Friday, September 7, 2012

Blog Assignment 2

Did You Know? 3.0 By John Strange
Over time, new technology arises. Although this is true, the way we teach our children in the classroom does not mirror the new innovations. In John Strange's presentation, he shows how the United States is falling behind in educational standards and how new technology would help lessen the ratio. Strange states that India has as many honor students as the United States has students! Also at some point in the future, China will have more English-speaking people than US citizens. These incredible numbers show how advanced other countries are educationally and how far we have to go as a nation.

Some may argue that students are not prepared for a move towards new technology.
Although the belief of many is that not all children have computers in their homes, yet in reality 92% of students from the ages 8-12 do have them. Most children seem to know how to use them better than the older generation does. I believe that educators are scared to move towards new technology because the students know how to use computers, Google, SMS texting, and YouTube better than they do. If we were able to start using these things in the classroom, students would be more likely to respond and participate in learning activities. As we start to shift this mindset, the United States will arise to an elite educational status.

Mr. Winkle Wakes
Mr. Winkle getting out of bed
After being asleep for one hundred years, Mr. Winkle awoke to find that many things have changed in the world of technology. He goes to an office building and a hospital which house things that he had never seen nor heard of before. Winkle describes things like printers and computers that were all foreign ideas to him. This shows how technology can change drastically in one hundred years. Things people had never thought of back then can be created now.

Near the end of the video, Mr. Winkle goes into a school. He sees that everything is the same and he feels comfortable there. This shows the progress in the world of technology and how there has been no progression of technology in schools. It seems that with everything else progressing into new horizons, shouldn't the schools also be moving forward. We are only holding the next generation back by not giving them the tools they need to succeed.

Sir Ken Robinson: The Importance of Creativity
In Robinson's Presentation, he uses his dry sense of humor to persuade the audience how important creativity is in a child. He says that by telling children that they are making mistakes, we are keeping them from expanding their creative ability. Robinson stated "We do not grow into creativity, but grow out of it." I believe that this is true because the world tends to tell us the way things are supposed to be. For example, artistic people are percieved to be not as successful as a lawyer or doctor. People try to say how much money you make is how successful you are and that is not the case. The academic system is based upon academic ability and this is why we are hurting these children.

In the future, degrees will become unimportant because of the push for every child to attend college. Therefore, the job market will not have as many jobs for these kids finishing college. This is why students need to choose a career that they will be happy in because they have a better chance of getting a job for something they are more passionate about than how much money they will make. Ken Robinson makes us realize how education or intelligence is in the eye of the beholder and should not be based upon what others think.

A Day Made of Glass 2
Have you ever wondered what the future holds for technology? This video shows what the world would be like if they developed new innovations with glass. One concept shown was a 3D image that is reflected from the glass. This is something that people want to see in the future and it was cool to actually visualize this. All of the glass will be able to project images and be used as a touchscreen.

Why is this important? Glass is a more eco-friendly substance than other compounds like aluminum. Our world is trying to become more healthy and this will help that. As time goes on, this would be an awesome thing to see our world revolving around glass products.


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  2. Did You Know - good summary BUT did you realize that the comments on China and India relate only to the matter of population size. You could say that the 25% of the population in India with the biggest ears outnumbers ALL of the people in the United States with two ears. That is because India has over 4 times as many people as the U.S. and China has over 5 times as many! Look it up.

    "We are only holding the next generation back by not giving them the tools they need to succeed." But it will take me almost all semester to convince many of your classmates of that!

    How will the "glass revolution" affect schools, teachers, students - learning in general?

    Previous comment deleted to remove a comma that should not have been present and that changed the meaning of what I had written.

  3. Your blog post was nicely written and grammatically correct. The post's layout was well spaced and each part was easily identifiable. Your short summaries of the individual videos were well written and could be understood easily by someone who has not watched the videos. I would recommend including the hyperlinked form of the name of the video within your descriptive paragraphs.
    I agree with you to a certain extent, pertaining to technology in the classroom. I believe that the use of technology would be helpful if controlled. For example, I am doing my early field experience in a Baldwin County school and they have recently began the Digital Renaissance. Each student has been given a MacBook. I witnessed these student misusing this technology while their teacher was reviewing for their first test. They were playing games and skyping each other. As far as I am concerned, this was not the use of technology in the classroom I would like to see. We, as educators, would need to become more aware of our students actions in the classroom if technology is to be put in the hands of said students. The students themselves would also need to become more responsible and accountable. I believe these are only a few issues we would come into contact with.