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Objectives:
  • Participants will learn to use differentiated instructional strategies to engage students at different levels, interests, learning styles and with different activities.
  • Participants will learn to incorporate 21st century tools into interactive whiteboard design.
  • Participants will incorporate authentic design elements (Wikis, Blogs, Skype, Google Talk and Docs, Twitter, text messaging, etc) and thinking tools into interactive whiteboard lessons.


As society changes, the skills that students need to be successful in life also change. Basic literacy skills of reading, writing, and mathematics are no longer sufficient. Our students need to master those basic skills as well as read critically, write persuasively, think and reason logically, and solve complex problems. A successful 21st century student must also be adept at managing information—finding, evaluating, and applying new content understanding with great flexibility.

Thinking beyond the level of knowledge acquisition is considered complex thinking—that which requires effort and produces outcomes that may differ from one student to another. These outcomes are not predictable because the process of higher-order thinking is not mechanical. Central to higher-order thinking is the ability to work through new challenges with understanding and empathy and rise to meet those challenges. These are the skills our students need to survive in today’s society.

In the review of current research on higher-order thinking, the conclusion is clear. Instruction that builds on and encourages the use of higher-order thinking skills yields greater levels of student learning. Gains on learning and intelligence measures have been tied to instruction that use a variety of specific techniquesCott on, K. (1991). Teaching thinking skills. (Close-up #11 in School improvement research series). Portland, OR: Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory. Retrieved from www.nwrel.org/scpd/sirs/6/cu11.html.

Intel Teaching Thinking With Technology Course





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Activity One

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Activity Two

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Activity Three

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Activity Four