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The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism - Hybrid Pedagogy

The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism - Hybrid Pedagogy | MyEdu&PLN |
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, Richard Whiteside
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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24 Ed-Tech Terms You Should Know [Infographic]

24 Ed-Tech Terms You Should Know [Infographic] | MyEdu&PLN |
Cutting through the buzzwords to talk about what matters in school technology.

Via Gust MEES, Mary Perfitt-Nelson
Jesse Soininen's insight:

Whats cooking inside EdTech? via Mary Perfitt-Nelson

Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, December 14, 2012 12:45 PM

Cheat sheets are a good thing, when they are 'legal"! : )

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, December 15, 2012 7:15 PM

A must read

Rescooped by Jesse Soininen from Reflections on Learning!

A Simple Guide To 4 Complex Learning Theories [Infographic]

A Simple Guide To 4 Complex Learning Theories [Infographic] | MyEdu&PLN |
Do you know the actual theories of learning? A learning theory is an attempt to describe how people learn, helping us understand this inherently complex process.

Via Gust MEES, Made Hery Santosa, Roselink, Carmen Arias
Kari Smith's curator insight, February 17, 2013 1:17 PM

Great background information to build our understanding. I really like seeing them all presented this way for easy comparison. 

Christine Cattermole's curator insight, May 16, 2013 4:58 AM

A very visual illustration of learning theory.

Leon Weatherstone's curator insight, December 2, 2017 3:58 PM
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Heutagogy and lifelong learning: heutagogical practice and self-determined learning

Heutagogy and lifelong learning: heutagogical practice and self-determined learning | MyEdu&PLN |
Heutagogy and lifelong learning: A review of heutagogical practice and self-determined learning...


Heutagogy, a form of self-determined learning with practices and principles rooted in andragogy, has recently resurfaced as a learning approach after a decade of limited attention. In a heutagogical approach to teaching and learning, learners are highly autonomous and self-determined and emphasis is placed on development of learner capacity and capability with the goal of producing learners who are well-prepared for the complexities of today’s workplace. The approach has been proposed as a theory for applying to emerging technologies in distance education and for guiding distance education practice and the ways in which distance educators develop and deliver instruction using newer technologies such as social media.


Keywords: Lifelong learning; heutagogy; self-determined learning; andragogy; self-directed learning; social media; capability; competency; double-loop learning; reflection


Read more, very interesting...:


Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Gust MEES
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