The holistic approach to teaching and learning takes into account the needs of students as whole people.  There is more than the written curriculum document and the standardized tests being administered.  Holistic education reminds us to design learning in a way that allow students to be individuals, grow in unique ways, feel, think and create.  Truly there are many ways to express holistic approaches to education; Holistic Learning offers a number of resources that explore this topic.

    In the 21st century we are so fortunate to have so many advances in technology for learning, yet these changes can be overwhelming for educators.  It can be argued that some new teaching technology just replaces the old, providing the same function with fancier form. But there is no doubt that computers and personal electronics devices are turning education upside-down and introducing new ways of understanding and creating.  Along with new platforms for learning, there must be learning about how to utilize these platforms and tools.  It is important to acknowledge that cumbersome tools can actually take learning off-course.  

    It is our goal here to provide some inspiring examples of how to use the online environment for holistic education.  These examples and resources may be beneficial for exclusive online education or blended (face-to-face and online) education.  

    The Biology section provides four examples of how technology can be used for holistic learning.  Lesson ideas and resources include an ecology blog for grade 9, mitosis resource search for grade 10, bean blog for grade 11, and biotechnology discussion for grade 12 students. 

    French as a Second Language provides detailed explanations of technological resources that support holistic approaches to teaching French. These resources include TV5Monde, Vlogster, Skype, and JeuneAfrique.com.

    Librarianship is a blog-style resource page that shares inspiring ideas from which tools to use for content curation and inquiry-based learning to the benefits of the holistic integration of IT and ideas for building google sites.

    The Mathematics section offers full descriptions and curriculum ideas for the Math Trail mobile app and websites Interactivate, Natural Library of Virtual Manipulatives, and Math-Kitecture.   

    We hope you will be inspired to use technology holistically and/or as a tool for teaching and learning, with the many needs of learners in mind!