Thursday, July 30, 2009

Class day

Today starts our first synchronous meeting. I'm excited! I've completed my Action Research readings for the week, and have an idea of what I want to do it on, just need to 'fine' tune it to address all the necessary components that make up the AR. I'm still wondering how we'll be 'graded' upon...I guess that's the ultimate question! Checkin in for now! MT

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Tuesday Thoughts

did i say my head hurts?? anyhow, i hope i'm heading in the right direction with my Action Research topic. I'll need to read up more on what makes this a good topic/or not...Having my classmates collaborate on our assignments are very helpful. (grammar) This bunch doesn't miss a beat! yay!! anyhow, i'm just focusing on the week ahead, trying to 'read' and grasp the 'main' points of all the readings. MT checking in..

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Getting ready for Launch!

As I sit here pondering what i've gotten myself into, i've just completed lunch, and my first webpage (for school). It's nothing fancy, nor 'high tech', but it represents me in some ways. Cutting and pasting stuff together, making it easier for myself, and along the road, learning a thing or two. =) I've been receiving alot of emails lately, and as I stand, i'm actually trying to lean on a pole or something to keep me from falling. It's a little overwhelming, but I think this is where i need to shake it off and focus on the immediate, and not the future. What do i need to do now to get to the later? What's due soon? What do we have to read now? What do we need to complete by mid august? end of august? wow...buffer overload. I think i'll need to start staying up later...or something in order to complete what I need to do. All I know is that we are having discussions about a shared calendar, aggregating emails, phone numbers, and all the other fluff. NOW---> Webpage in launch mode, but continuously improving...

Michael checkin in...

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Final Virtcamp reflections

we've finally finished our last day at Pepperdine. i got alot more out of this than i've ever thought i would. i've learned about the 'whys' of all the activities that we've participated in. i can honestly state that i've learned so much more about my classmates in 4 days than i would have hypothetically in a semester. it also seemed like all of my classmates also felt the same way as i did. they were appreciative, trusting of one another, had confidence and was comfortable with one another. this would make it easier to open up, collaborate and ask questions of one another. as Tanner told us, this experience is like his skydiving experience...scary, fast, but at the end there's a soft landing...i will utilize the contacts that i've made to make this a successful year. Michael checking in...

Friday, July 17, 2009

Friday Relection Blog...

Its friday and we are still here trying to get our Legos to work! what did i learn today? Trust is critical in the development of social networks. i've realized that once you trust the members in your social group, it makes it easier to get things accomplished, and learning, collaborating occurs voluntarily. I would normally do things that would be more beneficial to only me. I'd help out as much as i could as long as it did not get in the way of my own personal time. but now, i'd keep on working with my social network, cadre, learning circle and cohort.
i'm trying hard to put thoughtful thoughts on here, but i presume i'll 'get better' at it in a bit...(days weeks?) I did feel the 'stages' of the beginning, it's the 'omg' how do i do this? Then it goes to ok, it's not THAT bad...Then comes the failure, and fixing of the failure and then relearning. this process seems to be part of life, it's just emphasized more that i'm here now at Pepperdine. it feels great...we feel like a team, a family, and most importantly, leaders of the future...people that WILL change the world...even if it takes days, months, years!!
I'm michael, i'm checking IN!!

reflection 7-16

its late, but time to blog....who controls a discussion? I think YOU do! as disussed about the topic in 'refelections', i felt like yes, anyone could talk about whatever they wanted to talk about, (in the group setting)

something also on my mind...designs of other group's before and after you determines what YOU have to do. so really, do i need to design my robot yet? i guess the moral of the story is that you MUST collaborate with your community...thanks Pepperdine for the guidance... =) GOOD NITE...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Reflection Wed July 15th

as my cpu utilization dwindles down (my brain) for the day, I find myself mentally exhausted. my view on the 'community' has changed somewhat. From Jonathan Harris's video to creating a 4-step Lego drop off, to Iron Chef'ing...

I find myself relying alot on my community of cadremates. Today was a mentally challenging day. There were so many things that I needed to co-ordinate with my peers, tasks to be performed and processes to follow. Not everything is 'cookie cutter' or 'templated' in these exercises as some of life is. I think i've learned to 'trust' more on other people's ability so that I could do the things I need to do for the team to succeed. (Vice versa)

Last thoughts: I hope tomorrow is just as challenging if not MORE!! I LOVE IT!! =) (after some sleep that is...)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Reflection 1.0

Instead of thinking of ways to earn more money when i initially journeyed to Malibu, i am thinking of ways that our cadre can change the world!!! when i was asked initially of why i wanted to do MALT it, my answer was for 1.the degree, 2. the experience 3. money?
Now my answer would be "to learn, learn, and eventually do good for the world!" Also all the FRIENDLY CADRE'mates...LOVE IT...