Overview of Module 3 (June 22-28)

Key Ideas of Mod 3

  1. Review Module 2 learning and provide feedback to each other
  2. Build on Final Project ideas
  3. Begin to build your understanding of thinking dispositions
  4. Revise 100Make
  5. Be sensitive and aware of opportunities to apply thinking abilities:
    –Learn and use 2 online tools, Notegraphy and Vocaroo
  6. Work as a learning community


Mod 3 Resources

Ron Ritchart (2002) argues that the goal of teaching is to build intellectual character, which refers to “patterns of behavior, patterns of thinking and patterns of interaction” (p. 9).  A good, productive thinker is not just one with strong thinking abilities but one who has developed thinking dispositions that contribute to intellectual character.  What is a thinking disposition? They are “ongoing tendencies” that make us sensitive to opportunities to apply our thinking abilities. The article Teaching Thinking Dispositions (in our Documents folder/VCU library) by Tishman, Jay and Perkins (1993) will shed some light on this term. This other resource, The Best thinkers Have These Thinking Dispositions by Drake Baer (2014), is a condensed blog version of the journal article.

If you haven’t heard of Carol Dweck yet, let me have the honor to introduce her to you. In line with the emphasis of Module 3 on thinking dispositions, I have selected this resource based on an interview conducted by James Morehead for OneDublin.org (published as a blog post in 2012): Stanford University’s Carol Dweck on the Growth Mindset and Education. I hope you are starting to see now that writing and keeping a blog is an important skillset to have in this digital age, as several of our resources are blog posts by news or educational organizations.

You can review the following video later at your own pace!

Weird or Just Different is a TED Talk (2:42 mins) by Derek Sivers that Dr. Tina Seelig introduced me to in her book Ingenius. The video illustrates one of the thinking dispositions well. Which one is it? Let me know!

Finally, continue to work on your Final Project Inquiry. Many of you have started to brainstorm wonderful ideas for your project. Onward!



Mod 3 Activities

  • Course engagement is an ongoing activity.
  • In particular, check out other learners’ Module 2 reflection posts and makes aggregated on the Blog Hub.
  • Add comments to at least 3 posts. Refer to How to Write Blog Comments as a guide.
  • You will create 2 makes in this module to foster curiosity and imagination. You will also learn to be sensitive to thinking dispositions, such as being open-minded and adventurous, that lead you to apply your thinking abilities.
  • CuriousMake:
    • Pick a sentence from the resources you read that resonates with you.
    • Use Notegraphy to produce your CuriousMake using that quotable sentence. Notegraphy is a web application that helps you to make short beautiful notes. Follow the instructions on Notegraphy to create your Make. (See my example on this page?)
    • Share it on Twitter — “Share” icon is available on Notegraphy.
    • Add VCUTHINK hashtag to your CuriousMake before sharing it out from the Notegraphy site.
  • Rev100Make
    • Revisit your 100Make.
    • This time around, use your skills and talents to transform it into a different presentation. The goal of this make is to offer you an opportunity to use a medium other than writing to make your thoughts visible. You will have the opportunity to use an online audio recorder and embed the voice recording into your blog. Embedding media into your blog is a digital literacy skill worth developing as citizens and professionals of the 21st century.
    • Create an audio recording with an online voice recorder. Imagine if you were doing a radio show!
      • Trim your post down to a reasonable length. Focus on a few key ideas and include some brief explanation.
      • Go to Vocaroo, an online voice recorder to read and record your revised post.Instructions on How to Use Vocaroo
        Vocaroo app for voice recording

        • Click to start reading and recording your revised post.
          You might get this message:
          Vocaroo asks to use PC mike
        • Click “Allow.”
        • Start recording and “Retry” if you are unhappy with your attempt.
        • Click “Save” once you are ready to share your fabulous work.
          Share fab work
        • Click on “Embed.” Select to highlight the embed code and copy the entire code to your REV100Make blog post.
          Audio recording for blog post
        • Go to your REV100MAKE blog post.
        • In your new post, click on the Text tab at the top right hand corner.
          Share audio on blog
        • Paste the Embed Code into the text box.
        • If you click on the Visual Tab at the right hand corner, you will see a little gray box. Publish your post.
        • Success!
          How to embed audio in blog
        • Tag your revised make with the category VCUTHINK  and the tag REV100MAKE.
  • Continue to build on your topic for your Final Inquiry Project based on my comments and questions on the Google document.
  • Schedule an appointment with me to talk about your Project if you need assistance to figure it out.
  • Write a blog post to report briefly about your progress, fears and hopes.
  • Add VCUTHINK as a category and tag it InquiryRpt1.

Exploring the Web & Thinking Together

The article by Barampour is a prompt for you all

  • to explore the web and share your findings on the topic
  • to trigger new thoughts, connections and questions that you may not have thought of if you work alone


  • Before you complete this activity, make sure to read Barampour’s article.
  • All of you will work as one team for this activity. The person whose last name ranks last alphabetically in this course will initiate this project. He/She will create a Google Document for everyone to work together and make sure to share it with everyone in the VCUTHINK folder, including me.
  • I have rotated the team roles in light of a total of 3 Team Activities that will take place in this course. The Participants List is in the VCUTHINK folder. You can also contact each other via Blackboard LMS Email. Also, Google Documents track Revision History (File > Revision History).
  • In your team, explore this topic of “food insecurity” inspired by Barampour’s article. Use Paul and Elder’s Guide on intellectual standards and the 6 Facets of Understanding Guide (3 pages of prompts and questions) by Wiggins and McTighe (Hint: in VCU or elsewhere. Not just happening in America?) to explain, interpret, clarify … There are multiple questions in these guides to help you.
  • You may use the Advanced Search Panels of Google and Twitter to locate more relevant and specific information.
  • Write and rewrite. Insert hyperlinks and images to share your findings.
  • Use at least 2 “languages” to document team findings.

Use the following questions as prompts:

  • Pick one or two thinking disposition(s) you want to work on in your life. Why did you make this choice(s)? How would you work on building the thinking disposition(s)?
  • Some of you have started to connect with each other’s ideas via your blog posts and comments. That’s wonderful! Continue to build on your thinking and thoughts.
  • Keep asking, “What connections do you see between your work and other participants? What connections do you see between what you are learning now and your different courses and subjects?”
  • You may include a quote from their blog posts and makes in your reflection post. Briefly explain why you decided on these quotes.


Presentation Format:

  • Reflect and write your reflection blog post using 2 types of media (or “languages”). Hint: The child has a 100 100 100 languages!
  • Assign the category VCUTHINK to this reflection. Assign the tag REFLECT3 to this post. Publish the post.

Continue to search for content on the web using keywords related to Module 2. Add at least 2 bookmarks to our Diigo group BY Sunday Jun 21. These resources are available to help you think through and learn more about the topics you are studying. You can refer to and read these resources at your own pace.

Updated: June 23, 2015, 7:07 PM

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