Wednesday, October 28, 2009

633 Post for 10-28-2009

All I can think of is Vygotsky and how much of a genius he is. I have been reading his work more closely now, and with the assignment at hand, I will have to be "Vygotsky" himself in answering the Four essential questions, and looking at my classmate's answers to reply to their answers with "Vygotsky" in mind.

On the other hand, we just got our first taste of the 'wave' and have started talking amongst each other. It's pretty cool, but i feel that it's just another 'email' client. It is however cool to see people type in real time. Other than that, I really don't see much hype about Google Wave. Oh well, lets go as far to say that no one else is doing anything like it, so BAM! haha..

More to come once I start answering the Essential questions.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

633 Post for 10-21-2009

This will be the first time i'm using my Amazon Kindle for school reading. Vygotsky and the Social Formation. So far so good, just getting through the introductory stuff. it's crazy that he died @ such a young age of 38.

Although his main work was the Zone of Proximal Development, he also did alot in his studies of cognitive development, child 'play' which was a critical feature in the development of higher mental functions.

Perhaps Vygotsky's most important contribution concerns the inter-relationship of language development and thought.

I'm getting very interested in Vygotsky. More to come next week!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

633 Post for 10-15-2009

For my learning theorist, I choose Lev Vygotsky. His major work included the Zone of Proximal Development. (I will have to go into further details later, not in my post!) Initially, after choosing Vygotsky, his name was thrown out in all of our books. Apparently his Zone of Proximal Development is a major theory for learning development. For now, we are going through all types of learning theories. Is it me or do they all say the similar things? I guess I will soon 'filter' out the different types of theories and that will clarify my understandings better. I'll need to buy another book to start reading it.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

633 10-8-2009 Blog

So after all the headaches, I finally posted my 'Community of Practice' (CoP) project online. I lost the last slide, but i'll keep on plugging so I can do it 'right' Working with the volunteers was fun, and it was for a great cause. (South Coast Children's Society) We gardened, and painted the exterior and interior of the home. The children were taken to 'Raging Waters' (a waterpark) while the volunteers did their work.

It was a great experience for me. I realized that people that have nothing in common can come together for 1 cause, and then help each other out. They plowed, shoveled, painted, weeded etc. Sometimes you can't even get that participation from your own Family or Friends!! Strange....why is that? =) Besides that point, I felt that even without a supervisor, teacher, head honcho, people with experience were leading those without much experience, and those who were handy in other areas helped all those who weren't so handy. Even the younger children came out not really knowing why they were there, but knew that it was for somewhat of a good cause. The indirect learning and direct learning was evident. Everyone helped each other out, instructed each other and made it a successful morning of comeing together as a whole community, and making it better for those who were not so fortunate.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

10-1-2009 633 Blog

We are now tasked with Ethnography of a CoP (Community of Practice) I need to figure out where to go, how to observe, and what notes to take! I had a couple of ideas, but they are 'grey'. I initially wanted to go out the driving range (golf) I also wanted to hit the 'firing range' to see if we had some 'communities of practice' going on. I think i'll focus on some sort of club activity. I need to research some area Volunteer places where I helped out earlier in September. I know they have some CoP there. Going to look to 'team' up with a Cadre mate. Looking like i'll have to be a little 'more' creative this time around! =)