Rationale Version 2

Rationale provides tools to guide, develop and enhance thinking skills. Here are some of its features that assist the process for better thinking in the classroom.

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Learning and Teaching Tools

for activities, feedback, exercises, engagement…

Learning should be fun, engaging and exciting. Teaching should be rewarding and a joy. Rationale aims to help these great aspirations. The intuitive and easy interface with built in guidance reduces the learning curve for building critical thinking skills, while building confidence for the learner. There are some special new features to engage and exciting the quest for knowledge:

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Organizing Tools

for ideas, information, concepts, themes…

There is a lot of information out there. We can all benefit from tools that enable us to move from simple cutting and pasting of information, to filtering, categorizing and structuring of information into meaningful contexts.

Rationale provides grouping maps to assist with organization. Grouping maps provide hierarchical, pyramid-like structures to enable us to move information around with ease and formulate categories to reveal links and relationships. Some of the features that make this process easy include:

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Questioning Tools

for consequences, perspectives, brainstorming, alternatives…

Questioning is essential for developing higher order thinking skills. Open and closed questioning techniques provide a good workout for the brain and ensure we look beyond the first response.

Rationale provides dialog maps to formulate and record ideas and keep everyone on track. Start with a question and then consider options, pros and cons, consequences and information required. Rationale Version 2 also includes:

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Reasoning Tools

for analyzing, evaluating, justifying, concluding…

Reasoning is the heart of Rationale and central to building critical thinking skills. The argument map formats are twofold;

1. Reasoning maps which provide accessible and color coded reasoning boxes (ideal for all ages).

2. Advanced Reasoning maps (previously analysis maps) that provide a more detailed map format to incorporate co-premises (such as assumptions) and advanced evaluation (ideal for higher level secondary and University students). Both reasoning and advanced reasoning map formats provide many features to direct users to gain clarity in structuring and identifying arguments and to communicate logical and well founded judgments.

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Communicating Tools

for presentations, debates, essays, reporting….

Having great ideas is one thing but communicating them is often difficult and divides great outcomes from average ones. Rationale provides tools to assist with visual presentation of work, verbal presentations and debates and written reports and essays. Look at some of the features we have for you:

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