Tuesday, June 19, 2007

[TIPS] Another couple sites from the 1 to 1 workshops

I'm here in a workshop with Eva La Mar (from Oregon?!) as she shows a few sites that offer good free resources. She just showed a couple cool tools for higher level thinking. The first site was the Intel site for education. I had commented on that site a while back but there are tools that I hadn't seen before.

The first one she showed was one designed to help the kids learn about ranking. http://www.intel.com/education/visualranking/index.htm This one is terrific. Create a list of items, and then let your students drag them and drop them to put them in order. But, then they must comment on why they put them in that order. What kind of lists? Well, how about a list of voting issues, or causes for the civil war, or a list of disastrous weather conditions. I'm sure you can come up with a LOT more than that. But, once the list is ranked you can get in to compare lists, and more. Very cool.

Another one in that list is called, "Seeing Reason." Start with a central idea and let students create boxes that connect to that idea. But, the lines that connect the ideas can be different thicknesses depending upon its influence on that object. Click the line and tell your reasons.

There are other tools in there, as well. If it's been a while since you were last at this site, as it was for me, check it out again. You just may leave with a couple new tools in your toolbox.

Thanks for making the trip, Eva. Nice job.

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