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‘Talking Tools': Sloyd Processes Become Multimodal Stories with Smartphone Documentation

, MediaCity, Åbo Akademi University, Vasa, Finland ; , , , , Faculty of Education, Åbo Akademi University, Vasa, Finland

IJMBL Volume 6, Number 2, ISSN 1941-8647 Publisher: IGI Global


The study presented is part of a work-in-progress project of developing a mobile application for smartphones, Talking Tools (TT). The first context TT is developed for and tested in is sloyd education [Swedish: slöjd], a compulsory subject taught in Finnish schools. In sloyd learners design and manufacture unique artifacts in various materials (textiles, wood, metal, and electronics). The process-based work flow of sloyd lends itself well to this kind of educational tool, which aids multimodal documentation, communication, and instruction. The empirical study targets what student teachers (N=11) microblogged about and the character of the blog posts during a sloyd project. A sociocultural perspective of appropriating new tools for learning is used as a theoretical frame, as well as views on multimodality and transmedia. Their sloyd process is discussed in terms of transmedia storybuilding, as learners build their own story as a flow of content through their documentation and interactions.


Wiklund-Engblom, A., Hiltunen, K., Hartvik, J., Porko-Hudd, M. & Johansson, M. (2014). ‘Talking Tools': Sloyd Processes Become Multimodal Stories with Smartphone Documentation. International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 6(2), 41-57. IGI Global. Retrieved May 26, 2022 from .