Saturday, September 8, 2012

Blog Assignment 2


"Did You Know? 3.0" - A John Strange 2012 Version
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Based on Did You Know 3.0 by Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod
WOW! "Did You Know? 3.0" is not only informative but shocking. It had statistics that I never would have imagined. India has more honors kids than the United States has kids! WHAT? We are currently preparing kids for jobs that do not even exist yet. Whoah! In one minute, 1,097,220 you tube videos are watched, 1,393,519 Google searches are made, and 11,453,577 SMS messages are sent. That is unreal. It just shows that we are a generation of technology.
Every time you turn around their is a new gadget or smart device. As educators, it is important to realize that technology is something we need to embrace and explore, so that we CAN prepare our students for those jobs that are yet to come. At times technology can seem overwhelming and confusing, but the more I explore, the more I enjoy it. Not only is it important to use technology, it is important to use it in the right way. We can use it effectively or frivolously. I for one want to prepare my classrooms full of children for their future!

"Mr. Winkle Wakes" by Mathew Needleman
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Mathew Needleman's "Mr. Winkle Wakes" was a simple cartoon-like video that portrayed the idea that the world is full of technology in businesses, hospitals, etc., but it is lacking in schools. The video was stating that the world is changing with all these new technologies. The world is advancing and gaining new information everyday, but school's still seem to teach the same things in the same ways.
Although I disagree somewhat that technology is completely neglected in schools, I do feel that it could be used more than it is currently. I think that educators should incorporate technology in their classroom instruction, but I also think that it is important to use some non-technologically related concepts like lectures and note-taking. Technology can and most likely will make a great impact in classrooms. Before we know it, we will be wondering how we accomplished anything without it!

"The Importance of Creativity" by Sir Ken Robinson
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Sir Ken Robinson's "The Importance Of Creativity" was very entertaining and inspirational. This video is about how we are educating people out of their creative capacities. Sir Robinson states that the unpredictability in education is extraordinary. We are educating children for their unknown future. Therefore, we as educators should incorporate as much creativity into our teaching process as possible. We can incorporate activities that allow students to use their skills to learn those subjects that are deemed most important. If the arts are taken away, we have to find a way to include bits and pieces of it in the curriculum that is required. I love that kids are not afraid of being wrong. As we grow up, we become afraid of being wrong. We should encourage students to do and try new things. Like Sir Robinson mentioned, if we are not prepared to be wrong, we will never come up with anything original.
Sir Robinson states that degrees are not worth anything. I completely agree with this. Everyone is going to college now-a-days. We must stand out to employers as innovative, creative, and passionate about what we do. Many people who have incredible talents are made to believe that they are not talented at all because what they were good at was not valued in school. The human imagination is a gift, and we need to use it wisely. We need to educate children's whole being not just their brains. We have to help our children make something of their future, and we need to embrace our children and their creativity and differences to do that.

A Day Made of Glass 2: Same Day. Expanded Corning Vision.
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A Day Made of Glass 2: Unpacked. The Story Behind Corning's Vision.
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Project Glass: Live Demo at Google
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"A Day Made of Glass 2" made possible by Corning was ridiculous. I am pretty sure my mouth was hanging wide open the whole time I was watching the video. The second video included explanation of the glass devices used in the first video. If all this is made possible, our world is going to function a lot different than it does now. I am pretty sure owning something like this will be extremely non affordable.
Focusing on the classroom aspect of the video, I think these types of technology would be an incredible help. The students would be more interactive in the classroom and would find activities more enjoyable. Teaching and learning would be totally different and would be way more exciting for the students. I do not know what the outcome of these types of glass devices will be, but if it will really be able to do the things shown in the video like in automobiles and hospitals, that would be incredible. All I know is I am investing in Windex!
The third video, "Project Glass" was interesting in that the audience was able to be a part of the whole experience. As the people and their parachutes made their way down to the top of the building everyone was able to watch it from their point of view. I think it would be cool to wear computer glasses, but I am not sure it would be practical for all the time.


  1. "India has more honors kids than the United States has kids! WHAT?" It is a matter of population size. You could say that the 25% of the population in India with the biggest ears outnumbers ALL of the people in the United States with two ears.

    "I also think that it is important to use some non-technologically related concepts like lectures and note-taking." Why? Under what circumstances? By whom?

    "I am pretty sure owning something like this will be extremely non affordable." I think you are very wrong about this.

    "All I know is I am investing in Windex!" Excellent idea!

    Thoughtful. Interesting. Well written.

  2. Dr. Strange,
    Thanks for the comments! The whole India/ population size thing makes a lot more sense now. The reason that I say it is important to still use some non-technologically related concepts is because, whether we like it or not, their will always be teachers who teach lecture style (especially in college), and I want my students to be prepared when they encounter that. I want to make sure my students know how to take adequate notes without help from powerpoints. Also, if their was a situation in which the electronics used for a lesson would not work properly, the students would know how and be prepared to effectively take notes. I do think that this should be kept at a minimum, though. We have so many helpful, advanced ways to teach students. Of course we should use them! I sure hope you are right about the glass technology being affordable because that would be so neat to have.

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