Today's guest bloggers are teachers from around the country involved in the Intel Education initiative.
Three Examples of Making Thinking Visible Using Free Online Resources
1) HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN LOVE? Making Thinking Visible with Visual Ranking
Digital Learning Day might be a kick-off to the month of February but I consider this month the time of love, chocolate, valentines…and online tools. You might be wondering if online tools are online dating sites but NOT in this case; I am actually referring to online teaching resources. I define love as a sense of never being let down, always being accessible and most importantly, someone that makes me look good. I have found that and more in the Intel Thinking Tools. I like all the tools but I am in love with the Visual Ranking Tool. I think if it were on an online dating site then its profile would look something like this...
Screen Name: VisualRanking4U
Tag line: A 21st century educational tool looking for the right educator
About me and who I am looking for: Looking for someone who thinks for themselves, but not for everyone around them. Someone who is willing to drag, drop, collaborate and comment when necessary. You must love innovative ways to integrate technology into the curriculum or at least willing to give it a try.
Favorite Things: Ranking (of course), Reflecting, Ordering, Prioritizing, Analyzing
Favorite Hot Spots: Classrooms across the World (Intel tools are offered in 9 languages), Intel Teach website and the Teachers Engage site for sharing and learning with others.
I love the ability to create an activity on the fly. In my last lesson using the tool, my students had three locations to research and had to find the best place for a summer vacation. They then ranked the locations from most desirable to least and created comments on the first and last factors to compare with other groups after their research was complete. The tool provided a great venue for students to voice their findings online and compares their thinking with other students in an organized and creative way.
Try a demo of the Visual Ranking Tool and visit the help infographic. How could you use this tool in your classroom?
Looking for tech love in all the right online places
Susan Gauthier, Library Media Specialist
Baton Rouge, LA
2) SEEING REASON: Showing Cause and Effect Relationships
As a middle school science teacher, I often look for ways in which my students can “show” deeper thinking. One of my favorite options is the Seeing Reason tool, which is incredible in how it focuses students on the concept of cause and effect relationships (and it is free!). One of the Seeing Reason projects I created was titled “Manipulating the Ecosystem”. Our core asks students to identify the cause and effects of mankind's involvement in the world. Over two class periods, students collaborated in teams and worked to create their own cause and effect maps.
Their research data (revealed by clicking on a factor) show how certain factors cause other factors to increase or decrease. Students also included how their own choices influence their main factor of “Global Warming”.
Middle School Science Teacher
3) INTEL® TEACH ELEMENTS: It's All about the Collaboration!
Have you had an opportunity to check out Intel® Teach Elements: Collaboration in the Digital Classroom? It is an amazing interactive elearning course that offers an in-depth look at collaboration with a focus on online collaborative tools. Teachers see how collaboration helps students develop 21st century thinking skills, deepen content understanding, and prepare them for the global world. It also helps manage collaboration activities that integrate online collaborative tools increasingly part of our globally connected workplaces. This course has allowed me to dig deeper into quality materials and resources to collaborate with educators around the world. It has also provided online web 2.0 literacy resources- such as creative ideas on how to maximize the use of blogs, wikis and back channel chats to allow for every student to have a critical voice in the k12 learning experience. It has also provided key resources for me as educator to differentiate between the collaboration tools and identify the right tool to get the job done with a focus on student learning. This collaboration e-course is the "just-in-time" resource to motivate and engage ALL educators to enrich their 21st century classroom experience and to excite each and every one of your students- and it is all FREE!
Innovative Educator and Technology Consultant
Check out these and the many other teaching tools at the Intel Education site or join their online community of educators.