Digital Thinking Pedagogies

Curated tips for teaching for thinking online. By teachers, for teachers.

About Luulla

Luulla is a curated, crowd-sourced collection of pedagogical tips and resources designed to help teachers and educators around the world adjust to the challenges of online teaching.

We believe that good pedagogy helps students learn not just what to think but how to think. It's why you became an educator and it's what we mean when we talk about teaching for thinking. But the shift from a content-led pedagogy to a thinking-led one can be challenge. Combine that with a rapid shift to online delivery and your task can seem overwhelming.

Online teaching is very different to teaching in the classroom and it offers both challenges and opportunities. Luulla, and the educators who support it, hope that this project can help you use technology to enhance, rather than constrain, your pedagogy.

#TeachingBeforeTechnology #PedagogyOverPlatforms

Luulla · (verb) · /luːlːaˣ/ is a Finnish word that means 'to think' or 'to suppose'. But it can also mean 'to mistakenly believe'. Apart from sounding lovely, luulla is a perfect metaphor for how we should approach knowledge.

Latest Tips

  1. Neil Phillipson

    The What and the Why of Digital Pedagogy

    Neil Phillipson · SAPERE
    In this short series of posts, I want to explore what dialogic pedagogy is, why it might be valuable and how a classroom teacher or school might get started with it. I link:
  2. UQx

    Philosophy & Critical Thinking

    UQx · University of Queensland
    This short course introduces principles of philosophical inquiry and critical thinking that will help us answer this question. Learn how we can use philosophical ideas to think about ourselves and the world around us.
  3. Peter Ellerton

    How students can collaborate online

    Peter Ellerton · University of Queensland
    The last thing teachers usually worry about is pedagogy: wondering how to navigate the learning environment, which includes engaging with what and how students are thinking.
  4. Matthew Farber

    Three Ways to Use Game-Based Learning

    Matthew Farber · University of Northern Colorado
    There are several strategies for gamifying your classwork, and they’re not mutually exclusive—you can combine them.
  5. Pip Cleaves

    Connecting your google classroom to a microsoft teams virtual meeting

    Pip Cleaves · Kurri Kurri High School
    Making a seamless link between Microsoft Teams and Google Classrooms for Meet Now VC Sessions. An unusual how-to, but necessary for some NSW Education schools
  6. Neil Phillipson

    Teaching for Dialogue in Digital Pedagogy

    Neil Phillipson · SAPERE
    In this post we turn our attention to the role of the students in creating an environment in which Thinking Together becomes possible and can flourish, allowing them to make meaning of what they have been taught.
  7. Sarah Prestridge

    Key principles of online education

    Sarah Prestridge · Griffith University
    This video outlines a number of essential principles of online education including engagement, less text more visuals, social learning, learning pathways, sign posting, and teacher presence.
  8. Deniese Cox

    Understanding the four roles of an online teacher

    Deniese Cox · Griffith University
    There are many hats you need to wear as a teacher. Moving online means a few more. This video looks at the pedagogical, social, technological, and managerial aspects of online teaching
  9. Matthew Farber

    How to Find Games for Classroom Learning

    Matthew Farber · University of Northern Colorado
    A game-based learning expert looks at why teachers should try using games, and shares a new book—available for free—that will help them identify worthwhile games for their students.
  10. Sarah Prestridge

    Issues for students learning online

    Sarah Prestridge · Griffith University
    Some students have limited skills in self-regulation and decoding large amounts of text. This is exacerbated when moving to a largely unsupervised online learning from home environment.
  11. Neil Phillipson

    Getting Started with Digital Pedagogy

    Neil Phillipson · SAPERE
    The broad term ‘dialogic pedagogy’ encompasses diverse approaches to its enactment in the classroom. My own classroom approach, outlined in this and subsequent posts, is in reality a synthesis of those listed above. I refer to it as Thinking Together.
  12. Neil Phillipson

    Facilitating Digital Pedagogy

    Neil Phillipson · SAPERE
    In the previous post I suggested that Eduardo Mortimer and Philip Scott’s categorisation of classroom talk offers a useful tool for teachers as they reflect on the different ‘communicative approaches’ they use. In this post I will retain the focus on teacher talk and offer some suggestions as to how the transition from authoritative to dialogic interaction could be made.
  13. Future Learn

    How To Teach Online - Providing Continuity for Students

    Future Learn · Future Learn
    Explore online teaching with this practical course for educators designed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even for experienced practitioners, this situation presents challenges. However, with the right knowledge, you can overcome the hurdles presented by teaching online and embrace its possibilities.
  14. Sarah Prestridge

    How to spice up learning online

    Sarah Prestridge · Griffith University
    Here are a few tips to create variety in your onlne delivery includign quizzes and gamification
  15. Dave Kinkead

    Incorporating Critical Thinking into STEM Education

    Dave Kinkead · Centre for Critical & Creative Thinking
    As essential as STEM in eduction might be, it is far from sufficient. Today's student's need to develop much more from their education than the ability to pipette peroxide, code software, build machines and solve equations. They also need to think critically about what they are doing and why.
  16. Matthew Farber

    Using Digital Tools to Promote Social and Emotional Learning

    Matthew Farber · University of Northern Colorado
    Educators can take advantage of digital tools that students want to use to enhance social and emotional learning efforts.
  17. Sarah Prestridge

    How to run a live discussions for your online class

    Sarah Prestridge · Griffith University
    A few simple tips and principles for running real time chat sessions with your students.
  18. Maaike Ysebaert

    Some tips for video based classes for small children

    Maaike Ysebaert · D-Teach Belgium
    Teaching young children online has different requirements to teaching older children. Online specialist Maaike Ysebaert shares some of her tips. In Dutch/Flemmish with English subs.
  19. Peter Ellerton

    What does a critical thinking activity look like?

    Peter Ellerton · University of Queensland
    There is no 'one right way' to teach critical and creative thinking in the classroom but rather, there are a rich diversity of effective pedagogies. So it might be useful to explore what a critical thinking activity in the class room actually looks like. Here's an example from a Brisbane school.
  20. Sarah Prestridge

    How to manage real time engagement when teaching online

    Sarah Prestridge · Griffith University
    Classroom management is considerably different when teaching online. This video looks at what to do before and during an online class chat.
  21. Peter Ellerton

    Critical thinking 'Values of Inquiry' poster

    Peter Ellerton · University of Queensland
    The values of inquiry are those things applied during the process of inquiry, such as precision, clarity, plausibility, coherence and the like. Understanding what this means in a critical thinking pedagogy is vital for teachers, who will not be able to develop critical thinking in their students unless they are themselves critical thinkers.
  22. Sarah Prestridge

    How to prepare your students to go online before you leave the classroom

    Sarah Prestridge · Griffith University
    It's really important to communication expectations and logistics before you transition to online delivery.
  23. Dave Kinkead

    What's the role of argumentation in critical thinking?

    Dave Kinkead · Centre for Critical & Creative Thinking
    To understand why argumentation is so essential to critical thinking, we need to consider why we value critical thinking in the first place. A key objective in the application of critical thinking is to help ensure that our beliefs are warranted or justified. In other words, to ensure that our beliefs match reality or, in the absence of any way to confirm what the truth is, to stand confidently based on the quality of our reasoning.
  24. Sarah Prestridge

    Basic guidelines for making online videos

    Sarah Prestridge · Griffith University
    Some simple guidelines for producing your own online videos from recommended lengths to voice intonation.
  25. Sarah Prestridge

    Basic do's and don'ts of online education

    Sarah Prestridge · Griffith University
    7 quick do's and 4 don'ts when transitioning to online education. This might seem simple but you'd be suprised how often they are missed.
  26. Peter Ellerton

    The how and why of collaboration in the classroom

    Peter Ellerton · University of Queensland
    Collaboration is critical in developing thinking for the reason that learning to think well is a bit like learning to speak a language. Just like learning a language, you cannot learn to think well in isolation. You must do it with others to learn how to do it well. Reasoning is far better understood, in fact, as a social competence rather than an individual faculty.
  27. Sarah Prestridge

    Worksheet alternatives to engage students

    Sarah Prestridge · Griffith University
    There's a number of alternatives to standard paper worksheets that an help engage your students. Here alternatives a few examples.
  28. Dave Kinkead

    What is argument mapping and how can it help critical thinking?

    Dave Kinkead · Centre for Critical & Creative Thinking
    Argument mapping is a great way to make your student's thinking visible. In this blog post, I explore what argument mapping it and how you can use it online to improve critical thinking.
  29. Andrea Sella

    Rubber band cannons - At home science - ExpeRimental #1

    Andrea Sella · The Royal Institution
    Build a rubber band powered cannon from a crisp tin and a drinks bottle and use it to explore projectile motion and conservation of energy...or just knock down any target you can think of.
  30. Olympia Brown

    Homemade lava lamp - At home science - ExpeRimental #2

    Olympia Brown · The Royal Institution
    Build a home-made lava lamp and use a surprising property of citrus fruits to explore the science of floating and sinking.
  31. Mei

    Giant bubbles - At home science - ExpeRimental #3

    Mei · The Royal Institution
    Make a really good mixture for blowing soap bubbles, learn why bubbles are always round and find out how to make giant bubbles with a couple of wooden spoons and some string.
  32. Marieke and Tilly

    Singing wine glasses - At home science - ExpeRimental #4

    Marieke and Tilly · The Royal Institution
    Create a wine glass orchestra in your kitchen and explore how sound is caused by vibrations.
  33. Sophie Scott

    Static magic - At home science - ExpeRimental #5

    Sophie Scott · The Royal Institution
    Explore the magical world of static electricity by making charged objects move without touching them.
  34. Mark Brandon

    Balloon car racers - ExpeRimental #6

    Mark Brandon · The Royal Institution
    See who can make the fastest balloon powered car in this fun science activity to do with kids.
  35. Aoife McLysaght

    Spaghetti towers - ExpeRimental #7

    Aoife McLysaght · The Royal Institution
    Get children thinking and building like engineers by challenging them to build the tallest tower out of spaghetti and marshmallows
  36. Sarah Prestridge

    Real-time live discussions

    Sarah Prestridge · Griffith University
    How to run an online chat session
  37. Deniese Cox

    The four roles of an online teacher

    Deniese Cox · Griffith University
    Pedagogical, social, technological; managerial
  38. Deniese Cox

    How to consciously humanise yourself online

    Deniese Cox · Griffith University
    Teacher is important; rapport
  39. Deniese Cox

    The basics of discussion forums

    Deniese Cox · Griffith University
    Strategies to maintain posts, Text based discussion forums
  40. Deniese Cox

    How to use visual signposts

    Deniese Cox · Griffith University
    Sign posting learning pathways is important to help students link concepts together online
  41. Deniese Cox

    Six steps to designing your topic online

    Deniese Cox · Griffith University
    How to design for learning in six steps
  42. Deniese Cox

    Why ice breakers matter online

    Deniese Cox · Griffith University
    Inspiring, connecting, and reactivating interactions help humanise our online teaching.
  43. Sarah Prestridge

    Tips for parents and carers: Remote online schooling

    Sarah Prestridge · Griffith University
    A look at the roles, workspaces, scheduling, as well as what to do if your child has a difficulty

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