Here are four main processes that can be used in developing critical thinking skills using web tools (click image to enlarge).
|PKM||Critical Thinking Process||Web Tools & Strategies|
|1)||SEEK||Observe & Study||Use an aggregator (feed reader) to keep track of online conversations Follow interesting people on Twitter
Use Social Bookmarks (set them free)
Find a Twitter App to suit your needs
Create online (reusable) mind maps, graphics and text files of your thoughts
With more information in online databases, use Search, instead of file folders.
Set up automated searches
Review your bookmarks, Twitter favourites, etc
|2)||SENSE||Challenge & Evaluate
Form Tentative Opinions
|Tweet your thoughts, not just those of others
Write a reasoned response to an article/post that inspires/provokes you
Write an original Blog post
Present your images/mindmaps with explanations
Write book/video reviews
Aggregate your learning from various sources and post a regular “what I learned” article – text, podcast, video, image
|3)||SHARE||Participate||Connect via TwitterShare social bookmarks through groups & networks
Join Social Networks
Join in Tweet Chats
Comment on or about other blogs
Continue and extend conversations from news sources, other tweets or blog posts
In my opinion, the core of PKM is 2) sensing, though 1) active observation is necessary to feed sense-making processes and 3) sharing with others creates better feedback loops. The diversity of both what one seeks and who one shares with have a significant impact on the quality of sense-making processes.