Friday, June 10, 2011

Blog Post 4

eyes looking into the world
Don't teach your kid's this stuff. Please?
By: Scott McLeod

Scott McLeod makes it perfectly clear in this blog post. He states the importance in teaching children technology through a very sarcastic satire. He asks teachers to go ahead and limit there children from available technology. He on the other hand will not and in a few years come back and compare the students. His will be able to excel more in life because they have been introduced to technology. The others will know nothing about technology which will leave them with their heads in the sand when it comes to the future.

Scott McLeod is an associate professor at Iowa State University. He is also a director for the nations only center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, CASTLE , which stands for Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education. McLeod also contributed to the YouTube video "Did You Know? 4.0" .

iSchool initiative
by: Travis Allen

In this YouTube video Travis briefly discusses the pro's to schools providing every student with an "iSchool" device, which is basically like and iPod. The purpose of this"proposal" is to completely get rid of books, paper, pencils, and expensive tools needed for the classroom in such a way that fits in with the rapidly growing technology of the world. Students would still attend school but participate through their personal iSchool via apps such as email, world wiki, and formulae.This proposal would allow parents, teachers, and students to monitor the pupils work at any time. It also would lower our carbon foot print and schools can finally be "green".

I agree with Travis I believe in the long run this would be best for the pupil and the world. We can allow the student education through technology. So it is like we are integrating every subject with up to date technology which would leave the students with education on the what will soon be the future. We as teachers are suppose to prepare our students for the future. Would this not be the best way?

Eric Whitacre's virtual choir
By: Eric Whitacre

Eric Whitaker has taken YouTube and technology today and created a unique video. An ensemble of 185 people singing Lux Aurumque! None of the performers have ever met but there voices were all brought together through technology and Eric Whitacre!  This goes to show we are advancing in ways 10 years ago we would have never thought of .  A choir that had never performed together made a wonderful a beautiful performance.

This performance was amazing! Who would have ever thought a choir directed through YouTube. Soon this could be a class. Even more reason for pupils and adults to familiarize there selves with technology. SO once again I will say integrate technology into the schools. Academics and technology could go hand in hand.

Teaching in the 21st Century  

I feel like the views expressed in this video should be taken very seriously and pondered on. The question what does it mean to teach comes up in this video. Many view this differently and that is why I believe it is so hard to accept technology into the classroom. Many think teaching consists of only Bloom's Taxonomy and nothing more. But, think about it how many things do we learn from technology that exceeds Bloom's? I know I Google everything.

Teachers should welcome technology into their classrooms because it offers a different level of learning to students. Technology allows students to ask any question they want without the fear of being stared at and ridiculed. It allows students to work at home on projects instead of just a classroom. Children can explore, be creative, ponder, and get answers all at their fingertips. So I guess the big question now is why are you holding your kids back?

1 comment:

  1. Go back over yoir post. You still have some writing issues to deal with. See if you can find the problems. If not, let me know and I'll mark up your post. There are not a lot but there are some that should be corrected.

    Why did the font get so mall in The Virtual Choir piece?

    Your summaries are very brief. More detail would help. Review my set of instructions on How to Write A Quality Blog Post. For example, read the post My response to the Comments Left on the Watson vs. Jeopardy Event. In the last half of that post you will find how I did this assignment. Compare it to yours. You missed a lot.