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The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism - Hybrid Pedagogy

The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism - Hybrid Pedagogy | CC Tools |
The culmination of my quest for more powerful learning grounded in theory and research came when recently I conducted an experiment in pushing constructionism into the digital age.


Constructionism is based on two types of construction. First, it asserts that learning is an active process, in which people actively construct knowledge from their experience in the world. People don’t get ideas; they make them. This aspect of construction comes from the constructivist theory of knowledge development by Jean Piaget. To Piaget’s concept, Papert added another type of construction, arguing that people construct new knowledge with particular effectiveness when they are engaged in constructing personally meaningful products.

Imagine my surprise and joy when I realized that I had arrived at constructionism prior to knowing that such a theory even existed. I believe that thousands of other educators are unknowingly working within the constructionist paradigm as well. Although many within the Maker movement are aware that it has it’s roots in constructionism, the movement is gaining impressive momentum without the majority of Makers realizing that there is a strong theoretical foundation behind their work.


After I came to understand this connection between my practices and the supporting theoretical framework I was better able to focus and refine my practice. Even more importantly, I felt more confident and powerful in forging ahead with further experiments in the learning situations I design for my learners.


Via Gust MEES
Dr Pam Hill's insight:

Wonderful article that reminds us that constructivism and Common Core are first cousins.  A must read for educators!

Leah Lesley Christensen's curator insight, February 28, 2014 2:20 AM

Yes, I agree !

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, February 28, 2015 4:54 PM

Includes a great podcast

Pamela D Lloyd's curator insight, February 28, 2015 6:58 PM

We learn by doing, so teaching should ask us to do.

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What Do We Mean by 'Reading' Maps?

What Do We Mean by 'Reading' Maps? | CC Tools |
The common-core standards present an ambiguous message on how to draw information from maps and charts, Phil Gersmehl says.

Via Seth Dixon
mufidmmn's comment, July 24, 2013 4:08 AM
ngapain itu ya
Taryn Coxall's curator insight, August 5, 2013 9:38 PM

This is a resource i feel would be relevant to those students who struggle to be egaged in their reading

This can be used on readers on many different level

the reading maps foccus on language arts, Its description is communicated through charts, graphs, and maps intead of normal paragraphs and text

Shelby Porter's comment, September 30, 2013 11:19 AM
I feel the skill of reading a map is very important, but it becoming less prevalent in classrooms. Teachers may find it more difficult to teach and therefore are not going in depth with it. I remember as a child in grade school we would color maps or have to find where the states are. We never were taught how to fully understand the uses of a map and all the different ways they are used and how to read them. It is becoming a lost skill in a world that needs to be more appreciative of geography.
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We need pedagogy, not just cool tools

We need pedagogy, not just cool tools | CC Tools |

Via Gust MEES, The Rice Process, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
Dr Pam Hill's insight:

Technology should be a tool to assist with learning, rather than a big checkmark when it is used!

Inma Contreras's curator insight, December 9, 2013 12:41 PM

Ante el aumento inconmensurable de herramientas, el docente se ve perdido en un mar de oportunidades de exhibir plumajes fatuos de pavo real y no siempre centrarse en lo que de verdad importa: quie los alumnos aprendan. Interesante reflexión al efecto.

J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, December 16, 2013 9:08 AM


Ness Crouch's curator insight, January 15, 2014 3:21 PM

This is a great article and needs to be read by every teacher.