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  • 1. What is Meaningful Learning?
    Nicky Stratton

2. Meaningful Learning
Requires learners who are active
Actively engaged by a meaningful task
Tasks which they can manipulate objects and parameters of the environment they work in
Observe the results of their manipulations.
3. Characteristics of Meaningful Learning.
Synergetic
One or more of these present = meaningful learning will occur.
Interrelated
Interactive
Interdependent
4. Active Learning
. Known as manipulative or observant
.Promotes thinking
.Learning is natural
.actively manipulating objects and observing what they have done.
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5. Constructive Learning
Articulate/reflective learning
Encourage reflection on learning by children
Activity is necessary but not sufficient for learning.
Integrate new experiences with prior knowledge
Establish learning goals = meaningful learning.
6. Intentional Learning
Goal directed/Regulatory
User knows the end
Think and learn more by fulfilling their goal.
Using computers for planning everyday tasks learning meaningfully.
7. Authentic Learning
Complex/contextual
Realistic for children
Relevant / real life
Relate ideas to real-world contexts
Simulations or problem-based learning
Transferred to new situations
Create an authentic experience
8. Cooperative Learning
Collaborative/Conversational
Engaged
Group work/small groups
Naturally work together
Seek out others for help
Connect learners in same classroom, across town or around the world.
9. How does Technology Facilitate Learning?
Use the computer to represent what they know, not what the teachers or textbooks tell them!
Provides rich and flexible media for learning.
Think that technologies are learning tools that students learn with, not from = nature of learning will change!
10. Its all about the thinking!
Students learn from thinking
Thinking about what they are doing
Thinking about what they believe
Thinking about what others have done and believe
Just thinking and reasoning
LEARNING RESULTS FROM THINKING!
11. TECHNOLOGY ENGAGING LEARNERS
Technology cannot teach students
Learners teach the technology
Meaningful learning will result when technologies engage learners by:
Knowledge construction, not reproduction
Conversation, not reception
Articulation, not repetition
Collaboration, not competition
Reflection, not prescription
12. Finally
TECHNOLOGIES ARE LOUSY TEACHERS, BUT THEY CAN PROVIDE POWERFUL TOOLS TO THINK WITH!

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