Learning How to Learn with Technology



Résumé, summary

This is a summary of the first year curriculum of the HOTS Program used to synthesize and integrate information for the purpose of solving problems and creating ideas. To learn what a trait is and how to characterize objects with multiple traits. To develop student motivation to write stories by using the computer. To learn how to use surrounding context and setting to formulate an test predictions about: a) the meaning of unknown words, and b) future events. To learn: a) how to develop and articulate a strategy for solving problems, b) the executive planning skill of breaking complex problems into parts and solving each separately as a way of developing a comprehensive strategy, and c) how to use information form a variety of sources and modalities to solve problems. To begin the process of learning to write clues and make decisions about what information is important in a chunk of material. For students to discover an optimal strategy for guessing numbers, such as; the ŚBinary Search' strategy, averaging and others. To reinforce the linkage concepts of Ścapabilities' and introduce students to the linkage concept of Ścompound structure'. To learn to discover rules underlying the operation of a program. To learn and apply linkage concepts.

Discipline, subject :

interdisciplinarity social studies interdisciplinaire études sociales

Public :

primaire Primarschule primary school primario cycle d'orientation Sek I, BWK lower high school ciclo d'orientamento

Contacts :

Kulla, Therese

102 Fee Fee Rd.

Tel : (314) 213-8016
Mail :
Fax : (314) 213-8616

Pédagogie, pedagogy :

This is an adaptation of the Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) Program developed by Stanley Pogrow at the University of Arizona at Tucson. This program uses computers to enhance social and thinking skills.

Apprentissage, learning :

Students develop cognitive strategies, infer information from the context, generalize information, synthesize knowledge and articulate strategies through the use of dialogue.

Enseignement, teaching :

Training is required for the practice and integration of questioning techniques. A script is used to direct the learning with a specific goal in mind.

Technique :

This is a two year program that uses specific software in specific ways with Socratic dialogue for 6-9 "at risk" students. This modified approach teaches the whole class using the techniques taught by Pogrow. NOTE: Discussions are more challenging with 23 students.

Société, society :

Pogrow's lessons utilize a behavioral approach to instruction. This approach builds self-esteem and encourages each student to respond during each dialogue segment. Cultural Aspects: Instills "thinking as culture"- that thinking is fun and that they can do it, that thinking is more important than right answers and the computer is a tool that helps them solve problem.

Culture :

Instills "thinking as culture"- that thinking is fun and that they can do it, that thinking is more important than right answers and the computer is a tool that helps them solve problem.

Institution :

One fourth grade class of 23 students come to the computer lab four times per week.

Logistique :

Funding and time is needed for training, and software purchases. For additional information contact: HOTS Project, College of Education, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona 85721

Remarques, remarks :

This is a very beneficial program that I modified for use with a whole class. The techniques are invaluable and can be transferred to other software or topics using the teaching techniques.