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Web 2-0 and Constructivist Theory

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What is the Connection Between Web 2.0 and Constructivist Theory?

Web 2.0 and Constructivism

If the constructivist worldview is predicated on the belief that the individual must have socially mediated experiences which act as a filter through which the development of new meaning and knowledge is developed, in addition to learning being an ongoing process, one can begin to see how the application of Web 2.0 tools might help facilitate the constructivist model. Based on the constructivist principles outlined here, it is apparent that these principles may be used in conjunction with Web 2.0 tools. For example, authentic activity is one the guiding principles of constructivist theory, it holds that learning should be context-based, and real situations, or as authentic as possible in relation to the real world. If the question is whether or not the Web 2.0 tool will be sufficiently relevant to students, it would definitely depend on the Web 2.0 tool under discussion. Some Web 2.0 tools are perhaps more relevant to students than others, some more useful than others. Some Web 2.0 tools would enhance and cultivate students' abilities to think like a practitioner in the real world. Skill acquisition occurs a lot with the usage of Web 2.0 tools. Students would have to access prior knowledge in their use of certain Web 2.0 tools, draw upon similarities between the Web 2.0 tool and perhaps other 2.0 tools that they have used previously. Web 2.0 tools can also allow students/learners to demonstrate their understanding in a variety of ways. They can blog, edit, contribute, rank, tag, upload and enhance their web experiences through the use of Web 2.0 tools. Additonally through the use of social networking, learners can also be exposed to other learners' perspectives on a given topic or subject. With the use of Web 2.0 tools in the classroom comes a paradigm shift away from the "teacher as a dispenser of knowledge" model to a more decentralized model where the teacher acts a guide to student learning, creating a climate that is conducive to cooperation and collaborative learning. This decentralization of information is at the heart of Web 2.0 beliefs and it is part of the reason why constructivist theory connects so well with the integration of Web 2.0.  

 

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