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ThinkCERCA

ThinkCERCA

ThinkCERCA
Literacy
A literacy platform that teaches critical thinking through academic writing.

ThinkCERCA is a product for practicing literacy, multimodal literacy and critical thinking skills. The product offers a large variety of different texts from different subjects for students to read, write about and analyze.

With the CERCA method, it is easy for students to work with a given text and task to create the answer. Teachers can monitor the students’ progression in real time.

Age groups 
Elementary
Middle school
High School
Price 
Subscription
Languages 
English
Spanish
English US
Platform 
Browser-based
Registration 
Required
Offline play 
Internet required
Pictures
Videos
Educational Quality
Learning Goals
Pedagogy

The following are the high educational quality aspects in this product.

ThinkCERCA offers a large variety of materials to practice literacy, reading comprehension and multimodal literacy skills.
With ThinkCERCA, teachers can assign lessons to students with multiple tasks related to the text and assess the results.
The students have an easy-to-use structure for answering the assignments. The structure varies based on the topic and the student's age.
The topics and articles on ThinkCERCA are varied and interesting. The assignments try to connect to the student's personal experiences.

The supported learning goals are identified by matching the product with several relevant curricula descriptions on this subject area. The soft skills are definitions of learning goals most relevant for the 21st century. They are formed by taking a reference from different definitions of 21st century skills and Finnish curriculum.

Subject based learning goals

Understanding written assignments
Learning to construe/process texts and written content
Designing and producing own written content and textual representations
Learning to process spoken and written information
Practicing listening skills and textual comprehension

Soft skills learning goals

Practising to understand visual concepts and shapes and observe their qualities
Learning to acquire, modify and produce information in different forms
Practicing to look things from different perspectives
Practicing to create questions and make justifiable arguments based on observations
Developing problem solving skills
Learning to understand and interpret diverse types of texts, from vernacular to academic
Learning to recognise and evaluate arguments and their reasonings
Learning to plan and organize work processes
Practicing decision making
Practicing versatile ways of working
Understanding and interpreting of matrices and diagrams
Learning to combine information to find new innovations
Practicing to notice causal connections
Practicing to find, evaluate and share information
Practicing to notice links between subjects learned
Practicing to find ways of working that are best for oneself
Learning to plan and design own written content and textual representations
Encouraging to build new information and visions
Practicing logical reasoning to understand and interpret information in different forms

The pedagogical analysis covers how the product supports learning of the identified skills. The student’s role is assessed by four contrary pair parameters, which are selected to cover the most essential aspects on the use of the product.

Passive
Active
Users are guided to be active while working with a new task. ThinkCERCA provides multiple ways to observe the text before giving the final answers to the assignment.
Rehearse
Construct
In more advanced tasks, ThinkCERCA guides students to build their own texts. The product offers an easy and interesting way to rehearse literacy and reading comprehension skills.
Linear
Non-Linear
ThinkCERCA offers a structure for doing the assignments, but students are able to go back and forth as they like.
Individual
Collaborative
All of the tasks are mainly to be done individually.