High Resolves Australia

    Peak Experience

    Independent Thinking

    “How do you know what’s true?”

    In this workshop, students explore some of the techniques used in modern media to manipulate the way we think and act.

    Students build the skills needed to:

    • Enhance their ability to use critical and creative thinking
    • Build their personal and social capability to recognise messages aimed at dividing people

    What’s involved?

    Workshop activities include…

    Brain Priming

    Using optical illusions and marketing techniques to recognise that we don’t always see what we think we see and that our brains can be tricked.


    Through a simulation, students are exposed to tools that can be used to misinform people through the use of emotive language and the expert fallacy.

    Expert Witness

    Students consider what makes an expert and when it may be necessary to dig deeper before following their advice.

    I Resolve To...

    Students commit to an action to make a positive difference.

    What will students learn?

    By the end of the workshop students will…

    Picture of a heart

    Feel more confident in their ability to recognise and reject messages that aim to create division and unfairness


    Be able to test their own personal beliefs, thoughts and assumptions through independent investigation

    Picture of a brain

    Explain some of the ways in which cognitive biases can be created or manipulated by others

    Where does this fit in?

    This workshop is suitable for students in Years 7-12.

    The content aligns to the Australian F-10 Curriculum General Capabilities:


    Critical & Creative Thinking


    Ethical Understanding


    Personal and Social Capability

    How can we take part?


    An interactive and engaging ‘Peak Experience’ run in-person by one of our expert facilitators.

    Timing: 2 hours

    Student count: Up to 60 per workshop


    This workshop offers flexible learning using a combination of online self-directed work and facilitated debrief sessions.

    Timing: 2 hours (can be split over multiple sessions)

    Student count: Up to 60 per workshop

    What do we need to provide?

    For face-to-face workshops, we’ll need…


    A large open space with room for up to 60 students to move around and work in groups.


    A data projector or large TV, microphone (cordless is ideal), speakers to play videos and music.


    A chair for each participant. These can be stacked to the side of the room prior to each session.


    A pen or pencil for each participant. No laptops, paper or other resources are required.


    At least two staff members to be present throughout the workshop for active observation.

    For online workshops, your students will need…


    A computer or tablet for each student to complete their online course and join the scheduled check-in calls with their High Resolves facilitator.


    A reliable internet connection will help to ensure that students get the most out of the course content and facilitator check-ins.

    How can we extend the learning?

    We’ve got all the follow-up resources that you need…

    Filter Bubbles

    Students investigate how ‘filter bubbles’ shape the way individuals perceive the world and others.

    Partial Truths

    Students explore the dangers of making decisions based on limited, and possibly biased, information.

    Confirmation Bias

    Confirmation Bias

    Students examine how confirmation bias operates and its influence on how we process information.

    Evaluating Experts

    Students explore how to evaluate the trustworthiness of an expert’s claims.

    All Teacher Resource Packs include student stimulus materials and flexible, step-by-step lesson plans, and are available for you to deliver in your classroom to reinforce the learning from this workshop.

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