This week in my Master’s class we are asked to look at the Constructivist/Constructionist Theories of Learning.
Here is some background for both learning theories taken from Dr. Orey (Laureate Education, n.d.):
A theory of learning that states that each individual actively constructs his/her meaning. This means that when a person says the word chair, everyone has their own image of a chair that pops in their head. There is not one constant image that each person visualizes.
A theory of learning that states people learn best when they build an external artifact or something they can share with others. This learning theory directly relates to the New Blooms Taxonomy of learning where CREATE is the highest level of demonstrating a person is an expert on a topic. For example, someone building a house, drawing a picture, making a movie are all examples of this theory.
Project based learning tools are a wonderful way for students to show what they know through the use of different medias involving technology. One example I use in my class includes having the students complete book reports in the form of a news report or an advertisement. They video themselves on the iPads, and then use iMovie to edit the video. We then watch the videos and score one another’s performance.
Another tool I use in my class is http://www.prezi.com
This site is like Power Point for the 21st Century Learner. It is visually appealing and engaging for both the presenter and the audience. Check it out!!
Thanks for Reading
Laureate Education (Producer). (n.d.). Constructionist and constructivist learning theories [Video file]. Retrieved from https://class.waldenu.edu
Pitler, H., Hubbell, E.R., & Kuhn, M. (2012). Using technology with classroom instruction that works (2nd ed.). Alexandria, VA: ASCD.