Connectivist TeachingSeeking new ideas, inspiration or support for mathematics instruction? Teachers looking for research-based strategies to engage and challenge students of diverse backgrounds may access materials from the Ne‘epapa Ka Hana (NKH) Teacher Institute. To help educators prepare for, implement and discuss socially and culturally responsive problem-based learning.
Unit 1. Introduction to Connectivism
Technology may not have changed the look of classrooms, but it has certainly changed the thinking and learning styles of the students in the classrooms. The students in your classroom have not known a world where they are not constantly connected to technology resources. They rely on their connected devices for everything from social relationships to information and learning. Advances in technology and connectivity to information through the internet have changed the way students think and learn. Siemens (2005) stated that technology is rewiring the brains of learners. Downes (2010) concurred that technology has changed the way that people think, so the needs of the learners in your classroom have changed. Students need to be taught in the way that they can learn, but that is not happening in most classrooms. It is time for teachers to design their instruction to meet the needs of 21st-century learners.
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How can you tell if your students’ learning process has been impacted by technological changes? If you looked objectively at your classroom, can you distinguish between when new education technology development has followed the traditional learning/teaching process and when you used new teaching methods to integrate education technology?