The Integration of Technology Into A Constructivist Curriculum: Beyond PowerPoint ®
Gary Tucker, Ann Batchelder, Northern Arizona University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, ISBN 978-1-880094-37-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
For teachers who are at the moment in the objectivist's camp, technology usually becomes a tool for a more effective way of transmitting knowledge. In this context, the integration of technology usually takes the form of some type of PowerPoint ® presentation or the use of some other multimedia presentation software to supplement teacher-centered instruction. However, for those times when a teacher views knowledge from a constructivist perpective, the question then becomes, how can technology be effectively integrated? This paper is a report on a three year study of a model that uses the tenets of constructionism to integrate technology into a constructivist curriculum. The model has been used in regular face-to-face courses, in interactive instructional televisions courses and an on-line course. The model has proved to be effective both from the stand point of being able to achieve the course objectives and the student's view of their success and learning in the classes.
Tucker, G. & Batchelder, A. (2000). The Integration of Technology Into A Constructivist Curriculum: Beyond PowerPoint ®. In D. Willis, J. Price & J. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2000--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2467-2472). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).