I have not tried it in class yet but I intend to ask my students to build a Disabled access friendly community using Microsoft Minecraft as a follow-up activity.
A few months after I’d presented the projects in Manchester (IATEFL) and Seattle (E2 Microsoft Educators), I realized how useful working on critical and creative thinking skills with young learners is in the midst of the heightening European crisis.
This post is about activities and tools that can help students use their creative and critical abilities while learning.
Technology has often been accused of creating passive learners, who rely heavily on visuals and are used to a superficial approach to learning, rather than developing their creative and critical thinking skills.
The first stage in reading critically is to exercise care in the information you use - how trustworthy is it? What are the conclusions, and are they supported by the evidence?
It may be possible to present what appears to be flawless research, which may yet not justify the conclusions.
This is because academic discourse is based according to key principles which are described as follows by Northedge (2005): Critical and analytical thinking should be applied at all points in academic study - to selecting information, reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Of these, learning to read and evaluate information critically is perhaps the most important skill, which if acquired can then be applied to other areas.
No analysis, no comparison, no effort to read further about the issue.
Just the reproduction of stereotypes and theories - most of them discredited by statistics of prestigious organizations.