Learning Theorists

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  • Dewey

    John Dewey believed that learning should come about as individuals grow through social experiences. The teacher serves as a guide but proved many hands on opportunities that connect the students to the real-world. This theory has impacted education because the curriculum should be taught from students' interests. Modern tech that could be used would be a Wiki, Skype, email, and power point. These are all activities that can connect the students to other students in various parts of the world.
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  • Vygotsky

    Lee Vygotsky beleived that learning was shaped by individual differences and cultural influences. Adults and children viewed the world differently and the difference was known as the Zone of Proximal Development. This influenced education because the teachers were the person who were to help the child build on what they already knew. The teachers served as a guide.
  • Vygotsky 2

    Vygotsky 2
    The Internet and Wikis are a type of modern tech that go with this learning theory because it allows students to connect with those around them, but not in a close enough proximity. The Internet would be a great tool because students can research other cultures and find similarities and differences.
  • Piaget

    Jean Piaget theory states that children go through stages of development through interactions with their environment. The cognitive stages they go through include sensorimotor, preoperational, concrete, and formal. This has influenced education because it has helped assemble standards based on the studetns ages. They each respond to something differently and develop their views from that experience.
  • Piaget 2

    Piaget 2
    Modern technology that assists in classrooms based on Piaget's theory includes blogging and the creation of web pages. Students can create portfolios on web pages and tweek them a bit each year. This way, they can see their development and changing attitudes as well as the teaacher. Blogging allows them to voice their opinion and go back and change it or reflect on it at a later time.
  • Gagne

    Robert Gagne is an experimental psychologist who is concerned with learning and instruction. He puiblished five categories of learning: verbal info, intellectual skills, cognitive strategies, attitudes, and motor skills. He also included nine events of instruction that are similar to the Madeline Hunter lesson plan format.
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    Gagne 2
    His theory impacted education through that assistance of the formation of lesson planning. Lesson plans include anticipatory sets, explanations, demonstrations, guided and independent practice, assessment, and closure. Modern technology of any sort could be applied as long as the sequence of events are followed. Email, the World Wide Web, and blogs can be used as a way to find lesson plans, get ideas for lessons, give and receive feedback, and create rubrics.
  • B.F. Skinner

    B.F. Skinner
    B.F. Skinner's entire theory was based upon operant conditioning. There was an operant, a specific organism, that was conditioned to perform a specific task. Skinner developed a schedule of reinforcement. He was able to "shape" his organisms to perform the tasks frequently without knowing when they would be rewarded. The theory has impacted education in areas such as behavior plans in classrooms and learning through things repetive actions.
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    B.F. Skinner 2
    Modern technology that can be used with Skinner's theory are practicing handwriting skills, using manipulatives on an ELMO, the internet, or SmartBoard. Other types of modern technology that are used with Skinner's theory include typing programs that are on computers, as well as smart boards.
  • Bruner

    Jerome Bruner's theory states that children understand and remember concepts that they develop through their interaction with the environment. This has influenced education by allowing it to be a hands on learning environment. Modern technology would include the internet, Smart Boards, ELMOs, etc. The studetns can perform experiments on internet sites, can write out problems on Smart Boards, and demonstrate their knowledge on ELMOs. They are receiving the hands on experience only a click away.
  • Gardner

    Howard Gardner's theory states that learning is shaped by innate intelligences. The 8 intelligences include linguistic, musical, math/logical, spatial, bodily kinesthetic, intrapersonal, interpersonal, and naturalist. This allows for many different styles of teaching and ways that information is presented in a classroom.
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    Gardner 2
    Modern technology that assists this theory in the classroom today would include a Wii, iPods, numerous websites, and almost any type of technology. Since every child learns differently, the lessons and information should be carefully looked at and use technology that is appropriate. A variety of technology tools can be used.