Something NEW: Toolbelt Theory

TOOLBELT THEORY 

Toolbelt Theory by Ira Socol has opened up my eyes! This is truly something NEW to me. I used to be in pure Science stream when I was in high school, therefore, I did not know most of the ICTs tools or information. I guess only those who took ICTs as one of their subjects would come across this theory.

I have been spending my time in reading what Socol has posted into his blog (named Speed Change) regarding what Toolbelt theory is. He even has embedded a 76 slides show into it for further explanation on his theory.  From the readings, I have learned the importance role of today’s educators as  they’re going to teach students how to analyse tasks, the task-completion environment, their own skills and capabilities, an appropriate range of available tools … and let them begin to make their own decisions.

Socol has come out with this very easy to be remembered word, TEST which stands for

TASK
ENVIRONMENT
SKILLS
TOOLS  

These five aspects have to work together so that effective result will be produced.

My conclusion on these five aspects,
“we need to have a RIGHT tool to complete a RIGHT task with RIGHT skills at RIGHT environment”

An Image Portraying TOOLBELT THEORY

I found out that when I was doing my diploma, a huge transition happened, there was no one to assist me as everything was just new to me. It was a big struggle for me. I wonder if there was someone to help me on that, it would be just GREAT. But, thank God that there is a provided room for EDC 3100 students working together, helping each other in solving ICTs problems in this course. In week 2’s study desk, a Google Doc is provided for all EDC 3100 students to share their difficulties when dealing with ICTs and also the solutions for each of the problems. It is really beneficial for student like me who is not that expert dealing with all those tools. For example, I found out that Diigo is so helpful for me, I should have known this tool from the beginning of my studies in Uni as it is so convenient! Diigo is really a tool belt for me! Here is an interesting video from YouTube which explains on what is Diigo.

In Vicki’s blog, she has shared a website which I personally find it so helpful as the website called LearnFree.org provides free online classes in teaching us how to expand our knowledge in dealing with Google, Facebook, Microsoft Office and etc. This is really a great learning website especially those who are new to computers.

 

Reference:

Toolbelt theory [image]. Retrieved March 7, 2013 frohttp://www.udlresource.com/toolbelt-theory.html

 

Scootle, a wonderful tool for TEACHERS and Students

When clicking into the Australian Curriculum Website which available in study desk, something caught my eyes at the corner of the page. It is SCOOTLE which contains a series of digital resources supporting the Australian Curriculum. There is a short video clip which explains the purpose as well as the aim of having SCOOTLE in Australia schools today. You may watch the video here so that you may have a clear picture of it.

I’ve been with University of Southern Queensland for almost two years and this is my first time hearing about SCOOTLE. However, it’s upset that I can’t access to other features of the site such as the content of the subjects and activities as it is restricted to teachers and students only in Australia. It’s going to be awesome if Malaysia has such wonderful tool for teachers and students along the learning path! I guess Malaysia should have such plan as it really benefits all the teachers and students across the Malaysia.

Scootle Home Page

Scootle is really a very useful site for all the teachers and students as the video explains that many of the resources in Scootle match the Australian Curriculum content descriptions. According to the Education Services Australia (2013), Scootle is a ‘one stop shop’ that allows teachers with access to more than 15 thousands digital resources in the National Digital Learning Resources Network  which is managed by Education Services Australia (ESA).

In U1024325’s blog, there is a post named “Scootle, Making Curriculum Linking Child’s Play”. I found out that Scootle does help in teaching in any of the subjects. The blogger could access to the site and chose the Mathematics tab (Year 1). There was this “counting beetles” as one of the games available on the page.   As I can see, it was screen printed it out on the blog and it looked very INTERESTING! There were some brief descriptions provided too which clearly explained about the Counting Beetle activity.
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