There are numerous definitions of critical thinking. The one that I have chosen appeared to be the optimum statement in terms of being thorough but concise.
Critical thinking is the ability to analyze facts, generate and organize ideas, defend opinions, make comparisons, draw inferences, evaluate arguments and solve problems (Chance,1986, p. 6)
I made this mind map with webspiration to show the link between these attributes and the web 2.0 tools that foster them. Along the top are the attributes and below are examples of the tools that can be used. The list of tools is by no means exhaustive, but they are tools that came to mind or were given on recent readings.
An article by Pam Berger in the School Library Monthly talked a great deal about the interactivity of these resources, the opportunities for collaboration, dialogue and giving feedback, and the great opportunity for harnessing collective intelligence. Wikis, blogs, social networks, social bookmarking and others all can be used in this way.
The key is to use these tools to best foster the critical thinking attributes in our students.
Berger, Pam. “Student Inquiry and Web 2.0.” School Library Monthly. Libraries Unlimited, Jan. 2010. Web. 14 May 2011. <http://www.schoollibrarymonthly.com/articles/Berger2010-v26n5p14.html>.
Huitt, William G. “Critical Thinking.” Educational Psychology Interactive. 1998. Web. 14 May 2011. <http://www.edpsycinteractive.org/topics/cogsys/critthnk.html>.
Chance, P. (1986). Thinking in the classroom: A survey of programs. New York: Teachers College, Columbia University.