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Online Thinking Tools

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Thinking about thinking online

Before we start and while you are waiting, add your thoughts to our group mind map .

 of free tools for encouraging good thinking practices and higher order thinking available online.


This workshop assumes an understanding of the value and purpose of embedding higher order thinking into the curriculum. We will provide a range of options that you might provide for students to use.






Visual Ranking Tool

Seeing Reason Tool

Showing Evidence Tool




Professional Reading around













Mind Mapping and Other Tools

Mind maps and Charts

Mind maps and graphic organisers

Looking at the Intel Tools

  • Use the links above to go to the Intel Thinking Tool called the VISUAL RANKING TOOL
  • In teams - Login using the username and password you will be given - it will be one of the following: crew01, crew02, crew03, crew04, crew05  (with the password being the same as the login. My teacher id is: hcarver (Several people will work at one computer. The decisions will need to be a collaborative effort.)
  • Click and drag the boxes according to your thoughts around the prompting question.
  • Click on the top right hand corner of each box to explain your reasoning
  • Compare your thoughts wil the other groups.

How might you use this in a unit of work?


  • Follow the link and read about the Overview and Benefits of the type of thinking this tool encourages.
  • Check out a few of the Unit Plans in the Project Examples
  • We will watch the tutorial together
  • (If you have time you may like to have a try at doing one - use the same student login as for the last activity and the project name is "Assessment Methods")

In what ways might this tool assist our students?


  • Now lets look at the SEEING REASON TOOL
  • Have a play with the map in the demo - move factors, add a factor, change the relationship between two factors
  • Login as a student using one of the following logins: teacherteam01, teacherteam02, teacherteam03, (remembering the password is the same) and create a team map around the prompting question using your current knowledge and understanding. Remember we are looking at influences both POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE

In what ways is this different to a mind map?


Looking at other free online tools


Use either of the two links on the left hand side of the page above to check out some of the free tools that are availalble. You may have to create an account on some sites to check them out. We will share what we find - so consider the pros and cons of any site you visit.


This workshop was put together by Heather Carver.

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