Critical Thinking & Problem Solving


  • Cases of Creativity due was Sunday Apr, 6th: Make sure open access to all, only if you used Google document
  • Creativity and Innovation (C&I) Reflection Due: Today, before the class begins
  • Submit your late pass (with your name and the project name), if you are using it.


PART ONE: Preview

Before we get to all the details, let’s first look at some examples of Adventures created by former EDIT 2000 students. Ours will be set up slightly different, but the premise is the same. You are basically creating a web site for students, parents, and teachers. The site is meant to guide a student through an adventure of your choosing (of course, it’s nice to offer them choices within your adventure as well).

Health Adventure: You Are What You Eat

Third Grade Life Science

Adventure in the Wilderness

PART TWO: Problem solving group discussion

Within your group – respond to one of the following questions:

  • There are 2 types of problems: open-ended and close-ended. Which was the balancing activity?
  • How is the balance activity an inquiry activity?
  • Could the balance activity be considered problem-based learning?
  • When have you experienced the problem-based learning approach in your classes? (What is problem-based learning?)
  • How is this connected to critical thinking? For that matter, what IS critical thinking?

Here’s the NETS for problem solving (and other related areas):

Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making: Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students:

a. Identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.
b. Plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
c. Collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.
d. Use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.

Let’s watch this video and how researchers define critical thinking.







We will have a special session for SMARTBOARD. Brian Way from Educational Technology Center will visit our class to share his experiences working with K-12 schools and to give us hands-on experiences.

You can earn extra credits, if you submit your reflection on this session

  • How to submit your reflection: add your SMARTBOARD reflection in your Reflections page in 20% project blog and titled, “SMARTBOARD reflection”
  • Due date: by Sunday, Apr, 13th




1. What types of themes have you found that would help you with your project? Have you gotten any ideas from @Wonderopolis?


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