SCI3660: Critical Thinking, Collaboration and Science
Inquiry for 6-8
Have your science students lost the “wow” factor? If the answer can’t be
found in the text, do they seem lost? Critical thinking, collaboration, and
inquiry skills are critical components of a science classroom. Finding and
incorporating the appropriate, grade level web resources into class projects
can foster these skills. The proper use of technology can reinforce basic
skills and help to build a mental scaffold that ultimately has students
analyzing and evaluating data, questioning each other, and collaborating in a
way that promotes higher order thinking. In this course, we will explore the
components and benefits of functional cooperative learning groups and inquiry
learning. As an outcome of this course, we will create a web-based project that
employs collaboration, critical thinking skills, and inquiry.
- By the end of this workshop, learners will gain the skills
necessary to identify the components of cooperative groups, analyze
grouping strategies, and recognize the benefits of using learning groups
in the science classroom.
- During this course participants will analyze existing web enhanced
projects and for evidence of critical thinking and cooperative strategies.
- As participants learn from peers in discussion groups and weigh
the value of inquiry in the science classroom, learners will apply this
knowledge and evaluate web-based inquiry activities.
- Participants in this course will practice higher order questioning
skills in order to help students create a mental scaffold and then
assimilate these skills into a web based project.
- Learners completing this course will use technology to create a
web enhanced project that requires students to use critical thinking
skills, cooperative learning, & inquiry.