Watch the video below, produced by KQED Education, to see different ways in which teaching with technology can boost classroom learning.
The educators in the video raise some valuable points about the value of injecting technology into traditional STEM learning. Allan Collins, Professor Emeritus of Learning Sciences at Northwestern University, says, “The thing about cyberlearning is it’s very activity-based. It’s oriented around kids doing things–giving kids more ownership over their learning.”
Marshall Smith, Visiting Scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, adds, “When the student’s in control of the learning, they learn differently. The students themselves, by taking control, feel a sense of mastery, a sense of efficacy that you don’t often get in a classroom.” This sense of mastery is created by learning through doing. Instead of being told to passively memorize facts, students are expected to actively solve problems and to use digital tools along the way.
Not only are the points made in the video valid, the projects themselves are interesting and innovative. Teaching astronomy through game design? Learning nuclear chemistry through experiments with cell phone radiation? It all sounds a lot more exciting than a traditional lesson plan. With projects like this already taking place, you have to wonder what the future of cyberlearning holds.