This podcast is a recording of the last half of a presentation by Gary Stager at the TCEA conference in Austin, Texas on February 7, 2007. The title of the session, which Gary co-presented with David Thornburg. I missed the first half of the preso when David presented, but these are most of the comments shared by Gary. Both Gary and David have compelling messages to share with educators, parents, and others about the value of approaching education with a constructivist lens. Gary’s stories about students ranging in context from Maine’s junenile prisons to the home schooled children of America’s wealthiest families have a strong common denominator. Learners want to be engaged in work they find personally meaningful and engaging. The work they can be invited to do via projects which involve robotics and active constructionism can and often does knock the socks off of adults who had much lower expectations of the students’ capabilities.
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