1Author’s version. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 2007. DOI: 10.1007/s10956-006-9019-1. Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10956-006-9019-1 TOOLS FOR KNOWLEDGE ANALYSIS, SYNTHESIS, AND SHARING MICHAEL B. MEDLAND Greenville, NC email@example.com www.michaelmedland.com KEY WORDS: knowledge sharing, ontology, epistemology, language, children, tools for learning, science education ABSTRACT Change and complexity are creating a need for increasing levels of literacy in science and technology. Presently, we are beginning to provide students with clear contexts in which to learn, including clearly written text, visual displays and maps, and more effective instruction. We are also beginning to give students tools that promote their own literacy by helping them to interact with the learning context.