Today’s classroom is full of students who want to learn.
They go from classroom toclassroom, teacher to teacher full of questions they want to ask. Maybe they saw something afterschool on the previous day; or perhaps they came across something that interested them on a
normal trip to the mall during the weekend. Today’s students usually come to school
remembering something that they saw and they want to know more about it. Most days weexperience something new and children are no different. Children are naturally more inquisitiveabout things and look to their teachers for answers. In this digital age, children are usingtechnology in a variety of ways, and many of their experiences happen through various forms of technology. By using technology in the classroom, teachers are appealing to the experiences of their students and creating a learning environment that intrigues and excites their students.
The Constructivist View
How does one learn? This question has been asked many times, by many people.Countless people have also attempted to answer this question in several different ways. Severalpeople would say that we learn by using our senses: touch, taste, sight, feel, and smell.However, a constructivist would say it goes much deeper than that. Jonassen (1999) says that
“knowledge is individually constructed,
and socially co-constructed by learners based on theirinterpretations of experiences in the world
.” He conti
nues by saying that knowledge is nottransmitted from teacher to student and that when teachers create their instruction, they shouldprovide the student with experiences that they can interpret and from which they can createknowledge. This means that even though students may be able to listen to a lecture or read froma text book, learning a new task or skill comes much easier if the student experiences the newconcept in some way. Even more progress can be made by creating tasks that appeal to the