Synthesise Ideas

Categorise and Summarise Ideas

What can a teacher do after students write a lot of notes? How can the teacher help students deepen their inquiry if most notes talk about similar ideas? To cope with this problem, teachers can:

  • ask students to categorise ideas, i.e. putting similar notes together
  • use classroom discussion (KB talk) and worksheets to help students to synthesise ideas, move forward their inquiry, and ask new questions



Use the Referencing Function to Link Ideas

Students usually respond to one note at a time. Can they respond to several notes at the same time? Can they synthesise different ideas and arguments and make the ideas better? To solve this problem, students can make use of referencing, which enables students to:

  • respond to more than one note at a time
  • cite other students’ notes as references to support their own views
  • use the community’s existing ideas as the basis proposing new ideas



Create Rise-Above notes

Similar to referencing, the rise-above function enables students to:

  • wrap up the discussion by writing a summary
  • write a new idea that “rises above” the previous thinking, hence leading to a new direction for discussion
  • store the relevant notes in a collection

Caution: The notes in the Rise-Above folder will disappear visually from the view after you have created a rise-above note; they are then accessible only from within the rise-above note.


As Students to “Manage” a View

Entrusting students the responsibility of view maintenance not only enhance student agency, but also helps students to master the skills of organising and synthesising ideas. In view maintenance, students may

  • categorise ideas and arrange relevant clusters of notes under meaningful subtitles
  • supply other relevant resources to support and stimulate discussions, e.g. they may attach reference readings, post photos and provide links to useful websites
  • write summary notes