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Process: Thinking Focus

shellConsider ways to share your understandings and thinking through the use of an e-scrapbook. When using electronic scrapbooking with students, encourage students to share the process they used to select, evaluate, and synthesize information. Although lists and explanations are fine, consider ways to analyze, synthesize and evaluate information.

How will you transform ideas and information into a form that can be conveyed electronically? What is the audience for the project?

E-scrapbooking allows creators to mull over issues and speculate on outcomes. These are important high level thinking skills. As you design assignments, consider synthesis. How can people learn from each other? Design activities where students come together to compare their experiences, debate issues, and/or come to con census.

Critical thinking is the ability to identify, interpret, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information.

There are many ways to express your thinking through e-scrapbooking. Explore the following areas of focus and thinking.

Analogy Focus
Focus on an analogy. How is something like something else?

Before and After (Then and Now) Focus
Focus on before and after. How can a single event change your life or the life of others? How do things evolve over time?

then and now

Cause and Effect Focus
Focus on cause and effect.

Change Focus
Focus on a specific change. How do trees change from season to season? How have animals adapted to their environment? How do creatures change during their lives? How has a town changed over it's history? How has the health of a river changed over time? How has currency and coins changed in your lifetime? What about payment for goods and services (i.e., paypal, credit cards, debit cards, bar codes, money, checks, bartering)? What about stamps and letter writing? What about communications (i.e., cell phones, phone numbers, telephones, telegraphs)? Use Lynne Cherry's book A River Ran Wild for ideas.

MilestonesConnection Focus
Focus on a particular connection between ideas or events. Trace the historical connection of these ideas. What's the history of the park you are visiting? How are you connected to the founders of your town or nation? Connect something in your life to a piece of music or artwork.

Comparison Focus
Focus on a comparison. Consider comparing time periods, people, resources, or other things or ideas. Compare two articles from different points of view, two time periods, different versions of a document (Declaration of Independence), or different accounts of the same event.

Criticism Focus
Focus on criticism. Criticism involves a view or opinion on a particular work. Conduct a serious examination of a movie, book, play, essay, novel, scientific theory, short story, historical account, piece of art, music, or other work. Evaluate a work of art or literature. Make a judgment.

Debate Focus
Focus on a debate. Explore two sides of a topic and create a e-scrapbook debate.

Backyard DetectiveIn-depth Focus
Focus on the details and a close-up view on a topic. Zoom in on the essential elements of an idea.

Inquiry Focus
Focus on inquiry. Search for knowledge, answer questions, and investigate interests


Mystery Focus
Focus on a mystery. A mystery is something that is difficult to explain or understand. Begin with a topic of interest. Create, document, and/or solve a problem, crime, incident, or puzzle surrounding a topic using deductive reasoning. Trace your inferences.

Perspectives Focus
Focus on an issue, argument, evidence, conclusions. Think about a particular perspective or point for view. Or, explore many different perspectives. Consider taking a different perspective than your own.

Days of DestinyPrediction Focus
Focus on prediction. Prediction is a statement about the future based on evidence. It may involve anticipation, foretelling, and forecasting. When will a major earthquake hit the US midwest? When will Mount Hood erupt? When will the Amazon rainforests be gone and what will the impact be? When will diabetes be cured? Will the groundhog see its shadow? When will the garden bloom or the leaves change? What celebrities will get married and divorced? What will you be doing in 10, 20, or 50 years? What are your hopes and expectations? What would have happened if a different direction had been taken?

Process Focus
Focus on a process such as information or scientific inquiry, taking a trip, or finding a job. Also, consider topics that involve sequencing or timelines.

Product Focus
Focus on a product. Consider how technology can be used to transform this into an e-scrapbook projects. For example, you might create electronic squares like quilt squares to represent. Consider key historical events, people, scientific discoveries, disasters, and medical breakthroughs.

Reflection Focus
Focus on reflection. Consider how these new ideas fit into you experiences.

Storytelling Focus
Focus on storytelling.

Trace or Track Focus
Focus on tracing or tracking an idea, experience, or project.

Mary Kinnick 1840sWonder Focus
Focus on wondering. Ask questions, consider connections, and explore options. Mark Kinnick is in the photo on the right from the 1840s. What do you think her life was like? What about her parents, children and grandchildren? What would they experience in their lifetimes? What did she think of having her photograph taken?


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