Useful views of student artifacts and activities: Supporting student use of an open-ended exploratory construction tool in the classroom

K. K. Lamberty

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    Abstract

    Constructionism suggests that people learn particularly well when they are creating personally meaningful artifacts for an audience. Design-oriented construction kits can provide affordances for creative, open-ended exploration and creation, but their use can be difficult to incorporate in a classroom setting where many learners are working at different rates or may find certain aspects of the activities more or less compelling. During the shared time in the classroom, what can be done to help students and instructors maintain awareness of opportunities for reflection, collaboration, or sharing? Once the shared time has passed, how can teachers and students review the work that was accomplished for reflection, assessment, or further exploration? What kinds of guidance might be useful for helping align student activities with the goals of the instructor? DigiQuilt is a constructionist toolkit for exploring math concepts through the creation of patchwork quilt blocks that solve mathematical challenges. In this presentation, we describe previous and ongoing work that aims to improve DigiQuilt in ways that support its reflective, meaningful use by teachers and learners in a classroom setting.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publication2014 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems, CTS 2014
    PublisherIEEE Computer Society
    Pages361-362
    Number of pages2
    ISBN (Print)9781479951567
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
    Event2014 15th International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems, CTS 2014 - Minneapolis, MN, United States
    Duration: May 19 2014May 23 2014

    Publication series

    Name2014 International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems, CTS 2014

    Other

    Other2014 15th International Conference on Collaboration Technologies and Systems, CTS 2014
    CountryUnited States
    CityMinneapolis, MN
    Period5/19/145/23/14

    Keywords

    • awareness
    • children
    • classroom
    • constructionism
    • large display
    • learning;peripheral display
    • teacher support

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