Thursday, September 1, 2011

Blog Assignment 2

Boy hugging computer

Did You Know? 3.0
By: Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod
This is a great video that sums  the growth of technology in five minutes.  It was amazing to see the  numbers of technology use dramatically increase over a few year span. I can remember when  my family got our first computer and we barely used it. Now, I could not live without my laptop. This video states that the first text was sent out in 1992 and now the text sent out and received per day surpasses the total population. I can only imagine what the numbers will be in five or ten years.
 The children of today need to learn at an early age to be familiar with technology because they are our future. They ware being prepared for technological jobs that haven't been discovered yet.  Technology is always changing and it is to our benefit to keep up with it.  This video also explains that the world is changing year to yea as well. There is more information  in one week of New York Times than a person would come across in the 18th century. As the population grows and the world changes, so will technology.

Mr. Winkle Wakes
By: Mathew Needleman
In the video Mr. Winkle Wakes, Mr. Winkle wakes up from a 100 year sleep to find that he was lost in a world full of technology. He seen that machines printed out pictures and documents. He also seen that people all over the world could talk to each other and see each other on a small screen. Feeling sick, Mr. Winkle went to a hospital and found  the same type of machines as he found in the office building. He still was feeling sick and uncomfortable so he left. He later found comfort in a school. The school kids sat in their desks and listened to the teacher. Mr. Winkle found only one of those machines, but no one was using it.
In the world today, we know how important technology is. Mr. Winkle feels sick and uncomfortable because he is unfamiliar with the technology surrounding him. However,  many jobs today require some knowledge with technology. Mr. Winkle feels comfortable in the school because no technology was being used. Technology is very vital in schools because the children are the future and so is technology.

Sir Ken Robinson: The Importance Of Creativity
By: Ken Robinson
In this video, Ken Robinson explains the importance of creativity in education. He begins by saying that humans have a variety of extraordinary creativity. He also states that education will be taking us into an unknown future and we have no idea of what the future holds for us. Ken Robinson goes on to say that creativity is just as important in education as literature. He tells of a story of a little girl drawing God but not knowing what He looked like. He goes on to tell another story of a little boy who forgot his lines in a play. Robinson is explaining through these stories that children will take chances even if they are wrong. He goes on to say that if you are not prepared to be wrong then you will not come up with anything original. In the world today, adults are scared of being wrong and mistakes are the worst things you can make. Ken Robinson doesn't understand why schools don't teach things like dance everyday like they do mathematics. Children that have the ability to be creative grow up thinking they are not. Public schools are the world do not value creativity. Therefore, students never get the chance to be creative. Robinson explains that intelligence is diverse, dynamic, and distinct.
In the world today, so many children grow up with the knowledge that they are not creative. I believe that parents have an impact on the creativity of their child just as much as the school system does. My parents encouraged me to do many creative things in my childhood. In the schools, children are not able to express their creativity as much as they need to.

Cecelia Gault Interviews Sir Ken Robinson
By: Cecelia Gault
When Cecelia Gault interviews Sir Ken Robinson he explains that the curriculum has to change in schools by balancing science and arts. He goes on to say that schools need to make better use of technology so that the children of our future will have a better understanding of technology. Cecelia later asks Ken Robinson about three myths on creativity and what they are. The first myth is that only some people are creative. However, Robinson believes that everyone is creative. The second myth is that creativity is only about certain things, but you can be creative with anything. The third myth is that you are either creative or not. Robinson believes that you can teach people to be more creative.
When I become a teacher, I hope to teach my students to be creative with everything that they do. I believe that children learn better by being creative and having fun. I also plan to incorporate technology with almost everything that I do in my classroom.

Vicki Davis: Harness Your Students' Digital Smarts
In a small town of rural Georgia, teacher Vicki Davis uses every type of technology to connect her students to the world. She explains that every child has the ability to learn. However, only certain children can learn and succeed with paper and pencil.  Vicki Davis understands that every student is different and has different interests and strengths. She customizes her curriculum to help the students. She also teaches her students to become familiar with different types of technology and learn how to use it effectively. Some teachers believe that they need to know everything before they teach. However, Davis explains that isn't true because her students teach her new things. Her students connect with other students all over the world by creating the Flat Classroom project.
I admire the way Vicki Davis teaches. She lets her students explore and learn new things by themselves. I also  admire the fact that she teaches her students to use different types of technology. I believe that if every elementary, middle, and high school incorporated more technology in their schools some students would be more successful.


  1. Hi Devon! I'm Kristen and the persons blog that I was supposed to comment on hasn't done Blog #2, so I picked yours to comment on.
    I really enjoyed reading your posts and I think that they are very well written. One thing in the "Did You Know? 3.0" I noticed was that, in the sentence "This video also explains that the world is changing year to yea as well." you left out the R in the second year. I would suggest just reading over your posts a couple of times before posting them. I do this all the time! I think that sometimes when we are proof reading our own work, we tend to just skim over things considering that we already know what it says but unfortunately that makes us miss tiny mistakes like this.
    I particularly enjoyed your post on Mr. Winkle Wakes. I think you explained the video very well and even someone that hasn't seen the video would be able to understand what it was about.
    In your post on "Sir Ken Robinson's: The Importance of Creativity" I think there might could have been a little more detail added to the stories that you mentioned him telling about the little girl drawing God and the little boy who forgot his lines in a play. Just a thought! It might help people who haven't watched the video yet, get a better understanding of what it is about.
    Overall, I really enjoyed reading your Blog Post #2 and I hope that my comments might help you on Blog Posts in the future!

  2. I think parents have a lot of influence on their kid's creativity, also. I think it's important that teachers and parents encourage children to express themselves.

    Good job on your post.