2 Differentiated Instruction, Project-Based Learning, and Constructivist Pedagogy Principles
Dierentiated instruction is a pedagogical strategy that allows students to work collaboratively on meaningful tasks at their own level and pace. is best (classroom) practice has gained considerable attention, particularly in the area of language learning. Both interactionist (Long, 1996) and sociocultural (Donato, 1989) researchers agree that dierentiated learning, collaboration, and communication between learners are benecial for language learning to occur. Central to student-centered learning is equity in education, the premise that advocates that all students must be aorded a fair and equal opportunity to participate in the learning process. In student-centered learning environments, students are actively engaged in creating, understanding, and connecting to knowledge (McCombs & Whistler, 1997). In student-centered classrooms, teachers share the control while students are allowed to explore, experiment, and discover on their own (Nunan, 1988). In this setting, computer technologies provide more venues for all students to be equally and actively engaged in language learning activities. Knowing how to instructionally do this within a context of project-based learning, the one computer classroom, and using technology is the focus of the following section.