Friday, January 15, 2010

Week One Assignment

Did You Know?

WOW! I was completely shocked at all those statements within the video. I had no idea how much things can change in a matter of seconds. I especially liked the statement about "There are 31 billion searches on Google every month." Technology has offered us so much in the recent years and once we learn this new technology, it seems we have to learn it again because that particular item is outdated.

I was also intrigued to know about "The top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010...did not exist in 2004." That statement alone tells me that everything as we know now is/will be or has already changed. This video had some quick, fun facts that anyone could enjoy knowing. I would definitely recommend this video to anyone who wants to learn. Overall, I thought this video was an eye opener for different age groups of people.

Mr. Winkle Wakes

This video makes a lot of sense about technology. Technology is everywhere, hospitals, businesses, some schools. It was disappointing to me about the computer in the classroom that was not being used because I feel that since technology, especially computers, are everywhere we greatly need them within our schools. I feel that education needs to step it up because technological changes are being made daily. When I was first introduced to a computer, I have to admit I was a little scared, but after working on it and learning what it could do, a computer has so much to offer.

Schools need computers in every classroom if not for every student. Some schools do have computers in the classrooms, but I wonder if the teachers let the students use them to learn. When I become a teacher, my students will know how to work and learn on a computer. If it was not for change in technology we wouldn't be where we are today. This time is growing rapidly and we must change. The world is constantly changing, we cannot stop this so either change along with it or stay behind. Technology is our friends.

Sir Ken Robinson

Creativity was the main focus of this video, which is an important tool in education in my opinion. I thought many of the things he said was true because if you think about it, education in our schools is becoming less and less creative and more routine. Children are growing and using less and less of their creative side. I agree with Mr. Robinson about "we grow out of our creativity." Schools need to incorporate more creative activities for children as well as the teachers. As adults, we do not like making mistakes, and most do not like to admit if they are wrong, children on the other hand, they do not mind making mistakes or admitting it, they learn from those mistakes.

Mr. Robinson stated that "every school has the same hierarchy of subjects," I must agree because more and more schools focus and stress the other subjects rather than music and art. Most schools start decreasing funds for music and art departments, when I feel that those subjects are part of the core of an educational learning experience. Creativity is just as important as the other subjects in school. I really enjoyed this video, but I have to admit, I was really dreading watching it. I learned a lot in this video and I believe that many of the points that Mr. Robinson said are true.

Vicki Davis

This video kind of reminded me of my first day in EDM 310, which was Tuesday. A lot of the points that Mrs. Davis said, was similar to Dr. Stranges' statements. I liked when Mrs. Davis said she wants her students to "get comfortable with technology." That is such a great way to network with students and let the students work together with others. Not all subjects in school need to have the routine of textbook and taking notes. I wonder if teachers ever think that majority of the time most students are not really paying attention to them?

I really enjoyed this video, I especially liked it when she talked about customizing her lesson plan to still meet the requirements of teaching this course. She customized it so that there could be more interacts between students and teachers. The statement that Mrs. Davis said that really inspired me to become a better teacher was to "empower students..." Overall, this video was a wonderful way to incorporate many new technology into a classroom setting and I believe that students, children as well as adults will enjoy.


  1. Re:" Did You know" Technology changes so quickly that you could learn something today that no one else in the school system knows; you can be as technology savvy as anyone if you are able to grasp and accept change. What happens next is a mystery and I want to know if I can use it to develop myself and the class I will teach in.

  2. Did You Know?
    Updated calculations indicate that there are 83.3 million Google searches an hour. Yes, an hour. In that same amount of time there are 41.6 million videos watched on YouTube! This is a Watching culture.

    I disagree with you. I think that every student should have their own computer. And I would include all grades but might give in a bit on that.

    I think that schools teach us to not want to be wrong when they should teach that is perfectly OK to be wrong as long as you are trying to find out! In my opinion, questions are more important than answers. But we test and promote based on "answers".

  3. It won't be long before computers are so inexpensive they will be ubiquitous, it is getting pretty close now.For schools it isn't a question of do we allow students to use them, we won't be able to stop them. The focus needs to be on how to leverage them best for the benefit of the student.