During the Technology Literacy Pedagogy course (TL M03U01), we introduced you to didactic methods of teaching. We briefly contrasted it to Constructivism and then spent considerable time looking at different ways ICT can support didactic teaching and learning methods. There the emphasis was on using ICT to enhance teacher exposition and supporting learners to demonstrate understanding or proficiency in a skill or behaviour. The focus of this lecture and the units to follow is instead on deploying different methods that allow students a lot more control over how and what they learn, or Constructivism.

Let us first review a definition of the Constructivist approach.

Constructivist teaching is based on constructivist learning theory. This theoretical framework holds that learning always builds upon knowledge that a student already knows. Because all learning is filtered through pre-existing knowledge, constructivists suggest that learning is more effective when a student is actively engaged in the learning process rather than attempting to receive knowledge passively. A wide variety of methods claim to be based on constructivist learning theory.

Describe how collaborative, as students come to understand key concepts, processes and skills in the subject matter and use them to solve real-world problems (KD.3.a).
60 minutes
Total 4 hours
Technology Literacy