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Knowledge Construction Mindtools

  1. 1. Tyler West Karen Auton Technology MINDTOOLS: Knowledge Construction
  2. 2. Knowledge Construction Tools <ul><li>Based on “constructivist” learning: learning by creating </li></ul><ul><li>Students learn about topics by constructing a project that links ideas together that are expressed by text, sound, videos, and links to information on the web. </li></ul><ul><li>Students learn by creating materials instead of studying them or having the ideas or information fed to them. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Common Examples <ul><li>“ Hypermedia”-- Information is presented by linking text, graphics, sound bites, videos, and documents </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Power Point presentations </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Websites / Web Quests </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Photo Story / Movie Maker software </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Smart Notebook lessons / presentations </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Game creation </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Word Processing that focuses on the process of writing, editing, publishing, and sharing ideas. </li></ul><ul><li>Students should be creating these products rather than watching teachers lecture with them. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Web 2.0 Tools Voicethread : Uploaded pictures are commented on by the creator and various users, making an interactive presentation about any topic. QlipBoard : Produce a narrated slideshow about anything!
  5. 5. More Web 2.0 Tools Pageflakes : Create a webpage with small boxes that feature multiple websites or applications. Compile pages, information, and apps about any topic. Prezi : Construct non-linear presentations with text, images, videos, PDFs, drawings, and more.
  6. 6. Even More Web 2.0 Tools 280Slides: Design and store presentations online. Glogster : Create user-friendly “posters” about any topic using images, videos, sound, and text.
  7. 7. Best Practices <ul><li>“ Mindtools” activities should be: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Active: Learning is lively and dynamic </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Constructive: Knowledge should be found along the way </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Intentional: Work should match curriculum and learning objectives </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Authentic: Choose projects that matter in the real world </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cooperative: Create a “Community of Learners” to work on mindtool projects together </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Practical Ideas
  9. 9. Resources <ul><li>Jonassen, D. H., Carr, C., Yueh, H. P. (1998). Computers as mindtools for engaging learners in critical thinking. TechTrends, 43 (2), 24-32. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.go2web20.net/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://wikis.rcoe.appstate.edu/InstructionalTech/index. </li></ul><ul><li>php/Chapter_5_-_Knowledge_Construction_Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Slangen, L., & Sloep, P. B. (2005). Mind tools contributing to an ITC-rich learning environment for technology education in primary schools. Int. J. Cont. Engineering Education and Lifelong Learning, 15 (3-6), 225-239 . </li></ul>

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