Thinking Critically with Data is an interactive e-learning course that examines critical thinking with a focus on data analysis in our information-rich world. In this course, teachers explore practical skills and strategies to draw on when teaching students to think critically about the information around them. Teachers will understand how to design student projects and assessments that address critical thinking skills when collecting and analyzing data. Additionally, they will see how technology can support students’ collection, organization, and presentation of data. The course also offers practical tips for implementing projects that ask students to think critically with data.
Module 1: Information in Society and the Classroom
Introduces critical thinking skills needed to interpret and use information effectively. This module provides examples of critical thinking in all subject areas and projects that incorporate many forms of data analysis.
Module 2: Project Design for Critical Thinking
Guides teachers through the process of designing a unit that engages students in thinking critically with data as they learn subject-area content. Teachers see examples of projects and explore ways to incorporate standards and assessments for critical thinking skills.
Module 3: Skills for Thinking Critically with Data
Learn the essential critical thinking skills and attitudes necessary for students to be successful in projects involving the collection, analysis, and use of data to support conclusions and share findings. They also review the necessary components for fair and accurate visual representations of data.
Module 4: Tools for Effective Data Analysis
Explores how technology supports visual displays of data to clarify ideas, analyze patterns and relationships, and present information. In this module, teachers learn about common errors made when displaying data and how data can be misrepresented visually. They also learn how to develop and evaluate an evidence-based argument in a visual representation using the Intel® Education Showing Evidence Tool.
Lesson 1: Data Organization with Technology
Lesson 2: Visual Presentation of Data
Lesson 3: Results with Technology
Lesson 4: Showing Evidence
Lesson 5: Module Review
Module 5: Critical Thinking and Instruction
Introduces the methods and tools that teachers can use for instruction in critical thinking about data. Teachers also learn strategies for helping students be successful at collecting data outside the classroom.
Lesson 1: Critical Thinking Skills Instruction
Lesson 2: Management of Projects with Data
Lesson 3: Data Collection in the Field
Lesson 4: Module Review
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