Well, to say week 7 has been busy would be an understatement! Not only did we focus on readings, we also focused on “tweeking” our midterms a bit for submission, and we also have been working like CRAZY on our final project! I couldn’t be happier with our group, we all talk daily (if not several times!) and we are very close to our finished project. Teamwork has been outstanding, and I have sincerely enjoyed this project.
For this weeks readings, I read over Papert’s article and looked at some YouTube videos, I have to say starting out it was difficult to follow Mr. Papert until I sat back and took it all in. I really think he is a visionary for education, particularly when he discussed the way schools are focusing on standardized tests as a way of measuring student success. He very elegantly points out the fact that the world is changing, and the things we need to learn are changing constantly as well. Some of the jobs we all prepared for when we were younger are no longer viable, the younger generation is growing up in a digital world that is constantly evolving, and educators have to stay on the forefront to ensure that we are teaching what our students will need for future learning. I think, in a basic sense, Papert points to the computer as the evolution of learning and the keeper of knowledge, waiting to be unleashed in a practical sense within our education system. I found a pretty good YouTube video which puts some of this into perspective:
Does Papert have some points? I think so, I think he is turning to the computer as this box full of information waiting to be unlocked, in the appropriate fashion by skilled educators acting more as facilitators of learning. Do some of Papert’s views have implications for my course? I think so, simply because I have to realize and face the reality that I might not know “everything” that my students may need to know for their success in the future. So, I think this really supports more of a constructivist approach to course design, allowing our students the freedom to unlock their own potential.