An overview on the critical thinking and web research curriculum co-developed by Microsoft and ISTE to help students improve the academic search and critical-thinking skills. http://www.microsoft.com/education/criticalthinking
Brief description of each area, with sharing of sample lesson material type and structure for each
ClassSearch is for in-class instruction of search skills.A browser plug-in sends information about students’ queries and browsing to the teacher’s machine, where it is displayed to the class through several types of visualization.These views can serve to increase students’ awareness about effective information retrieval strategies used by their peers, enable comparisons between the information returned by different search strategies, and serve as jumping-off points for teacher discussion about issues such as query syntax, result credibility, etc.
Student interface:Student’s use a standard browser (Internet Explorer), and the search engine or engines of their choice, so the skills they learn are transferable to the world beyond the classroom.A browser plugin sends their browsing and query information to the teacher’s computer. The plugin also shows the student’s search history along the bottom of the screen, to make the evolution of the student’s search process more evident both for personal reflection and for enabling quick over-the-shoulder assessment and assistance from a teacher.
Teacher’s Interface: “Overview” screenClicking any of these visualizations opens them into a larger, full-screen view.(left = class list. Upon full-screen view, this gives the “search strategies” view shown in the video, which enables drill-down into particular students’ search and browse sequence)(bottom = browser)(top/left = query cloud)(top/right = site cloud)
The Query CloudThe query cloud displays queries issued by all members of the class. Queries issued by multiple students have a larger font. Hovering over a particular query reveals which class members issued it (though this feature can be disabled to preserve privacy, if the teacher chooses). The query cloud exposes students to alternative ways to formulate an information need. The queries composing the cloud are live links which the teacher can use to compare the results of different querying approaches.
Critical thinking and web research iste 2010
Web literacy for the Digital Generation<br />Chris O’Neal<br />ISTE Faculty<br />Rob Bayuk<br />Program Manager,<br />Teacher Professional Development, <br />Microsoft<br />1<br />
Agenda:<br /><ul><li>Introductions</li></ul>Us and you!<br /><ul><li>Ideas and Considerations for the Classroom</li></ul>Rob Bayuk<br /><ul><li>Critical Thinking Curriculum </li></ul>Microsoft & ISTE collaboration<br />Chris O’Neal<br /><ul><li>Improving Search in the Classroom
Q&A</li></li></ul><li>Ideas and Approaches<br />Developing Critical Thinking & Web Research Skills in the Classroom<br />
What is Critical Thinking?<br />In 1605, Sir Francis Bacon, the father of scientific thinking, outlined these habits of mind (paraphrased): <br /><ul><li>“Nimble and versatile” enough to see relationships among things, in addition to subtle distinctions between them.
Slow to assert and ready to consider multiple points of view.
Careful to support their points of view and to formulate an argument with reasons and evidence.
A slave neither to passing trends nor to established traditions but capable of judging the credibility of sources and making independent judgments about information.
Alert to all deception.</li></ul>Excerpt from the e-book for educators:<br />“From Search to Research: Developing Critical Thinking Through Web Research Skills” <br />www.microsoft.com/education/criticalthinking<br />
Discussion Question:<br />What do you believe are the important skills needed to develop critical thinking in 21st century students?<br />
CultivatingEssential Web Research Skills<br /><ul><li>Search efficiently and effectively.
Distinguish kinds of sources, and analyze a source’s validity and reliability.
Make a habit of cross-checking facts, even from reliable sources.
Conscientiously and properly attribute the words and ideas of others.
Interact with others online honestly, respectfully, fairly, and clearly.</li></ul>Excerpt the new e-book for educators:<br />“From Search to Research: Developing Critical Thinking Through Web Research Skills”<br />www.microsoft.com/education/criticalthinking<br />
Why Microsoft cares?<br /><ul><li>Web search & research is a primary interaction for 21st century students
Evolving how people search, find and organize relevant information on the web
Bing as - decision engine </li></ul>www.bing.com<br />
Critical Thinking & Web Research Curriculum<br />Chris O’Neal<br />ISTE Faculty<br />www.microsoft.com/education/criticalthinking<br />
Project Background<br />Fielded questions/feedback from media specialists, content area teachers, computer lab instructors:<br /><ul><li>What areas are most critical in preparing students to be web literate?
What activities/structures give teachers the opportunity to provide guided practice?</li></li></ul><li>Key Areas<br /><ul><li>Mechanics of Effective Searching