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How to Make Your Classroom a Thinking Space - Suzie Boss

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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?


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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.

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Maria Persson's comment, May 16, 2013 11:42 PM
Totally agree with you. At one stage in my classroom teaching I got permission to actually work with my students outside and we created learning spaces just outside by the playground and this didn't go down especially well with other teachers who wanted to stay 'indoors and at desks'!
Catherine Selby's curator insight, May 18, 2013 8:51 PM

This article gives teachers ideas on how to create a thinking space for students. In any KLA the importance of helping the students to be able to concentrate is extremely importand. One of the aims in the Australian Curriculum is to allow students to become "creative, innovative and enterprising when using traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies, and understand how technologies have developed over time."

By creating a thinking space this allows students the freedom to learn and implement the above areas.

Khushboo Singh's comment, July 8, 2013 8:30 AM
As I read through this article, I am also painting an image of workspace in my mind that can potentially foster creativity. A creative workspace should be such that it enables generation of free ideas and provide opportunities for constructive engagement. The thought of garage or workshop setting or think labs come to my mind. As mentioned in the article, classroom space is very much like a workspace with the only difference that here children are learning to develop things as well as understand how things work. One of the key areas that contributes to learning is the physical space itself. There are enough evidences as also pointed out in the article, that small adjustments to the classroom space can create better engagement and connect to the topic. Depending upon the school investment/pocket size, efforts can be made from improving the physical layout, wiring, designing flexible furnitures, lighting to simple improvements like changing wall colour, movable board, displays etc. These changes will not only lead to enriched work environment but also energise children to think through situations and work in collaboration.
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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.
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25 Ways to Develop 21st Century Thinkers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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RT @ictedservices: 25 Ways to Develop 21st Century Thinkers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/p8k0B7zcJx #cisedtech

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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

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, June 4, 2013 8:18 AM

Lovin' all these charts. ;)

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 4, 2013 9:17 PM

We are almost 15% of the way through this century. Is that a problem? We talk about this in sort of a future tense.

Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, June 7, 2013 3:45 PM

Critical thinking should be embedded every day, in every class, and every subject.

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A Design Challenge to Students: Solve a Real-World Problem! | MindShift

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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 pu

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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.

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Kaela Blacker's curator insight, May 28, 2013 10:44 PM

The MindShift link explores the idea of Design Challenge Learning which is a program that is within America. This site discusses how Design Challenge Learning can support and harness students problem-solving skills by acting on solving real-world problems within their own communities such as prototyping a recyclable lunch tray, storing something etc.

 

The site expands on the process of learning through designing - exploring, describing, explaining, demonstrating and evaluating. It also gives ideas of how designing can be incorporated into the technology classroom of certain year levels.

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12 Principles Of Mobile Learning

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12 Principles Of Mobile Learning

 

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.

 


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This is where technology is taking us...to an area where the students control their learning....

1. Access

2. Metrics

3. Cloud

4. Transparent

5. Play

6. Asynchronous

7. Self-Actuated

8. Diverse

9. Curation

10. Blending

11. Always-On

12. Authentic

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Sue Osborne's curator insight, April 22, 2013 6:36 PM

Not sure I agree it is "impossible" to get this type of authentic learning in the classroom, but an interesting analysis of mobile learning nonetheless...

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: The Modern Taxonomy Wheel

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"Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: The Modern Taxonomy Wheel" good read http://t.co/WUC6Hbce9d

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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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David W. Deeds's curator insight, April 24, 2013 10:10 AM

Now this is worth printing! ;)

Ray O'Connor's curator insight, April 26, 2013 5:09 AM

Really helpful simple diagram

Dawn Adams Miller's curator insight, April 29, 2013 4:36 PM

Besides the awesome shape and pretty colors this is an amazing compedium of ed tech tools and taxonomy.  This one is going on the wall for sure!  Enjoy!

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The KHS Technology Blog

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everything that's new and exciting in technology....
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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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Khan Academy

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With a library of over 3,000 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, we're on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.
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This site contains videos of hands on projects that students can do that inspire critical thinking.

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Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids | Video on TED.com

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.

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thinkingtechnology

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Using technology to improve critical thinking
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This is my blog that i have created, this site contains more sites of relevant information in regards to thinking technology

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Farr-Out Links to Learning » Blog Archive » Using Technology to Support Creativity and Critical Thinking

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 “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:

Circle of Knowledge

Assessing Thinking and Learning 

Concept Attainment

Compare and Contrast

Decision Making

Inductive Learning

Inquiry/Mystery

Metaphorical Expression

Strategic Interdisciplinary

Teaching Student-centered Integrated Learning

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Critical Thinking and Social Media Technology - Classroom 2.0

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With the emergence of social media technology in the classroom, teachers are finding innovative ways to promote student learning. As educators become more soph…
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This article discusses which technologies teachers can use to support students thinking processes. Teaching the how and why of thinking.

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Critical Thinking and Technology

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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.

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How to Make Your Classroom a Thinking Space - Suzie Boss

How to Make Your Classroom a Thinking Space - Suzie Boss | CriticalThinkingTechnologies | Scoop.it

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?


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Melita Ryland's insight:

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.

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Maria Persson's comment, May 16, 2013 11:42 PM
Totally agree with you. At one stage in my classroom teaching I got permission to actually work with my students outside and we created learning spaces just outside by the playground and this didn't go down especially well with other teachers who wanted to stay 'indoors and at desks'!
Catherine Selby's curator insight, May 18, 2013 8:51 PM

This article gives teachers ideas on how to create a thinking space for students. In any KLA the importance of helping the students to be able to concentrate is extremely importand. One of the aims in the Australian Curriculum is to allow students to become "creative, innovative and enterprising when using traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies, and understand how technologies have developed over time."

By creating a thinking space this allows students the freedom to learn and implement the above areas.

Khushboo Singh's comment, July 8, 2013 8:30 AM
As I read through this article, I am also painting an image of workspace in my mind that can potentially foster creativity. A creative workspace should be such that it enables generation of free ideas and provide opportunities for constructive engagement. The thought of garage or workshop setting or think labs come to my mind. As mentioned in the article, classroom space is very much like a workspace with the only difference that here children are learning to develop things as well as understand how things work. One of the key areas that contributes to learning is the physical space itself. There are enough evidences as also pointed out in the article, that small adjustments to the classroom space can create better engagement and connect to the topic. Depending upon the school investment/pocket size, efforts can be made from improving the physical layout, wiring, designing flexible furnitures, lighting to simple improvements like changing wall colour, movable board, displays etc. These changes will not only lead to enriched work environment but also energise children to think through situations and work in collaboration.
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Twitter For Learning: 7 Ideas For Using Hashtags In The Classroom

Twitter For Learning: 7 Ideas For Using Hashtags In The Classroom | CriticalThinkingTechnologies | Scoop.it
How can you use twitter for learning? How can you use hashtags in the classroom? It's very simple, really.

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Great for critical thinking because in twitter you only have so many characters so you will have to decide what is the important info you are trying to say in limited space...

 

Here are some examples for Hashtag usage in the classroom.

1. Class Discussions

2. Use them to aggregate discussion on content

3. Use them as a class messaging system

4. Use them for mentoring

5. Keep them brief

6. Create them early

7. Be strategic

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4 Wonderful Critical Thinking Graphics [MindMap]

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This diagram  branches so many different ideas and traits of citical thinkers and gives ideas of how we can include more critical thinking into lessons and activities.

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RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms

This RSA Animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA's Benj...
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Education is changing so how we teach it should also change. The move towards education and higher order critical thinking is becoming more of a focus in education!

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Worksheets: BAD. Technology: GOOD. An Analysis.

Worksheets: BAD. Technology: GOOD. An Analysis. | CriticalThinkingTechnologies | Scoop.it
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.

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Reflections on the BYOD Classroom and Digital Citizenship

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Photo courtesy of Flickr user jennip98 If you are reading this, then I hope you will be willing to share your Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) expertise with my new friend, Anita (@anitaasimpson), by l...
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This blog post outlines how teachers can create meaningful learning for students with devices that they are confident with...more succesful results!

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Technology for critical thinking

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This page is for EDP4130 and will provide links to sites that promote critical thinking in the...
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This page is my facebook group created as a PLN...this is still a work in progress.

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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.

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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.

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10 iPad Apps to Enhance Critical Thinking Teachers should not Miss ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 iPad Apps to Enhance Critical Thinking Teachers should not Miss ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | CriticalThinkingTechnologies | Scoop.it
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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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