The No Child Left Behind initiative has left behind authentic learning. Understanding the difference between these two approaches can help not only test scores, but help the student learn to become a life-long learner.
How boring! How frustrating as a learner! Life has too many disconnected facts and information as it is! The learner, while maybe not realizing it, is craving substance!
By providing the student with technology in the class room, the student can open doors leading to more and more. The quest has begun, the teacher has stated the focus of inquiry and the desired result, it has been shown, will stick with the learner and foster other avenues of investigation and the resulting interaction and cooperation with others.
Otherwise, learning is just passing the “squares” of grade levels simply by rote learning. We want to teach the students to become learners for the rest of their lives!
No Child Left Behind? No learner left with no memory of last year’s experiences!!!! Bonus: grade scores come up with an integrated approach using technology in the classroom!
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Gone are the days of keys found in the back of the book: every odd answer is given. Students memorize, infer as much as they can to solve the even problems, bells rings, they’re out the door! The approach of Student-centered learning supports the newly established “habit”, it is hoped, that learning will continue the rest of their lives.
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Teacher-Centered LearningversusStudent Centered Learning<br />What are the differences?<br />
Student-Centered<br />Formulate problems<br />Collect info and data<br />Organize and manipulate data<br />Formulate an answer<br />eBook Collection<br />
Spit back or Soak in!<br />Recall is for:<br />Game Shows<br />Car/travel pastimes<br />Family reunions<br />Crossword puzzles<br />Authentic learning helps the student to:<br />State the problem<br />Consider the options<br />Research various sources of information<br />Develop life-life habits of inquisitive research methods<br />
Improved Achievement… <br />…as a result of innovative teaching strategies!!<br />
It should be dawning on you:<br />Combine use of computer technology with an emphasis on problem solving and reflection….”<br />Leads to <br />
Teachers Are Facilitators!<br />With technology, students are exposed to an open-ended learning environment<br />Students solve the unknown with various approaches:<br />Problem-based<br />Inquiry-based <br />Project-based <br />
Works cited<br />Integrating Computer Technology into the Classroom. Skills for the 21st Century, Fourth Edition. Morrison, Gary R., Lowther, Deborah L. 2010.<br />Photo of dawn in Colorado courtesy of Thomas A. Clark<br />