Category Archives: critical thinking

“As teachers, we are futurists.” – Lisa Anne Floyd, Canada

Lisa Anne Floyd
Director of Research and Inquiry, Fair Chance Learning/ Instructor, Western University Faculty of Education/Teacher,Thames Valley District School Board
London, Ontario, Canada
@lisaannefloyd

For Lisa Anne Floyd, teaching students how to use technology effectively is critical, but it isn’t the ultimate goal.

“I believe it is even more important for students to be given the opportunity to become creators and authors of technology,” she says. “They can do this by learning how to code. No matter what field they pursue, they will at least need to have a basic understanding of how computers work, how we program robots to be artificially intelligent and how most of the objects around them will be connected to the internet of things.”

Floyd, a Certified Microsoft Innovative Educator knows that computational thinking – taking large problems, breaking them down into smaller, more manageable parts – is key to helping students think “differently, efficiently, productively and creatively.” And she knows that coding promotes this type of thinking.… Visit the author's original post

Passive users or critical thinkers? Developing critical and creative thinking skills with technology

Passive users or critical thinkers?

Developing critical and creative thinking skills with technology



Had enough with your students using their tablets or mobile devices to play games for non-thinking users? Project based learning with the aid of technology can be used creatively to stimulate students interest and develop their critical and creative thinking skills. This post is about activities and tools that can help students use their creative and critical abilities while learning.


A brief intro
Technology has often been accused of creating passive learners, who rely heavily on visuals and are used to a superficial approach to learning, rather than developing their creative and critical thinking skills.Visit the author's original post

Passive users or critical thinkers? Developing critical and creative thinking skills with technology

Passive users or critical thinkers?

Developing critical and creative thinking skills with technology



Had enough with your students using their tablets or mobile devices to play games for non-thinking users? Project based learning with the aid of technology can be used creatively to stimulate students interest and develop their critical and creative thinking skills. This post is about activities and tools that can help students use their creative and critical abilities while learning.


A brief intro
Technology has often been accused of creating passive learners, who rely heavily on visuals and are used to a superficial approach to learning, rather than developing their creative and critical thinking skills.Visit the author's original post

Passive users or critical thinkers? Developing critical and creative thinking skills with technology

Passive users or critical thinkers?

Developing critical and creative thinking skills with technology



Had enough with your students using their tablets or mobile devices to play games for non-thinking users? Project based learning with the aid of technology can be used creatively to stimulate students interest and develop their critical and creative thinking skills. This post is about activities and tools that can help students use their creative and critical abilities while learning.


A brief intro
Technology has often been accused of creating passive learners, who rely heavily on visuals and are used to a superficial approach to learning, rather than developing their creative and critical thinking skills.Visit the author's original post

Mystery Skype Match-up with New York

Last week the 5th graders in Mrs. Lavoy’s morning social studies class played a game of Mystery Skype with Tracey Carayol’s students from New York.  Since the object of the game is to see which class can guess the other’s location through a series of Yes/No questions, neither class knew the location of the students on the other end of the call.

Despite this being the first Mystery Skype for the New Yorkers, they did a great job.  Early on they found out that our state bordered Lake Erie.  … Visit the author's original post

9 Barriers to Personalized Learning And How We May Work Around Them

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I didn’t know I was doing personalized learning when I first changed the way I taught.  It wasn’t until I wrote about it in a blog post and someone gave me the name and description that it clicked.  It made sense really; I wanted students to have a voice, have choice, and to be re-ignited passionate learners within my classroom, all tenets of the personalized learning philosophy.  For me it was a no brainer; why not teach in a such a way that students would want to be part of the learning?  … Visit the author's original post

Abandoning the Plan and Getting Out of the Way of Learning

“Mommy, can I help?”  I took a deep breath when I heard those words.  I just wanted to be finished, and I hadn’t even started….  I was painting my daughter’s room.  I had promised to do it a long time ago; my mom had promised my daughter that she would visit over Mardi Gras break and help me.  Then, in January, my mom died.  I couldn’t avoid it.  I didn’t want my daughter to feel sad because grandmommy wasn’t here.  I didn’t want to feel sad because she wasn’t here. … Visit the author's original post