Month: March 2014

Pedagogy of the Oppressed note

It’s not an easy reading book for me but this book kept me going on and on, I can’t stop reading this. “To achieve this praxis, however, it is necessary to trust in the oppressed and in their ability to reason. Whoever lacks this trust will fail to initiate (or will abandon) dialogue, reflection and… Read more »

Salty, Messy Fun: Mindstorms Reflection

Seymour Papert was definitely ahead of his time when he wrote mindstorms in the 80s.  Unfortunately he still seems to be ahead of his time some 30 years later.  Instead of hands-on and minds-on education, the current trends in education have pushed us towards accountability, standards and a common framework for education.   I think… Read more »

On Reading Mindstorms

Reading Mindstorms should be inspirational. I love reading anything that Seymour Papert has written. His words and his vision have always rung true for me and have always motivated and inspired me to infuse the practice he calls “Constructionism” into my classroom.  Then what it is about this time through the book that I have… Read more »

Mindstorms Commentary

Commentary on Mindstorms by Seymour Papert: Children, Computers and Powerful Ideas   “Certain uses of very powerful computational technology and computational ideas can provide children with new possibilities for learning, thinking, and growing emotionally as well as cognitively.”   Reading Papert’s Mindstorm shed light on several parallels between the learning environment in 1980 when the… Read more »

Epistemology comes true

Mindstorms is so rich of powerful ideas that it is really hard to choose and pick one or two…. Reading the book is like taking a walk among almost every interesting concept I learned in my life, or, said in other words, meeting old friends again like Galileo, Aristoteles,Tarski, Poincare, Piaget and Bruner, all bringing… Read more »

Rambling Mindstorms thoughts

Reading Papert’s Mindstorms: Children, Computers, and Powerful Ideas, my reactions and reflections went in several directions. As a historian, I was struck by some of the assumptions about the development of computers. In some ways, his predictions about the growth of the technology were right on, albeit a bit quaint sounding, “Readers who have never… Read more »

Building Mathematical Literacy in a Maker Classroom

I write this blog out of curiosity rather than authority. I do not think that I teach math. Even more, I decided in highschool that I was not “good at math,” and that decision prevented a potential career in a science lab at a scholarly institution. Instead, and one might argue for the better, I… Read more »

Mindstorms and me as a teacher

I like when Seymour explain about the process to develop his writing as the analogy to new perspective to look at learning. The first ‘unacceptable draft’ that leads to revision with ‘critical  eyes’ and kind of self-assessment and develop work from feedback into presentable form, these steps made me look at the learning process in… Read more »