PracTICE: Using Blogs for Critical Thinking and Proactive Thinking



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comp6_e0Blog, blogging, Flow Chart, Learners Interests, Respect of the learners, Learning by Doing, Proactive Thinking, 21st Century Tools, Sustainability, motivation, engaging your learners (students), Learning to learn, respect, e-Citizen, Digital-Citizen, Copyright, Mindmapping, competencies, Professional Development (PD), Life-Long-Learning Strategies, Curation, Critical Thinking, Quality Publishing, How-To use the 21st Century Tools, The SUCCES of our learners (students) depends on our knowledge, Peer-Review, Peer-to-Peer-Learning, WE as teachers, professors, educators, instructors can always improve, WE as professionals are not allowed to have a “lazy bone attitude”, WE as professionals need to protect the reputation of our profession by providing quality content, Accessibility, Blogging, stay out of the box, adapt to new technologies, nobody is perfect…

===> “Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” – Marie Curie – <===

===> The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet. -Aristotle <===



What Teachers Will Learn in this Project: Professional Development

vdujwtjyx3uq-252anv-p2pnicubuculei01By using this “Project“, Teachers and Learners will both benefit from it, together they can learn and improve their knowledge! I recommend it for teachers to grow their “Professional Development“. Even when NOT having already the knowledge for this “Project”, teachers have a lot of time between the different courses to learn what is needed for the next session. They will grow together with the Learners while working on that “Project” and won’t have any pressure if they organize well up from the beginning, making a good preparation!

By using this “Project“, teachers will acquire knowledge of Education 3.0, including: Blog creation, Curation, Creativity, Motivation, Challenge, Critical Thinking, Proactive Thinking, Internet-Safety, knowledge of the use of great tools for community work, Copyright, Learners interests, Learning by Doing, Peer-Review, Peer-to-Peer-LearningMindmapping, the use of Flow Charts, good preparation, sustainability, Accessibility…

I actually advise teachers to take this opportunity, learning together with the learners as a Challenge! Create yourselves ALSO a Blog about YOUR interests and let it ALSO get “Peer-Review” by the learners! YOU don’t have anything to loose, YOU can ONLY win, winning on experience, winning the confidence of YOUR learners, winning on Team-Work, winning of knowledge, winning on getting more courage, winning on learning new stuff… YOU can show the learners ALSO that in the 21st Century it is NOT anymore “Us v Them“, BUT “Us & Them” to go for a “Win-Win Situation” by accepting this way; which I think (my personal meaning) is the BEST. I did it ten (10) years with adults, seniors and teens and it was a great experience which worked perfectly! Get the courage and jump into it 😉 You will have a lot of fun by learning from each other and YOU will make a strong “Community” by continuing in the same way with other “Projects“…



Remember the above quote when creating YOUR blog, please! Created with QUOZIO


PS: YOU might have noticed that I highlighted the word ===> “Creativity”, WHY!? <===  Creativity boosts the way of Learning!


What is the most important for the Students, Learners when creating a blog?

Chat iconWhen you teach your students, learners for the first time to create a blog; ask them what their interests are. Read more here about interests: How to Fuel Students’ Learning Through Their Interests.

Then show them some blogs, different ways of publishing:

                  • Text ONLY.
                  • Text with ONLY one image.
                  • Creative blogs.
                  • Blogs using nearly ALL possible multimedia included.



I will give you some chosen examples here below so that you could have an overview:

And my own blog using “comics“, in case of someone would be interested to create a blog with “comics“:


Knowing now what possibilities they have to create their own blog, give them ALSO a short introduction about Copyright, tell them that they are NOT allowed to copy & paste everything what they find on the internet. My blog below could serve as a guide:

I recommend you to use the following infographic, which you might also distribute to the learners:


Why should WE as Teachers choose that way as described above?

sharing-iconWhen the learners work based on their own interests they are learning BETTER, quicker and with motivation. They should get even told that they can make mistakes and that later the whole class together with the teacher will talk about what these mistakes are and how to avoid them in the future. The learners will work on a “Learning By Doing” base, which helps them to develop their creativity and helps also to develop their personality

Check also:


By choosing the mentioned way above what else could WE expect?

programmerman-animatedWhile you are explaining the learners about how to create a blog, make sure also that they have already a bit knowledge on how to search on the internet by using the search engines such as Google. Most of them will probably know a bit about it, but give them a deeper insight about it! I recommend viewing together the new interactive website from Google itself here, “How Search Works“:

And also Google-Search-Education here:

As the learners are anyway searching information for their blog and that this information needs to get stored somewhere, I suggest to teach them also about Curation. You will find the necessary links on the bottom of this blog!

At the same moment tell them ALSO that on the internet are dangers, that websites could be infected and by visiting them they could ALSO infect their computers. I suggest that you show the learners my following blogs:

Check the above mentioned blogs and you will see that it is very easy, there are ONLY 2 programs to install which take ONLY 5 minutes and who will show the learners by their search adventure which websites are trustful and which websites are malicious! They will learn then also how to surf on a safe way… Check also the video below and show it to your learners.



Now WE can bring in Critical Thinking ALSO!

Once the learners finished their blog, let them make a Peer – Review and let them make also constructive critics to each other! Use a  mind-map later where they could bring in their global thinking.


WE can use the blog also for Proactive Thinking, HOW!?

sharing-iconPrepare a mind-map where the learners could bring in their Critical Thinking, let them make brainstorming and then let them bring in their reflections on the mind-map. This finished coach them on How To make Proactive Thinking. What could have been avoided up from the beginning and how! Let them use also a mind-map for this task, perhaps the same while using a different color for Critical Thinking and Proactive Thinking! Talk to them now and ask them some questions about Proactive Thinking and what they learned…

Choose  a mind-map of your choice and practice a bit with it, here below a non-exhaustive list:


The different tasks for the teacher – the preparation

As you certainly have remarked it on above mentioned steps, there is a lot of preparation to do. Find below the detailed tasks which you have to prepare and to planify:

A Great Checklist for Your Project


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Useful links:

Practical Examples

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