Critical Thinking and Problem Solving



So today we move to our last topic: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving.  Can any of you give me a definition of it?

In order to help you learn more about this topic, I designed the game for you to learn.  Now I need you to find one partner.  Only one team can have three people due to the odd number we have.  The only requirement is that each team needs to have one iPhone.

Use your iPhone and  go to this website— Augmented Reality Interactive Stroytelling. Scroll down to find where you see this image.

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Then click on that to download the App.  It’s free. Then create an account.

Before you go out to play the game, there is one thing that I want you to change.

TURN OFF YOUR UGA PAW-SECURE WIFI and OTHER WIFI CHOICES.  JUST STAY WITH YOUR CELLULAR SIGNAL FOR THIS GAME.  The Wifi doesn’t work well and your will get super frustrated and not enjoy playing this game at all. 

You will follow the instructions you get during the game and need to complete this answer sheet.

You have 30 minutes to play the game.  When you complete all the tasks, please come back.  And if you haven’t completed all the tasks by 2:40, please come back too, unless you are close to the end.  If you have any question, feel free to call me.


We don’t have enough time to cover the topics for reflection 5 and 6 in class, so I think the best way to talk about them is to let you all experience it.  Hope you all enjoy it.

How do you feel about this?


Work with people at your table.  The only rule is to use the 3 bamboo skewers and clay to create a structure that balances by only ONE point of ONE skewer on ONE of your fingertip for at least ONE minute.



Here is the learning adventure project rubric.

One way I will suggest to all of you for this design is— Don’t follow the order of the rubric.  Think about the idea of BACKWARD DESIGN. We do it all the time.  Think about cooking.  Do you go buy everything and start to think about what you want to cook?  No!  You have the recipe in mind first and then go buy what you need to cook.  You have the products in your mind first.  So try to think about what you want your students to learn first!  And then think about how you are going to make learning happen!!


Here are some examples.  I’ve changed the elements of the rubric for you all, because we don’t have that much time due to the snow days.  So you are doing a smaller-scaled project.

Adventures Down Under– An exploration of Australia

Purposeful Poetry

Go Green in 2014

Dream Vacation

What Makes A Healthy Student?

Here are some resources for you to think about your project.


  1. Tubric– If you want to use one of the Tubric to help you and your teammates to make your ideas into a good essential question, feel free to grab one.  But please return it to me before you go!
  2. Assessment Tool– This website is about assessment.  How can you assess your students?  If you do have trouble in thinking about something interesting to work on, start thinking about what kind of assessment you want to have for your learners.  Then maybe that will help you think about some good essential questions.
  3. Project-based Learning Database by BIE– You can search for projects.  This website is completely about PBL.  They have more hundreds of projects.  If you can’t come up with a good essential question, maybe you will find one from these projects.  Then you can design your own content.
  4. 20 Ideas for Engaging Projects–  Here are 20 ideas for PBL.  Maybe you can find a good one here.

Now, I want you to find your partners to work on thinking about the essential question(s) for your learning adventure project.

Then complete this form to let me know the questions.


  • Work on your Reflection 6 (DUE on April 17)


  • work on the “Expanding Your Learning Circle Project” page (Due April 8).
  • Work on the 20% Design Project– the guiding questions for your next documentation (DUE April 8):
    • describe what you have done so far
    • what do you know about this topic?  (opinions from experts, related readings…etc)  How do you use this to guide your design?
    • describe the technology in your design


  • Reflection 7 DUE  TODAY
  • Comment on your partner’s reflection 5 (everyone needs to have at least two comments– that means a dialogue.  The other class will also work on this.)
  • You will get bonus points if you do go back to comment on your partner’s blog posts (1-4).

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