Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Twitter Book Club - Seymour Papert's "The Children's Machine" Chapter 2

"all successful leaders find ways to take charge of their early lives sufficiently to develop a sense of intellectual identity" Papertless than a minute ago via Twitterrific

-This statement makes me think of my formative years with the Apple ][ computer. The computer saved me from a School-given sentence to spend my classtime sequestered to the resource room for my then undiagnosed disgraphic tendencies. While I would do the "computer work" assigned me in school the work I would do with the machine at home, cracking codes, modding programs like Oregon Trail, and making my own software was where I found real learning.

"School has the inherent tendency to infantalize children by placing them in a position to have them do as (cont) than a minute ago via Twittelator

"school work is done only b/c the designer of a curriculum decided that doing the work would shape the doer into a desirable form." Papertless than a minute ago via Twittelator

"A megachanged system can come into being only through a slow, organic evolution, and through a close harmony with social evolution." Papertless than a minute ago via Twittelator

"...develop a methodology for reflection about cases of successful learning and especially about one's best learning experiences." Papertless than a minute ago via Twittelator

-One of my most powerful personal learning experiences as a teacher and probably the most powerful learning experiences I helped to create involved students doing peer-teaching after a week of metacognitive reflection. This statement helps to indicate why that experience might have produced such meaningful results.

On judging the effect of computers in the classroom: "It is more like attaching a jet engine to an (cont) than a minute ago via Twittelator

"one of the sources of the technologists' power was the veil of esoteric mystery woven around the idea of programming." Papertless than a minute ago via Twittelator

-Which was always why as a child I found computer programming so enchanting.

1 comment:

Mrs. Tenkely said...

It is fun to read your reflections on the book as you are reading it! Thanks for taking us along virtually.