Beyond Alex Graham Bell: Cell phones in the classroom
Situated Cognition states that cognition and learning require context, activity, people, culture and language. Learning happens when an individual Is seen achieving and succeeds across situations, as opposed to simply accumulating knowledge passed on by the teacher in a formal learning environment.
Contructionism happens when students learn through being exposed to multiple problems and challenges and then asking them to construct their understanding of the subject(s) being taught through these problems. Constructivist learning lets students draw their own conclusions through creative experiments and social objects. Here the teacher acts more as a mediator rather than a just an instructor.
Practice and Classroom Strategies
We will discuss some available technologies that are and can be used by students to situate and contextualize learning in order to construct knowledge. We will specifically look at mobile phones, one of the most ubiquitous technologies currently in use. We will explore some assignments and projects that teachers have used in their classes, as well as discussing other technologies and ways that they can be used in classes.