Apps to Enhance Students Critical Thinking Skills

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Critical thinking  is a much needed skill especially in this era which is fraught with digital distractions and infomania. As a cognitive competence, critical thinking embraces several conceptual skills that include synthesizing, assessing, analyzing, applying and evaluating information. Critical thinking allows students to make informed  and rational decisions as it forces them to dive deeper and analyze things logically.  What would be viewed as a common sensical fact by ‘surface thinkers’ would be considered as a provocative statement that invite much reflection and investigation by critical thinkers. The purpose of today's post is to introduce you some a curated list of some of our favourite iPad apps you can use with your students and kids to boost their critical thinking skills. We have also created the poster below in case you want to use it in your class. Enjoy

ipad critical thinking apps

1- Learning Patterns
‘Learning Patterns helps your child develop critical thinking and  mental reasoning skills thus expanding a very important part of  their mind. Plus, even adults will have fun playing with this app
at the more advanced levels. ’

2- ABA Problem Solving
‘Touch and Learn is a powerful new gaming platform that allows you to introduce new concepts in a fun and exciting new way. You can use Touch and Learn to teach basic concepts such as new shapes or advanced concepts such as colors or characteristics (e.g. big, bigger, small, smaller, etc.).’

‘Resuscitation! is the award-winning virtual patient simulator that makes learning medicine addictive! Resuscitation gives you a case presentation of a patient who is ill, and you play the role of the health care provider.’

4- Quandary
‘As the Captain of a new human settlement on Planet Braxos, shape the future of a new civilization while developing ethical reasoning skills.’

5- Analogy (update no longer working)
‘Our newest creation "Analogy" app (to challenge young minds on their cognitive skills), plays a significant role in analytical thinking, problem solving, perception, spatial skills, memory, and creativity.’

6- Mental Math Cards
‘ Mental Math Cards is designed to help people of all skill levels improve their arithmetic abilities through easy to remember (and use) tips, practice question sets, and an addictive game.’

7- Critical Thinking Basic
‘Critical Thinking Basic helps you rate and reflect about an idea, a point of view, a decision, a work, and more, against nine simple universal standards of reasoning.’

8- The Decision App (update no longer working)
‘This app will help you make decisions. Whether at home or at work, whether for yourself or a team: The visual models in this app help you speedily analyze even the most complex situations and not lose sight of the big picture.’

9- Idea Bucket (update no longer working)
‘Rate, compare, and analyze all of your ideas for just about anything! Make improved decisions with Idea Bucket: a straightforward way of setting up ideas and the criteria to rate them. Custom sliders provide an intuitive interface for rating ideas.’

10- Critical Thinking University ’Think-O-Meter’
‘The ‘Think-O-Meter’ iPhone app challenges your thinking and helps you develop a Sherlock Holmes-like attention to the evidence at hand. Think through dozens of scenarios and test your ability to separate reliable facts from assumptions, focus on the relevant information, and think critically to get the right answer.’
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