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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.

Digital Mysteries

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 begin 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.

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Thinking Kit

Teachers and students create their own activities

Thinking Kit is a quick, simple way to create iPad activities which are then downloaded from the cloud onto learners’ iPads. The activities help learners develop higher level thinking and collaboration skills while they build knowledge of any chosen topic.

An educator creates small pieces of information (text, images or both) which can be on anything. They also set a task goal, some instructions or a question – which determines what learners do with these pieces. As an example, they may need to group them, put them in an order or arrange them on a custom background.

There are various different types of activities that can be created. Please see the blog post '16 ways to use Thinking Kit' or '17 reasons to create a card sort' for some ideas. Excellent examples of Thinking Kit being used are at Gosforth Central Middle School and Chesterton Community College.

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These apps were developed following years of research (ongoing) at Newcastle University into how technology can support learning.