Monday, July 26, 2010

Twitter Book Club - Seymour Papert's "The Children's Machine" Chapter 8

"Every professor knows that a good way to learn a subject is by teaching a course on it, and I half (cont) than a minute ago via Twittelator

This was the prevailing reason/concept that prompted me to write this post last week:

Here is your assignment, if you choose to accept it. #edchat #iste10 #rscon10 #k12Online

"At the same time, perhaps because we felt we were guests or immigrants, we structured our work in ways (cont) than a minute ago via Twittelator

Ah, could it be that Marc Prensky's term 'Digital Immigrant' was derived from this line in Papert's The Children's Machine? He undoubtedly would have been aware of this text being that Prensky is primarily concerned with Digital Game-Based Learning. This work of Papert was published in 1993 while Prensky's use of the term first appeared in 2001.

Papert defines CAI as using the computer to program the student and BASIC or LOGO as a way for the student to program the computer.less than a minute ago via Twittelator

"Behaviorists are fond of using the designation 'learning theory' for foundations of their thinking, but (cont) than a minute ago via Twittelator

"The breakthrough that set me on track to what would become my trademark way of using computers came when I (cont) than a minute ago via Twittelator

This is why I think it is critical for schools to support the development of teacher PLNs. We have to find a way to institutionally value informal learning. However, we have to be careful to resist the urge to institutionalize it.

"one visibly works toward the goal by being wrong most of the time. But one can see that one is wrong and ask (cont) than a minute ago via Twittelator

This exactly illustrates what is wrong with formal schooling, high-stakes testing, and the recent drive toward teacher accountability. We punish teachers and students for making mistakes and for getting wrong answers when for learning to occur we have to make mistakes and get wrong answers most of the time.

*I feel like this book is making me smarter. It has not really introduced any new concepts to me but has helped me immensely at connecting thoughts, ideas, and concepts that were disjointed. It has also given me the clarity of thought to express these ideas more clearly. Thank you Seymour!

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