Thursday, January 14, 2010

Blog 1

Did You Know? 3.0
I loved this presentation!It gave random bits of information about technology and humans in general. The graphics were great at emphasizing the bits of information and all of the data was easy to understand. The information surprised me but it made sense.
I found some of the facts amusing, like "there are 31 million searches on Google every month," because I am guilty of being a part of that 31 million. As a future teacher, it vexed me when I learned that all the technical information I learn in college will be outdated by the time I start actually teaching.

Mr. Winkle Wakes
I thought that this was a cute video for children. Poor Mr. Winkle really did receive a shocker. I can't imagine waking up to see my entire world changed.
I think Mr. Winkle might have notice a few more differences in the places he visited. One thing that might have stood out was female workers. The number of female workers probably equaled the number of male workers, which is very different from one hundred years ago. Mr. Winkle might have seen that instead of blackboards and chalk, teachers use white boards and markers and projectors to teach their students. The number of students in the school might have also alarmed him. Students are now required to go to school whereas one hundred years ago, students might have skipped school to help out their families with work around the house. He might have noticed that unruly children in school are not disciplined as they were in his time. He might have also learned that random people cannot wander around a school campus unauthorized without some type of consequence.

Harness Your Students' Digital Smarts
I thought that this video was great. I really hope to use this teacher's technique of teaching. She was teaching not only technology, but cooperation. The students were working together and teaching each other which only helps to reinforce what they have learned.
She also expected the students to try to learn. She said she would use new words and not explain what they mean. Students have to look up the word themselves. I have learned the hard way from my father that this also is a better way of remembering something instead of just being spoon fed information.

Schools Kill Creativity
Sir Ken Robinson shocked me. His humor was fascinating and his speech was brimming with sense and marvelous ideas. I have never thought about some of the things that he spoke of. The thought of children growing out of creativity by being taught to fear doing something wrong scares me.
I loved Gillian Lynne's story. I had heard it somewhere else and thought about it often but I was never told who the little girl was. I had already disliked the idea of children being diagnosed with ADD and Gillian Lynne's story just strengthened my disapproval.


  1. Kathleen,

    Your statement about being a future teacher and having technology become outdated before you get into the classroom was a very good point. We need to teach our students the importance of being open to learning new technologies rather than the technology itself. This class has taught me as much as it has taught the students. I have come to embrace learning new technologies and that has made me a better teacher as well as a better learner. So, keep your head up and don't fret about the technology itself but rather how to learn new technologies!

  2. Mr. Winkle is not intended for children. While students might find teachers teaching with more advanced audio/visual aids, many tools like SMARTBoards may just assist a teacher in lecturing students without really transforming education.