RE: [xmca] Joint mediated Activity

From: Russell, Donna L (
Date: Tue Mar 14 2006 - 14:19:48 PST

As I think about this discourse on tool mediated learning and I consider how tools change with meaningful use I wonder whether the types of online games that are discussed here may create an alternative reality that expands human consiousness into a cyber-social-cultural reality and whether in this cyber context are the tools used in this space -the use of language, interactive media, asynchronous and synchronous dialogic spaces-- the primary giver of meaning in that they control the learning context or perhaps the potentiality of the learning that results from these interactions?
 Is the meaningful activity embedded in the tools or the users in these highly technologically mediated environments and when you study these environments is the research epistemology of this process different relative to how you understand the mediational effects of these online learning environments?
Donna L. Russell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Instructional Technology
Curriculum and Instructional Leadership
School of Education
University of Missouri-Kansas City
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From: on behalf of Elina Lampert-Shepel
Sent: Tue 3/14/2006 3:00 PM
To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
Subject: Re: [xmca] Joint mediated Activity

About re-discovering the wheels...:-) Do wheels change when they
become a part of different vehicles? Correct me if I am wrong, but
I thought that for Vygotsky meanings were cultural and discovered
and transformed in the course of human activity while for Dewey
they are social and embedded in the countinuity of experience of
human association, and are created. Anyway, do we discover or
create meanings in joint mediated activity?

Quoting bb <>:

> On Tuesday 14 March 2006 11:12 am, Mike Cole wrote:
> >
> > "Things gain meaning by being used in a shared experience or
> joint
> > action." - John Dewey
> >
> Re-discovery naught. Now I appreciate Dewey, but it's a nice
> quote because it
> is such an over-generalization that it applies to every thing,
> everyone, and
> everywhere. Of this kind of statement, Bierce wrote "A thought
> that snores in
> words that smoke."
> bb
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Elina Lampert-Shepel
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Graduate School of Education
Mercy College New Teacher Residency Program
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