Critical thinking Critical thinking is a type of clear, reasoned thinking. According to Beyer (1995) Critical thinking means making clear, reasoned judgements. While in the process of critical thinking, ideas should be reasoned and well thought out/judged. The National Council for Excellence in Critical Thinking defines critical thinking as the intellectually disciplined process of actively and skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing, synthesizing, and/or evaluating information gathered from, or generated by, observation, experience, reflection, reasoning, or communication, as a guide to belief and action Etymology In the term critical thinking, the word critical, (Grk. κριτικός = kritikos = "critic") derives from the word critic, and identifies the intellectual capacity and the means "of judging", "of judgement", "for judging", and of being "able to discern". Definitions According to the field of inquiry [weasel words], critical thinking is defined as: Skills Procedure
Teacher 's Guide on Creating Personal Learning Networks Creating your PLN is easier than you might even thought. Most of you are already familiar with some social media platforms such as Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Diigo, LinkedIn, but do you really know how to use them to create a personal learning network ? We have several guides to walk you through all the tips and tricks you need to know to start a powerful PLN. Check them out and share with us your feedback. The Importancre of PLNs in Education Watch this excellent video to learn about the importance of creating a PLN Guides Check out these guides to find out how other educators have used social media and other tools to grow their personal learning networks. Want to really make the most of your PLN?
A proposed framework for teaching and evaluating critical thinking ... 5 Ways to Inspire Students Through Global Collaboration Culture Teaching Strategies Flickr:rwkvisual The Internet has made the world smaller. Teachers can now collaborate with classrooms around the world to expose different culture to students. Working with students from a different culture motivates students. International pen pals may be the most straightforward global collaboration available. Epals is a free resource that allows educators to easily find other classrooms interested in collaborations.
Critical and Creative Thinking - Bloom's Taxonomy What are critical thinking and creative thinking? What's Bloom's taxonomy and how is it helpful in project planning? How are the domains of learning reflected in technology-rich projects? Benjamin Bloom (1956) developed a classification of levels of intellectual behavior in learning. Critical Thinking Critical thinking involves logical thinking and reasoning including skills such as comparison, classification, sequencing, cause/effect, patterning, webbing, analogies, deductive and inductive reasoning, forecasting, planning, hypothesizing, and critiquing. Creative thinking involves creating something new or original. Knowledge Examples: dates, events, places, vocabulary, key ideas, parts of diagram, 5Ws Comprehension Examples: find meaning, transfer, interpret facts, infer cause & consequence, examples Application Examples: use information in new situations, solve problems Analysis Examples: recognize and explain patterns and meaning, see parts and wholes Synthesis Evaluation Affective Domain
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249 Bloom's Taxonomy Verbs For Critical Thinking Bloom’s Taxonomy’s verbs–also know as power verbs or thinking verbs–are extraordinarily powerful instructional planning tools. In fact, next to the concept of backwards-design and power standards, they are likely the most useful tool a teacher-as-learning-designer has access to. Why? They can be used for curriculum mapping, assessment design, lesson planning, personalizing and differentiating learning, and almost any other “thing” a teacher–or student–has to do. For example, if a standard asks students to infer and demonstrate an author’s position using evidence from the text, there’s a lot built into that kind of task. Though the chart below reads left to right, it’s ideal to imagine it as a kind of incline, with Knowledge at the bottom, and Create at the top. 249 Bloom’s Taxonomy Verbs For Critical Thinking
Understanding Multimedia For Rapid E-Learning We’ve looked at understanding the customer’s perspective, how to jump start you project, what you should know about designing a course, how to build a project plan, and working with your subject matter experts. Today’s rapid elearning tools make creating elearning courses so much easier. It’s possible to build good elearning courses with a limited understanding of the technology. However, you can really leverage the rapid elearning tool’s capabilities and make more engaging content if you have a basic understanding of the multimedia technology. In this post, we’ll take a quick peek at graphic, audio, and video technology. What Should I Know About Graphics When using images in your rapid elearning courses you want to maintain the best quality possible. This is article from Wikipedia does a great job explaining image formats and their differences. Typically, you’ll find the best success if you can stick with vector-based images because they scale better. What Should I Know About Audio
Vialogues, a Web 2.0 tool supporting 21st Century learning skills Address: Vialogues is a Web 2.0 tool providing a platform for asynychronous discussions centered around videos. While videos can engage students, the addition of meaningful commentaries increases student learning. This Web 2.0 teaching tool is easy to integrate into the curriculum. The video is seen on the left side of the page and comments appear on the right side. The "Q&A" tool lets you add a poll to the discussion - an easy way to assess student learning. 21st Century Skills This Web 2.0 teaching tool allows asynchronous discussion that develops viewers' communication skills. In the Classroom What makes video effective for learning? Ways to Use Vialogues in the Classroom This lesson is an excellent example of using this Web 2.0 tool in the classroom. In-Class Activity for High Schoolers: 9/11 Ten Years Later Tutorial NOTE: Videos that you upload to the site can be up to 1GB in these formats: .mov .flv .mp4 .mpeg .avl Video Tutorial Safety Concerns
15 Free Tools for Storing and Sharing Files Six months ago I shared a list of good file sharing tools for teachers and students. Since then, I've come across some more tools to add to that list. Here is my new list of file sharing tools for students and teachers. Using these tools can help you avoid having an email inbox that is overflowing with file attachments. The tools that I frequently use: I use Google Documents and Google Drive for nearly all of my document storage needs. The other tool that I frequently use for collecting, storing, and sharing files is Dropbox. DROPitTOme is a free service that works with Dropbox to allow people to upload files to your Dropbox account without giving them access to the contents of your Dropbox account. File Dropper is the file sharing tool that I have used longer than any of the tool on this list. Other file sharing tools that I have tried. File Stork is a tool that works with Dropbox and allows you to collect files in two ways. Go Pileus is a simple free service for quickly sharing files.
3 Tips to Make Flipped Classrooms Effective 3 Tips to Make Flipped Classrooms Effective Flipped classrooms have become a concept in today’s education environment. One can see the impact that flipped classrooms are posing on classroom learning and teacher-student relationship. To make flipped classrooms effective, students and teachers will need to understand the importance of inclusive learning and interactive environment. Difficult Things Dealt in Schools Flipped classrooms make learning impactful and deep because the difficult subjects or things are taken care of the teachers at schools. Removing Misconceptions Flipped classrooms are created with the idea of removing all sorts of miconceptions that the student may have regarding certain concepts. Ask Questions Before the Class Let’s say you have served your student with a video content that they have to go through at home. A flipped environment is worth adopting as it drives education in the perfect manner.
Facebook Apps for eLearning Facebook has been making many inroads into education over the last few years. Many institutions are using Facebook sites to publicize events on campus, as well as to aid in their recruiting. As well, many students, instructors and administrators are using a number of Facebook applications for a wide variety of academic purposes. Recently we’ve been examining a number of Facebook apps that are relevant for educational use. If you have other suggestions feel free to add them to the list. TOPYX social LMS is a revolutionary eLearning solution that incorporates Facebook and other social networking resources right into the learning platform to enhance the learner’s experience (social LMS). Flipped-Learning Toolkit: 5 Steps for Formative Assessment Editor's Note: This post was co-authored by Aaron Sams, Managing Director of FlippedClass.com and founding member of the Flipped Learning Network. If you flip your class, you might be able to rid yourself of the bane of many teachers: grading papers late at night. Since the flipped classroom model moves teachers away from the "front of the room," they have more time to interact with students and implement a wide variety of instructional strategies -- including formative assessment. 5 Steps to Check for Mastery One formative assessment strategy has the side benefit of not taking papers home to grade. 1. Assign students work to complete based on one specific objective. 2. Students are told to solve either the even or the odd problems, or perhaps some other combination. 3. Once a student has completed his work, he asks the teacher to complete a check for mastery. They get it. 4. 5. Watch this video clip of Aaron's classroom in action. Flexibility, Efficiency, and Accountability
The 20 Best Learning Management Systems How To Use Mood Boards For Visual Learning 2.28K Views 0 Likes Mood boards are used for photography, game design, interior design, marketing, fashion, music, advertising and even architecture; but who’s to say they shouldn’t be used in the classroom? 7 Online Quiz Tools Perfect For Classrooms