ERIC Number: EJ697302
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
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Constructing Learning: Using Technology to Support Teaching for Understanding
Sherman,Thomas M.; Kurshan, Barbara L.
Learning & Leading with Technology, v32 n5 p10-13, 39 Feb 2005
A frequent criticism of technology applications in classrooms is that they are little more than extraneous bells and whistles pointlessly tacked onto routine instruction. The flash and splash of a PowerPoint presentation may look good, but many question the value added to student learning. This leads to the question, how can technologies genuinely contribute to enhanced learning? It needs to be explicitly shown how a constructivist perspective can be helpful in planning and delivering instruction and how technologies can significantly support effective and theoretically sound teaching. This article describes the following eight characteristics of effective learning environments consistent with modern constructivist theory: Learner Centered; Interesting; Real Life; Social; Active; Time; Feedback; and Supportive. A brief list of resources is included.
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Teaching Methods, Student Interests, Student Motivation, Knowledge Level, Relevance (Education), Feedback
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