“Learners are given the freedom to think, to question, to reflect, and to interact with ideas, objects, and others — in other words, to construct meaning.” -Brooks and Brooks.
In a constructivist classroom the student is at the center of the learning environment being given multiple opportunities to uncover information. This process allows students to utilize 21st century skills, such as information and media literacy. Being able to produce media as opposed to passive learning of consuming media, students are empowered to make the learning their own.
Over the past few months I have been traveling and working with teachers in various states on integrating our open-ended creativity tools into their classroom environments. A major discussion we have is "how does it look for students to construct meaning with technology". Many teachers have resisted the integration of technology for years and are now realizing the impact it has on their classroom environments.
Once educators have seen the ease of use with integrating their curriculum with our tools, such as Pixie, they cannot help but vision the transformation of their classrooms. When a constructivist classroom is combined with the new features of Pixie 3, such as real time collaboration, students are actively in charge of producing content rich media within the context of teamwork. A powerful combination of constructivism and Tech4Learning tools is bound to create a transformative classroom experience.