Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Decision Making

Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. Students:
a. identify and define authentic problems and significant questions for investigation.
b. plan and manage activities to develop a solution or complete a project.
c. collect and analyze data to identify solutions and/or make informed decisions.
d. use multiple processes and diverse perspectives to explore alternative solutions.

Presenter: Carol Roth, Central York School District, Instructional Technology Coach

Elementary Focus

Visual Literacy

Definition - "...the ability to evaluate, apply, or create conceptual visual representations"
Visual Literacy: An E-Learning Tutorial on Visualization for Communication, Engineering and Business.
Retrieved April 7, 2008 from


Photo Challenge
Copyright-friendly Image Library

Image Stories

YouTube for Education
Discovery Education
Math Videos
Internet Quest

Word Clouds
52 Interesting Ways
Teacher Resource
There's an APP for That! (any computer, iPad, iPod Touch, or Smart phone)

Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

Discernment: (Scanning, skimming. or reading for understanding)


  • Application of technology skills to solving problems and think more deeply
    • ABCya! - age group specific, great for interactive whiteboards (IWBs)
    • Project on slavery - lesson plan on slavery with various technology options (can also be done without technology)
    • Thinkfinity (yes, again!) - so many interactives and critical thinking lessons and activities here + collect those you love

Project-Based Learning:

  • Planning
    • Checklist from the Buck Institute - do you have all of the parts to make the project you are planning as effective as possible?

  • Rubrics

Contact Carol Roth with any questions.