Constructivist Learning Theory, Teaching, and Learning & The Genius Hour

4c02e7d5710fa9ff5e54b88ee3c78435Constructivist learning theories strategies and technology tools all go hand in hand. In this week’s discussion, the video I found stated that constructivism is the approach that states that people construct knowledge through their experiences and interactions with the world (“Constructivism: Overview & practical teaching examples – video & lesson transcript,” 2003). The constructivist approach focuses on building background information for the students to be able to relate their new learning to according to the video I located based on the constructivist approach to education (Learning for the 21st Century, 2013). Learning is based on personal experience. In the peer-reviewed article, I researched Myers & Halpin (2014) found that the ongoing personal experiences and strategies designed to implement in curriculum helped teachers develop more positive attitudes towards using technology and their transfer of training into their own classroom. When teachers and students learn new information using the constructivist approach to learning, student learning is supported.

I have started and will continue to use technology tools in the classroom to support my student’s learning. As I continue to learn more technology programs and tools I am seeing myself demonstrate fluency in technology systems and have started to transfer this knowledge to my colleagues and students (ISTE, 2008). In the article I tweeted, Are You a Techno-Constructivist, I rate myself as stage four, techno-constructivist, as a teacher who integrates technology and uses technology to help my students build upon their own experiences (McKenzie, 2012). My students are learning to become creative communicators as they communicate clearly and express themselves using a variety of different technology platforms and tools to reach their learning goals (ISTE, 2016).

Since I am very passionate about the Genius Hour, I am looking for ways to incorporate the constructivist approach to education throughout the Genius Hour. Genius Hour is built on passion-based learning. Each of the sources I found gives me a better insight into how I can use constructivism throughout the Genius Hour. Constructivist learning environments offer opportunities for students to learn problem-solving skills based on a passion they have. They can incorporate technology tools they were introduced to and experiences previously learned as they find and explore different options for their project. The opportunity to share and collaborate throughout their project with their peers is built upon the tools of the constructivist learning environment. Overall, the Genius Hour and constructivism allow of an authentic learning environment.

 

References

Constructivism: Overview & practical teaching examples – video & lesson transcript (2003). Retrieved from http://study.com/academy/lesson/constructivism-overview-practical-teaching-examples.html.

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). (2016). Standards for students. Retrieved from http://www.iste.org/standards/standards/for-students-2016.

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). (2008). Standards for teachers. Retrieved from http://www.iste.org/standards/standards/standards-for-teachers.

Learning for the 21st Century! (2013). Use a learning theory: Cognitivism Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gugvpoU2Ewo.

McKenzie, W. (2012). Are You a Techno-Constructivist? Retrieved from Education World, http://www.educationworld.com/a_tech/tech/tech005.shtml.

Myers, J., & Halpin, R. (2014). Teachers’ Attitudes and Use of Multimedia Technology in the Classroom. Journal of Computing in Teacher Education, 18(4), 133–140.

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