SmartBaord Wrap-up/ Critical Thinking and Problem Solving


Thanks for giving all the gifts and card to us.  We will send them back to Taiwan today and hope to get the gifts from your partner before the end of the semester.

The discussion questions for this week are:

  • How do you think your team members greet their friends? (Ex: Handshake, smile, bow, hug, etc.)
  • How do you greet your friends?
  • How do you think your team members greet their instructor?
  • How do you greet your instructor?
  • How do you think your team members greet their family?
  • How do you greet your family?
  • What are some important customs and etiquette in your country? (Ex: Dining, Business, Gift giving)


I have to apologize for the problems of the SmartBoard Jeopardy.  Let’s try to review some important things about using SmartBoard.

  1. Opening a Website
  2. Main concept
  3. Smart Notebook Tools
  4. Smart Notebook Activities
  5. Smart Notebook Examples/ Templates


All roads lead to Rome.  There are always several ways for us to solve a problem.  It’s important to help your students develop the critical thinking and problem solving abilities.  What are some problems you have in your life that you try to find different ways to solve it?

I read an article about the “Pampered Child Syndrome”.  Due to this syndrome, more and more children lose the abilities to solve the problems they encountered in their daily life.  As educators, we do need to challenge ourselves first.  So, here comes the challenge.

In groups of 2 or 3, using the 3 bamboo skewers and clay – create a structure that balances by the point of one skewer on your fingertip.

Here is the NETS standard for problem solving.

Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students:

  1. identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.
  2. plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
  3. collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.
  4. use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.


We are going to start a new project, the Learning Adventure.  This is our final project in which yo will demonstrate what you have learned this semester.  Think about what we have done this semester.  Personal website, infomercial, image editing and film making, social network discussion, interactive whiteboard…so now it’s time to integrate everything into one project.

Simply put, this project is asking you to create a website for students, parents and other teachers who are interested in doing similar projects.  By doing this project, you need to to guide a student through an adventure of your choosing (of course, it’s nice to offer them choices within your adventure as well).

Let’s take a look at some examples.

Five Senses
Animals on the Farm

If these are not enough or clear to you, here are two more examples.

Health Adventure: You Are What You Eat
Adventure in the Wilderness
How to Make Donuts

Please take some time to browse these examples to help you understand more about this project.


After looking at the student examples, what questions do you have? How do you think the adventure could have been improved? Do you notice any missing elements of the adventure that could have made it better? Think on this – maybe as we work through the project, you will want to go about it differently. That’s okay! Just be sure to talk with me to let me know your ideas.

Partners and Groups

I would prefer you worked with ONE partner for this project. It’s okay if you find yourself planning an adventure in a subject or grade level that is different than the one you identified at the beginning of the semester. I am open to people working alone, but you need to be forewarned that this can be a lot of work – being able to share the work load will help you stay on target.

Project Rubric

Open this UGA EDIT 2000 Learning Adventure Rubric.  Talking through the rubric will help you understand what is expected of you throughout the project. It also contains a time line so you can keep on target. You will notice that the criteria for receiving full credit is part of the rubric. Let’s look at this together. If we have enough time, we will also be creating our own criteria for the project as a class.


  • Look at the examples of Learning Adventure


  • Read the Learning Adventure Rubric
  • Find your partner
  • Think about the topic that you want to explore.


This reflection is due next Friday (April 12).

  • Work on your weekly discussion in VoiceThread.

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