The image below is what constructivism looks like in a classroom. The students are working with each other and the teacher is moving around the classroom to see what they are up to or if they need any assistance. Flags of different countries can be seen, artworks are placed around the room, books and educational resources are neatly lined up on the shelf and the blackboard is easily seen.
To see what a constructivist classroom DOES NOT look like, please click on the link:
I personally believe that using constructivist methods of teaching is the way to go. Just because previous generations did well with teacher-authoritative rules, with text books as their only resources and not being able to work in groups as much, that does not mean that we (by ‘we’ I mean the students of today) have to do the same. Times are rapidly changing and this includes the way schools are run. Children of this generation have been raised differently, think differently and learn in different (perhaps impossible to some) environments therefore I think teachers need to adapt the way they teach in order to keep them interested in learning.
Using ICT in constructivist classrooms: Example of a sound clip
Which learning style/s does this ICT support?
This sound file supports audio/visual learners and stimulates the brain’s imagination.
How could this ICT be implemented as a good cognitive tool within the learning environment?
This can be used to stimulate the imagination, creating visual images in their mind to match what they can hear. Perhaps not all students will have the same answer after hearing a certain sound and using what they hear, they can all create different images and ideas in their minds.
How is this ICT enabling the development of creativity?
With this sound clip, they have a picture or scenario in their head that matches the sound they hear. The lesson can be integrated with an art lesson, where they have to draw/paint what they hear OR an English lesson where they have to write a story based on the sounds. The mind can create many scenarios based on one sound alone. Isn’t that great?