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Nigel Coutts

Contemplating the consequences of Constructivism - The Learner's Way - 11 views

    Constructivism is one of those ideas we throw around in educational circles without stopping to think about what we mean by it. They are the terms that have multiple meanings, are at once highly technical and common usage and are likely to cause debate and disagreements. Constructivism in particular carries a quantity of baggage with it. It is a term that is appropriated by supporters of educational approaches that are in stark contrast to the opposing view; constructivism vs didactic methods or direct instruction. The question is what are the origins of constructivism and does a belief in this as an approach to understanding learning necessitate an abandonment of direct instruction or is this a false dichotomy?
Jorge Gonçalves

The Practicality of Social Constructivism in eLearning - 32 views

    This guest post is contributed by Ryan Goodrich, a staff writer for NorthOrion. Ryan writes on topics including loans, insurance and online education.Social constructivism, an educational theory originally accredited by Jean Piaget, suggests that experiences are what best fuel knowledge. When we
Dennis OConnor

E-Learning Graduate Certificate Program: Problem solving in an online constructivist cl... - 22 views

  • If you come across a question you can't answer, be honest. Don't bluff or portray yourself as an expert when you aren't. Instead model the collaborative skills you've developed and work together with the student to solve problems.
  • By sharing power you enhance the learning community. 
  • Here are some problem solving tips.
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  • 1. Wait time.
  • 2. Admit when you're uncertain.
  • 3. Practicum Interns should consult with your cooperating instructor on anything that might get sticky.
  • In an internship,  go to your cooperating cooperating instructor first.  
  • When you're teaching online for a company or university use the chain of command.
  • 4. Use your search skills.
  • Problem solving is an ongoing process. 
  • See our NEW Checklist for Online Instructors for a comprehensive guide to best practices in e-learning! 
Steve Ransom

Seymour Papert - Closing Session 1994 NSBA T+L Conference on Vimeo - 16 views

    Listen carefully at around 27:00 about uncertainty of impact on new social connections via screens... 38:00 "We need to maximize the ration of learning:teaching" 53:00 Teacher needs to be more of a philosopher than technician 62:35 onward: Teachers wait for "training" because that is the traditional paradigm of learning. As we get more "sophisticated", we stop learning (on our own) and wait for training (the teacher as technician/pedagogy). We need to embrace a new paradigm of learning over teaching (constructionism/constructivism)...
Tero Toivanen

Education Futures - The role of teachers in Education 3.0 - 0 views

  • Download-style education fails when we try to provide students with knowledge and skills that will enable them to lead in a future that is very different from what exists today –and, in a future that defies human imagination.
  • Teaching in Education 3.0 requires a new form of co-constructivism that provides meaningful extensions to Dewey, Vygotsky and Freire, while building the future.
  • Specifically, teaching in Education 3.0 necessitates a Leapfrog approach with: Adults who are eager to imagine, create and innovate with kids Kids and adults who want to learn more about each other Kids and adults who partner to collaborate in teaching to and learning from each other Kids who work at creative tasks that mirror the innovation workforce An understanding that kids need to contribute to all economic levels, and with better distribution of effort than in the past
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  • The future that kids and adults co-create can provide the emerging knowledge/innovation economy a boost, greatly enhancing human capital and potentials. How would you teach, learn, and create in Education 3.0? ShareThis
    The future that kids and adults co-create can provide the emerging knowledge/innovation economy a boost, greatly enhancing human capital and potentials. How would you teach, learn, and create in Education 3.0?

edublogs: Lehmann's Philly: the same, but different. - 0 views

    Ewan McIntosh on teaching and learning
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