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  1. Teaching and Assessing Critical Thinking Skills Jon Haber - Executive Editor SAM and Digital Strategy

  2. Facilitator Background • Executive Editor for SAM and Digital Strategy, Course Technology/Cengage Learning • Founder and CEO of SkillCheck, Inc. (now First Advantage Assessment Solutions) • Creator of the Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) • Co-author of National Educational Technology Standards (NETS*S): Resources for Assessment published by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

  3. Critical Thinking and Digital Literacy

  4. Digital Literacy Thought Leadership

  5. Digital Literacy - Definition

  6. Global Consensus • Foundational Knowledge – The fundamental underlying principles of computers, networks and the Internet • Contemporary Skills – The ability to use current hardware and software to perform useful functions • Critical Thinking Ability – A set of higher-order thinking and reasoning skills required for understanding and solving problems as they arise in modern technological systems

  7. Critical Thinking Components • Information literacy • Problem solving • Troubleshooting • Digital citizenship • Personal and data security • Real world interactions between people and technology

  8. Digital Literacy in the Classroom Digital Literacy

  9. The Philosophy Course

  10. Classical Education - Rhetoric Collecting and Evaluating Information Invention or Discovery Organizing Information Arrangement Communicating Information Style, Memory and Delivery National Educational Technology Standards (indicators), 2005 Canons of Rhetoric (600 BCE)

  11. Classical Education - Logic • Formal Logic • Syllogisms • Fallacies • All dogs are animals • All cats are animals • Therefore: All cats are dogs

  12. Modern Logic and Argumentation • Symbolic Logic • Truth Tables • Rogerian Model • Toulmin Model

  13. Modern Critical Thinking

  14. Critical Thinking Components Standards • Clarity • Accuracy • Precision • Relevance • Depth • Breadth • Logic • Significance • Fairness Elements of Thought • Question at Issue • Information • Interpretation and Inference • Concepts • Assumptions • Implications and Consequences • Point of View • Purpose

  15. Intellectual Traits • Intellectual Humility • Intellectual Courage • Intellectual Integrity • Intellectual Perseverance • Trust in Reason • Fairmindedness

  16. Important Lessons • Critical thinking can be taught • Critical thinking is a skill, not an innate ability • Critical thinking is not necessarily about intelligence • Critical thinking can improve with practice • Anyone can be a critical thinker • Everyone should be a critical thinker

  17. Teaching Critical Thinking

  18. Teaching Critical Thinking

  19. Teaching Critical Thinking

  20. Teaching Critical Thinking

  21. Online Resources www.microsoft.com/education/teachers/guides/critical_thinking.aspx

  22. Online Resources www.informationliteracy.org

  23. Technology Education Teaching critical thinking skills in the context of the technology class will involve: • Information Literacy – Finding, evaluating, organizing and communicating information • Solving real world problems – Evaluation and troubleshooting • Digital Citizenship – Plagiarism, cheating, privacy, personal security, online “rules of the road” • Dealing with controversial issues

  24. Example

  25. Approaching Controversial Subjects • Introduction of the issue • Background • Language • Different sides of the issue • Locating and evaluating information • Search strategies • Primary vs. secondary sources • Reliability of source material (bias, relevance, timeliness, etc.) • Weighing different sides of the issue

  26. Comparing Sources

  27. Evaluating and Assessing Critical Thinking Skills

  28. Cognitive Assessments

  29. Subject Matter Assessments

  30. “Hands-on” Assessments • Clearly stated problem/question • Multiple steps needed to solve the problem • Reasoning and judgment needed to create final result • Open ended responses • Work products (artifacts) • Reflection (writing/results of research) • Requested result (work product) should be able to be evaluated consistently (preferably via a high-quality, consistent rubric)

  31. Student Work Files

  32. Scoring Rubric

  33. Summary • Critical thinking is a vital component of Digital Literacy • Critical thinking skills can and should be taught • In the context of the technology course, critical thinking consists of: • Information literacy • Problem solving • Digital citizenship • Real world interaction between people and technology • Critical thinking can (and should) be assessed using creative and consistent assessment techniques

  34. Questions and Answers Jon Haber - Executive Editor SAM and Digital Strategy jon.haber@cengage.com