Technology integration in the classroom includes many different learning theories, especially when it is most effective when you combine the constructivist model of learning and directed instructions along with connectivism.
It is important for students to be able to construct knowledge and meaning from their experiences which will make it more memorable. As teachers, we want to encourage students to reflect on the process of how their knowledge and understanding is changing (“Constructivism as a Paradigm for Teaching and Learning”, 2004). Teachers also have to understand their student’s precconceived ideas and make sure they build on that (“Constructivism as a Paradigm for Teaching and Learning”, 2004). Teachers should also constantly check how the activity will help students with their understanding.
The shifts in our world where learning is no longer an individual activity is being acknowledged by the learning thory of connectivism (Siemens, 2005). The way we function and work when we use new tools such as the new integration of technologies (Siemens, 2005). Connectivism provides an understanding into student’s learning skills and activities that students need in order for them to thrive in the digital age.
With directed instructions and both connectivism and constructivist model of learning, students can not only learn with new tools which is use to aid their learning whether it is new ideas or preconceived ideas that needs building on or shifted.
Constructivism as a Paradigm for Teaching and Learning. (2004). Thirteen.org. Retrieved 29 March 2017, from http://www.thirteen.org/edonline/concept2class/constructivism/
Siemens, G. (2005). Jan05_01. Itdl.org. Retrieved 29 March 2017, from http://www.itdl.org/journal/jan_05/article01.htm