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I didn’t find a lot of new information in this article but it was exciting nonetheless to think about the possibilities technology is providing in education. I began wondering why it seems to have taken so long to adopt this style of teaching. Even without the Internet and web 2.0 tools, constructivist learning strategies can also be used in traditional learning environments. And I know the theory itself is not new. Certainly the fact that students/people learn better in groups than on their own isn’t new. What are some of the barriers that prevent teachers from using group learning in the classroom? Time? Familiarity with the concepts?

I appreciated the mention of apprenticeships, collaboration and learning to be. Maybe it’s why I’m working in the business world instead of education. I’ve always thought it was a bit or a racket to have all these students learning things that will not help them be. Do I really need 2 years of education to become an instructional designer, accountant, advertising/pr rep? I consider school to be an excellent foundation for learning best practices and theory, but I wouldn’t‘ consider myself an instructional designer until i am “be-ing” one. p.S. – I love school, I just think it’s not always necessary and not practical on occasion. I want to get out there and learn to be.

Comments (1)

Hi Steve,
Great comments. Ideally a teacher should try to make the instruction relevant to the students' lives or more real world. I've seen this more with middle school students using math to figure out how much paint or carpet to purchase – of course this may not be interesting to them now…

I agree that university is more about theory and not to much on practical or skills you will need, at least in education. I feel our instructional technology program has more practical and hands-on projects than other education programs.

Thanks, Holly

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