SherlockThe following information comes from the FCPS page listing information about Sherlock, the Tech Titan, who represents the NETS Critical Thinking and Problem Solving standard. My comments are at the end of each passage.

Unique Traits

Sherlock has an insatiable appetite for puzzles and problem solving–no challenge is too difficult! ¬†She uses technology tools to locate, organize, and analyze collected information leading to a creative and informed solutions.Special Skills

When approaching a problem, Sherlock knows how to break it down into manageable parts and identifies key questions to be answered. Sherlock remembers to look at problems from multiple perspectives and uses technology tools to help analyze collected data. She perseveres when the going gets tough!

My Take: Nothing to add here. This description is very clear and in student friendly language.

Digital Tools

Sherlock uses a variety of information gathering strategies and tools to collect the elements needed for problem solving. These include reputable sources on the Internet; voice recorders; digital cameras; concept mapping software; and spreadsheet sorting, filtering, and calculating tools.

My Take: I would add that students working to incorporate all the NETS develop their individualized set of tools as they use the skills in their learning. I call the set of tools one’s “personal learning system”. You can find our more about this idea at the Web Resources for Learning Web site.

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