It is becoming more apparent as teachers and students

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get more familiar with the online digital tools and devices that there needs to be some management of these. Some teachers still get tied up with the old adage that all the students in the class has to produce a product at the end using this tool'.

It doesn't have to be so...I encourage teachers to have a 'Teacher Digital Toolkit'

This is an example of a basic one

For more teacher tools go to this website.

Students need a Digital Toolkit as well. I have created 2 different websites, one is called

Publishing Ideas

  • ways to publish using online and offline tools

  • variety of ways to publish i.e cartoons and comics

and the other is called Web 2 tools and Widgets

  • tools and widgets that will enhance your blog or wiki

  • photo presentation tools

Set up a student toolkit so that students know what is available and what they can use. In consultation with you, you both can decide what is the best tool for their learning.

The following could be an example of a Student Digital Toolkit

There are so many digital tools available to students.

How can you manage them?

Which is the best tool?

How can we share them out?

How can we remember to use them?

I have talked a lot about the necessity of students having their own 'Digital Toolkit'.

  • They need to know what is available

  • They need to know 'how' they can use this toolkit

They need to be able to make choices for their own learning! This is all part of building up self management and collaboration skills.

The diagram below shows an example of an overall 'Junior Digital Toolkit'.

There are 3 main digital tools

  • Laptop

  • iPad/iPod Touch

  • Easi Speak

Now the students need to know how they are going to use these. With the laptop I have itemised the different uses and what software application they will use with it

Writing stories - Kidspiration or PagesPlaying Games -WikiMake Movies - iMovie
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And then I have done the same with the iPad/iPod Touch

Writing stories - Notes or PagesDrawing - Create a drawMaking Music - Garageband

As the students progress and become more proficient, I would add more software and apps tools until they have a wide selection and choice about what they could use.

Now let's put this into practice. Below is the Writers Digital Toolkitat the beginning of the year

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Students are clearly able to see what their choices are for when Drafting and Publishing.

As the year moves on, more apps, software and online tools can be added.

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There needs to be a monitoring system put in place to see what students are using. For very young children I might have a Sticker chart.

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For older, more independent students I would have individual Check lists that are either kept in a Clearfile folder or as a Google Doc.

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Putting management techniques such as this in place teaches students to be independent, collaborative and self managing. Students need to know what is available for them to use and that they have a choice in the way they want to learn.