What is Behaviorism?
Behaviorism is a school of thought and theory of learning that is based on the idea that all behaviors people do are conditioned responses to the environment. Individuals are conditioned to respond to a particular stimulus in a particular way, and learning is merely the result of a response to the stimuli. Ivan Pavlov, as well as John Watson and Edward Lee Thorndike, are the main influential figures who contributed to behaviorism.
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Students of all ages now have access to a variety of technologies, but schools and educational settings have been slow to adapt to changes in technology and incorporate them into classrooms, aside from the ubiquitous PowerPoint. Integrating technology into education is a great way to engage students in learning that is fun and engages students with different learning styles and preferences. Using technology in classrooms also encourages students to take a more active role in learning, instead of always having the educator disseminate knowledge. Depending on the technology used, these activities can also encourage creativity and critical thinking using technology and media that is already familiar to students.
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