Link to The Urban Learner Framework
TRUE Brave new technologies have changed the urban classroom. Spreadsheets, podcasts and multi-media computer
programs provide diverse new ways to express knowledge and assess learning. Our goal is to make these tools available
to urban learners and then to utilize them in a way that's culturally relevant.
What hasn't changed is our
fundamental understanding of how we learn.
Information from cognitive science and constructivists' perspectives give teachers a way to negotiate the
changing landscape. We know from psychological research that technology can best enhance learning when it's
used in a variety of ways to accomplish different things since "students learn by interacting in multiple
environments" (Niess, Lee & Kadjer pg. 254). We also know that teachers must scaffold their students' learning
with the technology "within the context of the subject matter so that they learn about the technology as they
learn with it" (Niess, Lee & Kadjer pg. 254).