Using technology to aid learning
Like Jonathan, I also find learning that extends on prior knowledge, or works at the fringes of what I already know, most beneficial. I found his comments on learning needs very interesting, and also those of the original author, Conrad Gottfredson. They point out very rightly that tools such as computers and mobiles phones are the tools that you most likely to have around when you need to extend your knowledge (and providing just-in-time information). And when things go wrong, you can always fall back to your mobile phone or the internet to find out stuff!