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Still thinking about those transferable skills

Posted on: October 13, 2009

I am no longer providing any direct instruction to elementary or middle school students;  I miss those opportunities to remind them how they can easily how to use new computer applications just by remembering how they used the same skill in another application.  A speaker at a conference listed skills she expects studentes to learn, use, and apply as they combine their skill sets using PowerPoint and Kidspiration to complete a multimedia projects. There are several  transferrable skills in the speaker’s list:

  • text box
  • font size, style and colors
  • background colors
  • group and frame an object
  • order and layer objects
  • make a picture or object transparent!

Thanks for the inspiration!  If we teach students–and teachers who teach students–to us and apply transferrable skills they will acquire those skills that will take them a long ways as new applications come along.  Little steps can take us far.


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