Saturday, January 16, 2010

EDM 310 Entry 1

Did You Know?

I thought this video was very informative. While I was watching, I started thinking about the information that was being presented. The more I watched I began to think "Where are they getting this information from?" I think the video is full of statistics. It made me think more about the video, was it true or was it done to make people think about the world around us.

I think this video was made from statistics. I enjoyed the information that was presented. I think it was made to make people who saw it think and I did just that. Is it making the viewers think about true or false statements is the question that I am asking?

Mr. Winkle Wakes

After seeing Mr. Winkle Wakes, it makes me think about the way education is being taught in the schools. For Mr. Winkle to wake up after 100 years and the only thing that has not changed was the delivery of education, something is very wrong with that. I think there should be a different type of delivery other than the same old presentation that has been used for many years. I think there should be a different type of delivery other than the same old style of lecturing. The students should be more hands on and learning should be fun for them.

In the video it shows how technology has also changed over 100 years. It talks about how people are able to speak with one another through the computer and how machines printed out pictures. Then he went to the hospital and realized there was technology there also. The technology that he saw was helping to keep people alive and taking pictures of their bones. This makes me wonder what is more important advances in technology or education?

Sir Ken Robinson: The Importance of Creativity

This video was long and boring, sad to say. Although it had some good points. Mr. Robinson's main focus was to talk about education helping and not minimizing student's creativity in schools. He thinks creativity and literacy should hold the same status. Kids will try anything and are not afraid of being wrong. People are born with creativity it is not something learned. Creativity comes from the different ways people see things around them.

Mr. Robinson stated that all of the school systems around the world have the same subjects. Some schools put more emphasis on certain subjects. He thinks the subjects that allow students to be creative have no value in the schools anymore. He also thinks degrees no longer have any value. I agree with the things he said about the importance of creativity. If someone was not being creative we would not have the things we use everyday. Schools should put a little more emphasis on the arts in schools, they would be surprised what the students are capable of doing.

Vicki Davis: Harness Your Students' Digital Smarts

Vicki Davis, shows that you do not have to live in a big city or even be a super star to do something that will change the lives of many people all over the world. She is only a teacher and the IT director at her school who uses different ways of technology to connect her students the people around the world. She believes there are many ways to learn besides the usual way of paper and pin. She also travel the world talking about what she does as a full time teacher. Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsey founded the global project Diji Teen, which allowed students from around the world to study digital citizenship.

I support everything that Vicki Davis has done to improve her student's knowledge of technology. Technology is changing and improving everyday. I think if more teachers allowed their students to teach once in a while then the classes would be more interactive as well as fun. I think if more teachers would do more to help the students learn school would no longer be considered boring.

1 comment:

  1. Be careful about statistics. The China and India numbers are large because their populations are so much larger than the United States. Right now 22.3% of the population of China would have to be English speaking to equal the number of people living in the United States. Because the number of people in China is growing much faster than the number of people in the United States, that percentage is dropping and by 2016 the prediction made will most likely be true.

    The same is true about the statement "India has more honors kids than America has kids." First, honor student is implicitly defined as the top 25% of the students. Since India has more than 4 times as many students as America, the statement that the number of honor students in India is self-fufilling.

    "I think there should be a different type of delivery other than the same old style of lecturing." You're not the only one!

    You are the first to indicate they found the speech boring. Several students said that they predicted it would be boring, because of its length. But none found it boring. You appear to be unique!

    My guess is that Ms. Davis is the technology teacher in the school. If that is the case, I would be concerned. I think every teacher should be using the tools Ms. Davis uses all the time.