It is always interesting to me to read and hear about interesting facts. Both videos were interesting to watch, however, they were not as enjoyable the second time through. It seems plausible that 25% of the population of India with the highest IQ's out number the entire population of the U.S. However, it seems that whoever wrote this fact wants you to believe that India's population is incredibly smart. But if you think about it, 25% of the population of India with the lowest IQ's also out number the entire population of the United States. The India and China facts got a little redundant because the population of each country is ridiculously high. I was interested to hear that 48 hours of videos are uploaded to Youtube every second. And lastly, it was interesting to hear that so many students have computers in their houses. But I wonder, how many of those students have high speed internet?
I'm curious to why Dr. Strange made a 'did you know' video because it seems that his video contained a lot of information from the original. I enjoyed the original video better because the facts were more interesting and it appears that a lot more time went into it. However, the background music was enjoyable from Dr. Strange's video. It seems like this would be a great assignment for students to work on researching and practice making enjoyable Youtube videos.
Mr. Winkle Wakes
My first question is, why is Mr.Winkle wearing that outfit?
Outfit worn around 100 years ago
Well anyway, the video does make a good point of the school systems being behind in technology. However, Mr. Winkle must not have seen the overhead projector or heard the intercom system which are at least in the schools without smart boards and other high tech teaching tools. Teaching has come a long way since 1912. Yes, there may still be hard copy text books and students still going to class as opposed to a virtual class, but learning is still taking place. I think it is wise to use whatever material that is best for the class. If high technology tools are more useful and produce better results, then I say we use high tech things.
It is very beneficial to have as much technological utensils as we do, but what about the rest of the world? Don't those children in poverty stricken areas deserve computers? Shouldn't they have the opportunity to talk to children across the world through Skype? I think money should be given to other poor countries so that those students have a chance to catch up to where we are now. There's plenty of money that can be spent on better things. The only thing stopping the good is the greed. Don't feed the greed!
Ken Robinson Says Schools Kill Creativity
I absolutely loved this video! Ken Robinson brings so much interest by his knowledge and especially by his humor. In his talk, he says that there is a great deal of potential in children that school kills. I believe that this is very much true. I know a teacher that says that almost everything she teaches is controlled by district. She says that they have to teach subjects in a certain order and in a certain way. What's the point of having teachers? Aren't teachers supposed to be known for their creativity? Since the teachers can't be creative in their way of teaching, how will students ever grow to their potential?
Another good saying of Mr. Robinson is, "If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original". I can't even remember the last time it was okay for me to do something wrong. I was taught to do things in a certain way and any other way of getting the desired result was wrong or unacceptable. I'm very sad to see the school system of the United States. The people who are never in the class rooms are making the objectives and telling teachers what to do and what not to do. When will we see the light at the end of the tunnel?
If children are going to school training to be professors and there's an academic inflation, where are the job opportunities? Luck and connections? What is there to do? We must take a stand and bring education to education.
A Vision for 21st Century Learning
Some of the main points in this video are that students are learning facts out of context, reading from text books, and that students are passive through out class. Their solution to these problems is video games! Go through a 3D game of a place, learn the language, and learn about the culture of the time.
First, I would like to say that my teachers did not just lecture in front of us all day as we sat passive the whole time. Also, why are they saying that text books are bad? Are they saying that reading is bad? Isn't it the quality of the text book that makes it constructive or destructive? I think that their idea could be a constructive way to learn, but it doesn't solve all of life's problems. Mentally, this could be a great idea ,but physically, this could be a disaster. Is it healthy to stare at a monitor hours at a time every single day? Will every job in the future require the employees to use the most advance technology? Plus, one has to consider the time children are spending watching T.V., playing video games, and surfing the web at home. No wonder children are becoming obese! I believe that there are other fun techniques to learning that don't require a child to sit in front of a computer all day in class.
Vicki Davis: Harness Your Students Digital Smarts
Ms. Davis seems to have good ideas of teaching her students about new technology and software. It is interesting to see how a teacher in a rural town in Georgia can be so well connected with the world and new technology. The children in her class seemed to enjoy what she was teaching as well. I'm still not sure how she does all these new activities and still follows the curriculum.
I still don't understand why making avatars and learning all these new software programs is beneficial for all the students. It seems like it's teaching a certain way that will not be beneficial to all the students. For instance, Gillian Lynn (choreographer of Cats) couldn't sit still because she had to move in order to learn. What about those children? Are we expecting children with learning disorders to be able to sit down at a computer and be able to take it all in?
Ms. Davis' idea for children is good for part of the student body, but there needs to be more options for the other children.