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Intel Visual Ranking Tool
Developing Critical Thinking Skills



The Visual Ranking Tool is one of the interactive Web 2.0 teaching tools available through the Intel Education Initiative. Register for the Intel Education Service for free. Registration creates a teacher workspace for setting up class projects.

The Visual Ranking Tool lets students brainstorm a list of items or use a provided list to assign a ranking based on a determined criteria. The list is presented as a visual diagram that allows students to click and drag list elements. Students analyze and evaluate their answers to reach an agreement on organizing their ideas.

This site can address any important information across the curriculum. It is easy enough to use even in the elementary grades, but powerful enough to be useful on the high school and college level.

For an overview of this site watch this video.


21st Century Skills

Critical thinking is an important skill our students need to acquire to be successful in the 21st century. While students using this site can engage in cognitive skills at all levels of Bloom’s taxonomy, the tool is most valuable in developing skills in critical thinking, analysis and evaluation. Using a simple list students reflect, analyze and persuade fellow classmates. Critical thinking skills flourish as students rank elements, justify and defend their choices.

In the Classroom

The Intel Education Service provides a good selection of project examples to help teachers get started with this Web 2.0 teaching tool. This site can be used at any stage of a lesson or unit.

As a pre-activity it activates prior knowledge and helps teachers identify areas for learning. It can be used mid-activity to emphasize current learning that will be used in follow-up activities. At the end of a lesson the tool can be used for assessment.

Examples of some Lessons and Units :
The Five Senses – Kindergarten
The San Francisco Earthquate – Grades 6-8

Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

This Web 2.0 teaching tool provides a visual diagram for students to use to share ideas and research findings while explaining their reasoning. Their work can be compared and debated with other teams of students.

Production and Distribution of Writing
6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

Speaking and Listening
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas
4. Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the
organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
5. Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding
of presentations.


Intel’s Visual Ranking Tool Tutorial

Safety Concerns

The password-protected workspace is accessed using a teacher-created ID, team ID, and password.

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