Category: 2014 Fellows

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 »

The Buzz Words

Education is filled with acronyms and buzzwords, some invented by educators and others borrowed from industry and psychology and even popular culture memes. Why is it that an experience as basic as learning has been so sliced and diced into so many pieces that it has become unrecognizable? School vision statements are peppered with the buzz… Read more »