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Day 2 Theme

Contructivism

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
In education, constructivism is a learning theory which holds that knowledge is not transmitted unchanged from teacher to student, but instead that learning is an active process of recreating knowledge. Constructivists teach techniques that place emphasis on the role of learning activities in a good curriculum. See constructivism (learning theory).

This could easily be the conference theme, and the theme of most current educational conferences. Educational technology shines best when it is used in a constructivist classroom, assisting in the building of knowledge rather than the rote dissemination of knowledge. Over and over the “call to arms” heard is to create loud, messy classrooms where students build their own knowledge. Now if we could only get the state tests to hear the call…