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In chapter 4 of "Learning With Technology" by Jonassen, he concludes that this book has promoted his belief that students-as-producers-of-technologies engage in much more learning than students who are receivers of instructional planning. Why do you think this is, and if you do not explain. Also, discuss how you, as teacher, can allow students be "producers" of technology and learning, and how that will cahnge the learning environment.

-- Anonymous, October 21, 2000


I agree with Jonassen in that students as producers- of-technology engage in much more learning than those receiving instructional planning for many reasons. Technology allows students to explore different worlds, access resources all over the world and confront complex problems. Many students can use computers to learn word processing, graphic design or to play games. Another technological tool, videodisc encyclopedias, will make a tremendous amount of information available to students. In addition,collaboration with communication networks can connect a class with students around the country and with museums, research labs or colleges. In my opinion, students as producers-of-technology engage in learning environments to help them with content and problem-solving skills, they learn such tasks as word processing, computing, locating and managing information, doing graphics or programming computers.

-- Anonymous, October 21, 2000

Jonassen I feel is absolutely right. Students involved in their own learning capture more of the in their education as to students who receive instructional planning. Being in a classroom, I can see how students get lost in the instruction the teacher is giving. Most of them just do not want to be bothered. Having the students conduct their own research and finding solutions gets them more interested. I as a teacher would let the students be in charge of what they learn with guidance of course. The down part of this whole situation is that not all schools are equipped with so much technologies, therefore the students are limited to what they can use for their research and in finding solutions.

-- Anonymous, October 23, 2000

As per Jonassen, "Students are active, constructive, intentional, and cooperative as they conduct authentic investigations"(101). This is so true. Since different mediums have been used in the classrooms and the advancements of other mediums and technologies, makes it even that more easier for the children of today and tomarrow to best benefit. As a teacher, more role will be one of support. I would be promoting an exciting safe learning environment, to better use those skills in the real world, for when they would need them.

-- Anonymous, October 24, 2000

Students who are given the opportunity to learn via different methods are more in tune than students who have to listen to a teacher for 50 minutes straight. By letting the students be their own teacher, it helps them to understand that giving a lesson sure is a hard task. By letting them learn in alternative ways, it opens them up to new experiences, thus cultivating an area of learning. The more hands-on they have, the better for them. In Kindergarten, the most successful lessons are the ones, that the students listen to a story and then draw their own interpretations of the story. They especially like to read about Clifford, and Sesame Street. You should see some of these pictures, I get a kick out of them. Children of all ages, should be given the option to be their own teachers. Of course, the teacher must be able to organize a lessonplan which would help the students to accomplish this feat. Many teachers are successful with this and the students are better learners because of this.

-- Anonymous, October 24, 2000

I have noticed constantly many students being bored or getting lost in the teacherBs lessons of instructional planning. When I reflect about what JonassenBs book, states that Bstudents are active, constructive, intentional and cooperative as they conduct authentic investigationsB, I can say that I also noticed this happened with students. Now I came to the belief that the studentsB use of technology, as producers, will instill more valuable input, so that they will relate to the lesson. They have active hands-on participation in their own new learning and are able to understand and benefit more from their new experiences. Technology allows students to explore different methods of learning. This all helps, since the student now are not bored or getting lost but become the producers of technology actively involved in constructing their own learning.

-- Anonymous, November 06, 2000

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