Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Blog Post # 2

Word picture. Did You Know?
Did You Know? 3.0

In the video, Did You Know? 3.0 by Karl Fisch, some very interesting points were brought to my attention. The video states how students today are being prepared for jobs that do not exist yet. This shows how the technology of the world is constantly being upgraded; the things we are learning today, we will have to regurgitate those same skills eventually. I can remember as far back to the Ipod and mp3 players becoming popular. During that time, CD players and cassette players became a rare necessity. It always seems as if there is nothing that can replace the current invention until something better comes out.Another great example of how technology is constantly changing is the X-Box Kinect. Who would have thought your actual body would become the controller to a video game. It is also fascinating to learn how fast social networks are expanding. More and more people are actually participating in online dating and to know that 1 out of 8 couples married in the U.S. actually met online is quite interesting. Another interesting fact was, China will soon become the number one English speaking country in the world. "CHINA"

picture of Mr. Winkles
Mr. Winkles Wakes

Mr. Winkles Wakes, is another video that demonstrates how the world is changing within the blink of an eye. Dear Mr. Winkles finally awakes after a hundred years of sleep. Only to find that technology has upgraded and expanded throughout the world. Mr. Winkles learns of the discovery of video chatting and x-rays. Mr. Winkles realizes, though the world is constantly changing and new discoveries are being made, some things remains the same. Education is one aspect of the world that still consist of many similarities as one hundred years ago. Many classrooms today still consist of teacher-student learning setting. Many of these classrooms require long lectures with notes being taken on paper. Well, not all classroom settings are still taught this way and personally I do not believe classrooms will be taught this way at all soon. Online education will soon take over teacher lectures.

Pictue of a creative mind

Sir Ken Robinson states that "school kills creativity", and I think in some ways this can be true. In school students are taught to do thing specific ways and taught to follow orders. This can be good because everyone needs a little guidance in everything, but it can also be a con to creativity. If one is taught to do things a specific way and always follow orders then, the student will never be able to use their imagination and think outside the box of ideas and creative ways to complete tasks. "If you are not prepared to be wrong, then you will never come up with anything orgininal." This takes away the creativity in individuals. I do not think anyone should want to be like another person. I feel that everyone should stand out in their own different way and have their own distinct characteristics, my example of diversity.

Sir Ken also gave the example of the little girl, who does not pay attention in class. The little girl draws a picture of God in her own image. The teacher makes the statement that "No one knows what God looks like" and the girl comments and say, "They will in a minute." This was very fascinating to me. Who is to say what God looks like, but who is to say that the image the little girl painted was not actually God? This is a great example of individual creativity.

Cecelia Gault (Young Student in Finland) Interviews Sir Ken Robinson
This video was an interview by Cecelia Gualt, with Sir. Ken Robinson. The interview shows Cecelia as a very smart girl. She interviewed Ken Robinson with such confidence and maturity. She also stood with great posture and focused most her attention on her person being interviewed. It is very clear that she was taught by and excellent teacher who taught their students great grammar skills, interviewing skills and also how to be confident in the things they do. I will be sure to incorporate activities such as interviewing in my classroom and bring out the inner confidence in my students.

Vicki Davis portrays to be such an amazing teacher.  I think it is great that she allows her students to work this much with computers and programs. I will teach my students these skills in my future classroom. Many of these skills are what they need for the futre and it will be great if they are introduced to them at an early age. Every student will need to be able to function computer programs, and every student should have a class that is dedicated to just technology, because the real world is full of it.  Ms. Viki Davis is doing a very good thing with her students. Just as I always say, everything we do will be operated by computers one day. 

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