Generative learning activities must provide
the students with an opportunity to mentally "play with" information to
create a personal understanding of the subject to be learned.
Definition / Attributes: Generative Learning
How can the World Wide Web support . . . Generative
Learners actively participate in the learning process
and generate knowledge by forming mental connections between concepts.
Two types of generative activities:
Activities that generate organizational relationships
(titles, headings, questions, objectives, summaries, graphs, tables, and
Activities that generate integrated relationships
between what the learner sees, hears, or reads and memory (demonstrations,
metaphors, analogies, examples, pictures, applications, interpretations,
Lesson Component Reflection
(Use these questions to note
ideas on how to use Generative Learning for a component of your lesson.)
Provide students with World Wide Web-based simulations
that they can manipulate to learn concepts.
Provide students with database sites they can use
to interpret, make inferences, or predictions.
Provide students with sites that function as triggers
for discussion about concepts.
outcomes: (What will the students be expected
to learn as a result of this lesson?)
Lesson description: (How,
using Generative Learning, will the lesson facilitate the learning outcomes?)
Web resources: (What
types of web resources will support the presentation strategy and learning
Web sites that describe, provide examples
of, and demonstrate how to use the WWW with Expository Presentation.
|Why does Generative
Learning enhance learning?
Students that "interact" with subject matter build
|How can I replicate
Generative Learning lessons using existing Web resources?
Existing Lesson Plan and activity on creating gliders
and generating & sharing data
Existing Lesson Plan and resources for students to
start a weather tracking service
These are existing Lesson Plans available on
|How can I generate
my own Generative Learning lessons using Web resources?
Teacher creates lesson on how and why volcanoes erupt.
A component of this lesson is to have students chart the changes that occur
to a volcano during an eruption. From this chart students analyze the relationship
between geologic factors and the eruption. To enhance this lesson with
Review the Pinatubo eruption sequence and chart occurrences
of change (based on time, type of activity, lava flow, etc.)
Investigate other volcanoes around the world and
note factors on the chart
Analyze the chart, looking for relationship between
location of the volcano, size of eruption, etc. and draw conclusion on
the geographic variables.
These are examples of informational Web sites
that could be used to tell students about volcanoes:
|What are other ideas
of using Web resources for Generative Learning?
Using a web-based simulation: Designing an airplane,
analyzing the impact of changing airplane design specifications
Students presented with searchable database of NASA
images – can be used to test predictions about aircraft characteristics
for different types of flight, high altitude, speed, etc. or to create
their own databases of aircraft that exemplify different flight principles
Web sites that trigger discussions on concepts about
life in Antarctica, environmental impacts, living conditions, time zones,
|This is an existing Web
site that exemplifies Generative learning:
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