Tools for thinking| graphic organisers| mindmapping| websites | Habits of mind

Online Thinking Tools:

Intel Education has three online thinking tools that are designed to all the visualisation of thinking.
The Visual Ranking Tool allows you to order and prioritise items on a list.Students can analyze and evaluate criteria for their decisions and can visually compare their reasoning with others to promote discussion and collaboration. The Visual ranking tool was used in the Being Green project that Year 8 students at Wedderburn are involved in.
The Seeing Reason Tool allows students to map cause and effect. They can examine complex relationships and collaborate and represent their thinking in a visual way.
The Showing Evidence Tool is an online space where students can construct well reasoned arguments by gathering, analysing and evaluating evidence. It includes an interactive, online workspace to help teachers and students discuss and collaborate as they evaluate claims and evidence.

VARK- Helping students to recognise what type of thinker they are might be a very useful exercise. VARK is an online tool that you or your students can use to work out what type of thinker you are. The acronym VARK stands for Visual, Aural, Read/write, and Kinesthetic sensory modalities that are used for learning information.

Graphic Organisers:

Follow this link to find a wealth of information plus downloadable examples of Graphic organisers for use in the classroom.
What are Graphic Organizers ? - Theory Behind Use of Graphic Organizers - Benefits of Graphic Organizers
Guidelines for Assisting Students in the Creation of Graphic Organizers

Printable Graphic Organizers:

Online MindMapping tools

A short video that shows Tony Buzan speaking about mindmapping.

The Thinking Curriculum site is an incredibly useful site created by Rob Costello, a teacher in North West Victoria. Of special interest to Victorian teachers are the Vels Audit tools. Rob has created an online thinking tool and a very useful pages of thinking tools and strategies.

is a simple online mapping tool It allows you to Share and work with friends, Embed your mind map in your blog or website, Email and print your mind map and Save your mind map as an image

mindomo.gif Mindomo is a versatile Web-based mind mapping tool, delivering the capabilities of desktop mind mapping software in a Web browser - with no complex software to install or maintain.
Create, edit mind maps, and share them with your colleagues or your friends.

FreeMind is a mapping tool that allows for creating diagrams that link words and ideas to a central idea or word. Mind maps can be used to visualize, classify, structure, and generate ideas. Freemind is a free download that you can use as a teacher when planning and creating courses of study or with students to help them visualise, classify, structure or generate ideas.
The website is in the form of a wiki and gives you all the information you will need to download and understand the mindmap plus support pages.
Higher Order Thinking Skills Resources - this list is borrowed from the Intel Teach Essentials course.
Higher Order Thinking Skills Question Templates
Extending Children’s Special Abilities – Strategies for Primary Classrooms
Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy
Quellmalz Framework of Thinking Skills Quellmalz_Framework_of_Thinking_Skills.pdf
Accelerated Learning Network
Critical Thinking & Problem Solving Skills
Learning Domains or Bloom’s Taxonomy

Habits of Mind Resources

The Official Habits of Mind Site
A Thinking Pedagogy: Habits of Mind
Project Evaluation for 11 of the 16 Habits of Mind