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Emerging technologies applying current educational pedagogy in elementary classrooms.
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Pedagogy - 'Disillusioned' teachers bored by chalk and talk

Pedagogy - 'Disillusioned' teachers bored by chalk and talk | Elementary Technology Education | 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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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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Cyber-Security Practice: Learn it in one week

Cyber-Security Practice: Learn it in one week | Elementary Technology Education | Scoop.it
. . Read, think, learn and share over Social Media… Security is everyone's responsibility! We are ALL responsible for the Internet's future! . ===> "Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only t...


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majorlever's comment, May 1, 11:43 PM
Good one
firesolid's curator insight, May 2, 1:41 AM

Its fantastic

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The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism - Hybrid Pedagogy

The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism - Hybrid Pedagogy | Elementary Technology Education | 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, 4:54 PM

Includes a great podcast

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

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