The NZ curriculum defines Thinking as “using creative, critical and metacognitive processes to make sense of information, experiences and ideas”.
So often students are set the task of teasing out ideas they have without suitable guidance as to how they might do this. Terms such as “mind-mapping” or “brainstorm” are often used without any real reference to what they mean or how one goes about doing this.
The following links provide some useful online tools that can be used by students to scaffold their thinking, and are suitable for promoting collaborative work in thinking and the exploration of ideas.
|For a comprehensive list of mind-mapping
and concept-mapping tools available on the web
check out the two links on Wikipedia here:
|Visible Thinking is a flexible and systematic research-based approach to integrating the development of students’ thinking with content learning across subject matters.|