Make Thinking Visual

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Make Thinking Visual for Students

Welcome to the Make Thinking Visual for Students mini-course!

In order to complete this course, you will need an Edmodo account. Please go to and create your free account using the code 7hdige. This code will automatically add you to the mini-course class group called ETAP623 Visual Thinking. Take time to explore the edmodo page before beginning the course.

Special note: The assessments for this mini-course are already posted on your class edmodo page as assignments. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page

to find the first post. As you work through the course, you will move upwards in the posts to find the assessments. Each assessment name matches the unit and lesson that it corresponds to. If you have any questions or concerns, please send me a message on the edmodo page. I look forward to working with you and hope that you gain a better understanding of visual thinking through this experience.

Outcomes of the mini-course

1. Given an article and a PowerPoint presentation, you will evaluate 3 to 5 questions or phrases to determine whether or not they promote thinking through a sorting activity.

2. Given an informational website, you will evaluate 4 visual thinking routines by using a rubric.

3. Given an outline of 4 steps, you will design a plan to promote thinking in their own classroom using 3 of the visual thinking routines from the course.

Introduction/ Prerequisites

Read the following article to prepare for the units that follow.

Assessment: After reading the article, post a brief reflection to each of the following questions in our class Edmodo group. It will be listed as an assignment titled

Prerequisites/ Introduction Assessment.


1. Why is it difficult for students to understand the act of thinking?

2. What are the three methods educators can use to help students understand thinking?

3. At this point, which method appeals the most to you?

4. What are some things you are still wondering about this topic?

Unit Links

Unit 1: Visual Thinking Unit 1

Unit 2: Visual Thinking Unit 2

Unit 3: Visual Thinking Unit 3