Reflective Thinking create educational iPad apps and work with educators and learners across the world to enhance key skills of creativity, collaboration, higher level thinking and problem-solving.
Thinking Kit is for people to create their own activities and Digital Mysteries are ready-made tasks, mostly written by teachers.
Quickly create tasks that get learners thinking
If your students use iPads, you can create engaging activities for them quickly and easily using the Thinking Kit Creator on any device. Activities can also be created by students for their own use or to share with others.
Tasks are saved to the cloud and can be downloaded in the Thinking Kit App using a short code. Activities consist of small snippets of information (text, images or both) which can be on any topic. The creator sets a task goal, any needed instructions and the information to work on. As an example, they may need to group the snippets, put them in an order or arrange them on a custom background.
The Thinking Kit App is designed for group or individual work. There are various tools in the app to enhance learning and encourage higher level thinking, such as a mini toolkit (sticky tapes, notes, groups), a Reflection Stage and automatic reports.
Ready made activities developed by teachers
Enhance students’ key skills whilst they learn about important topics, but with complete activities in the form of iPad apps. From history, to maths, to science, there are Digital Mysteries in lots of subjects, aimed at those age 7-16.
Alongside engaging illustrative slips, Digital Mysteries come with more information, almost like a lesson plan. Each has a detailed description, suggested learning outcomes and usually one main open question (often additional questions too). Hints are often included for different stages too, e.g. which slips could form the basis of a new, named group.
All of the Digital Mysteries iPad apps are truly collaborative, provide a ‘record of learning’ in the form of automatic reports and include plenty of opportunities to improve skills of speaking, listening and critical thinking. In-session, students can make use of tools (e.g. sticky tapes and notes) to help externalise their thinking.
These apps were developed following years of research (ongoing) at Newcastle University into how technology can support learning.