics make people think in different ways and with different parts of the brain. For Examples: Open minded, Problem Solving, Collaboration, Real world applications, Analyse, Evaluate and Reason, Reflection and Communiaction
This article talks about the Design Leanring Challenge. Getting students to figure out how to solve real world problems in their community.
Example: Creating a safe recreation space for teens; protoyping a recyclable lunch tray; setting up a water delivery system to guard against urban fires; building a public awareness campaign to combat hunger.
Combining project-based learning, with an emphasis on the arts and design thinking, this academic competition now in its third year — a partnership between the Industrial Designers Society of America, or IDSA, and the National Art Education Association, or NAEA — has more than 750 students participating this year.
Educators who enter the competition work with their students to identify a significant problem or challenge in their lives for which they can design a solution. Like most other project-based learning, the idea is that the process for designing an effective solution will get students to use skills from a range of subjects, from understanding the historical context of a project, to computing project budgets and specifications.
Mobile Learning is about self-actuated personalization.
As learning practices and technology tools change, mobile learning itself will continue to evolve. For 2013, the focus is on a variety of challenges, from how learners access content to how the idea of a “curriculum” is defined.
This model is based around the blooms taxonomy of higher order thinking. In the centre it has the traditional headings of blooms, the next circle has action verbs, then activities to accompany each level of thinking.
The new addition is the outer circle; in this layer the addition of various ipad apps are included. There are a selection of ipadd apps availble to each level of thinking in various topics/ area of study.
Bringing the old method of leanring the the 21st centurary!
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This is the blog of a high school class who constantly complete technology challenges. In designing and making these creations a large amoutn of critical thinking and higher order thinking are being used.
This page contains many different activities they have completed.
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This site contains videos of hands on projects that students can do that inspire critical thinking.
Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism.
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This video is by a child and outlines how children have all these thoughts and ideas and they dont have a chance to express them, as adults and teachers know the realities that these ideas wont work, so they dont give the children a chance to express them.
“Critical thinking is that mode of thinking – about any subject, content, or problem – in which the thinker improves the quality of his or her thinking by skillfully taking charge of the structures inherent in thinking and imposing intellectual standards upon them.”
There are a number of online resources where you can learn more about critical thinking.
The Critical Thinking Community web site
Critical Thinking On the Web
Critical Thinking Resources for TeachersCritical Thinking and Bloom’s Taxonomy
Critical thinking strategies identified by the Georgia Department of Education:
This website provides a practical insight into bringing technology into lessons to suport student's learning. They provide questions to make you think about your planning in regards to purposeful incorporation of technology.
Take a moment and imagine a creative work environment. Don't worry about the kind of work going on. Just focus on the space. Close your eyes and picture it. What is that space like? What does it sound like? How are people interacting? Is there movement? Is there evidence of work in progress? Is it tidy, or busy-messy? Can you imagine working there?
This article asks us to rethink what we think to be a work space. They outline that a workspace can come in many different forms and still be productive. By simply moving around an changing the workspace can drastically change the outcomes of student leanring and engagement in more ways than 1.
I was skimming through my twitter feed the other day and saw a tweet that stopped me dead in my tracks. I can't quote it verbatim now, but it said something like this: Worksheets allow teachers to ...
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It is becoming more and more important to interest students and technology seems to be the way. Making them think in different ways and challenging them in critical thinking is the new direction education is taking.
This document outlines the importance of critical thinking and various simple computer programs you could use to implement into the classroom which allow students to discover and find things for themselves.
This document address what is critical thinking and how to support it and then explores the computer program Reason!Able. Exploration into what this program can do and how to use this program in the classroom.
Critical thinking is a skill much sought after in probably every curricula. It is our ultimate goal as teachers and educators to bring up students who are critical thinkers and problem solvers. This site outlines 10 apps that teachers can use to assist students in achieving critical thinking in the classroom.
1- Critical Thinking Basic 2- Reading Prep Critical Thinking 3- Math Lands 4- iBrainFood 5- Little Minds 6- Simple Physics. 7- TinkerBox 8- Xperica HD 9- Critical Thinking University 10- Guess The Code
This relates back to the draft Australian Curriculum by encouraging critical thinking not only just in technology but as a general capability across multiple learning areas. Students develop capability in critical and creative thinking as they learn to generate and evaluate knowledge, clarify concepts and ideas, seek possibilities, consider alternatives and solve problems (ACARA, 2013).
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