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Students engage in purposeful and reflective evaluations and judgments about what to believe or what to do in response to observation, experience, and communication.
  • Use purposeful and reflective evaluation and judgments based upon evidence.
  • Identify authentic problems and questions for investigation.
  • Analyze evidence, draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge.
  • Maintain a critical stance by questioning the validity, seeking divergent perspectives, and accuracy of information.
  • Use their knowledge to solve problems through active involvement in local and global communities.

Technology Tools to Support Critical Thinking and Reasoning Skills

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  • Visual Ranking Tool
  • Seeing Reason Tool
  • Showing Evidence Tool

Thinking Tools Webinar
Visual Ranking Tool

Seeing Reason Tool


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Tutorial by Bob Sprankle
Classroom Examples

Try it:
U.S. Ed Tech Plan

Copy the text from the link above and paste into Wordle.
What patterns do you see? What are the big ideas?

**Idea Sketch iPad App**
Concept Mapping With Idea Sketch in the Classroom

Using Idea Sketch for Pre-Writing

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Sample Mind Map

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