A knowledge toolkit is a collection of web-based and/or downloadable tools that can be used to facilitate teaching and learning. These tools provide teachers with much-needed relief from the time-consuming documentation requirements and give them, and their students access to information about their school community or other school communities around the world. In addition, because many K-12 students are, in fact, literate and comfortable with the computer technologies that make these tools possible, teachers can use them to extend their students’ learning beyond the four walls of the classroom.
Who is using Knowledge Toolkits?
Knowledge toolkits are being used in schools across the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Lithuania, Brazil, Colombia, and Vietnam. The Wylie School in East Kilbride, Scotland, has developed a rich Knowledge Toolkit that contains many additional teaching and learning resources. The International School of Brussels also has developed its own tools. A few school districts (e.g., Calgary and San Diego) and one state (Utah) have even adopted knowledge toolkits as an integral part of their district or state frameworks.