Online classroom activities

Philosophers and Critical Thinkers in Senior Schools (PACTISS) is the online presence of the Australian Philosophy Teachers’ Network (APTN). It is a completely free searchable database of philosophy and critical thinking teaching resources.

p4c.com is a resource and collaboration service for philosophy for children. It provides teachers with materials, ideas and support with which to help pupils think for themselves through philosophical dialogue with others. Includes resources, lesson plans, advice and collaboration available from p4c.com. It provides quick-reply support forums, guidance on all aspects of p4c, stimulus materials and practical activities to use in lessons.

Teaching Children Philosophy is a website dedicated to helping adults conduct philosophical discussion with and among primary school children. It is maintained by Thomas E. Wartenberg, Professor of Philosophy at Mount Holyoke College in the USA. Among other resources, it includes book modules for a range of children’s books: short introductions to the philosophical issues raised by each book and questions to ask children to get a discussion started.

Ethics Updates is designed to be used by ethics instructors and their students. Edited by Lawrence M. Hinman, it provides updates on current literature, both popular and professional, related to ethics. “Case Studies for discussion” may prove especially useful.

The Questioning toolkit (published in the educational technology journal From Now On) discusses various types of questions including essential, hypothetical, probing, clarification, strategic, unanswerable, inventive, provocative, divergent and irreverent questions.

ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research) has further Philosophy resources for sale.