Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

April 3, 2012 § Leave a comment

PART ONE: Summing up Creativity and Innovation

We’ve spent a long time looking at creativity tools and applications for classroom use. What are your take-aways? On your index card, write down the one big idea you have from this past month. Look for a key word or phrase in what you’ve written and circle it before you turn in your card.

Remember, according to the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS), educators should create opportunities for:

Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology.

Students:

a. apply existing knowledge to generate new ideas, products, or processes.
b. create original works as a means of personal or group expression.
c. use models and simulations to explore complex systems and issues.
d. identify trends and forecast possibilities.

(We’re going to share our Creativity Contract projects on the last day of class along with our final project.)

PART TWO: Interactive Whiteboards

Unfortunately, we don’t have time to explore every technology tool that is used in K12 classrooms – but today we’ll take a brief look at interactive whiteboards and talk about how they might be used in learning activities. There will be no outside of class assignment for this activity.

FOR THURSDAY:

1.  Read Chapter 6 in your textbook. Complete the reading guide (skip #5, 9, and 12 for Chapter 6). Remember, you need to complete 4 of the 6 reading guides. This is due by next Tuesday.

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