Sunday, May 6, 2012

Blog post 5

Technology and Learning
After reading Dr. Mcleods blog post "Don't Teach Your Kids This Stuff", I was amazed. His creativity in his message was great. He had an attention grabber from the beginning which was his title. I thought when I first began to read his post that he was totally against technology in the classrooms. He is basically telling us the risk factors to look out for when it comes to giving children the opportunity to use computers. I absolutely agree with what he had to say. These are the reason's why we need to teach our children so they will be aware and knowledgeable about computers. He knows where our society is going with computers and our children need to be ahead of time so they will be able to adapt to technology as it becomes more advance.
Dr. Mcleod is Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education which is the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators. He was a co-creator of a very popular video series called, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognition from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, the National School Boards Association, and the Center for Digital Education. Source

Travis Allen's videos about iSchool Initiative is a really good idea to help fix some of the problems in education today. I believe that this should be embraced by all teachers with limitations. I don't think that we should be completely mobile or computer dependent because I believe books and certain things are still critical to learning. I believe Travis has come up with a helpful solution. I think that this is something educator should consider because our children are being born into a technical society and should be able to use the available technologies as needed.
I do believe that there is a way to incorporate mobile devices into education since this is the number one device that most children have access to on a daily bases. I also believe that education does need to be re evaluated so that the technologies we know today will help learning become more interactive. There is some reasoning behind the financial part of it. Like Travis stated it could be less expensive but, when you think about the monthly bill say maybe $50 to $65 per month that can add up. I think it could be a little more costly than he stated in his video. There should be more research about this to see if it could really benefit our children. Maybe there could be group test run that would give the possibility more validity.
Virtual Choir conducted by Eric Whiteacre
Eric Whiteacres creativity, being able to put these people together virtually, was amazing! The sound of the voices was mesmerizing, I got goose bumps when the video first started. The voices were amazing and sync perfectly. I believe the use of the computer in this way was great. I do think that sometimes physical interaction is important, but virtually worked perfectly in this case.

Don't Entertain But, Engage
After watching the Prezi Presentation by Kevin Roberts, His meaning of teaching in the 21st century is to engage students. I also gathered that because technology is becoming more evident we as educators need to become more tech-knowledgeable so that we can show our children the things to look out for when using the internet. He made some great points in his presentation. I do believe that this can have a profound affect on me as a teacher because as he stated we would almost become obsolete. I don't believe educators will ever become obsolete because in my opinion the internet and cyberspace is not always correct. The computers don't have a brain. They display what is put into them. I don't want to become obsolete as an educator so, I will adjust to the changes and gather the skills needed to be successful as technology evolves throughout education.

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