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How The Activity Learning Theory Works

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How The Activity Learning Theory Works 

Vygotsky’s earlier concept of mediation, which encompassed learning alongside others (Zone of Proximal Development) and through interaction with artifacts, was the basis for Engeström’s version of Activity Theory (known as Scandinavian Activity Theory). Engeström’s approach was to explain human thought processes not simply on the basis of the individual, but in the wider context of the individual’s interactions within the social world through artifacts, and specifically in situations where activities were being produced.

In Activity Theory people (actors) use external tools (e.g. hammer, computer, car) and internal tools (e.g. plans, cognitive maps) to achieve their goals. In the social world there are many artifacts, which are seen not only as objects, but also as things that are embedded within culture, with the result that every object has cultural and/or social significance.

Tools (which can limit or enable) can also be brought to bear on the mediation of social interaction, and they influence both the behavior of the actors (those who use the tools) and also the social structure within which the actors exist (the environment, tools, artifacts). For further reading, here is Engeström’s own overview of 3 Generations of Activity Theory development. The first figure shows Second Generation AT as it is usually presented in the literature.

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Giacomo Bono's curator insight, April 1, 2015 12:46 PM

Social interactions with close others, technology, and our motivation to master environments all work together to change us. An important process not represented in this otherwise cool model is close relationships with older peers and adults (i.e., community) who know kids and the learning task at hand well enough to use the ZPD to support their learning.

HC's curator insight, April 1, 2015 7:08 PM

An interesting article on the Activity Theory where "people (actors) use external tools (e.g. hammer, computer, car) and internal tools (e.g. plans, cognitive maps) to achieve their goals." This article explores how this theory can be applied in education, "...teachers should be aware that everything in the classroom has a cultural and social meaning. " 

Kim Flintoff's curator insight, April 1, 2015 7:15 PM

A useful framework that can move well into higher education to inform learning design.

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The Emotional Cycle of Digital Interactivity

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The Emotional Cycle of Digital Interactivity!


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ghbrett's comment, November 2, 2012 11:43 AM
Thanks Jumun Gimm for this pointer!
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ThingLink Rich Media Tags

This is an overview of ThingLink's Rich Media Tags. Please visit ThingLink.com for more information and updates.

 

Read more:

http://www.slideshare.net/ThingLink/thinglink-rich-media-tags

 

Another great post offering 26 ways to use Thinglink in the classroom here:

 http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2012/05/26-ways-to-use-thinglink-in-classroom.html


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Twitter Basics for Students

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Have you heard of Twitter? Do you like to tweet? Most likely you’ve utilized social networking websites such as Facebook. So why would you consider using Twitter?

 

To enhance and increase connections with classmates – and potentially your instructors, as you may not find it easy to network with students on other sites and it is very unlikely that your instructors will appear on your friends list. What if I told you that this can help you develop an academic network and support system?

 

===> By the end of this post I believe you will want to give it a try and more importantly, you’ll likely find it can be an effective personal learning network. <===

 


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Supporting Innovative Teachers as Knowledge Generators

Supporting Innovative Teachers as Knowledge Generators | Interactive Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

We need to start envisioning our teachers as knowledge generators and creative professionals whom we trust to innovate and implement unorthodox ideas that might transform teaching and learning. The time has come to reward innovation among our best and most creative teachers. They should be given the time and resources to reflect on their practice, experiment with new ideas, and implement strategies to more effectively engage learners.


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College requirements: Notebooks, textbooks and iPads?

College requirements: Notebooks, textbooks and iPads? | Interactive Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
FLINT, Michigan — It wasn’t the type of requirement college freshman Megan Rheingans expected to find on her syllabus.

 

Some of the hottest tech gadgets found on college students’ Christmas wish lists are ending up on their school shopping lists instead.


Several colleges, including Central Michigan University where Rheingans attends, are using the latest tech tools as a counterpart to traditional textbooks.


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The End of Education As We Know It

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Using online media, adventurous educators are engaging students and teachers in fresh ways.

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A well written article which provides a nice summary of the new culture of learning.

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11 Reasons Every Educator Needs a Video Strategy

11 Reasons Every Educator Needs a Video Strategy | Interactive Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Any educator who wants to take advantage of the benefits video can have in the classroom needs to create and implement a video strategy.

 

Read more, very interesting...:

http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2012/09/11-reasons-every-educator-needs-video-strategy/

 


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The 21st Century Skills Teachers Should Have

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Update on 01/04/2012: We have just published a free ebook for our readers. This ebook has all the skills mentioned below and many more facts about both the 21st century skills students and teachers need to have and not only teachers.

 

Here is the ebook. Feel Free to download and share it...


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Overloaded with information, students need critical thinking skills - University World News

Overloaded with information, students need critical thinking skills - University World News | Interactive Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

A great post by Adam Peck, dean of student affairs at Stephen F Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.

 

"Students today have unprecedented access to information. According to educator Karl Fisch, in one week of reading The New York Times, an individual will encounter more information than people in the 18th century would have had access to during the entire course of their lives.

 

It is not surprising that in this atmosphere, students appear to be growing increasingly dogmatic and are less able to engage in civil discourse with others with whom they disagree. Perhaps this is because they cannot accurately explain what people who oppose them actually believe. In truth, they often lack consistency in their own beliefs as well.......

 

In summary, despite the tremendous educational potential of the information age, students seem to be less prepared to critically evaluate information or determine and defend what they believe. Colleges and universities need to find ways to leverage this resource to create the kind of learning demanded by our changing times."


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SID 2012 - Safer Internet Day 7 Feb 2012

SID 2012 - Safer Internet Day 7 Feb 2012 | Interactive Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Next year, Safer Internet Day (SID) will take place on Tuesday 7 February 2012 and will be centred on the theme Connecting generations and educating each other, with the slogan: "Discover the digital world together... safely!"

 

 


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