Comment on The Waste Books, Teaching, and Learning by Susan Gillis

Fascinating. And the excerpt recalls me suddenly to Henry Reed’s “Naming of Parts.” But perhaps the “apparatus” referred to is of a different sort. Even so, “the investigation of a subject, the effort involved in understanding it, is calculated to teach us to know it better from several sides and to attach it most readily to our system of thought…”

Comment on The Waste Books, Teaching, and Learning by Linda Harasim

Hello, I like the quote and while I don’t know the author or the context of this quote—it resonates with me and my analysis of certain theories of learning (behaviorism, individual cognitivism, connectivism) in which technologies are used to replace human teachers for reasons of instructional efficiency (speed, distribution, dissemination) rather than consideration of learning effectiveness.

Gardner Campbell, I just came across your blog and hope that I have not transgressed by offering my input. But the quote was quite charming and incisive.

Comment on My first teaching machine by Gail Lofdahl

We, too, had a Cyclo-Teacher; I remember it was interesting enough for the subjects that actually interested me, like history or English. It didn’t do much to improve my math skills, however, which is why I suspect my parents actually bought it.
However, one experience did more for me than all the attempts to educate me up to that point. It was the last week of seventh grade, and all my work was complete. My social studies teacher asked me, “Is there something you’ve always wanted to know about?” “The pyramids,” I replied. And with library pass in hand, off I went to do my own research instead of waiting to have the information poured into my head as if it were an empty vessel. A revelation! I didn’t have to WAIT until SOMEONE ELSE educated me; I could do it myself. Wow! I can remember many afternoons spent in the card catalog as I hopped from one interconnected subject to another. I still do it on that great teaching tool we call the Internet. And I will be forever in debt to my teacher, who put the responsibility for learning where it belongs–squarely in the student’s lap!