Thursday, 15 December 2011

De Bono's Six Thinking Hats discussion on mobile phones wiki

Mobile Phone Wiki, using De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats

It is argued whether wikis are a useful and effective learning tool for students or not. A wiki page was set up about mobile phones being used at school. This wiki was designed for students at CQU to add their opinions with the rest of the students to develop a collaborative discussion online, using Debono’s six thinking hats. The link for the mobile phone wiki is:

My opinions on whether wikis are useful and effective learning tools are discussed below, using De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats, just like in the mobile phone wiki.

Black Hat - Judgements

·         No privacy, everyone on the wide world web can view and access the information, this includes the names of the students

·         Arguments could arise through the strong opinions of students

·         Anyone can make a wiki which means inappropriate topics could be formed

·         Hasn’t got a personal communicative connection like speaking face to face or over the phone
Blue Hat - Thinking /Processes
·         Viewing others opinions can make you second think yours
·         Looking at a topic in a new and different perspective

Green Hat - Creativity
·         Using a different style of group discussions, instead of face to face group work
·         Can add images, videos, internet links and text

Red Hat – Feelings
·         Topics and comments could be upsetting, emotional
·         No real life connection when discussing topics with students (can’t hear their voice or see them)
White Hat – Information
·         Information is written online so students can view the information at any time of day or night and they can refer back to it if needed
Yellow Hat – Strengths/Positives

·         Connects people from all over the country and world to join together in one discussion
·         View different views and perspectives on topics
·         Develops technological skills
(Mindwerx, 2011) 

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