Learning, Understanding and the Incorporation of Technology

This is the first week of CEP 810 (Teaching Understanding with Technology).  For my first assignment I read the first three chapters of How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience and School, by John D. Bransford, Ann L. Brown and Rodney R. Cocking (2000).  My essay, which can be found (HERE), discusses the evolution of the term “learning” from something that use to mean memorization of facts and skills, to something that encompasses the idea of “learning for understanding”.  It is no longer enough for students to simply learn material, educators must also help them gain an understanding of how to use the information available to them.  I also discuss the difference between how a novice and an expert learn.  Understanding these differences can help to develop curriculum and learning experiences that are more rich and help students gain a deeper understanding of the content.  Finally, I stress the importance of understanding how people learn when choosing technological tools for the classroom.  It is vital to select technology that will aid in true learning for understanding.

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