Web Resources to Enhance Engagement - Critical Thinking Challenges

Critical thinking - Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students will:
  • Identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.
  • Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
  • Collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.
  • Use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.

A Google a Day - A Google A Day was an online puzzle game from Google which invites the player to solve a lateral thinking puzzle by using Google to find the answer. A new puzzle was added every day. The questions may be any of the following categories: Sport, Science, Pop Culture, History, Arts and Literature, or Geography.

Digital Breakout EDU
- Library of digital challenges and problem solving activities designed to engage students in content connected to the 4 Cs of collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity.

Google CS First 
- Students create computer science projects around different themes such as Sports, Art, and Fashion. Each theme contains 8 lessons of 60-90 minutes that can be tailored to fit your schedule.

Goose Chase
 - Blend together the tried-and-true fun of scavenger hunts with mobile technology and create a learning experience like no other.

TED-ED Riddles
 - Use engaging videos riddles to create customized lessons. You can use, tweak, or completely redo any lesson featured on TED-Ed, or create lessons from scratch.

How do you engage students in critical thinking? What resources do you use?

Awesome Updates to Pear Deck Add-on for Formative Assessment

Pear Deck recently announced a new update to their Google Slides Add-on. I've just begun to explore this but I wanted to share 3 quick sample self-paced lessons to demo the new options from a student perspective. The first 2 just use the unedited template slides from the Add-on, the third is an actual exit slip or reflection connected to the first two. We made these to demo all of the new slide templates, of course, a teacher would not need to use all of the slide templates in their own presentations at the same time like we did to model this. 

Take a look and let us know what you think? Feel free to share with your PLN if you think they might be interested, the more feedback the better?

  1. Pear Deck Sample 1 – Use to Start a Class or Lesson – Go to joinpd.com and use the code fdldh (Fragrant Drums Lift Determined Highlighters)
  2. Pear Deck Sample 2 – Use During a Class or Lesson - Go to joinpd.com and use the code baimg (Broke Avocados Inspect Misty Grapes)
  3. Pear Deck Sample 3 – Use to Start a Class or Lesson - Go to joinpd.com and use the code rjygi (Red Jacks Yield Green Incentives)

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