Critical Thinking Course Summary This MOOC is an introduction in Critical Thinking, with an emphasis on using reason in our daily communication. Its main topics cover the structure and analysis of arguments, the study of inductive reasoning as basis for scientific knowledge and as key ingredient in how we understand reality. Next we will focus on fallacies (like loaded question or hasty generalization) and on guidelines for structuring a presentation, an argumentative essay or a debate. Furthermore, the course gives you an overview of cognitive biases (a fashionable topic nowadays), and on the use of emotional tools in persuasion. The teaching is accompanied by tons of documented experiments and fun examples, guided practice, quizzes, links to additional materials (like TED talks) and short homework.
Directory of OER repositories Tweet #OER Last update: 6th August 2014 – Thanks to @OERhub team – @nopiedra – @EbbaOssian for sharing the data collected in their projects I Know Why Your Students Don't Speak English… And What to Do About It If students today graduate from high school or even from university without being able to “speak” English, it is simply because we are not giving them enough practice in… speaking. Ask students to give you feedback or to explain their wishes, and they will inevitably say, “More speaking in class.” So how do you manage to make students progress in the skill they lack?
DQ 101: Introduction to Decision Quality Uncertainty and endless debate can inhibit our ability to make good decisions. Many of us squander our best opportunities to create value through better decisions. What if we could judge the quality of our decisions at the time we make them, rather than waiting for their outcome? What if we could turn uncertainty to our advantage? Higher Education’s Top 10 Strategic Technologies for 2015 The technologies report provides a snapshot of the relatively new technological investments colleges and universities will be spending the most time implementing, planning, and tracking in 2015. The trends report summarizes the influence on institutional IT strategy of trends such as shared services, IT complexity, and agile approaches to change. Together the reports provide context and insight to guide higher education IT strategy. The interactive graphic enables you to filter the technologies list by institutional characteristics.
Practical Ethics About the Course In this course you will be encouraged to think about some of the ethical issues that we all face in our daily lives, and as concerned, global citizens. The course will focus on the following topics: Brain death and persistent vegetative state When is a person dead? In many countries death is now defined as “brain death,” but is this way of understanding death justified? Ten Terrific Mind Mapping and Brainstorming Tools Today, I am running a workshop about using mind mapping and brainstorming tools to help students meet some of the Common Core standards in English Language Arts. Below are some of the tools that we will be using today. On a related note, if you're interested in having me come to your school or facilitate a virtual workshop, please click here for more information.
Classroom Activities - Fanfiction for Literacy Here are some suggestions for incorporating fanfiction into English classrooms... Classroom Activity: Introducing Fanfiction Introduce the idea of fans and fandoms. Divide class into groups based on four types of fanfiction (books, movies, games, TV shows). Provide each group with a corresponding example of fanfiction and its reviews. Ask each group to 1) summarize the piece 2) rate the piece after a review of what to look for, 3) make suggestions for improvement, 4) identify a helpful review (Kell, 2009). Logic: Language and Information 1 About the Course Information is everywhere: in our words and our world, our thoughts and our theories, our devices and our databases. Logic is the study of that information: the features it has, how it’s represented, and how we can manipulate it.
6 Good iPad Apps to Turn Pictures Into Cartoons and Comics November 23, 2014 I spent sometime this weekend curating and working on the list of iPad apps below. These are apps that students can use to create beautiful cartoons to use in their multimedia projects or in activities that involve comic strips, digital storytelling, presentations and many more. All of these apps are easy to use and do not require any advanced technical skill. Some of the things students can do with these apps include: take pictures and turn them into cartoons, capture cartoon videos, draw cartoon sketches, customize and add different effects to pictures, convert photos into cartoon avatars, and many more.
Creating a Writers' Workshop in a Secondary Classroom In the middle of the school year, I always regret my choice of becoming an AP and Honors English teacher. Not because I hate to teach, but because I'm always swimming in essays that I have to grade. In order to accommodate the load, I adapted the elementary way of thinking and formed a writers' workshop for my own classroom. Once they participate in the workshop, students are able to learn how to revise their own essays.
Introduction to Mathematical Thinking About the Course NOTE: For the Fall 2015 session, the course website will go live at 10:00 AM US-PST on Saturday September 19, two days before the course begins, so you have time to familiarize yourself with the website structure, watch some short introductory videos, and look at some preliminary material. The goal of the course is to help you develop a valuable mental ability – a powerful way of thinking that our ancestors have developed over three thousand years.
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