Tools For Learning
Time 3.6 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.


This work is shared under the following license: Creative Commons BY-SA-NC


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
4 Tools
Beyond Mac/Beyond Chromebook
  • Let's now look at 4 tools you can use to get more organised.
  • You can drag and drop the images below into Google Images, or use other search methods, to identify and learn more about each one:
    • Some might be installed on your computer, others are on the web. Some are both!
    • Try to locate and use each of these programmes, 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.
70 mins
Web Search
Master The Web
  • Searching the web seems easy to start with, but it is sometimes hard to find the things you want.
  • Let's use these videos to help us start thinking about search:

  • Once you feel you are more comfortable searching, challenge yourself with A Google A Day.
  • If you really like A Google A Day, try a bunch of similar challenges in one go.
  • If you think you might be a real web search nerd, the following video goes into some detail about how Google works. Watch it if you like!

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?
  • Produce something like one of the ideas listed below, or something of your own choosing, to showcase your learning:
    • A short article giving your thoughts on the 4 tools you tried, 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.
    • A 2-minute monologue video where you record yourself talking about what you have learned.
    • A short video clip of you teaching one of your parents what you have learned.

Xanel . Shared on 24/09/2019

Student Work

Student Comment

An article about the four different websites. Sorry about that !

Teacher Comment

Xanel, well done on making the suggested edits: your final piece reads well, contains some useful information and is very elegantly presented. You've completed this unit : ) Keep up the excellent work.

One additional feature you could had added is links to the app websites, so readers could click through and get the app.

If it is OK with you, I'd like to feature this in the Examplar Work section. This would mean that the work would be publiclly visible. If you'd be happy to do this, please can you:

  • Set sharing to Anyone with link
  • Remove your surname from the document (for privacy reasons)
  • Email me to let me know you are OK for me to share

If you want to keep the work private, no problem, I understand.


Gladys . Shared on 30/11/2017

Student Work

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Student Comment

This is a short article on the 4 tools I learned in this unit. And overall in this unit, it's not that hard but not that easy too, but it takes a lot of time to finish wrapping up!

Teacher Comment

Gladys, wow! I am really impressed with your work here, and it shows a considerable level of effort on your part. The work goes into great depth, and it is clear that you have understood the four apps. In addition, the visual design of the piece makes it stand out, and having the app logos makes it easier to imagine what you are talking about. I'd generally choose fewer colours (e.g. one for main text, another one or two for headings), but that might just be my taste.

I've left a few comments on your Google Doc to help you keep improving your work. Keep up the excellent effort!

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