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Introduction from Paul
1. Teaching students to think
Allow students to do the thinking in your classroom! Let them explore and struggle with thoughts, ideas and concepts. Give them time.
When we combine powerful, multimodal tools such as Book Creator, with tasks that encourage and foster creative thinking, deeper learning occurs and student thinking becomes more visible.
Why Book Creator and Thinking Routines?
Using Book Creator to develop thinking routines can occur across a range of structures.
Thinking routines are a combination of activities that teachers have been using for many years. They have been put together by the Project Zero team. Thinking routines play a crucial role in making student thinking more visible so that we plan more effective learning pathways for our students.
"Thinking routines encourage engagement. Not engagement on a screen but engagement in deeper thinking. There is a difference!"
Book Creator allows students to show thinking through a range of tools and mediums. From simple sketches to photos and video, to text and audio. Book Creator gives students the tools to showcase their thinking and learning.
The tools Book Creator offers allows all learners to show and record what they know and what questions they still have.
In this book we will highlight the thinking routines that have been used effectively with Book Creator. The routines that have engaged students and brought about deeper learning. Video tutorials of these routines can be found on YouTube.
What will we explore in this book?
In this book we will explore and give examples to help develop and foster the following routines:
Core Routines Understanding Routines Truth Routines Creativity Routines
These routines will be consolidated and enhanced using the following tools within the app:
Photos and videos Pen annotations Text and audio Shapes Comic templates
Making Thinking Visible Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church, Karin Morrison
Think of the ideas and important elements.
This thinking routine can be applied to what students have read in class but it can also include what a guest speaker may have said or a big idea presented in a Ted Talk. Or even a visual a student may have seen on a website, newspaper or magazine.
"I have seen and heard amazing thoughts and reflections from students as a result of doing a CSI. Students are compelled to think deeply, to go beyond surface thinking."
Book Creator tools utilised to create a CSI effectively.
Colour-Symbol-Image (CSI) is not about the product, but the thinking behind the product. Emphasise with your students that what they draw, sketch, or find can be used as a stimulus for their thinking. The text or audio justification is where the student thinking becomes visible.
Book Creator hot tip
Use the shape tool to create the symbol. By layering the same colour shapes over each other, students can create simple but effective symbols.
An example of layering shapes to create a symbol. A circle and a star has been combined to create a new, unique symbol.