Monthly Archives: July 2013

Toolbelt Theory

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Etch a Sketch

 

As we are all discovering on EDC3100, one good link leads to another. Thank you to Sonia Thistlethwaite for sharing a resource, which in turn, led to another (sound familiar?). Mind/Shift – How we will learn introduces the reader to a variety of tools which can be utilised in the classroom, including this fun Sign Generator (used to make the Etch-a-Sketch pic above).

The development of a learner’s cognitive abilities relies on practising a range of skills, accessing a wide and varied selection of available tools and using the most effective ones for a specific task. The use of ICT tools should facilitate and improve the efficiency of learning, not actually replace the brain power of the individual who is seeking new knowledge.

Drawing inspiration from Socol’s Toolbelt Theory, I continue to assemble my set of trusty tools through the use of a feed reader such as Feedly; Blog-following/posting via WordPress and Diigo (a more sophisticated way rather than right-clicking ‘Favourites’), is proving to be an efficient system which enables me to research material and collaborate with others.

A further benefit of interacting through a blog is deciding what works and what doesn’t when it comes to checking out new ICT ideas that have been tried and tested by others. With reference to the adage “If you’re only tool is a hammer, every problem looks like a nail”, we need to continually explore and experiment further afield if we are to keep apace with the technology tools available to us as teachers – in other words, using the correct tool for the task in hand.

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All Aboard the Good Ship PKM

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The first thing which struck me with Jarche’s Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) was the simplicity of its title – no jargon and no overly technical terms to decipher – simply three words which succinctly summarise what a learner, of any age, requires if they are to work efficiently.
During the course work of EDC3100 we are all aboard the PKM ship. Navigating our way through the myriad of pathways (some more expedient than others), we elicit new understanding from those around us in the cyber-world whom we have chosen to follow via the seeking and filtering process of PKM. Accessing meaningful information is one thing, knowing what to do with it is another. It is essential to assess the value of any new material we encounter – does it fill our own particular needs and if so, how can it be used or adapted?
There is a vast ocean of information and ideas out there. Sifting through it with more than a little help from our Personal Learning Networks (a.k.a. cyber life-jacket) and channelling some of the more useful information in our direction can only inspire us to approach digital learning with more confidence. As a result, this should encourage each of us to participate more fully in the very network that has inspired us as learners.

Sometimes the first step can be the biggest …

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Moving from Scotland to Australia five years ago has been a tremendous journey – one which continually proves to be a learning curve/cliff – never too old to learn, as they say! I am studying B.Ed (Primary) and looking forward to discovering many of the new innovations that ICT has to offer along the way.
Bringing the world into the classroom – how we use it effectively can be the tricky part.