FC: THE TURTLE THAT INSPIRIED US | by Carol Arcomano
1: This book is inspired by the writing of Blocks to Robots (Marina Bers, 2008) and written for Dr. Chamburg New Jersey City University EDTC 625 Using Integrated Technology June 2009
2: Technology has an impact on children's personal, social, and emotional lives from an early age. They first use computers at home for playing educational games; then in school for processing information and Internet research. | Introduction
3: As they grow, they use technoloogy to build social networks - they communicate with friends, listen to music, meet new people, share stories, shop, email... As educators, it is our responsibility to lay a foundation for children's technological literacy and positive technological development to be good citizens (Bers, 32).
4: Once upon a time there was a teacher and a classroom.
5: Blackboard, pencil, pen and paper. | And she taught the same way that she was taught. (Bers, 48)
6: She made us copy notes into a notebook. | I was TIRED!
7: She used flat maps and atlas's to teach geography. | I was TIRED!
8: Good Job | I was TIRED! | She tested our math skills with standardized fact sheets.
9: She had us look up large words in dictionaries. | I was TIRED! | 6 TH GRADE
10: How much longer will this go on?
11: WE'RE TIRED!!
12: Our teacher is TIRED!
13: WE WERE ALL BORED!!!
14: THEN ONE DAY WE HAD A VISITOR.
15: her NAME WAS marina bers.
16: H ? | we THOUGHT IT WAS cHRISTMAS, BECAUSE sHE BROUGHT US TOYS. yea!!
17: shE CALLED THEM LEGO'S
18: Marina Bers wrote the book, Blocks to Robots. (Bers, 2008)
19: She taught us how to use Legos and robotics to learn math and science and work as a team. The combination of these tools teach us new ways to learn beyond the computer. They will engage us and help us to make positive and caring connections, collaborate, problem solve, work as a team and provide us with positive technological development (Bers, 32).
20: Marina Bers's mentor was Seymour Papert. He wrote a book called, Mindstorms: Children, Children, Computers and Powerful Ideas (Papert, 1980).
21: He talked about "constructionism" and how it gives children the freedom to "learn by doing" and engaging in "project-based learning" (Bers, 13). He said "it offers a technology-rich design-based learning environment in which learning happens best when children and adults are engaged in learning by making, creating, programming, discovering and designing their own "objects to think with" in a playful manner (Bers, 15).
22: Ms. Bers brought Mr. Pagert's pet turtle to class. It was electronic and looked like a robot. She showed us how to move it with a hand-held remote control. It was so cool. Ms. Bers said we can make one with the Legos she brought us.
23: We couldn't wait to make our own. We wanted to learn!
24: "Our teacher learned new things as she helped us." | We worked together, shared ideas, and had FUN!
25: "We got frustrated, but we didn't give up." | But it's "hard fun" (Kay, 38) | Learning is hard.
26: We made amazing things. | A computer | Skyscrappers
27: Cars in motion | Ferris wheel | Robots
28: We experienced positive technological development and healthy "youth" develoment based on the six C's (Bers, 33). | Connection | Character | Confidence | Competence | Contribution | Caring
29: We were developing skills and ways of thinking needed to solve problems using technology in the classroom and in society (Bers, 122). | We had fun AND We felt like rewarded!
30: We all learned new and innovative ways to use technology in a positive and meaningful way to strengthen our learning... (Bers, 122).
31: We continue to learn new ways to learn using technology and robotics.
32: Our teacher is happy and excited to teach. | We all have a new vision on learning.
33: WE ARE HAPPY AND EXCITED TO LEARN.
34: References Bers, Marina. Blocks to Robots. New York: Teachers College, 2008. Logo Computer Systems. Logo Philosophy and Implementation. Westmount, Quebec, Canada: Logo Computer Systems, 1999. Papert, Seymour. Mindstorms: Children, Computers, and Powerful Ideas (1st ed.). New York; Harper Collins, 1980.