(504) Module 3

Module 3

In your Module 3 Reflection extend your linkages between theories of learning, theories of educational technology and your own classroom instruction or professional practice.

I begin my Module 3 Reflection by saying how intrigued I am at the concept of the jigsaw activity.  This basic activity allows groups of learners to become an expert in a specific focus and then share that information with others.  After reading chapter 8 on Distributive Cognitions, I see the connection to the jigsaw activity and the theory in multiple ways.

Cognitive Distribution can be looked at in two different ways: System Theory and Cognitive Theory.  While System Theory takes a look at the bigger picture (the whole jigsaw activity), Cognitive Theory looks more closely at the finer details (individual chapter summaries).  Of course, Distributive Cognition also includes technology or ‘artifacts’ to not only communicate this information but to assist in building up our cognitive inventory to be used later.

During this module I have really focused on how Distributed Cognition plays a role in education.  I work at a local High School and can truly say that technology is somewhat misused. Information displayed through technological means in order to teach students does not constitute a solid and reasonable definition of DC.  Distributed Cognition requires a constructivist hands on; real world approach which provides students with activities where they can form learning groups and use multiple forms of technology and social media.  By providing students with this form of learning, students will be able to correctly analyze data, work as a collaborative unit, transfer knowledge when artifacts are unavailable, and form opinions, arguments and inferences.  This is the direction I want my students and my teaching style to head.

In reflecting back over the last few weeks I have noticed a reoccurring theme of authentic learning while studying various theories of learning.  It is this authentic learning that engages students and sets them up for the rest of the life.  This 21st Century learning pattern is found in many of the chapter outlines posted on the jigsaw activity website which, to me, suggests that it is not only important but it is the future of education.  I am wondering if every educator got the memo.

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