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Constructivism - Learning and Teaching

Constructivism - Learning and Teaching
Constructivism is a learning theory found in psychology which explains how people might acquire knowledge and learn. It therefore has direct application to education. The theory suggests that humans construct knowledge and meaning from their experiences. Constructivism is not a specific pedagogy. Resources What is constructivism? Concept to Classroom > Constructivism as a Paradigm for Teaching and LearningProvides a workshop on the concept of constructivism beginning with an explanation of the term and ending with a demonstration of how the concept can be applied in the classroom. How does a constructivist approach differ from a traditional approach? Concept to Classroom. How to design student-centered constructivist learning activities Moving Towards Constructivist Classrooms (pdf)This paper suggests strategies and approaches which can be implemented by teachers when planning constructivist opportunities for the classroom. Examples & case studies ICT for constructivist learning - K-12

Constructivism: From philosophy to practice Socrates(470-399 B.C.) Knowledge is only perception. Socrates Knowledge is not a transferable commodity and communication not a conveyance E. von Glasersfeld (1987) The world presents itself to us, effectively Which worlds? ...learning theories or models are rarely developed to a point where they can be more or less operationalized.Mendelsohn & Dillenbourg (1994) Constructivism does not claim to have made earth-shaking inventions in the area of education; it merely claims to provide a solid conceptual basis for some of the things that, until now, inspired teachers had to do without theoretical foundation.E. Socrates liked to work with students. Socrates is not generally associated with constructivist philosophy. How we perceive knowledge and the process of coming to know provides the basis for educational practice. The aim of this site is to highlight some of these attempts at integrating constructivist characteristics into the practice of teaching and learning. Socrates is now online.

Elementary students learn keyboard typing ahead of new Common Core tests The 7-year-olds in Natalie May’s class have to stretch their fingers across the keyboards to reach “ASDF” and “JKL;” as they listen to the animated characters on their computer screens talk about “home keys.” “After 15 minutes, some of them will say their fingers are hurting, so we take a break,” said May, a Phoenix educator who began teaching typing to second-graders this school year. Of the major shifts taking place in American classrooms as a result of the new national Common Core academic standards, one ­little-noticed but sweeping change is the fact that children as early as kindergarten are learning to use a keyboard. A skill that has been taught for generations in middle or high school — first on manual typewriters, then electric word processors and finally on computer keyboards — is now becoming a staple of elementary schools. Educators around the country are rushing to teach typing to children who have barely mastered printing by hand. The standards do not dictate curriculum.

The History of the Internet and the Colleges That Built It Today, without access to Wikipedia and Google, many students would struggle to punch out that last research paper for a psychology class. The Internet has changed higher education and made it more accessible to many students — and without higher education institutions, the Internet may never have become the amazingly versatile tool it is today. Here’s a look at a few key moments in the history of the Internet. 1945: Sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke envisions satellite network. Clarke first proposed an advanced communication network using geosynchronous satellite technology, which is all the more astounding because Clarke had anticipated this well over a decade before Sputnik 1 was even launched! 1961: Enter Howard Hughes. Hughes had originally formed the Hughes Aircraft Company in 1932, with the primary goal of developing aerospace technology for the United States government. 1963: Syncom 2 is launched. 1963: Accolades for Clarke. The Franklin Institute awarded Arthur C. 1983: Domains.