Thursday, September 30, 2010

Blog Post #6

The Networked Student
The networked student doesn't exactly need a teacher when he begins to get the hang of things, but definitely needs one to teach him how to respectfully speak to people online. He needs to know how to speak with experts and not look like a completely "uneducated" person.

She will teach him how to take advantage of learning opportunities online and teach him how to build his network. She will offer guidance when he gets "stuck" and teach him how to recognize good information from propaganda. She will show how to turn a web search into a scavenger hunt.

Teachers today should let their students do more of this research and begin to get them more familiar with how using the Internet for resources can be a good thing. They need to know how to tell the difference between good and bad information. The old saying, "the earlier, the better" comes into play here. The earlier a child begins to learn to use the computer, the better off they will be. They will know what is right and what is wrong when they begin to research facts for papers, etc.
If you would like to view this video, just click on the link below!

The Networked Student

A 7th Grader's Personal Learning Environment
This seventh grader has an amazing appreciation for online resources. She is the kind of student I can only hope to have in my classroom when I begin teaching. She went step by step with all of her assignments and completed them all to her satisfaction. She has all of her priorities in line when it comes to her PLE. She is a role model for my PLN. I feel the same as her when it comes to having so much freedom, that you feel the obligation to complete assignments. I personally love that freedom. I hope to one day be able to give that freedom to students in my classroom. If you would like to view her video, just click on the link below!

A 7th Grader's Personal Learning Environment

The Machine is Changing Us
I think what he says is very true. You have to be on television to be significant, you have to have a "voice". Fifteen years ago, the next generation was labeled materialistic, short attention span, narcissistic, and not easily impressed. Very similar to what we say about today's generation when we are having an off day, right? He says, society does not give recognition, you have to create your own. This leads to disengagement and fragmentation.
On Youtube, we communicate through all types of different mediums that shape the message, conversations, and all kinds of possibilities. Youtube shows who people really are. It is easier for a person to talk to a camera than actually speaking to a person face to face.
Youtube shows the good, bad, and ugly. It can leave a huge impression, whether it be good or bad. The "Free Hugs" video shows people coming together. This becomes such a powerful message. More videos (over 20 thousand)from all over the world were made because of this one video. In probably the most private space you could possibly be at, becomes the most public once on Youtube. People can make a difference with web cams. It just goes to show, that we can all be connected. Youtube sends out the message of unity and connection.

The Machine is Changing Us

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

C4K 1 and 2 Summary

The child's blog that I was assigned to comment on was Yolanda S. She seemed to have her priorities in order according to her blog. She had family and school as her top most important things in her life. I could only hope every child would. Her blog was neatly set up, as were the others. Her struggles in school were mostly in math. I completely feel her pain when it comes to this subject. I have never been good with math. But, over all she seems to be and extremely smart student with a steady home life and great family.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Additional Assignment #1

Pitcairn Islands
Although I will be using both, Google Squared and WolframAlpha, I believe I will be using google squared more often. The educational implications of Google Squared is everything is categorized and in order. It also lets you add or delete anything you wish at any time. The educational implications of WolframAlpha was it had all of the different pictures and charts right there in front of you. It is very good for people who are more of a visual learner like myself. Until this assignment, I had never heard of Google Squared or WolframAlpha.
My comments for my "Did You Know" assignment have not changed much. We all still need to be aware of how fast technology is advancing. Especially in our own country. I just realized that instead of taking a statistic for exactly what it says, I should look into it more and really think about what it actually means.
Food For Thought: Never underestimate the capability of a child.

Erin's Podcast

Interview with Richard Hayes About Technology in the Classroom

Friday, September 24, 2010

Blog Post #5

The Benefits of Podcasting in a Classroom.

This video shows how podcasting can encourage student to become more interactive with each other using technology. Not only is it good for the students, the parents can also see what their children are doing at school. Students can record different things and upload them very easily. I believe podcasting is one more way to make school more enjoyable for kids. If you would like to take a look at the video about podcasting just click on the link below!

Podcasting in the Classroom

100 Ways to use you iPod to learn and study better

There are so many more things you can do with your iPod than just listen to music. The iPod can upload all kinds of different study guides and notes that any student can use to study. Things like Sparknotes, Cliffnotes, Mogopop, etc. The tutorials and applications are numerous. Now students don't have to worry about keeping up with papers. They can simply look at their iPods. If you would like to see a list of all of the different things the iPod offers to help people study, just take a look at this list!

100 Ways

Eagle Nest Radio

These children are learning and having fun at the same time. This podcast proved that! They take what the teacher has taught them,and act it out in front of the camera. Not only did they retain the information needed, they learned while having fun. And might I add, they were very good actors if I must say so myself. These children got to take advantage of technology in the classroom. Hopefully one day, in my teaching career, I will be able to take advantage of technology just like this teacher did. If you would like to view the podcast just click on the link below!

Eagle Nest Radio

Friday, September 17, 2010

Blog Post #4

Don't Teach your Kids This Stuff. Please?
I believe that children should not be kept from learning about technology. Without this knowledge, what will their futures be like? Every child deserves a fair chance at life and not being exposed to technology is one of the worst things anyone could possibly for that child. Our society has advanced so much that technology will one day consume it. I feel that people should not be completely reliant on technology, but definitely need to know how to work with it. If you would like to read this post just click on the link below.

Scott McLeod's post

The iSchool Initiative
I believe children need to be able to read AND WRITE. This has advantages but also major disadvantages. Children need to practice throughout school with not only technology, but hands on things as well. The iSchool would be great, but there are just so many different things children are missing out on. I understand it would be cheaper to have the iSchool, but would children really be better off with this? I believe this is allot of planning without thinking about the consequences of not having actual pencil and paper in the classroom. Very neat, don't get me wrong. But I believe this will not work. If you would like to see the iSchool that I am talking about just click the link below!
The iSchool Initiative

The Lost Generation
This video was great. I do refuse to believe I am a part of a lost generation. Just by simply getting my priorities in order would make this world such a better place to live in. I want my family to be the most important part of my life. I will make sure my employers know this. I do not believe I will be divorced in 30 years. If everyone could have this out look on their own lives, things could really begin to look up. Of course, we will have to learn from our mistakes, but in the end, we will not be a lost generation. If you would like to read more about the Lost Generation, just click on the link below.

The Lost Generation

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir
This has got to be one of the neatest videos I have watched with this class so far. It's cool how you can see the back of the director when the screen in turning. This sounded really nice as well, even though I do believe I wouldn't know what to think if someone was singing to their computer. But for these people to have never met, and just decide to do put this together is incredible. Congratulations to them. They did extremely well. If you would like to see this virtual choir just click on the link below!

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir

Sunday, September 12, 2010

C4T #1

Wesley Fryer. This man has given me a very large insight on how technology effects not only adults, but children as well. Kids on the Internet are being bullied and all kinds of different things that I had no idea were even happening He gave a speech that summed up everything children have to deal with on a daily basis. Awful things at that. He let parents know that they need to be more aware of what their children are saying, seeing, and reading.
Facebook and other social networks are huge deals when it come to looking for jobs, then even being considered to be hired. When looking for a job, businesses are on social sites and when being hired, businesses look at that person's personal Facebook. I would really suggest taking a look at Wesley Fryer's Blog. It gave me an entirely different view of how the Internet is being used.

The World Better Prepare for when I'm a Billionaire!

Blog Post #3

A Vision of Students Today
"What is it like being a student today?". This video seems to sum my college life right up. I buy hundreds of dollars worth of books, just to use one or two. I have one professor that knows my name. Plenty of people pay to take the classes, but NEVER come. Fortunately, I won't be covered in student loans when I graduate, but I know plenty of people that will be.
Many people don't even buy textbooks anymore because of all of the resources we have online now. All of the different websites, who knows if textbooks will even be used in the future? What's the point in having a chalkboard anymore if everything can be put into a computer and shown through projection, etc.? I think is this video added a little bit of information about dorm life, it would be perfect. If you would like to watch this video, just click on the link below.
Product of Kansas State University A Vision of Students Today
It's Not About Technology
I could not agree with this article more. Teachers must be willing to learn and teach at the same time. Technology is advancing so quickly, they will not always be able to know it all. They are going to have to be willing to take advice from whomever or wherever it may come. "Learning is not the same to all teachers and all students, but it must always be the goal". What's the point in having a classroom with no learning happening? It would be a waste of money, time, and effort. If a student simply does not learn the subject matter, then teaching has not been done. We need teachers in today's society to realize when learning is not taking place.
We could have the best equipment in a classroom, but without a teacher who knows how to use, it is no good. "When we put innovative tools in the hands of innovative teachers, amazing things can happen". That sentence is the best from this entire article. Without educated teachers, what is the point? We need teachers who are willing to teach and willing to learn! If you would like to read this article, you may click on the link below.
Kelly Hine's Article It's Not About The Technology
Is It Okay To Be A Technologically Illiterate Teacher?
I do agree with Mr. Fisch. I think every teacher should have some type of technological capabilities. With technology advancing so quickly in today's society, who knows if classrooms will even have textbooks in the future? Teacher's should at least be required to know the bare minimum about computers.
Another thing I really agreed with him about, is he mentioned he hated hearing people say the were computer illiterate. I personally would be worried if I heard a teacher at my child's school say something like that. I don't think it as extreme as reading and writing, but no doubt at all, I would not feel as comfortable with that school as I should. If you would like to read Mr. Fisch's blog, just click on the link below.
Karl Fisch's Blog Is It okay to be a Technologically Illiterate Teacher?
Gary's Social Media Count
This social media count is almost overwhelming to me. With number's getting so much higher within only seconds, what would happen if everything just stopped? Would society just crash? Businesses be done? Of course! Technology is a very important part of society today. This just proves within only a few seconds, how much people use technology! If you would like to see this, which I do recommend, just click on the link! Gary's Social Media Count

Friday, September 3, 2010

Blog #2

Did You Know?
"For students earning a four year technical degree this means that half of what they learn in their first year of study will be outdated by their third year of study". As a student, that TERRIFIES me. Is all of this advanced technology necessary? It is becoming to look that way. Computers in every classroom, ipods in every hand, and a number of text messages that exceeds the total population of the planet?!
At first I thought this class was going to be a waste of time for me. I thought I knew everything about computers that would be needed for a classroom. I am beginning to realize, I know the bare minimum. Just enough to get by. With computer technology advancing at such a fast pace, there is no telling what the future of a classroom will be.
Will there be any books in years to come? Or will it all be electronic? "In 2049, a $1000 computer will exceed the computational capabilities of the entire human race". That seems almost robotic! Will this type of advancement be good for society?...For the world??? This video reminded me of the country song by Brad Paisley, Welcome To The Future. All of the advancements that have taken place. What would our ancestors think? I really enjoyed this video, it was a real "eye opener". If you would like to watch it you could click on the link below.
Karl Fisch's Video
Mr. Winkle Wakes
This video is almost mind ratteling. I believe that when necessary for a school to "up grade", small steps should be taken to do whatever is needed. If a change in curriculum is required, then let there be change! When these children graduate, what will they have learned that is to be valuable enough for a good job?..or to even get into a good college? Most colleges require you to fill out an application online!
If schools do not teach up to date computer classes, then when the students get into the real world, what will happen? It is very important teachers and well as students to be up to date with matters such as this. If something new comes along every two years, then new things should be taught every two years. Why wait? If you would like to watch Mr. Winkle Wakes, just click on the link below!
Rip Van Winkle's Video
The Importance of Creativity
"If you are not prepared to be wrong, you will never come up with anything original". In this speech, Ken Robinson talks about the fear of being wrong and making mistakes, and we are now running educational systems where the worst thing that could possibly happen is make a mistake. The result? We are educating people out of their creative capacities.
Ken Robinson believes that we do not grow into creativity, we get educated out of it. I'm not sure if I agree with that statement. An artist has to be taught to write. A musician has to be taught the notes. An athlete has to be taught how to play. He believes that children pretty much are born knowing things. If children are given this talent, who will recognize it? Teachers in the schools system.
He is almost acting upset that the public education system gets children ready to go to universities. Wouldn't that be one main reason for high school? The public school systems, and private might I add, are the systems in this society that find where children really flourish academically and physically. Whether the child is very good at math, or as he used in his example, a great dancer. Without the school system, they would have never known Gillian Lynne had such talent. I believe he is placing too much criticism on the public school systems. He is not giving them enough credit. If you would like to watch this speaker, he really is quite humorous, I guess I just see things differently than he does?
Ken Robinson's Video
Harness Your Students' Digital Smarts
Mrs. Davis is exactly the kind of teacher we need teaching in our school system in today's society. She is teaching her students the advancements in technology. She creates an atmosphere in her classroom that makes students curious and want to learn more about technology. She is preparing them for the real world.
Mrs. Davis in her video, is the kind of teacher that seems to learn as she teaches, not just before hand getting a lesson ready. She interacts with her students on the computer. Not only assigning homework and whatnot, but actually making class fun for them. I do believe, for the future of our society, we need more teachers like Mrs. Davis to keep children, and other teacher at that, up to date. If you would like to see Mrs. Davis in her classroom, you may click on the link below! I really recommend it!
Vicki Davis's Video