Learning Theories and Technology Theories - Activity 3.2 for EDIT 200

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Theories by Mind Map: Theories

1. Learning Theories

1.1. Conncectivism

1.1.1. Allows for lifelong learning opportunities since they can continue to keep and allow connections to grow

1.1.2. Encourages learners to find the information instead of being spoonfed information, allowing for more engagement in their learning.

1.1.3. Teachers do not have all the information, but through connections and networks you can find the connection to someone who may know the answer to what you are looking for.

1.1.4. Connections can be made world wide and therefore can be far more useful. For example, if you are studying the American Education System, you can connect with people who are more informed and reliable sources for the topic.

1.2. Cognitive Load

1.2.1. Our working memory can only remember a certain amount.

1.2.2. "Learning requires maximized use of our limited working memory" (Wolf, 2012).

1.2.3. Schemas are important connections that help us to remember something long term once we learn it.

1.3. Constructivism

1.3.1. Constructivism believes in the Blank Slate idea put forth by John Watson. This idea is that we are born with a blank slate, literally. Everything we learn comes from experiences and we only build upon that knowledge.

2. Technology Theories

2.1. Media Ecology

2.1.1. Media affects our perception of the world

2.1.2. "humans use technology in order to extend their bodies and senses into the environment" (McLuhan, 2012).

2.2. SCOT (Social Construction of Technology)

2.2.1. Society determines which technology will be successful. Consumers create the market place and therefore what technology is high in demand will thrive and the technology low in demand (whether good or bad) will die off.

2.2.2. Humans shape technology as opposed to technology shaping humans which is what the Media Ecologists would argue.

2.2.3. One argument for SCOT is that it is too general. It doesn't focus on deeper intellectual, or cultural knowledge (Social, 2012)

3. Works Cited McLuhan. (2012, 04 24). Media Ecology and Digital Activism. Retrieved from WordPress: Social Construction of Technology. (2012, March 27). Retrieved from Wikipedia: Wolf, A. (2012, March 23). Introduction to Cognitive Load Theory. Retrieved from YouTube:

4. Philosophy of Teachnology

4.1. This allows for teachers to effectively introduce technology into the classroom setting. The use of technology now is inevitable. Teaching children how to properly use technology may be an aspect of your Philosophy of Teachnology that will increase the likelihood that students will use technology in positive, meaningful ways


5.1. Technology

5.1.1. Inevitably, technology will be used in today's society. Technology is continually progressing.

5.2. Pedagogy

5.2.1. "How" you teach

5.3. Content Knowledge

5.3.1. The knowledge you want your students to understand. The "what" that you teach.