Online tools helps to create active learningenvironments where students can engage indiscussions, analyze information, pursueinvestigations, and solve problems. You canfind teaching resources, including lessonplans, assessment strategies, and technology-enriched project ideas for all K–12 subjects.
Mobile Learning offers an exciting opportunity to makelearning truly personal and more powerful. mobilelearning or, as it’s referred to in some settings, digitallearning. Some definitions align to a particular model,such as 1:1 or BYOD, while others focus on devices.Again and again, however, a handful of ideas stand out: Ubiquitous access to content and material via internet-connected devices Equity of access to technology and content Greater opportunity for students to collaborate with peers(from their classroom and across borders of school,district, or geography) Enhanced ability for students to take initiative topersonalize learning experiences
The Visual Ranking Tool brings focus to the thinkingbehind making ordered lists. Students identify andrefine criteria as they assign order or ranking to a list.Items in the list may be represented by images.Students must explain their reasoning and cancompare their work with each other in a visualdiagram. This tool supports activities where studentsneed to organize ideas, debate differences, and reachconsensus.
The Seeing ReasonTool students create visualmaps of the factors and relationships in acause-and-effect investigation.These mapsmake thinking visible and promotecollaboration as students work together torefine their understanding.
For Students, This is a Conversation ToolBy organizing their ideas about a system into a visual diagram,students have a common reference point to reason with eachother about cause-and-effect relationships. As they work, theytalk about their ideas—both with each other and with theirteacher. ForTeachers, Seeing Reason is a Monitoring and ObservationTool Because the maps are representations of student understandingof a system, teachers have a reference point for conversing withstudents about their reasoning. Mapping the Road to Reason The map below shows a students initial conception of the cause-and-effect relationships involved in a traffic jam. It includes bothsimple relationships (increasing the number of cars increasestraffic jams) and more complex ones (increasing snow increasesaccidents, which increases traffic jams).
Showing Evidence Tool helps students learn how to constructwell-reasoned arguments and prove their case with credibleevidence. The tool provides a visual framework to makeclaims, identify evidence, evaluate the quality of thatevidence, explain how the evidence supports or weakensclaims, and reach conclusions based on the evidence. Thisthinking tool supports activities where students debatedifferences, make and defend decisions, and analyzeconflicting information. The tool and related resources areavailable for free, from any computer that is connected tothe Internet. Students may work on their claims andevidence at home or at school, and can be paired withanother team to review their ideas.
Argumentation is essential to human thinking anddiscourse. People construct and evaluate argumentseveryday in school, work, and informal settings toresolve issues as simple as what brand of soda to buyto as complex as whether stem cell research shouldbe legalized. The ability to evaluate and constructarguments is particularly important in today’s societywhere individuals are constantly confronted with newinformation. Argumentation is about making claimsand providing justification for those claims.Justification means that people can question why theyshould believe an assertion or claim. A claim shouldnot just be an individual’s opinion, but should bejustifiable if another individual challenges it.
The Showing Evidence Tool provides a scaffold tosupport students as they create a claim and thensupport or refute it with appropriate evidence. When anargument is complicated, the components of the toolhelp students think through justifying a claim. A debateabout stem cell research, for example, might lead tomultiple claims that could be supported by evidence.The Showing Evidence Tool prompts students toconsider the quality of the evidence (Do they trust thesource?), and the strength of the evidence to supporttheir claim (Is the evidence central to their argument?).Students use the tool to explicitly link evidence to theirclaim and provide their reasoning as to why theevidence supports their claim .
When assessment drives instruction, students learnmore and become more confident, self-directedlearners. Assessing Projects helps teachers createassessments that address 21st century skills andprovides strategies to make assessment an integralpart of their teaching and help students understandcontent more deeply, think at higher levels, andbecome self-directed learners.