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Mindtools and Technology
David H. Jonassen - Mindtools • a way of using a computer application program to engage learners in constructive, higher-order, critical thinking about the subjects they are studying
Mindtools are cognitive tools • Mindtools in education are a set of five tools that students and teachers can use in combination with “traditional” teaching and learning methods. The combination of technology and traditional methods of teaching work great together.
Theoretical Reasons for Using Mindtools • Constructivism: knowledge is built by the learner, not supplied by the teacher. • Reflective Thinking: involves inferences, implications, reasoning which requires some deliberation • Constructionism: an extension of constructivism which states that the learner can especially construct his or her own knowledge
Integrating computer technology with learning psychology to enhance learning.
Critical Thinking Skills Evaluating/Analyzing/connecting • Creative Thinking Skills Synthesizing/Imagining/Elaborating • Complex Thinking Skills Problem Solving/Designing/Decision Making 3C
Mindtools are used to: Engage students in higher order thinking • Metacognition • Critical thinking • Analysis • Synthesis • Connections to previous learning • Evaluating • Application Bloom Taxonomy
Mindtools are used to: • Represent knowledge • Multimodal • Visual Representation • Audio Representation • Symbolic Representation
Mindtools are used to: • Manipulate data Simulation Graphing Sorting/Filtering Data Discriminating
Lesson using Mindtools • World Climate Zones lesson using Concept Mapping by Tess Griffin. (Word 52K) • Survey and graphing lesson using Excel by Patricia O'Brien. (Word 37K) • Periodic table and elements lesson plan using PowerPoint by Kristin Green. (Word 23K) • Elements lesson grading rubric (Excel 17K) • Alternative Energy Resources: Organizing, Analyzing, and Reporting Data lesson plan using Microsoft Excel by Kristin Green. (Word 39K)