Websites & Social Constructivism

What Are Some Useful Resources?

Social Constructivist Pedagogy - What Does That Mean?

The theory of knowledge that groups "construct" knowledge together with shared meaning, shared culture, and shared products.

Constructivism is basically people make their own knowledge. We learn best by doing, not being passive recipients. Many classrooms have moved away from lecture centered to student centered. Think of it as crown sourcing in an intimate setting.
Constructivist Learning

Proboards & Online Discussion

There are several free online discussion boards available for use, Proboards is on of them. Using online discussions easily guides students into collaborating with each other - if the teacher sets it up right. Having students post their ideas and then requiring feedback directs students to reflect on their own thoughts, and uses their peers to help them construct new thoughts. It also allows time to reflect - writing is more intense than a verbal discussion. It also allows for a record of the thought process. Using online discussion boards, even in a live class is useful for these reasons.


Padlet is such a simple tool to use in the classroom. It simply mimics a bulletin board. The teacher sets up a board and students can post without opening an account. This is an effective way for students to quickly share their responses. They are shown in real time and students can view the information from different students or collaborate in pairs, etc. to disseminate ideas.


This website allows for students to work together on presentation easily. It is cloud based which allows for students to work at the same time on the same presentation. Students can research, write, make media choices with each other to produce a polished presentation. The tools within Prezi allow for a dynamic outcome that students will be proud of displaying.

Google Docs

Google is taking over the world. Google Docs are a must have, go to resource for any teacher. Students can work on annotating documents together, writing texts, sharing research, constructing spreadsheets, etc. Google Docs encompasses a foundation

Social Bookmarking

Diigo is an online social bookmarking site. Teachers can have students collaborate online in several ways. One idea is to take a piece of writing (a web address or PDF file) and to have students mark up the text together to fulfill comprehension or deeper meaning. Another way to use Diigo is to have students research and share their research using the bookmaking features. Teachers can create individual groups and working together students can build a library of resources.