Utilities, tools, and gadgets may be used to support learning by providing organisational capacity, tracking capability, or activities to reinforce learning. They can be stand-alone hand held devices, or they may be application-based or downloaded software connected to mobile devices or computers.
Students used software to support formative assessment in mathematics.
Students at Stanley Avenue School in Te Aroha were empowered to take increased responsibility for developing their personal fitness using the utility application SportyPal.
Geocaching was used at Papatoetoe High School to strengthen students’ ‘learning to learn’ capabilities, and deepen teachers’ understandings of effective teaching.
Students at Ashburton Intermediate in Christchurch developed an understanding of subject specific vocabulary through the use of online flashcards.
Switch it! Maker 2 and Choose it! Maker 2 were used to help a non-verbal, high needs student make activity choices with a single press head-switch.
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Read how Geocaching was used to strengthen students’ ‘learning to learn’ capabilities, and deepen teachers’ understandings of effective teaching.