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Re: [mendenyo] Can people be motivated?

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  • Samwel Kongere
    Ok Pam Thanks for recognizing this. Sam   Social Community Network/Information Coordinator, Suba/Mbita-Kenya Aliving hope is desire When it is socially
    Message 1 of 11 , Aug 11, 2011
      Ok Pam

      Thanks for recognizing this.

      Social Community Network/Information Coordinator,
      'Aliving hope is desire' When it is socially lived!

      From: Pamela McLean <pam54321@...>
      To: mendenyo@yahoogroups.com; learningfromeachother <learningfromeachother@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 2:54 AM
      Subject: Re: [mendenyo] Can people be motivated?

      Hi Sam, Ed and everyone.

      I have just discovered this thread - somehow I missed it - maybe you can share more of your thoughts and experiences on this.

      Sam I loved the way you finished this " Anyway, who wants to be a failure! Infact nobody! Education is life."


      On 23 June 2011 12:45, Samwel Kongere <jambita1@...> wrote:
      Thanks Ed.
      Motivation is broad based, it is for all of us children, academic stakeholders, infact every of us needs recognition while in most Africa schools it is based on test- result oriented.

      The main core business of learning is academic & education excellence, standard improved, skills maintained, volume of work where a problem is identified. We should give the children what they desire and deserve.

      For us to succeed we have to remember (1) our history, (2)committments in place, (3) piriority and (4) a specific desired goal. Anyway, who wants to be a failure! Infact nobody! Education is life.

      On Tue Jun 21st, 2011 6:47 AM Etc/GMT+12 Edward Cherlin wrote:

      >On Tue, Jun 21, 2011 at 13:41, Samwel Kongere <jambita1@...> wrote:
      >> Hello Ed and Pam,
      >> I have found out that children should be left actually need to explore computers themselves.
      >>  Intel introduced OLPC in our school in collaboration with a local NGO but the children are not impressed because only bring the keypad once a week but not satisfying. They should  be motivated to explore and get the real adventure.
      >> Sam.
      >Nicholas Negroponte has compared this "Computer Literacy" approach
      >with creating a room full of books and chairs and tables and pencils
      >and paper, where children are allowed in once a week, but they cannot
      >use any of it for classwork or homework. How many of them do you think
      >would become literate?
      >> On Sun Jun 12th, 2011 8:48 PM Etc/GMT+12 Pamela McLean wrote:
      >>>Hi Ed
      >>>Once again it looks like we are thinking on similar lines, so I'll take your
      >>>post as an excuse to add my opinions on the topic of motivation and learning
      >>>and our destructive out-moded educational systems.
      >>>Some references to "the problem ref out-moded educational systems":
      >>>   - Fwd - youtube - Education system needs rethinking: Sam Pitroda
      >>>   http://dadamac.posterous.com/fwd-youtube-education-system-needs-rethinking
      >>>   - Fwd - The Changing Role of the Teacher in the 21st Century
      >>>   http://dadamac.posterous.com/fwd-the-changing-role-of-the-teacher-in-the-2
      >>>Young children are compulsive learners and explorers of their environment.
      >>>We also find some adults who are learners and explorers of their environment
      >>>and/or explorers of ideas. Now more of us are able to be like that
      >>>(following our learning interests) through the Internet, which is great. As
      >>>I see it one of the great challenges is to change the education system so
      >>>that it helps children to all continue as genuine learners throughout their
      >>>lives (inside and outside the education system) including their use of the
      >>>Internet, as it becomes accessible to them.
      >>>BTW The value of learning through first hand exploration and investigation
      >>>is also very important, which is why I don't like to see very young children
      >>>"exploring" too much through the mediation of a keypad and screen, I'd
      >>>rather they had plenty of first hand experience  - but that is a separate
      >>>I think there are various ideas which are important and which are in
      >>>opposition to standard educational systems inherited from the 19th and 20th
      >>>centuries. These have to do with questioning the validity of a culture of
      >>>"right answers" and include:
      >>>   - Learn to tolerate uncertainty
      >>>   - Learn to ask your own questions
      >>>   - Be suspicious of questions where you are expected to give "the right
      >>>   answer"
      >>>   - Be suspicious of environments where you are expected to give "the right
      >>>   answer"
      >>>   - Be suspicious of situations where you benefit from other people having
      >>>   "not the right answer"
      >>>   - Look for situations where everyone benefits from finding good answers
      >>>   together
      >>>BTW - regarding onscreen learning I know your enthusiasm for OLPC and the
      >>>ideas behind that. You know I have reservations regarding OLPC so probably I
      >>>should touch on my reasons for reservations.
      >>>I'm in favour of much of the pedagogy of OLPC - if it is carried through in
      >>>practice. I do like Papert's ideas. Back when Mindstorms was due for
      >>>publication over here I was in the queue to get a copy  - I was  an infant
      >>>teacher experimenting with computers in my classroom and I was a great fan
      >>>of Seymour Papert. http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seymour_Papert. However
      >>>theory and classroom practice are not always the same  - and I'm cynical
      >>>about the possible gaps between OLPC theory and practice having observed the
      >>>initial enthusiasts' use of  LOGO and turtle graphics and also observed
      >>>general classroom practice later.
      >>>The main complaint I have about OLPC is not pedagogy, it is simply related
      >>>to the "per child" part of the name, and the fact that (in my opinion) this
      >>>gives the impression these computers are "for all children" rather than "one
      >>>each" for those children who do get them.  They have never come anywhere
      >>>near the children and teachers in the kind of schools I connect with in
      >>>NIgeria, and are unlikely to do so. (As evidence I hoped to refer you to
      >>>Negroponte's answer at a recent London event 21st Century Challenges:
      >>>Digital technology in
      >>>asked by a Nigerian about Nigeria getting involved in OLPC - but the
      >>>question hasn't been included in the videos.) NB Before anyone contradicts
      >>>that statement I should probably say that I am aware of the highly
      >>>publicised single school in Nigeria that did have OLPCs in the very early
      >>>days of the project.
      >>>Like you I am in favour of children who are "agents of their own learning"
      >>>having access to computers, and (whether or not it is the ideal system) OLPC
      >>>has made that possible for some.
      >>>Thanks for sharing the book details. They are new to me. The titles look
      >>>great .
      >>>On 15 May 2011 16:43, Edward Cherlin <echerlin@...> wrote:
      >>>> On Sun, May 15, 2011 at 07:09, <ms@...> wrote:
      >>>> > Charles Paidock, Thank you for sharing the information below.  I learned
      >>>> a
      >>>> > lot speaking at Prof. Bob Lichtenbert's event last month and I hope to
      >>>> > participate again.  The topic of Motivation is relevant for Cyfranogi.
      >>>>  We
      >>>> > might discuss the question online and I could share our thoughts at the
      >>>> > upcoming meeting. "Can people be motivated to pursue more meaningful
      >>>> lives
      >>>> > in all ways other than by finding this within themselves?  Reasoning with
      >>>> > people to be more motivated is quite weak.  How can we get at our wills
      >>>> > and emotions?   Any suggestions?"
      >>>> Children don't have a problem with this. What happens to us to make us
      >>>> lose our motivation? Education and society.
      >>>> I particularly recommend Vivian Gussin Paley's little book, You Can't
      >>>> Say You Can't Play, on this point. Also
      >>>> Learned Helplessness: A Theory for the Age of Personal Control by
      >>>> Christopher Peterson, Steven F. Maier and Martin E. P. Seligman
      >>>> Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life by Martin E. P.
      >>>> Seligman
      >>>> (snip)
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