Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Week 3- Podcasts and such!

“Media Literacy in the First Grade” AND “Little Kids..Big Potential”
Those first graders are so cute and so smart! I could read in the first grade, but I never did anything technological. That just shows how far advanced technology has come and what kids can do. I hope those kids continue to keep up with what’s going on in the world. I am media literate, but I probably was not in the first grade.

The second video shows what all Ms. Cassidy’s class actually does. It is crazy that these kids Skype and have their own blogs and also make videos. These children are going to be in the top of their class if they keep on with their media literacy.

iPhone used by 1 year old
I love that video, because I am an afterschool care director and my kids ask all the time if they can look at my photos on my iPhone. One of my little girls Katie Ruth, who is 3, will unlock it, go to photos, she knows the album she wants and she will go to the picture. A lot of the times she will say “I want to see the white dress”, which is a picture of me and my boyfriend before prom; she knows specific pictures. My kids love to use it and they know how to slide the pictures and go to what they want and go back to the home screen also.

To be quite honest, I don’t have a clue as to how to go about making a podcast. My notes on these 6 podcasts were not very detailed, and I have my reasons for that. I like video podcasts so I can actually see what I’m listening to. The audio podcasts I couldn't really focus on, but that’s just me and I need to find a way to handle that.

I’m not quite sure what to say about all these podcasts. I did listen to ten minutes or so of each of them and they were informative. Podcasts are good for many reasons. I know that I have downloaded some from a church and I will listen to it in my car. Podcasts are good to also tell you how to do something, not just a discussion type thing. That is where I like a video podcast, because that way I can be looking at it while it is being talked about.

Making a podcast, or thinking about making one, kind of stresses me out. I’m not going to lie about that! I have never made one, but I’m assuming I will soon see a video about how to make one, and for that I will be grateful for! When I do learn how to make one, I am sure I will understand it in no time.

All of these podcasts I listened to do all have a purpose, and I think the whole reason that most people make a podcasts is to help someone, to be useful to others. It is a great tool to help someone with and I think that most people have yet to find that out. So I encourage you all to try new things with media, phones, computers, blogging, and technology in general!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Week 2- A Vision of Students...

Michael Wesch: A Vision of Students Today

I think this video captures most students’ college experience. For the majority of it, this video does capture mine. I like looking at stats and things like this video offered. At one point a student held up something that said all those hours they help up equal 26.5 hours. That is true sometimes, but students have to be efficient and effective to change that so they do have enough time in a day. Just yesterday I was subbing in a classroom, and I had some time to kill, so I made a little calendar with the days of the week and each hour of the day and made a schedule about when I work and when I study for each class. That’s what I have to do to stay on top of things and stay organized. I have alarms going off all the time on my phone reminding me to do stuff.

Certain things in this video I would change to fit me, such as I work four hours a day Monday through Friday, not two. Unlike some people, I do go to every class everyday and I sit and pay attention. I can’t learn if I am on Facebook or playing on my phone. I did agree with one sign that said they pay for hundreds of dollars for books that never are opened. It makes me sick when buying books, because most teachers require it, but we never use it or need it to study. I liked this video and thought it was a fairly accurate representation of a student.

"It's Not About the Technology" by Kelly Hines

Ms. Hines post was actually very interesting, and I have to say that I agree a lot with her. I think that there should be a happy medium with teaching and technology. I don’t think that technology should always be included in the education process, but I think that it is a big deal in this 21st century. My ideal grade to teach would be 4th grade. I have my views on how I want to teach them and I will learn as I go. I don’t want to smack them over the head with textbooks all day, but I also don’t want them to do nothing but sit at a computer. Therefore, I think there should be a happy medium.

Like Ms. Hines mentioned as one of her points, teachers have to be learners as well. I know that in my first year of teaching there will be many things I’m going to be experimenting with, and my class and I can just learn together and take that adventure. Teachers do need to be update and keep up with technology, it’s all about playing with technology and learning it as you go. In Ms. Hines second point, I like what she said and so I am going to quote it. “If a student has not learned, not matter how much effort has been exerted, no teaching has been done.” Teaching and learning are not the same thing, and I think that quote is self explanatory and I will always remember that.

In conclusion, I think that a teacher who is willing to learn will make a great teacher.

Karl Fisch: Is It Okay to Be A Technologically Illiterate Teacher?

His whole point of this blog is that people can’t be technology illiterate. And I definitely agree. You don’t have to be a computer wiz, but if you are a teacher you atleast need to know how to communicate in the 21st century. Parent who have no clue what is going on is part of the reason that their child can’t do well in school. Little kids today know so much more than their parents when it comes to technology. Not knowing how to use at least a little bit of technology can hurt when trying to find a job and be successful. We need to atleast be willing to learn; if we can’t learn, we cannot help our students learn and be successful.

Pretty much every job you come across has some sort of technology that you need to know. I am an upcoming teacher and I think I know fairly a lot about technology and I keep up with what’s coming out. Upcoming teachers are the ones that are going to watch these future students grow up and we are the ones who are teaching them things they will carry with them. Everyday there is always some new update on technology and we can’t stop that. It is just going to get more advanced and we need to be ready.

Gary Hayes Social Media Count

Oh my gosh, that kind of overwhelmed me when I clicked on the sentence because all of a sudden I see flashes of number increasing. That is just crazy. I wonder what that says about people? Hmm. As I sit and stare at the social media count change, it shows that the world is always going. It doesn’t sleep or take a break. As I looked at it, not once did a number just pause. People are blogging, looking at YouTube, signing up on Twitter and Facebook. Spending money on facebook gifts and virtual goods. What it means for me as an upcoming teacher, I definitely need to keep with all aspects of technology. I may not have to now everything about it or join in, but I at least need to know what is going on in the world. I will always need to be ready to learn. The world is coming out with newer and different ideas all the time. We have to prepare students for this.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Week 1- Did You Know?

Did You Know?
It is very crazy to think that China will eventually be the number one English speaking country. We never can really capture just how big our world is until we hear stats like these. Just 25% of India with high IQs is more than the population of America, I wonder what that is saying? Technology is so immense and endless and scientists and others are coming out with things that we don't even know exist yet.

By the time I have kids, the iPhone will probably just be an old cell phone. The rate of technology and how fast it changes is mind boggling. During Fisch's five minute video, babies were born and almost one million songs downloaded illegally. I'm kind of nervous to think about what all will change and what things will become when my kids are in high school and college. So what does all this mean? Technology never takes a break, as soon as we buy the new things an even better one will come out the next week.

Mr. Winkle Wakes
Mr. Winkle (retelling of Rip Van Winkle) awakes to a completely different world. Some people do not like change when it comes to certain things, I like certain things to remain the same. But, as we continue in our education, we need to stay up to date with technology. Mr. Winkle liked that the school he went to had not changed in 100 years, it was comforting to him and he felt like himself. He saw a computer, but it was covered in dust.

Even though we have all these resources such as iPhones and iPods and computers, we still need the basics, like Mr. Winkle wanted. We should still be able to think for ourselves. Yes, Google can answers all of life's problem, but some things such as reading and math, we should learn and actually use that brain we have.

One of my teachers mentioned the other day about how she used to have to stand in line to register on a piece of paper, now with the click of a button we have a class schedule. Mr. Winkle does make a valid point. Change sometimes is overwhelming, but I think it can be a good thing when we allow it. As a future teacher, I am beginning to think about how I should teach my kids and what are the best ways?

Sir Ken Robinson: The Importance of Creativity
He made some excellent points. Evidence of human creativity, we never know what is going to happen next, there are amazing capacities that children have in them, and the unpredictability of it all is astounding. He said, "It's education that is meant to take us into this future that we can't grasp." I love that.

He mentions that it is okay to make mistakes, we are in a world that believes we can't make one mistake. Schools smother a child's creativity. He made a good point about how public schools don't focus on children's differences, they just teach one way and a child may be excellent at arts, but doesn't understand the concepts of math. Those gifted children who are creative are put at a disadvantage. I love the story of the girl he told who is a dancer whose mother thought she was sick, but the specialist said she's not sick, she has to move to think. Children have their own way of thinking and we need to encourage that and bring it out in them. A doctor can look at society intellectually, but a dancer can look at society and help others understand it.

Vicki Davis: Harness Your Students' Digital Smarts
Vicki Davis's way of teaching seems fun. She doesn't seem overbearing leaving everything to the students, but she does make sure they are independent and comfortable in their technology. We should embrace technology like she has, I am trying to learn it all such as blogging and Google spreadsheets, but it takes time. I think she has done an excellent job of the way she does teach her students.

She allows her students independence and is there if they need help. She mentions new terms and the students are required to look it up themselves. Teachers are expected to know everything, but i think it is effective when a teacher doesn't know everything and can work with his/her student to find an answer.