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The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism - Hybrid Pedagogy

The Maker Movement and the Rebirth of Constructionism - Hybrid Pedagogy | writing for understanding | 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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Part II: How Much, and What, do Today’s Middle and High School Students Write? | Pew Internet & American Life Project

Part II: How Much, and What, do Today’s Middle and High School Students Write? | Pew Internet & American Life Project | writing for understanding | Scoop.it
Part II: How Much, and What, do Today’s Middle and High School Students Write? | Pew Internet & American Life Project
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The Difference Between Doing Projects Versus Learning Through Projects

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The Difference Between Doing Projects Versus Learning Through Projects
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Here Are 25 Kids That Gave Absolutely Brilliant Answers On Their Tests. These Are Hysterically Genius.

Here Are 25 Kids That Gave Absolutely Brilliant Answers On Their Tests. These Are Hysterically Genius. | writing for understanding | Scoop.it
Give them all As immediately.
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Common Core in Action: Writing for an Audience

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What is new and different in the Common Core? When it comes to the writing standards, a heavy emphasis on audience for one thing, and this is very good news.
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עומס לא סביר מאת קרל טארו גרינפלד, Atlantic —— אלכסון

עומס לא סביר  מאת קרל טארו גרינפלד, Atlantic —— אלכסון | writing for understanding | Scoop.it
אין קורלציה בין השעות המוקדשות לעבודה מהבית לבין הישגים לימודיים. אז מדוע מערכת החינוך מתעקשת להעמיס על ילדינו עוד ועוד שיעורי בית? | שינון, לא...
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