Sunday, June 26, 2011

Blog Post #8


This is How We Dream Part 1 and 2

 In the videos This is How We Dream Part 1 and Part 2, Richard E. Miller talks about how writing in the academy and in the culture has changed. He started off explaining how he was a person who basically lived by books. He grew up in a house filled with book, and he dreamed of a career that involved working with books. He states how the end results are still books, only difference is they are now virtual. He makes it clear that the way we work now is through our computers and not much with pencil and papers. To me this is great. It good now because, back with only pencil and paper we were limited to creativity. One could write words, draw a few pictures, color them and basically be done. Now with the use of technology, we can use the creativity god instilled in us. with this more modern term called technology, we can teach better, use more animation, gather more information and instant feedback from others with in a few minutes and even send out information we learn to others all around the world. In these video, Mr. Miller constantly compare the use of technology(computer) to the use of the library. With some similarities, there are many more beneficial differences. In my opinion, the library's only real use is to get access to a computer, realistically.

Blog Post # 12

Carly Pugh's blog post # 12 along with her playlist and many links were very creative and amazing. The links I followed on her page had some really great videos that I think will be something I use in my classroom in the future. This will give the students time to work with technology and learn something new while using their own imagination. The video that stood out the most to me was Think Different. Think different was about some familiar people who have had a great impact on the world today. Some of these people were, Martin Luther King Jr. Muhammad Ali, Nelson Mandela, and some others that I could not think of their names.  Many of these people stepped outside of the box, payed no attention to the rules, were trouble makers and did what they thought or knew was right. They did not care about criticism and what people thought of them, they wanted to make a difference. The video describe these people as having no respect for the status quo, and the round pegs in the square holds. They though differently from the average person and look where they are now. Famous,well know, and MADE A DIFFERENCE IN SOCIETY.

The Clipper Series/EDM 310 for Dummies

This video, The Clipper Series, was very funny, yet very eye opening. There are many students in school like Chipper, and I can honestly say I have found myself to be a "Chipper" on some occasions. "Procrastination"!!  Waitng to the last minute to do assignments is not a good idea. There are always issues to face such as: technological issues, emergencies and forgetting to do parts of the assignments. I pray to God, I never end up totally like Chipper. She has really missed the entire point of being in school, to learn and abide by certain rules. As a future teacher, I do not wish to have any students such as Chipper. Now lets discuss EDM 310 for Dummies. This video was amazing!!! I think I can put myself in the shoes of the actors in this video. I have realized, that with discipline, determination, and a little guidance, anyone can make it in EDM 310, and any other class also. The first step is, you have to discipline yourself, and MANAGE YOUR TIME wisely. If I had to come up with ideas for my own video, I would find a homeless person on the streets, who desire education but lacks resources. I will pay their tuition for EDM310 and give them a copy of EDM310 for dummies, for an entire semester. At the end of the semester, I would write a summary on how well the homeless person did in EDM 310, using the book and its resources for help. This idea will compare an average student with an homeless person, and determine how well anyone can actually learn.

Learn to Change, Change to Learn

Learn to Change, Change to Learn  was a very interesting video. One of the first statements that was made in the video was, "Education is ranked # 55, and thats below coal mining." REALLY??? This is horrible. The group of teachers who made their statements and short speeches, all had some interesting views. I personally find it true, realizing that kids do have a richer environment outside of school. The things they are familiar with such as texting and social networking are prohibited in many schools. To me this his not allowing their creative minds to exploring their own way of learning, nor give them a more realistic learning environment. Technology and Children are like peanut butter and jelly, these days. So why not incorporate more technology into schools and give the kids a more modern learning environment?


  1. Hi KaShondra
    I really liked the comments you had on this post. Yes, it is true that kids have a more rich environment outside of school, and this is something that we as teachers need to take an initiative of change on when we start teaching. The only way to have a more modern learning environment is through in incorporation of more technology into the classroom. It is also very true that when we were limited to a pen and paper, we were limited on creativity. Now students have tremendous opportunities to explore and engage in their creativity in ways we were not able to. This is just another reason as to why we should use technology in the class more.
    Great Post, Great thoughts
    Heath Morris

  2. Please proofread your writing. Have you been to the Writing Lab? Please answer this question in an email to me.

    "As a future teacher, I do not wish to have any students such as Chipper." But you probably will!

    "So why not incorporate more technology into schools and give the kids a more modern learning environment?" Why not? What are the impediments? How do we overcome them?