Constructivism in the Classroom

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Constructivism in the Classroom

What kind of instruction is consistent with technology? Instructors or facilitators should be seen as a 'guide by the side'. The kinds of instruction that benefit from this theorem begin with big concepts, has student questions, uses manipulatives, is interactive, builds on current knowledge, helps create dialogue w students/teachers, involves negotiations, has a variety of assessments, is dynamic, and consists of group work.

Constructivism:In the Classroom

How does this theory support learning in a technology-enhanced environment? Learning environments are associated with constructivists. They are software based. Examples are: 1) construction kits/microworlds; 2) scaffolded learning environments; 3) telecollaboration; and 4) course delivery platforms.

Microworlds are a place where learners may work together and support each other; as they use a variety of tools and information resources; and, in their pursuit of learning goals and problem-solving activities.


Scaffolded instruction: learner/tutor different representations of the task; learner mimics without full comprehension, tutor is there to guide, tasks have been internalized, self-regulation takes the place of the tutor.


Telecollaborations are supplemented by spontaneously shared personal content thereby putting a remote meeting's emphasis not only on face to face communication but concurrently on collaboration.


Course delivery platforms that support the delivery of online courses. There are several free services for teachers: Moodle, Learnopia, Peer to Peer University. Also paid versions would be Blackboard, WebCT, etc.




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