Contributed to Constructivism• Lev Vygotsky• Jean Piaget• John Dewey• Giambattista Vico• Richard Rorty• Jerome Bruner
Key Points• Learn from experiences• Build on known knowledge• Learning from doing (Hands on)• Learn from solving problems or issues• Learn from active & collaborative problem solving
Classroom Implications• Teaching under Constructivism (No Technology) Tap into past experiences & knowledge • Ex: Cells are the smallest unit of life. Biology is study of all living things. Labs offer hands on • Ex: Look at check skin cells under microscope
Classroom Implications• Teaching under Constructivism (No Technology) Continue: Ask students to solve problems by analyze, predict, & create • Ex: Analyze relationships of structure & functions of cells. Predict function of cell wall. Create cell model. Involve students in active & collaborative work • Ex: Small group work of drawing & labeling cells.
Classroom Implications• Teaching under Constructivism (Technology)• Hypertext & Hypermedia learn from doing • “Perhaps the most useful pieces of available technology for students are hypertext and hypermedia which allow students to browse information in a nonlinear fashion. These data bases contain hyperlinks which give the decision making power as to what to explore next. This type of interactive learning also allows the student to create his or her own nonlinear data bases!”(Matusevich 1995) • Interactive board allows students learn form solving
Classroom Implications• Students Learning under Constructivism (No Technology) • Students will formulate their own questions • Students will work in groups • Students will learn from their own understanding of the content at hand
Classroom Implications• Student Learning under Constructivism (Technology) • Teachers can spend less time teaching how to use the technology and more time focusing on the subject since most students come in with an understanding of technology. • Students can focus on more specific questions about the technology used instead of listening to general information they may already know • Students can learn about technology through coordinating their group work online making it easier to communicate • Students can use an interaction board to facilitate active & collaborative problem solving • Using software like Inspiration allows students to build on knowledge
Personal View• Constructivism for your own teaching • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALWwY63r4R4&feature=share&list =ULALWwY63r4R4 • Science requires learning from previous knowledge and building. • Students will remember and retain lessons with labs that demonstrate the lesson and theories with hands on learning. Students can learn and teach each other concepts of science by being active and in collaborative settings.