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Computers as Cognitive Tools: Learning with Technology, Not from Technology

Journal of Computing in Higher Education Volume 6, Number 2, ISSN 1042-1726


Cognitive tools, computer-based applications normally used as productivity software, can also function as knowledge representation formalisms that require learners to think critically. Databases, spreadsheets, semantic networks, expert systems, and multimedia/hypermedia construction can function as computer-based cognitive tools to expand student thinking, changing the college student's role to that of knowledge constructor rather than information reproducer. (Author/MSE)


Jonassen, D.H. (1995). Computers as Cognitive Tools: Learning with Technology, Not from Technology. Journal of Computing in Higher Education, 6(2), 40-73. Retrieved November 21, 2019 from .

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