Mind tools contributing to an ICT-rich learning environment for technology education in primary schools

L.A.M.P. Slangen, Peter Sloep

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    Abstract

    This paper examines how the learning environment in primary education can be enhanced by stimulating the use of innovative ICT applications. In particular, this iscussion focuses on mind tools as a means of leveraging ICT for the development of cognitive skills. The stimulating effect of mind tools on the thinking skills and thinking attitudes of students is examined. The various types of mind tools and a number of specific examples are closely examined. We consider how mind tools can contribute to the establishment of an ICT-rich learning environment within the domain of technology education in primary schools. We illustrate two specific applications of such mind tools and discuss how these contribute to the development of thinking skills.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)225-239
    Number of pages15
    JournalInternational Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning
    Volume15
    Issue number3-6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 13 Apr 2005

    Keywords

    • mind tools
    • thinking skills
    • habits of the mind
    • ICT and technology
    • technologica
    • kidspiration

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