Edutopia – www.edutopia.org

This is an excellent website, grounded in the idea of innovation for public education. They have thousands of articles, interviews and blog entries. Also, you can download video podcast from their website or  iTunes to look at some of their past projects covered.  From their extensive collections of videos, that dates back to 1997, my favorite one is:

1. Common Sense: An Overview of Integrated Studies 9/17/2008

Web 2.0 Explanation in plain english – www.commoncraft.com

This is a great website http://www.commoncraft.com/ to learn about the basic Web 2.0 tools.  Very informative and easy to understand.  I can see the potential for outdoor/experiential educators to using these tools before, during or after their programs.  Also, having RSS feeds with topics that are relevant to the experiential education field, brings a whole different level of sharing new information and increasing the knowledge base across the field.

My Favorite Quote!

Below is a quote founded by a NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) instructor in a deserted store in Colorado, who memorized the passage because he had no pencil and paper, describes the perspective on daydreamer and fantasy behavior that I have adopted.

“Some people do not have to search, for they to find their niche early in life and rest there seemingly contented and resigned.  At times I envy them, but usually I do not understand them… and seldom they understand me.  I am one of the searchers.  There are, I believed, millions of us.  We are not unhappy but neither are we completely content.  We continue to explore life, hoping to uncover its ultimate secret.  We continue to explore ourselves, hoping to understand.  We like to walk along the beach; we are drawn by the ocean, taken by its power and unceasing motion, its mystery and unspeakable beauty.  We like forest, mountains, deserts, hidden rivers and lovely cities as well.   Our sadness is much a part of our lives as our laughter; to share our sadness with the one we love is perhaps as great a joy as we know, unless is to share our laughter.  We searchers are ambitious for life itself and for anything beautiful it can provide.  Most of us we want to love and be loved, to live in a relationship that will not impede our wandering and prevent our search.  We do not want to prove ourselves to others or compete for love.   This passage is for wanderers, dreamers and lovers who dare to ask of life everything which is good and beautiful.”

My training/learning philosophy

My training/learning philosophy is based on the constructivist and pragmatic theories with a humanistic approach to it. To explain my philosophy I want to start by citing Eduard Lindenman, 1926 (from Knowles, 1998), “Experience is the adult learner’s living textbook. Based on this statement, I like to provide the adult learner with a common background knowledge using a constructivist approach. In this way I am not lecturing information but instead the learner is creating its own mental squema through a concrete experience. This active experience could be anything from reading a book to interacting with objects to building book shelves. This combines the constructivist approaches that the learner constructs its own knowledge, (based on Piagets’ theory of assimilation and accommodation) and the Deweys’ “learning by doing” pragmatic approach to acquiring knowledge through experiences. The pragmatic philosophy placed the students and their needs and interest on center stage as oppose to putting the subject matter in the center of the educational focus (Knight, 1989)

In addition, the humanistic approach provides a sense of self actualization, personal involvement, self initiation, pervasiveness, evaluation by the learner and its essence is meaning (Knowles, 1998). This humanistic approach is based on Carl Roger and Maslow elements of humanistic psychology.

Transformation

I started blogging last year and now that I feel more comfortable I’ll like to transform this blog into my own professional blog. It started as a class project, but now I want to focus on my professional passions. My hope and desire is to interact with other people passionate about education, technology and the outdoors. Thanks for reading!