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UNIFY Project

6/05/2014

Term 2 sees another group of Murrumba students taking part in the UNIFY Critical Thinking Project. UNIFY is part of a major initiative being implemented across many regions of Education Queensland.

Benefits for students include a targeted learning program that improves specific knowledge and skills, the opportunity to collaborate with an online teacher and preparation for online learning in further education and the workforce.

During the term, the students take part in a weekly web conference with an online expert who is based at the Brisbane School of Distance Education. As well, they have access to online learning activities that develop their skills in critical thinking and reasoning. Topics covered during the term include understanding the concepts of arguments and reasoning; fallacies; brain bias; ethics and philosophy; morals and justice; and improving argument technique.

While our first lesson was used to familiarize students with the web conference tools and equipment, some students enjoyed using the microphone to speak to their teacher but others found this unfamiliar experience somewhat unnerving.

Parents and teachers of students who take part in the UNIFY project can look forward to improved argument techniques and reasoning from their teenagers!