Noted technology educator Kathy Schrock provides an alphabetical list of qualities to evaluate in judging websites. She provides example websites to look at for each quality. In addition, she gives a list of websites to use when demonstrating critical website evaluation. This page also has links to other materials on evaluating sites on the Web, including one designed specifically for elementary students. Requires Adobe Reader [PDF].
Official home of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Learn about American news, whats going on with the Supreme Court and new legislation, and more at this online interest group.
Choose from a variety of Afterschool Adventures covering multiple subject areas. Each adventure includes a detailed plan, videos, learning games, and book suggestions.
In response to concerns that aboriginal peoples and beliefs were being misrepresented or denigrated in subtle ways in Alaskan classrooms, this document was developed through consultation with First Nations Elders. It aims to provide guidelines for anyone involved in developing curriculum materials to be culturally sensitive to traditional knowledge and practices.
Making good choices is the economic principle explored here at the American Forum for Global Education. Children learn to "identify alternative choices in conflict situations" through the use of verbal and nonverbal cues.
Excellent article on reflective, or active, listening, a method used when trying to help the speaker deal with something. Includes a chart of choices made by the listener before giving a response.
As part of the BBC's Skillwise unit on listening, this site focuses on the various types of listening. As learning tools, the site includes a factsheet, a worksheet, a quiz, and a game.
A storybook about the bedtime routine of a young child. Includes audio readaloud feature in 17 additional languages, although text is in English.
Chapters two and three from entrepreneur Bryan Bell's "Lessons in Lifemanship" emphasize the importance active listening. Chapter two handles the topic generally, covering the meaning of active listening, pointing out obstacles, and giving guidelines. Chapter three deals with adults listening actively to their children.
Conflicts are part of life. Children do not go through it without experiencing conflict, so it's only fair that they are taught how to cope with it. This site provides a 12-step kit and a checklist to review progress. Each step is thoroughly explained and the kit is an all-around important resource.
This site from the California Polytechnic State University provides a concise and well done guide to listening that coveys what the instructor has to say, as well as the tasks of the listener. Good advice, easy to download as a one page handout and includes a bibliography.
This is a brief, but insightful article about the importance of communication, how we communicate, and why we sometimes fail to communicate.
Reading and writing are essentially thinking. This site examines the aspects of critical thinking, including rationality, self-awareness, honesty, open-mindedness, discipline, and judgment. RI.11-12.10a Text Complexity
Students learn that computers and electronic files are property and explore the reasons for, consequences, and ethics of teen hacking. This ISTE-aligned lesson plan for Grades 6-8 includes student activity and Home Connection sheets. Requires Adobe Reader.
This is a creative writing personal narrative student project. It is a powerful personal story about one student's journey through depression. After writing it I encouraged her to put images to it. She created it a Google slideshow and then uploaded it to WeVideo and recorded a voice over.
This unit on citizenship introduces the question "What is government?" from a philosophical perspective, and delves into the meaning of government, how it works, etc. through a Video on Demand, assignments, and critical thinking and more.
This brief lists key lessons from the science of learning and development and posits implications of these lessons for schools to holistically support students.
By asking the right kinds of questions, you can help improve a students thinking skills. This site lists several ideas and types of questions that can help develop a child's critical thinking skills.