Session 4: From Static Learning to Constructionist Learning –

When Digitality and Tinkering Mix

Lecturers: Paul Monheimer and Rob van Nood

Date: May 21, 2020, 9:00PM – 10:30PM – Israel time

Though we continue to speak of ICT and digital technologies as a means to further teaching and learning, the reality has been shifting to tinkering/making. The role of computers in education today is fundamentally different from their role a generation ago. In this online seminar we will examine what has changed in the use of computers in the classroom in the past 25 years and to present a critical perspective on the ways they are presently being used and on the ways they potentially could be used. This will include an examination of Seymour Papert’s “constructionism” – when “learners construct mental models to understand the world around them”. Today this finds expression in the interaction between the digital and real world. In Papert’s words, “Constructionist learning involves students drawing their own conclusions through creative experimentation and the making of social objects”.
Paul Monheimer and Rob van Nood – The Catlin Gabel School, Portland, Oregon

Paul Monheimer has 30 years of teaching experience in every grade K-12. From HyperCard to SAMLabs, Paul has been involved in integrating new tools into existing curriculum. Paul is a two-time Fulbright Award recipient, having been both an Exchange Teacher and a Distinguished Award in Teaching grantee. Paul is currently retired and living in Central Oregon. Twitter: @leftysdad

Rob van Nood has been the Educational Technology Specialist at Catlin Gabel School in Portland Oregon since 2013. Previously, he was a classroom teacher for 16 years. Rob has always been passionate about developing learning spaces and experiences where kids can ask questions about themselves and the world and where there are lots of opportunities to make their learning visible. Twitter: @robvannood