Tools For Learning
Time 2.8 hrs

Difficulty Beginner
Prerequisites IT Policy
Departments Human Technologies
Authors Ross Parker
Groupings Individual
Minimum Year Group None


This unit aims to introduce you to a range of useful technologies for learning. It is the place to start your ICT learning at ICHK.


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The Pitch
Why should I bother learning this?
  • Mastering your laptop, and a few basic tools, is your key to becoming a faster, better, smarter and more organised learner.
What is needed to run this unit?
  • Mac laptop or computer (the theory applies to any type of machine, but the examples are Mac specific).
  • Internet access
  • Email account for signing up to free online services
Interdisciplinary Links
Do not try and force this. What areas of other subjects might this reflect and/discuss language. For IB, links with ToK.
  • The unit is a foundation for other subjects to use in terms of student learning skills.
  • Links to Library/information literacy skills.
Teacher Reflection
What was successful? What needs changing? Alternative Assessments and Lesson Ideas? What other Differentiation Ideas/Plans could be used?
  • ...
Any CC attribution, thanks, credit, etc.
  • Code Ninja image by Dani Latorre on Flickr under CC SA.
  • Apple logo used under assumed fair use for education.
  • Wunderlist logo used under assumed fair use for education.
  • Symbaloo logo used under assumed fair use for education.
  • Evernote logo used under assumed fair use for education.
  • LibraryThing logo used under assumed fair use for education.
  • Computer learning thumbnail by macrovector on freepik under Freepik License.

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5 mins
Want To Be A Tech Ninja?
The Pitch

So, you've got a what? In this unit we will look at how you can use technology to become a faster, better, smarter learner. This is what I call being a Tech Ninja.

70 mins
School Tools
Beyond Mac/Beyond Chromebook
  • Let's now look at tools you can use to get more organised.
  • This unit is an investigation, we've intentionally given you the icons for some apps but not the names.
  • Choose two of the icons below and use Reverse Image Search to discover the names of the app.
  • You can drag and drop the images below into Bing using the Image Search option, or use other search methods, to identify and learn more about them:
    • Some might be installed on your computer, others are on the web. Some are both!
    • Try to locate and use each of these programmes, logging in using your School Google account, and consider how you might use them to support your learning.
  • If you need to set up an account for any of these four apps, please do so with your account.
    • For other units, and generally at school, before setting up a new account on a new service in school, check with your teacher to see if it is OK, and always use your email address.
20 mins
Your Tools
Apps that you use
  • Have a think about the apps and tools you've used before, on your computer or other devices
  • What are two apps that you like to use to help you learn or stay organised?
  • In your evidence for this unit, tell us about these apps, how they work, and why you like them.
70 mins
Wrapping Up
Giving Evidence
  • Look back through the things you have learned in this unit. What kind of evidence can you give to show where you have been and what you have done?
  • Create a document or a video, or something of your own choosing, to showcase your learning:
    • A short article giving your thoughts on the 2 tools for learning that you tried, plus your 2 apps or tools that you already use, including:
      • Title
      • Your name as author
      • An introduction outlining what this article is about.
      • A section on each app, including a screenshot and maybe a link to the app's website
      • A conclusion on which app is your favourite.
    • OR, a short video clip sharing what you have learned about each of the apps.



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