Unit Title

Using Technology to Make Student Thinking Visible


Reading, Writing, Math and Inquiry

Designed by

Rebecca Allen

Time Frame


Stage 1- Desired Results

Establish Goals

  • Students will visually represent their ideas and their process of thinking using technology  
  • Students will document how they adapt and build on previous thinking


Learners will be able to....

What kinds of long-term independent accomplishments are desired?

  • document their thinking process
  • explain how their thinking is changing and why
  • approach thinking with a positive disposition
  • share their own thinking and actively listen to and consider the thinking of others
  • adapt their thinking based on new information
  • think both creatively and critically
  • confidently select from and apply a variety of technology tools



Learners will understand...

  • thinking is a process that can change
  • thinking can be illustrated and explained
  • we can use technology to show our thinking

Essential Questions

Learners will keep considering...

  • What am I thinking?
  • How can I show what I am thinking?
  • How can I explain what I am thinking?
  • How is my thinking changing? and why?
  • What tool can I use to best illustrate my thinking?

I will keep considering...

  • How can we document student thinking so that we better understand and develop it?
  • What technology tool can I try out to share with my students?  


Learners will know…

  • the meaning of critical thinking
  • the meaning of creative thinking
  • how to use a variety of apps and programs to show their thinking
  • the importance of adapting your thinking
  • how to support your thinking

Learners will be skilled at...

  • explaining their thinking through words
  • explaining their thinking through illustrations
  • orally recording their thinking
  • using tech tools on their laptops or Ipads  
  • selecting a thinking routine to show their thinking
  • selecting an app or program to show their thinking
  • supporting their thinking
  • reflecting on their own thinking

Stage 2- Evidence




Meaning Making

- Specific rubrics to be created for each of the more involved tasks

- Create a general rubric to evaluate overall visible thinking

- Examples of student thinking will be displayed in the classroom for the community of learners to reference and peer evaluate

- Outside observers will be able to assess and identify what our community of learners is thinking


Learners will show that they understand by evidence of...

  • I used to think . . . but now I think
  • Think-Pair-Share
  • See Think Wonder
  • Circle of Viewpoints
  • Think Puzzle Explore
  • Headlines
  • Connect Extend Challenge
  • Color Symbol Image
  • 3-2-1 Bridge  

Stage 3- Learning Plan


Learning Events

Progress Monitoring

I am not sure what is meant to go here?

Units that I will be teaching during this quarter and possible learning events:  

* I will hopefully be harvesting lots more good ideas from our tech integration specialist

  1. Inquiry: Learning to Learn
  1. draw your brain and how it works (need to find App for this)
  2. explain how your brain makes connections (using Voicethread)
  3. I used to think but now I think reflection at the end of the unit

  1. Writing: Personal Narratives
  1. Tell your story in 5 Photos (using Flickr)
  2. tableau scene in which the author narrates why he/she is telling the story this way, metacognition (record using video camera)
  3. Ebook (using Ibooks)

  1. Reading: Building Independent Reading Habits (will most likely change)
  1. Color, Symbol, Image to describe yourself as a reader
  2. Blogging about who you are as a reader
  3. need another idea here

  1. Everyday Math: Number Theory, Estimation and Computation, Geometry, Division 
  1. visual notetaking to illustrate story (using Brushes)
  2. Screencast to teach a math skill Khan academy style
  3. writing out explanations of how problems were solved

  1. Goal Setting Conferences 
  1. blogging entry of goal setting for the year
  2. visual notetaking of life map

  1. Pasir Mukti Overnight trip  
  1. reflection video on the trip experience
  2. photo with labels and voice over narration (need an app for this)

  1. Learning Journey Blogs (using google sites)
  1. ongoing blogging reflecting on learning artifacts
  2. embedding evidence of thinking

Most of these will be formative assessments throughout the units. However, I would also like to “redefine” the summative assessments to further integrate technology.  

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