Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Blog Post #2

Did You Know? 3.0 - A John Strange 2012 Version
This video contained many interesting facts about education and the technology invloved with it. I was most certainly shocked that 25% of the population of India outnumbers the entire population of the United States in IQ level. We may not be the smartest, but we are still the strongest. The number of youtube videos watched in one minute really amazed me.1,097,220 videos!!! Wow! That's a lot of video watching.The video also showed statistics of the use of cell phones and computers.We need to take this technology and use it to benefit and learn.  All the talk about the future makes me curious to see the technology and equipment that I will be using by the time I begin my career. We already have all this touch screen stuff. Whats next?


In the short video Mr. Winkle Wakes, Mr. Winkle  wakes from a deep sleep over 100 years.He ventures out into the world to find that many things have changed since he has woken up.He sees new machines like the printer and the computer. After visiting an office and the hospital Mr.Winkle is shaken up by all the new technology. Mr Winkle then visits a nearby school to find that things are still how they used to be.
The purpose of this video is to show how the world is evolving with all of its new technology but yet there is not much change in the educational aspect. We must use this technology to expand our learning in the classroom as well as in other educational aspects.
The Importance of Creativity
Sir Ken Robinson states that creativity in education is just as important as literacy and we should treat it with the same status. He also states that if your not prepared to be wrong you will never come up with anything original. I have found that to be true. Think about the type of music you like. Then think about the music you don't like. They sound different right? In working with my brother to produce music I have found that people like different music based on many things but one thing is the sound. Many of the artist I like to listen to appeal to me because of their creativity. Each artist producing their own sound makes them who they are.Who wants to listen to the same song over and over again?
Sir Ken Robinson goes on to explain that that intelligence is diverse,dynamic, and distinct. He tells the story of a girl whom was told she had a learning disorder came to find her true passion, dancing. The doctor could have easily diagnosed her, put her on ,and send her home. Instead he sent her to a dancing school after he discovered that she had a talent for dancing.  The doctor gave her a chance to be creative and to express herself.She is now a well-known multi-millionare.

A Vision for 21st Century Learning
The video, A Vision for 21st Century Learning talks about our educational system and ways it needs to be modified to create a more interesting and evolutional learning community.  Students sit in the classroom day everyday and are lectured over and over again. From personal experience I can tell say that it is boring and something needs to be done.With all of the new technology in today's world, student deserve to be able to use the new technology to learn and become more adapted to today's society.
The video presents a new way to teach children of the 21st Century. They propose the idea of teaching students through a video game.The video game is set up in a 3D world where the students can travel and experience times as if they lived in that time period I think this is a great idea! Kids love video games so why not mesh it with leaning?

Vicki Davis: Harness Your Students' Digital SmartsHarness Your Students' Digital Smarts
In this video Vicki Davis explains how the technology we use daily can be used to learn and become more advanced in the educational world. She explains how she teaches her students to use every technology to connect with the world. Students must be taught in different ways other than the traditional pencil and paper lectures. She helps the students learn how to accomplish tasks using a variety of digital technology. She believes that students should become more comfortable with this technology because the students of today are the future of tommorrow.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Akeem,

    Your comments about the "Did You Know" video are interesting. Your comments about India are something I want to point out. Even though there is a certain percentage of India that has very high IQ score compared to the U.S., we must be careful when thinking about that. Go and research the population of India and compare that to the United States. Now, those statistics should make more sense to you.

    You did a good job on your summaries. Make sure that you type a title to your post in the title box when creating a new post. Also, don't forget to add working links to the content of what you are talking about. Your picture also needs the alt and title tags. Look back at the wordle project instructions to complete the tags.

    Stephen Akins