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Supporting the key competencies: managing self

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This was originally posted by Simon Evans 27 April 2012. This is cross-posted as part of the transition of Software for Learning to Enabling e-Learning.

Supporting the key competencies: managing self The New Zealand Curriculum identifies five key competencies that are qualities essential to students becoming active members of the community. These key competencies include managing self, thinking, participating and contributing, using language, symbols, and texts, and relating to others.

Although these key competencies are interwoven as part of the broader New Zealand curriculum, the focus for this post is on how technology can support students to manage themselves.

Self management is associated with self-motivation, the development of autonomy and lifelong learning skills. It is particularly linked to self-assessment. This might include managing projects, personal organisation, goal setting, reflection and strengths and weaknesses, in and beyond school.

How might software, programs and app support students and teachers to develop this key competency?

Through the use of organisational and goal-setting tools, students can be supported to become more resourceful and resilient in the way they manage their learning.

The Ministry of Education cites Zimmerman and Kitsatas (1997) when it advises schools that self management is something to be taught (rather than caught), and describes the following four stage process that helps students to become self regulated learners.

  • Observing the teacher – modelling
  • Imitation – attempts with feedback as required
  • Self control – independence
  • Self regulation – adapting to new challenges

Key Competencies: Managing self - The nature of the key competencies suggests managing self involves self-motivation, a “can-do” attitude, and the ability to establish personal goals, make plans, and set high standards for oneself. It is about students knowing who they are, where they come from and where they fit in.

The e-Learning Planning Framework reflects this process and vision to suggest that students move towards using “technologies appropriately, in a continuous cycle, to support the way they set their learning goals, manage life-long portfolios and work towards becoming self-regulated learners.” (Teaching and Leaning dimension, ‘Empowering’)

Suggested links:

  • Trello is an organisational tool allowing you to view all your projects, all your tasks, all of your classwork and collaborations at a glance.
  • Moodle is a virtual learning environment that can be tailored to support different e-learning situations.
  • Netvibes is an • online aggregator service for users to organise their digital content by creating a personalised web browser start-up page.
  • A managed learning environment (MLE) is a collection of software tools and digital content that supports learning.
  • ePortfolios or digital portfolios describe a digitised collection of artefacts documenting an individual’s learning. The collection may include a variety of digital elements including text, graphics, multimedia and Web2.0.

So, what software have you used with students to help them to manage themselves?