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

Authors: Lou A.M.P. Slangen, Peter B. Sloep

Addresses: School for Teacher Training, Fontys University of Professional Education, Burg, Geuljanslaan 16, 6041 NB Roermond, The Netherlands. ' School for Teacher Training, Fontys University of Professional Education, Mgr. Claessensstraat 4, 6130 AN Sittard; Educational Technology Expertise Centre, Open University Netherlands, 171 Valkenburgerweg, 6401 DL Heerlen, The Netherlands

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 discussion 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.

Keywords: mind tools; thinking skills; mind habits; ICT; information technology; technologica; kidspiration; communications; primary education; cognitive skills; technology education; learning environment; Holland; The Netherlands; primary schools.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCEELL.2005.007712

International Journal of Continuing Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning, 2005 Vol.15 No.3/4/5/6, pp.225 - 239

Published online: 03 Sep 2005 *

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