Enhancing Creativity and Critical Thinking in your Classroom

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Enhancing Creativity and Critical Thinking in your Classroom

  1. 1. Enhancing Creativity and Critical Thinking in the Classroom Kate Perna
  2. 2. How can technology be used in the classroom to enhance the creativity and critical thinking skills of your students?
  3. 3. Benefits of Inquiry-Based Activities <ul><li>Support Constructivism </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Increase Motivation </li></ul><ul><li>Provide Authentic Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage Independent Thinking and Problem-Solving Skills </li></ul>
  4. 4. Treasure Hunts <ul><li>What is a Treasure Hunt? </li></ul><ul><li>When can I use one? </li></ul><ul><li>How do I create a Treasure Hunt? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Creating A Treasure Hunt <ul><li>Create a list of questions for students to answer </li></ul><ul><li>Compile a list of online resources where answers can be found </li></ul><ul><li>Include an activity that requires application of the information found </li></ul>
  6. 6. “Celebrate the Century: Exploring the Web for the History of the 1930s”
  7. 7. Web Bits <ul><li>What is a Web Bit? </li></ul><ul><li>What do I need to create one? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the process in creating a Web Bit for my classroom? </li></ul>Example of a Web Bit
  8. 8. WebQuests <ul><li>What is a WebQuest? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the parts of a WebQuest? </li></ul><ul><li>How do I create a WebQuest? </li></ul><ul><li>(Template) </li></ul><ul><li>Where can I go to learn more? </li></ul>
  9. 9. WebQuest Example
  10. 10. WebQuest Resources <ul><li>www.bestwebquests.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.webquest.org </li></ul><ul><li>http:// edweb.sdsu.edu/Webquest </li></ul><ul><li>QuestGarden </li></ul><ul><li>Filamentality </li></ul><ul><li>WebQuest 101 (Video) </li></ul><ul><li>FOCUS: Fives Rules for Writing a Great WebQuest </li></ul>
  11. 11. Web Inquiry Projects <ul><li>What is a Web Inquiry Project (WIP)? </li></ul><ul><li>How does it differ from a WebQuest? </li></ul><ul><li>Where can I go for more information? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Example Web Inquiry Project: Teacher Page Student Page Teacher Page Template Student Page Template How are the Works of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Maya Angelou and Alicia Keys Linked?
  13. 13. Test Your Knowledge How much do you know about Treasure Hunts, Web Bits, WebQuests, and Web Inquiry Projects? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
  14. 14. 21 st Century Teaching: A podcast exploring the role of Inquiry-Based Learning in the modern classroom
  15. 15. Resources <ul><li>www.webquest.org </li></ul><ul><li>www.bestwebquests.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.webinquiry.org </li></ul><ul><li>www.education-world.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://edweb.sdsu.edu/wip </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.hazelwood.k12.mo.us/~cdavis01/webbits/ </li></ul><ul><li>www.youtube.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.podomatic.com </li></ul><ul><li>www.proprof.com </li></ul>

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