Intel® Teach Program Thinking with Technology
The Intel® Teach Thinking with Technology Course builds on effective technology integration skills where teachers use free online tools to support the development and assessment of their students' higher-order thinking skills. This modular course provides face-to-face, hands-on experiences with unique online thinking tools that engage students and help them to communicate their understanding of complex concepts. Each tool features an online workspace where students create and save visual representations of their thinking.
Through Thinking with Technology, teachers learn instructional strategies for addressing and assessing thinking skills, using technology to support deeper understanding of core content. The goal is for teachers to leave the course with a standards-based unit plan, support materials, and implementation strategies to improve and assess students' higher-order thinking with the use of free online tools.
Thinking with Technology consists of 24-40 hours of face-to-face, interactive instruction delivered through up to 11 curricular modules. These modules focus on enhancing higher-order thinking skills through the use of online tools. During the course, participants will:
- Learn instructional strategies for addressing and assessing thinking skills using technology to increase opportunities for effective student collaboration, student-teacher interactions, and the inquiry process.
- Create an instructional plan, sample projects, and assessment(s) that integrate the use of online thinking tools, are aligned to standards, and support a project approach to learning and authentic inquiry
- Understand the online teaching tools and how to manage a classroom project using an online environment
Evaluation from U.S. participants include:
- A large majority of MTs and PTs reported that they felt they were well prepared or very well prepared to "engage students in critical thinking about complex issues".
- Most MTs and PTs reported that their trainer was "very successful" at helping them understand the online thinking tools and their workspaces.
- Most participants believed their students had adequate computer or Internet skills to navigate and manage the tools, and only 3% reported that their students did not find the tools easy to use.
Experience the unique interactive thinking tools (Visual Ranking, Seeing Reason, and Showing Evidence) that are used in the course to enhance students' higher-order thinking skills.
Data collected and reported by independent research firms contains not only descriptions of successes, but also honest appraisals of areas needing improvement.