Learning the Tool
The Seeing Reason Tool is easy to use. There are two ways to learn about the tool and its features: a demonstration workspace for practicing with the tool and a tutorial that takes you through the main features.
For a first-time experience with the tool and its features, start with the Demo. The map shows one team's ideas of the factors involved in traffic accidents. Factors are in boxes, and relationships are shown by arrows. A relationship can be increasing or decreasing (shown by red or blue arrow), and great or small (shown by arrow width).
Read the Map
You can double-click on a factor box to see how students described a factor that relates to traffic. You roll your cursor over the relationship arrows to display a statement about the relationship. For example, one relationship between two factors on the map shows, "As stalled cars increase, number of lanes decreases a lot." A BLUE arrow indicates that an increase in one factor causes an INCREASE in another factor. A RED arrow indicates that an increase in one factor causes a DECREASE in another factor. Notice the comments feature below the map. This is where teachers and students enter and save comments about the work shown in the map.
Experiment with the Map
- Click on the Factor Button to create, describe, and color-code another factor.
- With a factor selected, click on to create and describe a relationship between factors.
- Click on the print button to display a page showing the current map with a list of all factor and relationship descriptions.
A four-step introduction to Seeing Reason is outlined in an illustrated tutorial. You'll learn how to 1. List factors, 2. Show relationships, 3. Investigate and revise maps, 4. Present findings, and 5. Assess results.