Week 2 – The Toolbelt Theory.

The toolbelt theory in my mind is an array of tools a person uses or may need to use to survive in this ever changing world with advancing technologies. Ira Socol (2009) defines humans as “tool makers and tool users”. So therefor we must teach our students to use tools that are current to our society and will be useful in the real world. Tools are often used in classrooms to assist students with disabilities but why are they not made available to all students?

Is it true to say all students in there future will use ICTs and a varying array of tools will be needed for them to succeed in the workforce?

In my view it is highly important we as teachers begin to equip our students with a tool belt of relevant and current tools that they can effectively use to assist in everyday life. Keeping in mind each student is different they need to know and be able to use many different tools with different assistive outcomes.


Socol.I (2009). The Toolbelt and Universal Design – Education For Everyone. Retrieved on March 5, 2013 from http://speedchange.blogspot.com.au/p/blog-page_2046.html

One thought on “Week 2 – The Toolbelt Theory.

  1. Hi Melissa,
    Yes i like the toolbelt theory and can see the applcation very easily. We would not ask our students to create elaborate art work with just paper and a few pencils so why should we only provide a few technological resources for the classroom when there is such a wealth of information available?
    Fawn http://fawnlawdavis.edublogs.org/

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