Thursday, September 30, 2010

Summary Post C4K 1 and 2

First of all I want to say that this assignment is probably my favorite part of this class so far. I really enjoyed getting to read all of the post that the student that I was assigned to, Omar. He really put so work into his assignments and the things he had to say was really interesting. I enjoyed reading his manifesto the best and it seems funny to me that both of us had several of the same things academically. I guess no matter how far you get in school you always want to do well and get along with the instructors. I also think that it is a really good thing that this teacher is teaching them how to use the technology that is provided to them. I wish someone would have done that for me. It seems to open up so many different ways of learning and communicating. I really enjoyed this and I am excited about the next one. Also thank you to Omar for doing an awesome job on his post!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Blog 5

I want to start off by saying reading and listening to this information has help a lot. It makes so much more sense to me now that I have read and seen how it is done. Judy Scharf's page really laid everything out so well it was basic and a great thing to go over. I am thankful for her putting it there. Now that I have said that I want to commend The Eagle Nest Radio. That was a fantastic! I am so impressed that this class could do this. I have never even done anything like this before and these kids are rocking out at this form of communication. Not only did they sound great but the information was stuff that I did not know and it was interesting. I was amazed.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Blog 4

Don't teach your kids this!
I can not say I completely disagree with his point of view. I do think that technology is an asset to education but I also believe that it is always not the best thing to have.  What I am saying is that we are capable of teaching without it and they are capable of learning without it. Although it gives children a different point of view. I think that it is a good thing that there are different teaching styles out there and all teachers are not technical gurus. This gives the children the types of learning they need from technology and also gives children the chance to know how to deal without it just in case something happens and they can not use the technology. If you know what I mean. Students need to be experienced in all subjects of life.
This is actually a really good idea. It will give schools a chance to save and children a chance to learn a different way. The only thing that was not explained is if the children would have to actually go to school. With everything at had there would be no need to go. Although if there was no going to school it would be more difficult for the children to get the social aspect of school. Socializing is very important and without the experience that children get in school they will not know what to do. Also what grade would this start in? You can not really expect a kindergarten to know how to work an iTouch. It would all be good as long as the children still had to go to school. Because school is learning the basics and there is more to learn than just what you can learn over a computer.
Lost Generation
We are the Lost Generation. It really does seem this way at times especially with the world as it is. But there are people who are not this way there are those of us who care about the world and family. There are people who really believe that this world is good and is capable of change. I really was impressed about how this was presented to begin with i was shocked that there were people who would actually think that. Then it was really neat how the world were read from bottom to top and it showed the hope that we bring and that we are not the Lost Generation in the least.
Virtual Choir
That is seriously cool stuff right there. It is so cool how all these people who have never met and probably never will meet can make this beautiful arrangement of voices. If this is what technology can bring then it is hard to see where it is bad. It enabled them to make this beautiful song and I am impressed. I also really liked the visual and being able to see all who were singing. It was amazing. 

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

AA #1

Search sites are very important in a child's life. These are very useful sites because they give you the information right there and you don't have to go though several sites to get the information you are looking for.  Google Square gives you a great way of doing this by letting you type in what you need and Wolfram Alpha gives you the information right away. I did not know about any of these before this assignment and I really wish I had known about it. It would have made things way easier. I would have also been able to figure that out about the statistics that way. It makes so much more since now and is a lot less shocking know the proper ratio.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Teacher Summary

My teacher's name is Caren Carrillo. She wrote on the attention span of children and about how it is good to give children breaks and changing the learning techniques so that children can learn. It helps them not get bored and it keeps their attention so that they understand the material in an interesting way. She also put up a video on learning styles and how all children learn in different ways. It was a really good video and I learned several styles of learning that I did not know. I have really enjoyed following her blog. If you want to visit it here is where to go:

Blog 3

Students Today

I really do think that this video captures the life as a college kid. Of course with this class I seem to be spending a lot more time on the internet, but it is OK I am learning a lot by doing so. Students today have to be able to multi-task to be able to get by day by day. We have so much to do during the day with school, homework, work, sleeping, eating and cleaning plus a social life it is just unbelievable. Technology might be able to help but then again it might not. I personaly think that either way a students life is going to be busy. There is not much to do about it it is just the way it is.

It's not about the Technology

I love this post! It really is true that a teacher can be given all the tools to teach but the child may just not get it so the teacher should not complain but find a different route. All children are capable of learning! This means, as Ms. Hines says,"teachers must be learners". They have to learn a way to get the children to understand the subject. Even if it means having to go to a class to find it or take a little time out of the day to do a little research. All of the resources given to us are not going to help unless the teacher knows how to teach with them. Teachers must strive to do whatever possible for children to learn, with or without technology.

Is it okay to be a technologically illiterate teacher?

I do agree that all teachers need to be technologically literate to teach. Teachers need to know it so that they can teach the children in their class how to use it. Children who are in school today are going to be doing jobs that are using technology that has not even been invented yet and how are they suppose to keep up if they do not learn it from their teachers. They will not be able to succeed in life if they do not know at least the basic of technology. It is up to the teachers to teach what the student will need.Teachers also need to know it for themselves because whether they like it or not technology plays a big part in schools and will be playing an even bigger part as we progress into the future. Teachers need to ready themselves so they are not left behind and eventually let go from their jobs because they were not able to learn the new material that is necessary for their jobs.

Social Media

Oh my goodness! That is amazing how much technology is used every second of the day. Seeing everything from the amount of money all the way to the number of pictures put on is just crazy. It shows just how much that the internet has become a huge part of peoples everyday life. This is the reason we need to learn about this type of technology because all those numbers will do is grow.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Blog 2

Digital Smarts
I truly think that it is amazing that children are given this opportunity. I come from a 2A school about 800 kids k-12. We did not have as much learning in that area and it surprises me that kids actually get to so things with technology. I also think that it is pretty awesome that people go around the country working on things like this so that the kids learn what they need to know to succeed in the future.
Killing Creativity
I really enjoyed this one. He was funny and right schools have seriously fallen apart when it comes to the arts. Schools are so into trying to prepare children for college for the main things in life that some person decided was important, children are missing a great way to express them selves. I know me for one person is the person who has to be doodling to pay any attention at all in class. If I am not drawing then I am asleep and that is just how I think best. It is really sad to know that arts both preforming and visual are falling out of many schools, because children really do love it and they do learn many things from it. I feel that everyone should be able to be at the least introduced to the arts so they know if that is how they would like to express themselves.
Mr. Winkle Wakes
Poor Mr. Winkle wakes up for the first time after 100 years. He wakes up to machines being used in every day life and he is not use to it and it makes him feel sick. He wonders into the school and sees that things are the way he remembered it so long ago. It makes him happy that nothing has changed. It is a good thing that it has not changed in the fact that the children know how to live without it. I also think that it is necessary to learn at least the basics of of computers because it is what is used in everyday life without the knowledge of technology it will be difficult to get a job. So there are positive things about being more advanced and also negative.
Did You Know???
This is really a mind blowing piece of information. I can honestly say that I did not realize what all was going on by technology. The fact that in a few years we will have a computer that is capable of more intelligence then the individuals that created it, is I must say a little scary. The fact that we have students learning about things for jobs that haven't even been invented yet is shocking also.
This whole idea of improvement this fast can be both a good and bad thing. It will be good in the fact that it will be easier to get information and to communicate. It can also be a bad thing seeing that people will forget how to live without it. Technology is not always reliable so people need to realize progress is good, but they have to not forget the basics.