A Framework for Explanatory Thinking Using iPads

11:00AM - 11:45AM
Interfaith Prayer and Reflection Room

Thread: Technology

We designed a large, general education science course to include explanatory thinking. The focus was on student activities that leveraged iPads and the Explain Everything app to construct explanatory models to learn science. Students worked in small groups creating explanatory models to answer six specific questions, such as, "How and why does food travel to my cells?" This allowed opportunities for creativity, providing tools for animation and narration in student models. In this session, attendees will participate in small groups using one of our iPads to construct an explanatory model using the Explain Everything app. We will share our explanatory thinking framework, student examples, and how these activities parallel our course along with the insights we have gained.