Authenticity and Technology in Montessori Education
Montessori Life Volume 18, Number 2, ISSN 1054-0040
Montessori classrooms commonly integrate their learning across the curriculum, and participate in service learning projects. Both of these practices are authentic experiences for children. This article outlines examples of technology being used to create authentic learning environments, tasks, audiences, sources, and assessments. Technology provides access to the information, tools, and personnel that were once only available through extended research and in laboratories. Through technology, students no longer have to work with old data to learn weather patterns; they now have the capability to download real time data and make predictions about the weather. In this article, the author discusses the different authentic tasks that she used in the classroom. Providing authenticity to those learning experiences, supplemented with the wealth of educational resources available through technology, can only enrich the daily lessons and further the Montessori's mission to create lifelong learners of both students and educators.
Hubbell, E.R. (2006). Authenticity and Technology in Montessori Education. Montessori Life, 18(2), 16-20.