This image, from a recent blog post by B. Feriter, captures some of the original meaning of Jonassen’s ‘Mindtools’ concept (Jonassen, Carr,& Yueh, 1998). This notion of mindtools, discussed extensively in accompanying books such as Jonassen (2000), is underpinned by constructivism and was influential in the field of educational technology by encouraging thinking about learning with (rather than from or about) technology, ICT-mediated construction (rather than reproduction) of knowledge and learners as designers (rather than recipients of instruction). If you choose to investigate mindtools’, or ‘cognitive tools’ (Robertson, Elliot, & Robinson, 2007), in your project, be sure to view the following screencast. Also you should think beyond the use of traditional tools, like excel spreadsheets or desktop mindmapping tools, to use of more collaborative, mobile mindtools, possibly ‘beyond the classroom’. E.g. Web 2 software and/or mobile apps such as Google spreadsheets, or web-based mindmapping tools like Mindmeister or Mindomo. Image on LHS thanks to Flickerer B. Ferriter (click to enlarge)
Jonassen, D., Carr, C. & Yueh, H. (1998). Computers as mindtools for engaging learners in critical thinking. TechTrends, 43 (2), 24-32
Jonassen, D. (2000). Computers in the classroom: Mindtools for critical thinking. Merrill, Prentice Hall. Columbus Ohio.
Robertson, B., Elliot, L., & Robinson, D. (2007). Cognitive tools. In M. Orey (Ed.), Emerging perspectives on learning, teaching, and technology. Retrieved 31 July 2013, from http://epltt.coe.uga.edu/index.php?title=Cognitive_Tools