Oliver Schinkten

Posts by Oliver Schinkten

  • Banning smart phones in class is not a realistic solution. It's better to have students learn how to deal with a smartphone in school to be productive.

    Should Cell Phones Be Banned From the Classroom? Absolutely Not

    April 12, 2017

    I am amazed at the number of schools and classrooms that still ban students from bringing their own devices, especially smartphones, to class. Smartphones are becoming an integral part of our culture. According to research by the Pew Research Center, 77 percent of Americans own a smartphone. This number has risen from 35 percent to 77 percent in the past six...

  • Technology is a great way to get students to engage in higher-order thinking, if the right tools are used.

    The Best Tech Tools for Getting Students to Think Critically

    March 15, 2017

    I recently wrote a post titled 10 Skills All Students Need to Be Successful, followed by a post titled How to Get Students to Engage in Higher-Order Thinking. The first post discusses the skills which we need to help students develop. The second post suggests concepts and strategies which educators can use to help students acquire these skills.   In this third...

  • Seven proven strategies to teaching higher-order thinking skills.

    How to Get Students to Engage in Higher-Order Thinking

    February 15, 2017

    This post is a follow up to my post, 10 Skills All Students Need to be Successful, as I’m not confident our education system is successfully helping students to attain these skills. Most curricula places too much emphasis on lower-level thinking skills such as memorization and fails to address the higher-order thinking skills illustrated in Bloom’s Taxonomy.  ...

  • Students need to learn these 10 skills to be ready for today's modern economy.

    10 Skills All Students Need to Be Successful

    January 12, 2017

    This is the first of three posts that I am writing in an attempt to inspire more discussion around the following question: How do we...