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March 30, 2016

30 Apps for Critical and Creative Thinking

By Genia Connell
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8

    Whenever I'm designing units and lessons for my class, I strive to have all students use higher-level thinking skills as they interact with their learning. Because our district has provided iPads for our students to use, I am always looking for ways tablets can be used to enhance and demonstrate learning. With myriad apps out there, wading through them all in search of the perfect one can take hours that most teachers don't have to spend. This week I'm happy to share with you some tried and true apps that I use in my classroom to help my students work within all six levels of the revised Bloom's Taxonomy

    In 2000, Benjamin Bloom's hierarchal model for the cognitive domain was revised to reflect the 21st century learner. (Anderson & Krathwohl, 2001, pp. 67-68) My favorite addition is the inclusion of "create," something the iPad is best at in the hands of my students. Below, you'll find a list of apps that work well with each of the cognitive levels. In our district, we are limited to using apps that are free or those the district has bought in a bundle for every student so no worries about the apps taking a bite out of your budget.

     

    Creating

    30 Apps for Critical and Creative ThinkingShadow Puppet

    30 Apps for Critical and Creative ThinkingToontastic

    30 Apps for Critical and Creative ThinkingGarageBand

    30 Apps for Critical and Creative ThinkingSock Puppets

    Evaluating

    Side by Side App for comparing websitesSide by Side

    Google Plus for Evaluating in Bloom's TaxonomyGoogle +

    moment diary appMoment Diary scholastic classroom magazine appScholastic Magazine

    Analyzing

    30 Apps for Critical and Creative ThinkingPost-it Notes

    30 Apps for Critical and Creative ThinkingPopplet
    30 Apps for Critical and Creative ThinkingInspiration Maps Apps for critical thinkingSurveyMonkey

    Applying

    30 Apps for Critical and Creative ThinkingSway

    SketchbookSketchBook
    we learned itWeLearnedIt Tellagami app for applyingTellagami

    Understanding

    Screen Chomp for Blooms TaxonomyScreenChomp

    skitch app for understandingSkitch

    Front RowFront Row

    Apps for Blooms TaxonomyWrite About This

    Remembering

    EvernoteEvernote

    Flashcards appFlashcards
    30 Apps for Critical and Creative ThinkingQuizlet

    Paper by 53Paper by 53

    When I was compiling the list above, I realized there were several apps that my students use that are so versatile, they couldn't be contained in one category. I've listed those apps below as my All-Star Apps

     

    Seesaw: The Learning Journal

    SeeSaw: The Learning Journal is a digital portfolio that students can electronically share with the teacher, other students, and their parents. 

    padlet for critical thinking

    Padlet is a digital canvas just waiting to be filled with your students' thoughts, ideas, and wonderings. Students love the real-time collaboration and it is a great way to immediately check on students' understanding. 

    iMovie for Blooms Taxonomy

    iMovie allows your students a creative outlet to share their thoughts, feelings, and understandings. My students use the intuitive touch screen to make book trailers for books they've just finished, experiment summaries and even life-story synopsis for Star of the Week Presentations. 

    30 Apps for Critical and Creative Thinking

    Educreations is an iPad workhorse. My students use this app to explain math problems in a collaborative math talk, record and share their thinking, and even to create short animated videos on school-related topics. 

    prezi app

    Prezi Think of Prezi like an easy-to-use PowerPoint for the iPad. My students quickly caught on to how to use this along with Keynote to make shareable presentations about what they are learning and what they're passionate about.

    Apps for Bloom's Taxonomy

    iPad's Camera: Okay, technically not an app but the most frequently used iPad tool in our classroom. I encourage my students to take pictures of nearly everything we do. They have created presentations about seeds growing and our class crayfish. The camera is used for geometry scavenger hunts and capturing moments to later write about in their journals. Students screen capture their scores on online assessments and email them to me. Book logs have gone digital as students take pictures of the cover and place into a digital portfolio. The camera is perhaps the iPad tool that has changed teaching and learning the most! 

     

    What apps are you using in your classrooms or at home to build critical thinking skills? I'd love to hear from you in the comment section below!

     

     

     

    Whenever I'm designing units and lessons for my class, I strive to have all students use higher-level thinking skills as they interact with their learning. Because our district has provided iPads for our students to use, I am always looking for ways tablets can be used to enhance and demonstrate learning. With myriad apps out there, wading through them all in search of the perfect one can take hours that most teachers don't have to spend. This week I'm happy to share with you some tried and true apps that I use in my classroom to help my students work within all six levels of the revised Bloom's Taxonomy

    In 2000, Benjamin Bloom's hierarchal model for the cognitive domain was revised to reflect the 21st century learner. (Anderson & Krathwohl, 2001, pp. 67-68) My favorite addition is the inclusion of "create," something the iPad is best at in the hands of my students. Below, you'll find a list of apps that work well with each of the cognitive levels. In our district, we are limited to using apps that are free or those the district has bought in a bundle for every student so no worries about the apps taking a bite out of your budget.

     

    Creating

    30 Apps for Critical and Creative ThinkingShadow Puppet

    30 Apps for Critical and Creative ThinkingToontastic

    30 Apps for Critical and Creative ThinkingGarageBand

    30 Apps for Critical and Creative ThinkingSock Puppets

    Evaluating

    Side by Side App for comparing websitesSide by Side

    Google Plus for Evaluating in Bloom's TaxonomyGoogle +

    moment diary appMoment Diary scholastic classroom magazine appScholastic Magazine

    Analyzing

    30 Apps for Critical and Creative ThinkingPost-it Notes

    30 Apps for Critical and Creative ThinkingPopplet
    30 Apps for Critical and Creative ThinkingInspiration Maps Apps for critical thinkingSurveyMonkey

    Applying

    30 Apps for Critical and Creative ThinkingSway

    SketchbookSketchBook
    we learned itWeLearnedIt Tellagami app for applyingTellagami

    Understanding

    Screen Chomp for Blooms TaxonomyScreenChomp

    skitch app for understandingSkitch

    Front RowFront Row

    Apps for Blooms TaxonomyWrite About This

    Remembering

    EvernoteEvernote

    Flashcards appFlashcards
    30 Apps for Critical and Creative ThinkingQuizlet

    Paper by 53Paper by 53

    When I was compiling the list above, I realized there were several apps that my students use that are so versatile, they couldn't be contained in one category. I've listed those apps below as my All-Star Apps

     

    Seesaw: The Learning Journal

    SeeSaw: The Learning Journal is a digital portfolio that students can electronically share with the teacher, other students, and their parents. 

    padlet for critical thinking

    Padlet is a digital canvas just waiting to be filled with your students' thoughts, ideas, and wonderings. Students love the real-time collaboration and it is a great way to immediately check on students' understanding. 

    iMovie for Blooms Taxonomy

    iMovie allows your students a creative outlet to share their thoughts, feelings, and understandings. My students use the intuitive touch screen to make book trailers for books they've just finished, experiment summaries and even life-story synopsis for Star of the Week Presentations. 

    30 Apps for Critical and Creative Thinking

    Educreations is an iPad workhorse. My students use this app to explain math problems in a collaborative math talk, record and share their thinking, and even to create short animated videos on school-related topics. 

    prezi app

    Prezi Think of Prezi like an easy-to-use PowerPoint for the iPad. My students quickly caught on to how to use this along with Keynote to make shareable presentations about what they are learning and what they're passionate about.

    Apps for Bloom's Taxonomy

    iPad's Camera: Okay, technically not an app but the most frequently used iPad tool in our classroom. I encourage my students to take pictures of nearly everything we do. They have created presentations about seeds growing and our class crayfish. The camera is used for geometry scavenger hunts and capturing moments to later write about in their journals. Students screen capture their scores on online assessments and email them to me. Book logs have gone digital as students take pictures of the cover and place into a digital portfolio. The camera is perhaps the iPad tool that has changed teaching and learning the most! 

     

    What apps are you using in your classrooms or at home to build critical thinking skills? I'd love to hear from you in the comment section below!

     

     

     

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