Friday is not the day to talk about thinking. I think a lot of people in general and students in particular are looking to stop thinking right about now. But critical thinking skills are something I feel is really important so when I learned today that Microsoft has a bunch of resources for teaching critical thinking including a free e-book it seemed worth a blog post of its own. (Note that this is only the latest of a series of Teacher Guides for use in the classroom from Microsoft Education)
Students have more information at their fingertips than ever before, yet the challenge remains for them to find, evaluate, and apply the information they discover in the classroom and beyond.
Applying critical thinking skills through web research can help students:
- Improve search skills.
- Evaluate the information they find.
- Incorporate them in their work.
Explore the ready-to-use curriculum below, including detailed lesson plans, student worksheets, and class demonstrations on:
- Mechanics of searching
- Validity and reliability
- Citing web sources
- Civil discourse