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Language: English
Category(ies): Research, Good Practices
Topic(s) & Sub-Topic(s): Professional Development (PD)
  •  ICT Pedagogy
Special Topics
  •  ICT integration
Country: Costa Rica, United States
Title: Challenges of ICT Cognitive Tools for Classroom Practice: Observations from Teachers Using Intel® Online Thinking Tools in Costa Rica and the US.
Author: Daniel Light Lauren Goldenberg Carolina Mora Casttrillo
Summary: This presentation discusses preliminary findings from a series of research studies over the last two years (2005-2006) on the use of web-based cognitive scaffolding tools developed by Intel® Education. The tools are designed to help teachers develop students' critical thinking skills. Despite widespread consensus on the importance of critical thinking and 21 st Century skills, there is little accord about what constitutes 'critical thinking' or how educators might support them in the classroom. The research seeks to address this gap by offering examples of how teachers modified classroom practice to support higher order thinking skills using these tools. We examined classroom practice while teachers implemented a self created unit of study using the web-based tools to support critical thinking skills. The research is being conducted in classrooms in Costa Rica and the United States. The research is connected to a professional development program that trains teachers to use the web-based tools. In Costa Rica the tools are supported by a professional development program offered by Intel® Teach with the collaboration of the Omar Dengo Foundation (ODF).
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Publishing House: VIII Congresso Iberoamericano de Informática Educativa
Year of Publication: 2006
Upload date: 2/1/2018

What transformation/reform does this initiative pursue?
ICT integration

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What evidence exists to demonstrate that this intervention is having the desired result?

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Full Name: Light, Daniel
Organization Name: Education Development Center
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E-Mail: [email protected]

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Document: Light 2006.pdf (219 KB)
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Keywords: Educational innovation, Latin America
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