Educational Technologies (WebCT): Creating Constructivist and Interactive Learning Communities

Educational Technologies (WebCT): Creating Constructivist and Interactive Learning Communities

Adams B. Bodomo (University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-868-0.ch010
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Abstract

In this chapter, I will discuss how to take advantage of youth interests in these new technology that have been discussed at length in previous chapters by showing how we can turn them into learning and pedagogical technologies, leading to a model for language learning using these media – the Conversational Learning Community. Two main concepts, constructivism (Bodomo 2005b, 2007) and interactivity (Bodomo 2006, 2008, will be highlighted as important concepts in the area of using learning technologies to create good pedagical environments for teaching issues of linguistics and literacy, and for that matter any other subject. The first study is on constructivism while the second part deals with interactivity.
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What Is Constructivism

To construct, literally, means to build or to create something by combining different parts. In the field of education, the idea of constructing knowledge and meaning is highlighted. This philosophy of constructing knowledge and meaning is often called constructivism. The central idea of constructivism is that learners construct their own knowledge of the world. Learning is, therefore, a process of creating meaning by the learners themselves, and the instructor simply serves as a facilitator in this process.

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