Capturing Evidence of Thinking

Tech tools to capture, assess & consolidate COP

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Technology to Demonstrate Thinking

There are numerous web apps and tools available to educators and students. These apps and tools can allow the users to explain their thought processes as they engage in problem solving. These tools allow users the freedom to capture and share the unique and varied processes that occur inside their minds as they solve a problem. No longer are we limited to pen and paper to justify or explain thinking, now we can capture though in pictures, diagrams, videos, animations, audio recordings, and other imaginative ways. Below are a few examples of tools that can be used to capture thought processes.

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Capture Evidence of Thinking

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Screen Capture

Most devices have a screen capture feature built-in. This allows you to capture whatever is on your screen as a photo which can later be used in other apps like the Interactive Whiteboards or Annotation apps explained below. Or if what was on the screen is the full explanation of your thoughts, that screen captured photo can be shared via email or uploaded to the cloud or even posted in a blog or discussion forum in a class site.


The camera on your device can be a powerful tool to capture evidence of learning if manipulatives or real life examples are being used or just to document student work. Simply take a picture and then either use other apps to add anecdotal notes or share the picture the same ways that were mentioned for the Screen Capture feature.


If individual photos are not enough, use the video feature on your device to capture conversations, observations, or products of student work. Similar to pictures, the videos can then be shared or uploaded or posted. Some apps, like Explain Everything, will even allow you to annotate on top of the video.

Assess Evidence of Thinking

Annotation Apps

Annotation apps are great if you just want to jot down a few handwritten notes. Most allow you to annotate over top of pictures, files, and/or PDFs. These tools would allow you to do what you normally would do with pen and paper but can be shared easily and quickly.


Interactive Whiteboards

Interactive Whiteboard Apps allow you to write, draw, and annotate over pictures or on the blank canvas of the Whiteboard. Most allow you to record an audio explanation of the visuals you have created on your whiteboard, so others can hear as well as see your thought process. This will allow you to walk someone through the steps you used to solve a problem and explain the reasons and logic behind each step.

Consolidate & Triangulate Evidence of Thinking


Microsoft's OneNote program is a powerful tool to collect all your evidence of student thinking in one place where you can use it to triangulate the data to determine a student's placement on the STEP Observable Language Behaviour continua.

For more information on OneNote and how to use it click here.