Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Blog Post 2

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Did you know? By: Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod

Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod have come together to publish this video on how fast technology has swept the world. This video gives light to the capabilities of technology such as giving estimated dates to when a super computer will be built and the abilities of it. According to Did You Know? There is a prediction that in 2049 a computer will exceed computational capabilities of the human race. There are many debated topics of this video.
I believe that technology is constantly changing and being used more and more. I think the possibility of having a computer exceeding computational capabilities of the human race may be possible. I mean look at any store. They have cash registers that compute for us so we do not have to pick up a calculator. Oh, but wait a calculator may be considered technology. So shall I say a piece of paper and a pencil? Technology is a market that continues to grow. People will always buy the coolest, hottest gadget that helps make their lives simpler and technology will eventually out compute the human brain.

Mr. Winkle Wakes
By: Mathew Needleman

Mr. Winkle Wakes is a very interesting film stating how much technology and things change throughout the years. It is short and simple and to the point. It basically is stating that technology and everything around is on a booming up rise. Everywhere you go there will be technology. I think it also shows how behind schools are in tech world not exposing children enough to what their futures will consist of.

I believe this film is a great way to explain how come it is important to have access to technology and knowledge of technology in the classroom. After Mr. Winkle has seen so much technology in the world and then goes to a school where nothing has changed in his 100 years of sleep should throw a warning flag. Out in the working fields technology is used constantly for simple things such as a cash register to very important things such as keeping people alive. With children never exposed to technology how will they ever have a chance in the working field?

The Importance of Creativity
By: Sir Ken Robinson

Whoa! Ken Robinson has hit a home run with this lecture. In viewing Ken makes points on how the public schools put creativity on the back burner and focused only on the academic part of teaching. He makes a statement of how when children start off in school educator’s focus on a little bit of movement and the child’s body. As they grow older we focus on their heads and eventually focus shifts to one side of the brain. He mentions how creativity is cute out from the curriculum and what little classes available to explore and use creativity are pushed to the bottom.
I love the way Ken Robinson describes how a school kills creativity. Not only schools but others also. I believe schools and future educators should focus on integrating the arts into academics. I think if it was integrated into the curriculum that dropout rates would decrease and test scores that everyone focuses on, would increase. Students would want to come learn through something that is fun, exciting, and they enjoy.

Cecelia Gault
By: Cecilia Gault

I believe that a creativity and technologically would be the best way for students to excel. You have to give the creativity for students to be able to learn the best way possible for them. You have to provide the technology so they have the best thing for students to have, the world at their fingertips. With the combination of technology access, free expression of creativity, integration of the arts, and academics students would be able to advance academically.

Harness Your Students’ Digital Smarts
By: Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis has taken a classroom in Georgia and turned it into a global learning center. She allows students to learn through technology. The students participate in blogging and other forms of communicating. Through technology Davis has given her students once in a lifetime opportunities by showing them the world of technology.
I think Davis is doing something great! I love the way that she mentions she doesn’t even know how to do things but they still attempt them. I think with Davis as a teacher and showing the students that it is okay to try something sets a prime example for students not to hold back on trying new things.

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