Sunday, September 12, 2010

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


  1. Erin,
    You have made very good points in your response to these articles. I completely agree with you in the points you have made. All of these articles relating to the role technology has in today's society were very interesting to read and made us think as educators in response to what they said.
    You made some different points that I did not think of to "A Vision of Student's Today." I also have students in my rooms who pay but just do not show up. I also know many people who have quit buying textbooks because of the high prices. They just believe they can get by based on power points handed out and notes they take in class. I kind of agree with that for the most part. Teachers hand information and now reading the book may give you an edge over other students but at the same time in certain classes studying notes can give you a good grade as well. Dorm life or on campus living would be another good topic for the video to discuss.
    We as teachers definitely should utilize the resources given to us in the classroom. Even if you are in a low income school use what you have to the best of your ability to not only teach but also to make sure your students are learning the material.
    I would also be very concerned if my child's teacher said that they were computer illiterate. I would think to myself everyday about whether the teacher is teaching to the best of their ability and is my child actually learning the material. Teachers should know the bare minimum at least but they should know a lot more than that.
    The media count was very overwhelming to me as well. There is no telling what would happen if everything just stopped.
    I loved your responses to the articles and enjoyed reading your blog.

  2. I am fascinated by Erin's comments to you on Dr. Wesch's video. The video addressed two issues: students' behavior in an institution of learning AND the way colleges and their employees organize and deliver instruction. The implication is that there is a loose causal relationship between the later and the former. Now take a look at Kristi Bain's response to you. She accurately describes mush of education - burp back education. Get information from books, lectures, power point slides. Burp it back. two points here: 1) Almost all information (text, audio and video) is now available in the clouds. Why should we pay someone to deliver lectures (even if the do use powerpoint slides) to deliver that material over and over again to a group of students? Isn't there a better way? I think there is. And I am also convinced that schools and colleges will be replaced within 15 years. watch for my forthcoming post or posts on this subject.

    "...some type of technological literacy." Just some type? "The teachers should be required to know the bare minimum about computers" you write. "The bare minimum"? and about computers"? I couldn't care less if you knew nothing about computers but you did know how to access, use and communicate information all over the world at no or low cost. And I include video and audio in my definition of information. Teachers never had to know about pencils did they? How they were made? How they were assembled? No. Computers are tools (and rapidly sharing their importance with other tools) that we must know how to use! And how do we learn how to use them? By using them. Just like one learns how to ride a bicycle or drive a car!