Generally speaking, a learning tool is something students use to work through big ideas, concepts or processes while demonstrating his or her thinking, planning and/or decision-making on the way to creating, performing or responding to learning materials. There is no single definition of possible learning tools as it includes learning with the assistance of the internet and a personal computer or instructor-led classroom training. The term e-learning or electronic learning often is used interchangeably with online learning.
Think about online learning tools in this way: online learning tools refer to any program, app, or technology that can be accessed via an Internet connection and enhance teacher’s ability to present information and a student’s ability to access that information. An online tool is something that uses an Internet connection to access the information it needs. It doesn’t necessarily need to make use of a browser to do this. An example of an online tool could be Skype because it uses your Internet connection, but has a separate client that sits on your computer.
Other learning tools could actually include the way we study, the way each learner retains the information and typical examples are,
- Rehearsal and note learning
- Reading and listening
- Flashcard training
- Visual imagery
- Acronyms and mnemonics