Practical reality of EeePC and ‘MiTechnology’ usage and Integrated Content Management Systems towards enhanced communities of Learners Dr. Daithí Ó Murchú Gaelscoil Ó Doghair [email_address]
Let’s Ask?? What does MiT mean? What does CMS mean? What is an EeePC? What do we expect MiTs/CMSs? Why even consider an MiTs?CMSs? Are MiTs /CMSs for every child ? How do they all fit into C21 st . Learning and Technology
Outline- How We Learn 10% of what we READ 20% of what we HEAR 30% of what we SEE 50% of what we SEE and HEAR 70% of what is DISCUSSED with OTHERS 80% of what is EXPERIENCED PERSONALLY 95% of what we TEACH TO SOMEONE ELSE William Glasser
Reality Check &quot; No two children are alike. An enriched environment for one is not necessarily enriched for another. &quot; No two children learn in the identical way. In the classroom we should teach children to think and construct learning for themselves. Marian Diamonds: Professor of Neuroanatomy at Berkeley
Reality Check One way is to group children so they are communicating and interacting with each other, they are asking questions of each other, they are learning to be teachers. They are L2L = Learning to Learn together = COLs / COPs One of the most important concepts for a 5 year old to know is that he or she can teach because you have to understand something to teach it.&quot; Marian Diamonds: Professor of Neuroanatomy at Berkeley
The Brain and L2L &quot; So our environment, including the classroom environment, is not a neutral place. We educators are either growing sunflowers or letting them wither and die. The trick is to determine what constitutes an MiT enriched environment. A few facts about the brain's natural proclivities will assist us in making these determinations:
The Brain and L2L The brain has not evolved to its present condition by taking in meaningless data ; an MiT enriched environment gives students an opportunity to make sense out of what they are learning, what some call the opportunity to &quot;make meaning“ in a mobile, itegrated, innovative, evolving and technological way. The Brain develops in an integrated fashion over time. Babies do not talk one week, tie their shoes the next, and then work on their emotional development. An MiT enriched environment addresses multiple aspects of development simultaneously. Multiple Intelligences.
The Brain and L2L The brain is essentially curious and it must be to survive. It constantly seeks connections between the new and the known. Learning is a process of active Construction by the learner and enrichment gives students the opportunity to relate what they are learning to what they already know. As noted educator Phil Schlechty says, &quot; Students must do the work of constructing learning.&quot; Wolfe &Brandt. 1998, Ó Murchú 2008
The Brain and L2L The brain is innately social and collaborative . Although the processing takes place in our students independent brains, their learning is enhanced when the environment provides them with the opportunity to ‘discuss’ and interact with their thinking ‘out loud’ to bounce their ideas off their peers and to produce collaborative work. Wolfe &Brandt. 1998, Ó Murchú 2008
Yo Bro!!! The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it. Interactive Learning Technology for the Deaf Ben A. G. Elsendoorn, Frans Coninx - 1993
Beyond Constructivism - Constructionism A Theory of Learning A Strategy for Education Not Simply Transmitted via teacher to student KNOWLEDGE Actively Constructed by the mind of the Learner Children Don’t just get Ideas, They MAKE ideas They Actively Construct and Reconstruct knowledge out of their experiences in the World Reflection Sharing
MiTs Enriching the Learning Environments It is my belief that Mobile, Innovative Technologically enriched environments unmistakably influence the brain's growth and learning. An MiT enriched environment for children: Includes a steady source of positive support ; Provides a nutritious diet with enough protein, vitamins, minerals and calories; Stimulates all the senses (not necessarily at once) Has an atmosphere free of undue pressure and stress but suffused with a degree of pleasurable intensity; Presents a series of novel challenges that are neither too easy nor too difficult for the child at his or her stage of development;
MiTs Enriching the Learning Environments Allow social interaction for a significant percentage of activities; Promote the development of a broad range of skills and interests and intelligences : mental, physical, aesthetical, social and emotional +++ Gardner MI; Give the child an opportunity to choose many of his or her efforts and to modify them; Provide an enjoyable atmosphere that promotes exploration and the fun of learning; Allow the child to be an active and interactive participant and builder rather than a passive observer. Diamond M. & Hopson. J. (1989)
A Global Perspective Expectations to (MiT)-education MiL2L Active global citizenship (“bildung”/Ethos)? Intercultural understanding Intercultural experience Collaboration Bridging gaps Sharing Quality The bridge, path and process needed: Educational dialogue Active Citizenship / MiL2L A modern democratic global society needs citizens who are “dressed educationally” to make the transition from barely “minding gaps” to “building bridges”.
The collaborative dialogue ( Ómurchú/Sorensen 2006) space is where “the play of learning” comes into existence through a tapestry of dialogue. (...) learning is, in its essence, a fundamentally social phenomenon, reflecting our own deeply social nature as human beings capable of knowing (Wenger, 1998, pp. 3) (...) it is in the meanings we are able to negotiate through learning that we invest ourselves, and it is those meanings that are the source of the energy required for learning (Wenger 1998, pp. 266) . The Social Context.....
The Future? Now we long for a quality of life that comes in meaningful , soulful, authentic, transformative, mathetical connections to friends, colleagues, family that we experience with full-focus attention on relationships, etc. The next aphrodisiac is committed full-attention focus on MiT L2L as Active Global Citizens. In this new area, experiencing this engaged attention is to feel alive. Trusted filters, trusted protectors, trusted concierge, human or technical, removing distractions and managing boundaries, filtering signal from noise, enabling transformative connections, that make us feel secure, are the opportunity for the next generation. Opportunity will be the tools and technologies to take our power back. Fortune favours the brave !!!!!
The CMS? A Content Management System (CMS) is a software system used for content management. Content management systems are deployed primarily for interactive use by a potentially large number of contributors.
The Gaelscoil CMS?
The Eee PC? The Eee PC is here, bringing a whole new, highly mobile Internet experience. Mobility is a key feature of the Eee PC. Its Linux-based operating system uses Solid State Disk (SSD) technology which provides for energy savings and quiet, shock proof, stable computing. The Eee PC is therefore the perfect tool for any active person on-the-go. Weighing in at a mere 1kg, the Eee PC is an impressive little titan for school, work, or vacation. &quot;Easy to learn, Easy to work, Easy to play&quot;
The Eee PC?
Remember The force!! Dr. Daithí Ó Murchú Gaelscoil Ó Doghair [email_address]