Thursday, October 14, 2010

Blog Post #8

This Is How We Dream Parts 1 and 2

Richard Miller grew up surrounded by books. Books were a passion that he had. He knew he wanted to work with them one day...he did. He wrote a book that is now on sold for fifty nine cents a copy. He always dreamed of working with hard copy books, but is now working with books that are actually online. He says that our workspace is our desktop. We can research the riches of the world as they are stored on the web. Not just what is around us.
He talks about all of the different resources online and how each one can be used for different reasons. These documents are freely available and are always there. Its not like a library, check out a book and its just not there, but anyone can use it anytime. He ends his speech by saying, "we can do it, we should do it". No doubt, we should.
He also said that there are a lot of things that are not only in books anymore but also on the web. He called these changes incremental changes, not fundamental changes.
"Ideas don't belong to us individually, but they belong to us as a culture". I agree with that very much. Everyone will have the same opinion if we all have the same problems. It is true when he says that we as educators must be in the business of sharing ideas freely, but that isn't just for educators. Mostly educators, but others as well.
In the future, students will learn to compose with digital composing materials that are just now being taught and learned. It will not just need to be just a "black and white" article, it need color, needs to attract people's attention, needs to make people want to read it. Different dreams/ideas should be shown through these online documents.
I believe that I will be prepared to use these types of online learning materials in the classroom. I want to be able to get my students attention and keep it. I believe that using technology this way will enable that.

If you would like to view these two videos, just click on the link below.
This Is How We Dream Parts 1 and 2

EDM 310 for Dummies and The Chipper Series.
Edm 310 for could definitely make money off of that book! I would actually like to be a part of a video like this. They look like they were having fun, and it was actually informative. Some very good points were made,and I believe that these video could actually help people who need it. Basically in both of these videos, they are telling all students to work hard and get things done on time, it's actually possible.

Critiques of Smartboards

Why I Hate Interactive Whiteboards.
Why Smart Boards are a Dumb Initiative.

These two articles were different and the same.
Smart boards can be a good thing in the classroom if a teacher can use it correctly. Otherwise, its just a lot of money hanging on the wall. Teachers need to learn how to work Smartboards. If they can teach a lesson from a smart board, it will be 95% more interesting than a regular white board. Otherwise, you might as well be using a chalk board. In the first article, Sylvia Martinez says, "You can't buy change. It's a process, not a purchase." I couldn't agree more with this. This quote ended this article perfectly proving a point. If you would like to look at either of these articles, they are both listed below.
Why I Hate Interactive Whiteboards

Why Smartboards are a Dumb Initiative


  1. Hi Erin,

    I agree that money could most likely be made off of the EDM 310 for Dummies book. :) It is a hard class, but it is not impossible. Also, I do agree that if a teacher cannot use an interactive whiteboard effectively then it is basically a waste of money. Great post! Keep up the good work.

  2. Thoughtful, thorough and well reasoned. Well written also. But in text. I am thinking seriously about making either project 15 or the Final project an exercise in writing with multimedia.

    Coud the class get a cut in the proceeds from the sale of the book? More Macs!

    Well done.