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The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism - Hybrid Pedagogy

The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism - Hybrid Pedagogy | Education's Paradigm Change in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
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.

 


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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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News Literacy: Critical-Thinking Skills for the 21st Century

News Literacy: Critical-Thinking Skills for the 21st Century | Education's Paradigm Change in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Every teacher I've worked with over the last five years recalls two kinds of digital experiences with students.

The first I think of as digital native moments, when a student uses a piece of technol

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Disrupting the Diploma: A College President's View of the Future

Disrupting the Diploma: A College President's View of the Future | Education's Paradigm Change in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
I was pleased to read Reid Hoffman's views on disrupting certification in education, and his thesis that we should move toward a more modular, skills-based approach to credentialing. Having heard
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"proto-universities"!

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38% of Children Under 2 Use Mobile Media, Study Says

38% of Children Under 2 Use Mobile Media, Study Says | Education's Paradigm Change in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
In two years, tablet and smartphone use among children under 2 has tripled. In 2011, 10% of children used mobile media, while 38% in 2013 have.
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The early socialization pattern changes... the culture changes.  These are children ready to be taught in ways other than the traditional school/education models of the last few centuries.

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In U.S., Online Education Rated Best for Value and Options | Lydia Saad, Brandon Busteed, Mitchell Ogisi - Gallup Poll

In U.S., Online Education Rated Best for Value and Options | Lydia Saad, Brandon Busteed, Mitchell Ogisi - Gallup Poll | Education's Paradigm Change in the 21st Century | Scoop.it

Bottom Line: Online courses and degrees offer immense potential for increasing college access, decreasing the cost of education, and providing expanded options for learning. Still, overcoming the public's views on technology could be difficult. For instance, despite lots of media and industry buzz about the personalized nature of online instruction, Americans still view traditional, classroom-based education as better tailored to each individual.


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Would your conclusion from the data be the same as the above?

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Peter B. Sloep's curator insight, October 16, 2013 4:03 AM

Although this poll does not explicitly mention MOOCs and addresses online education in general, it has MOOC written all over it. With the large public attention MOOCs have drawn over the past year, with articles in the New York Times and Time Magazine, with senators and the president paying attention to them, it is inevitable that the public image of online education is at least tainted by MOOCs.

 

And what does the public think? They are cautious, see opportunities and value for money, but still mainly put their faith in the publicly funded educational system if it comes to the value of a degree and the quality of teaching and testing. Gallup concludes that "… if leaders in the field [of online education] want online learning to have equal status with campus-based programs, they need to do more to demonstrate high standards for instruction, testing, and grading. 

 

This suggests we should want online education to replace campus-based education. I am not so sure we should want this. I find another finding from the poll more interesting. People don't think online learning can be tailored to fit the needs of the individual learner (a difference of 18 percent points between those who do and those who don't think so, see picture). Perhaps this goes for xMOOCs, but cMOOCs and other forms of networked learning are designed to put the learner in the driver's seat. So also in this respect, online learning has a lot of convincing to do, and the current debate about xMOOCs isn't helping, I'm afraid. @pbsloep

 

Note: thanks are due to Peter Waterhouse, who brought this poll to my attention via the Association for Learning Technology's Members discussion list.

David J MacFadyen's curator insight, October 16, 2013 3:34 PM

Amazing results (pro-MOOC) for the age of the MOOC movement and for the minimally evolved state of MOOCs

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Infographic: Why Aren't Students Completing MOOCs?

Infographic: Why Aren't Students Completing MOOCs? | Education's Paradigm Change in the 21st Century | Scoop.it

MOOCs (free online courses that are open to anyone) are more popular than Justin Bieber right now, but why aren't students finishing the courses they signed up for?


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What do you think is the MOST likely reason for not completing a MOOC?

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Elaine Watkins's curator insight, October 24, 2013 10:29 PM

I was one of the 36% of students who completed the Equine Nutrition course. I can tell you why I was able to... It was because there was excellent support from the lecturers, easy to access video lectures, no hard deadlines until the end of the course, meaning there was much more flexibility for people, like me, who work full time and can't always complete quizzes by 6pm each Monday for example. I could do it in my own time, as long as I stayed within the course duration and I found that some weeks I had much more time and could complete 2 weeks worth of readings & quizzes. 

In contrast, I just attempted to complete an Animal Behaviour course, but unfortunately due to hard deadlines each Monday, I was unable to complete quizzes on time and therefore could not achieve the marks necessary to pass, so I gave up halfway through. I have still completed readings and watched lectures, but with no result as the quizzes did not count after the weekly hard deadlines. Obviously many people had the same issue as me, because out of 24950, only

1428 people completed the course.

I believe course designers need to revisit their courses and ensure they are flexible enough for full time workers to do in their own time. 

Christine Aizpurua's curator insight, October 31, 2013 11:57 AM

Me ! 

Patricia Christian's curator insight, February 8, 2014 5:45 AM

An integral part of any online learning environment is the social synergy created via communication and discussion.  This is where deep reflection and learning take place.  Are students not feeling connected.  Are they collaborating and creating something new with the knowledge they have gained and sharing it with others?  Learning must me meaningful and applicable.

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Recreating Law School

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I spend a lot of time hanging around CU Law School. I know it's a strange place to find a venture capitalist and entrepreneurs, but it happens to be the epicenter of entrepreneurial activity at CU
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5 Critical Design Activities for Creating Impactful e-Learning

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Ethan Edwards restates the five perspectives he covered in his webinar last week to once again emphasize their importance.
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Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (C-PET)

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A Knowledge Networking Asking Tomorrows Questions
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Insightful. Think about our current educaitonal systems in light of these broader socio-technological conditions.

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David Willetts: our privately funded university revolution - Telegraph

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The rise of new, privately funded higher education providers should be celebrated, not feared, says David Willetts – after all, UCL was once seen as "worryingly alternative".
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The education genie is out of the bottle says the Minister.

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Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life - Growth of the Nonreligious: Many Say Trend is Bad for American Society

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About half of Americans say the growing number of “people who are not religious” is bad for American society.
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Why Higher Ed is Slow to Become Longer Ed

The With the jury coming in on some of the first high-profile MOOC experiments – some successful, some not – the debate continues about whether MOOCs are good for society. This debate is often conflated

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The important message here is that a new higher education model is needed/emerging.  The old order passeth.

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Pedagogy - 'Disillusioned' teachers bored by chalk and talk

Pedagogy - 'Disillusioned' teachers bored by chalk and talk | Education's Paradigm Change in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Traditional methods do not suit modern classrooms, expert says

 

Professor Fullan identifies them as the root of the problem. But he stresses that the new methods of teaching he describes take teachers beyond being “mere facilitators” to becoming “partners” who recognise the “importance of proactively learning alongside students”.

 

“Through such partnering, teachers not only become learners themselves, but also begin to see learning through the eyes of their students,” he writes.

 

“This ‘visibility’ is essential if teachers are to continuously challenge students to reach for the next step.”

 

The report acknowledges that many of the teaching strategies it describes have been “advocated for at least a century by the likes of Dewey, Piaget, Montessori and Vygotsky”.

 

But it says that today’s conditions means they are now being widely embraced: “

 

Through the combination of the ‘push’ of traditional schooling that fails to keep students or teachers engaged, and the ‘pull’ of new pedagogies unleashed through digital access, the transformation of education systems on a broad scale becomes not only possible, but inevitable.”


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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 26, 2014 10:25 AM

 

Learn more:

 

http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/is-your-professional-development-up-to-date/

 

Jacqui Sharp's curator insight, January 26, 2014 8:14 PM

This article supports the need to change from a traditional style of teaching to one which is in partnership with the student.

Kirsten Macaulay's curator insight, January 27, 2014 4:17 AM

Very interesting article which gives educators much thoughts about the methods they chose to "deliver" their classroom content.

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The Online Education Revolution Drifts Off Course

The Online Education Revolution Drifts Off Course | Education's Paradigm Change in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Some of the largest online course providers say there will be big changes to their products in 2014.
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Mobile Phones Damage the Brain

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For the sake of discussion grant the possibility that the reported research is credible and that electronic devices do have some negative impact on brain function, then consider the implications of much increased usage among toddlers and younger children in recent years.  Do the risks of exposure to damaging electromagnetic waves outweigh the benefits of early exposure to increased stimulation and information?  And even if they do, is there any way to curb or control the adoption of personal technology?

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A School's iPad Initiative Brings Optimism And Skepticism

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A low-income California school district's iPad initiative comes with a familiar set of problems.
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Why the internet will never replace universities - Telegraph

Why the internet will never replace universities - Telegraph | Education's Paradigm Change in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
All the recent hype about online higher education and 'Moocs' misses the point, says Kel Fidler – universities have been doing it for years.

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This seems to me to miss the signicant point:  the inclusive potential of the MOOC is much greater than what has been done by universities heretofore, and in itself that leads to a "real" difference in mass education, so this is not the same thing universities have been doing even if the delivery system looks the same. 

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Massive Open Online Courses Trends 2013 Infographic

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MOOCs in Higher Education Today 2013 74% of schools currently offer some type of online course. 16% plan to offer one within 3 years. 13% of schools

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Errol Wilson's curator insight, October 19, 2013 11:24 PM

WE are already using Infographic in the CSUSB MSN Program, nice to know we are in the majority.

Ante Lauc's curator insight, October 21, 2013 3:42 AM

I like that my dream is better and better realized. I am sad that my countrymen are far from it! 

Eliana Lobo's curator insight, October 21, 2013 5:58 PM

I'm taking a course on instructional design right now on Coursera!

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Scaling the new school of knowledge [infographic] – SocialTimes

Scaling the new school of knowledge [infographic] – SocialTimes | Education's Paradigm Change in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Web platforms may one day catch up to traditional institutions like the Library of Congress in their ability to collect and organize millions of documents, according to an infographic by content curation platform Scoop.it.
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Since the Renaissance "research" has relied on the old school information sources and the scientific/peer evaluation model we have used in the past centuries has relied on that body of knowledge to judge what we "know".  The digitizing and democratizing of knowledge on web platforms will lead to, at the least, a revision of the methods of scientific model itself -- an instance of paradigm "creep" if not outright paradigm shift.

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The New Campus Ethos: Work and Pay

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When I was in college, my “college life” felt anything but “normal.” While surrounded by carefree classmates with seemingly unlimited resources from the Bank of Mom and Dad, I
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To Count Our Days: The Scientific and Ethical Dimensions of Radical Life Extension

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If life is extended radically the phrase "life-long learner" would take on a very different meaning!

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Beyond Design Thinking In Education And Research

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What the heck is ‘design thinking?’ I can’t seem to find a concise definition. It feels like a buzzword catch-all phrase.
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How Andrew Vanden Heuvel Is Revolutionizing Education from Outside the Classroom

How Andrew Vanden Heuvel Is Revolutionizing Education from Outside the Classroom | Education's Paradigm Change in the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Find out what this Google Glass Explorer and online science teacher thinks about online learning and the future of education. (How one man and his glasses are changing learning.
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