Promoting critical thinking skills with EdTech

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Have you ever asked yourself what the best way to foster critical thinking skills with EdTech is? It’s only by embracing the possibilities offered by school technology that you’ll manage to drive a positive change in the classroom and beyond.

Why is critical thinking so important

Critical thinking is not just one of the most sought-aftersoft skills在工作领域。想想。从做日常决定到解决问题或辩论,我们在大多数事情上都使用批判性思维技能。It’sessential in everyday life!

Rationality and evidence-based reasoning是这个技能的核心。如果在孩子很小的时候就培养这种能力,它可以帮助孩子们创造性地思考,并把概念之间的点联系起来。What’s best, critical thinking goesbeyond a specific subject area. In fact, it’s vital across the board and crucial for students to thrive inhigher educationor their future professions.

Even though some experts argue that critical thinking can’t be taught, teachers can do a lot in the classroom to foster this way of thinking. When we think about21st Century education, technology has a huge play in this respect.

Classroom activities to think critically and creatively

While some of today’s educators and parents are concerned that tech turns pupils into passive consumers of information, we firmly believe that – if used accurately –it constructively encourages critical thinking skills.

With that in mind, we’ve assembled a list oftech-powered classroom activitiesto engage your students and let them sharpen critical thinking in a fun and creative way.

Coding

Coding is great for shaping critical thinking at so many levels. First of all, it involves problem-solving while also teaching sometimes there is more than one correct answer. Secondly, it motivates kids to try multiple attempts and not fear mistakes. Moreover, it has a literary aspect in it, being centred on a language.

STEM Projects

Hands-on activities empower students to put themselves on the line and explore cause/effect relationships. Ever thought aboutmachine hands and data entry?

Collaborative problem-solving

This can play out in multiple ways. Here’s one: split your classroom into groups and present a situation. Ask them to come up with a possible solution. Finally, start a debate and let the groups discuss their ideas.

Esports

不同的年龄段可能需要不同的游戏解决方案,但有一点是肯定的。Esports can help youlevel up your classroom不止一种方式。For example, are you familiar withMinecraft for education?

Research-based assignments

Letting students be active players in their learning is a fantastic way for them to start thinking critically. Periodically, assign research on a topic and provide a selection of reliable resources to check out (by doing so, you’ll make sure your pupils will stay away from fake news). When the assignment is due, let them show their peers what they have found out with interactive presentations and discuss their ideas all together!

Extra tip: make active use of classroom technology.

Don’t use devices to digitalise classroom tasks such as writing or grading simply. The best way to stimulate critical thinking is by making proactive use of EdTech to come up with new creative ideas to engage your students! Let them be part of the whole process, and they will be forever thankful.

Would you like to find the best devices to foster your students’ critical thinking skills with digital learning? Contact us. We’ll provide you with all the support you need:acerforeducation.emea@acer.com

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