One of the greatest obstacles in education today is teaching children new content without the proper foundation of knowledge present. As Dr. Orey discusses, we must allow students to construct new knowledge based upon external artifacts. This proves to be quite a challenge when students have limited real world knowledge. Many students today do not have a robust vocabulary or a wealth of real world knowledge.
Several different learning experiences will help students construct this new knowledge. To begin with, students can use a problem based model that allows them to create their own knowledge while working through a problem. Another model that students can work with is inquiry based learning. Students are given the opportunity to explore new content. Technology can be incorporated with these instructional techniques in a variety of ways. Web-based programs, data processing programs and programs such as word, excel, powerpoint and keynotes can be used to facilitate learning.