For instructors who focus on critical thinking applications of technology, this text is an excellent choice for upper-level undergraduate/graduate courses in Educational Applications of Computers, Educational Technology and Critical Thinking.
This text provides a thorough explanation of Mindtools-alternative ways of using computer applications to engage learners in constructive, higher-order thinking about specific areas of study. It presents a rationale for using these tools, discusses individual Mindtools and their use, and suggests effective ways to teach with each Mindtool.
I. WHAT ARE MINDTOOLS? WHAT DO THEY DO?1. What Are Mindtools?
II. SEMANTIC ORGANIZATION TOOLS.3. Databases as Mindtools.
III. DYNAMIC MODELING TOOLS.5. Spreadsheets as Mindtools.
IV. INTERPRETATION TOOLS.9. Intentional Information Search Tools as Mindtools.
V. KNOWLEDGE CONSTRUCTION TOOLS.11. Hypermedia as Mindtools.
VI. CONVERSATION TOOLS.12. Synchronous Conferencing as Mindtools.
VII. IMPLEMENTING MINDTOOLS.14. Entailments of Mindtools.