June 17-19
Anaheim, CA

Bringing Balance to the Force with Critical Thinking and Technology Learning Skills

Tuesday June 19th, 2018 at 3:20 pm - 4:10 pm
Effective Practices

Today’s community college students are using technology in nearly every facet of life. Constant exposure to technology in the areas of education, social media and entertainment have helped students develop an uncanny aptitude to employ mobile devices and applications effortlessly. On the other hand, there is a growing need for a workforce that can think critically and use the plethora of available electronic tools to solve problems and create solutions. The challenge today is to help students refine the technology skills they have developed and augment them with higher order thinking skills. Colleges can help this process by deliberately designing courses that utilize assignments and projects that take advantage of their students’ existing technology skills. Long Beach City College has developed several computer courses designed to help students understand the concept of digital citizenship as well as develop critical thinking skills while incorporating many widely used computer applications and devices. This presentation will examine how these courses take typical learning tasks and combine them with computer functions that deliberately promote critical thinking and develop higher order thinking skills.

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