Toolbelt Theory


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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