Transforming Learning: Technology

Connecting what we already know to new behaviors

There are many ways that we learn, with three basic theories

  • behaviorism: learning is a set of changes in human behavior created as a function of events in the environment
  • cognitive science: learning is also influenced by nonverable and internal constructs; memory, motivation, perception, attention
  • constructivism: claims that every person interprets and constructs the world in their own way
Teaching in a teacher-centered class with lectures, tests, and quizzes sometimes only allow students to memorize and forget.

Student centered teaching allows students to actively participate in the class.

Active learning includes students in the teaching and learning process.
Students can learn more effectively when put in groups where their peers help them learn. They feel like they can relate more to people closer to their own age.

Using technology will allow the students to feel more comfortable in the classroom. Students can use technology in word processing, presentations, games, and looking at websites.

There are many ways to allow students to get involved in the classroom:

  • one-on-one: students are able to learn by doing things that they are interested in
  • learning in groups: students are able to work together to solve problems and it is easier to relate to a peer then a teacher
  • inquiry learning: doing active work to find a solution, by experimenting, collecting data, writing it all down/give a speech about the topic
  • metacognitive learning: this show students how to learn the way that they are more comfortable learning

Visual learning is a good way to allow students to see the world. The teacher can use internet sites, videos, graphing calculators, telescopes, and so much more. Using these techniques promotes visual literacy, the ability for students to relate these ideas to create, edit, images on and off computers.

With all these new technologies it is important to also teach about internet literacy. Making sure that students have the skill set to understand information that is available online. Information literacy allows students to understand how to locate and use information that is found online effectively and appropriately. Feedback can also become easier and quicker with technology. Students don't have to wait all weekend to find out their test score, they can receive it through an e-mail that weekend!