Which educational theory is the best?

December 7, 2010 Leave a comment

We were asked to define the four educational (Constructionism, Connectivism, Constructivism, and Instructionism)  theories and talk about what they mean to us.

Constructionism can be thought of a mode of learning by creating models to secure ideas; it is constructing an understanding rather than the transmission of knowledge. There have a been a few notable Constructivist Theorist: Jean Piaget and Seymour Papert are probably the two most recognized. Symour Papert (1989) defined constructionism as  “we take a view of learning as a reconstruction rather than as a transmission of knowledge. Then we extend the idea of manipulative materials to the idea that learning is most effective when part of an activity the learner experiences as constructing a meaningful product.”

Connectivism is connecting with others to gain an understanding, this can be virtually or in person. Whether you are connecting across the world or just meters away, this interaction allows you to gain an understanding through the view points of others not just what you have been told.

Constructivism is based on the idea that people learn through experience, encounters, and activities.

Instructionism is an idea that is based on teacher teaching. It is a very structured mode of learning for students and is generally about what the insructor see’s as important. It uses a combination book learning and drill practice.

A combination of all the theories is what is the best way to teach individuals. It must be realized that every student learns different, this being said not one style of education should be valued higher than the other. People need to learn from being told, human interaction, their own experience, and the creation of models to secure the thoughts they have come to make. I would encourage all educators to examine these theories closely and structure a curriculum that addresses each theory.

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About me

November 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Here is a short video about myself that gives you a feel of my interests and what I am studying to become. Check it out!

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At Least They’re Doing Something

October 7, 2010 1 comment

I thought that the Clay Shirky presentation from The Web 2.0 Expo 2008  was full of beneficial information and insightful scholarly learning. There were a few themes that I picked up on throughout the presentation. The first was that he kept referencing back to the sitcom. Yes, they may be entertaining, but what is really gotten out of it? That is the question that was raised numerous times. I was unaware that we watch 200 Billion hours of television yearly (Shirky, 2008). Imagine if even 1/10 of that was spent on scholarly learning… Where might we be technologically today? This really made me think about myself as both a learner and a social networker. Since I have such a knack for exercise science and personal training, when I do assignments such as the KPE wiki, it really doesn’t feel like work. This is research I enjoy and at the same time it is research I can share. I find myself looking at YouTube videos of various exercises with new variations I have never seen before. I am learning and at the same time I am getting pleasure out of it. However, if I spent that same time watching a sitcom, what might I be getting out of it? Most likely an interpretation of a life lesson I already knew.

Shirky also kept saying “at least they’re doing something” (Shirky, 2008). I think this is one of the most important aspects of technological learning. Something like social networking through the use of Facebook can be very useful. Kids who can master its use may not be using it as a learning tool, but by mastering the use of this very application, they are in fact learning. This can be translated to the use of other networking systems that can be used to further their professional development. This brings me to the example Shirky used at the beginning of his presentation: A man in Brazil created a wiki map for crime. This gives any person that witnesses a crime, whether reported or not, the ability to let others know where it happened (Shirky, 2008). This man could be saving lives indirectly. This is a great thing! The aspect of “starting from scratch” (Shirky, 2008) is great. Imagine if instead, this man created an online map that could not be edited and just included the crime he knew of. By allowing others to edit the map, it gives a greater representation of the crime areas in Brazil, keeping more people safe.

Shirky mentioned the topic of the “media triathlon” (Shirky, 2008)  that is consuming, producing, and sharing. When I used to do research I generally found a piece of information online and used it for a paper and maybe told my close friends about it. But now I find myself tweeting it, blogging about it, or adding it to my wiki. I additionally find myself doing this outside of class even when it is not required, It’s simple, I get enjoyment out of it. How do you guys go about finding your research and then sharing your findings? Also, Have you noticed a change in how you go about your consuming, producing, and sharing process since taking this class?

Shirky, C. (2008) Where Do People Find the Time? Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyoNHIl-QLQ&feature=related

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Warlick on Blogging

September 17, 2010 Leave a comment

I found Warlick’s writing on blogging very interesting and his interpretations extremely insightful. I liked his initial point about educators being unfamiliar with blogging when it first came out, making many of them disregard it for its educational benefits. This seems to be an ongoing trend with the “old school” teachers of today. I remember when I was in high school, many teachers thought the best approach to learning was to sit in class and take notes, do book reports, projects, and papers. I only remember a few times throughout high school when students were encouraged to use technology beyond printing off a resource to use for a paper. One of which was in my Video Productions class.  We were encouraged to look at videos on YouTube to gain ideas of our own, watch tutorials on how to edit film, and navigate the web to find the latest innovations in videography.

Another great thing I learned about blogging is that it acts as a resource for communicating with the masses. As Warlick mentioned, many service members use it to inform others of their experiences, which is great for friends and family members. It was also said that many politicians are now blogging, and because of it, are reaching a whole new audience that they might not have before. I think this is an absolutely fantastic resource for students and the everyday person. Once I become a professional I plan to have a blog. I would use it to get my research and views out to potential clients as well as other scholars. In fields like Exercise Physiology and Personal Training it is necessary that you are always learning and keeping up with the latest research, this is something that having the knowledge of blogging would enable me to do. It is a great resource and I am ready to further my familiarity with it. Additionally, I look forward to adding it to my box of tools to use for networking with others and sharing new information.

Warlick, David. Warlick’s CoLearners. Retrieved from http://davidwarlick.com/wiki/pmwiki.phpn=Main.EducatorsGuideToBlogging

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September 14, 2010 Leave a comment


Here is my PLN, I have provided some useful links, my contact info, and some of my interests.

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