Sunday, September 5, 2010

Blog Assignment #2

Did You Know?

This video was unbelievable! I cannot believe all the different statistics that were brought to my attention! It’s hard to believe how different other countries are compared to the United States. India has more honor kids than the United States, and China is expected to become the number one English speaking country in the world! Sixty-seven babies were born in the United States in a 4:56 minute video! That is unbelievable, and then it tell us that within that time three hundred and ninety-five babies were born in India! That just goes to show you how quickly our country and the world is growing!

Not only is the world’s population increasing at a dramatic rate, but so it technology! It took 38 years for radio, 13 years for TV, 4 years for Internet, 3 years for Ipod, and 2 years for facebook to reach an audience of 50 million. I had no idea that the first commercial text was sent in December of 1992, but in today’s world the number of text message that are sent or received exceeds the population on the planet! That is a lot of texts! It is hard to believe that by the age of 38 most people have had 10-14 different jobs, and that with technology changing so quickly we are being prepared for jobs that do not even exist! This video was very interesting and opened my eyes to a lot! There is so much I do not know!!

Mr. Winkle Wakes

I thought this video was funny! Technology has changed tremendously! Mr. Winkle wakes a hundred years later only to find changed everywhere. He sees how technology can be used in a variety of ways. Business people can use technology to have conferences with people all across the world. Hospitals use technology to keep humans alive, and to find out what is wrong with patients. He learns how extremely important computers are to many people around the world.

This video made me very appreciative of technology and computers, even though sometimes they are difficult to use! It scary to think how technology is only going to continue to advance even more in years to come, but on another note I very grateful that they are! Who knows what new technology advances we will have in ten years, or what our children, and their children will have!

Sir Ken Robinson: The Importance of Creativity

This video brought out some very good points. Sir Ken Robinson speaks about how he believes that schools are killing creativity. No one knows the future, but in today’s society we are taught about the current needs. Sir Ken Robinson tells a story about a young girls drawing, and he makes a very good statement. When kids are young they are not worried about being wrong or embarrassing themselves. As they get older and grow up their creatively and opinions change or disappears because they are so worried about what others will think.

I agree with Sir Ken Robinson. Schools do kill creativity in many. Educators are so worried about teaching what is happening in today world. Creativity is something that is not taught. Humans are born with creativity; the problem comes in when it comes to people expressing their creativity. The older we get the more afraid we are of being wrong and making mistakes.

Vicki Davis: Harness Your Students’ Digital Smarts

This video is great for educators! Vicki Davis is dedicated to teaching her students to learn through technology, and I think this is excellent! Going in to EDM 310 I was scared because I am not good with computers, and technology! Dr. Strange told the class from the very beginning that that is ok, that we are here to learn, and not everyone knows and has the answers. Through his class so far I have learned many new ways to use technology to advance my learning. To be an educator you must understand that not every child can learn the same way. There is a ton of different ways out there to teach students. ALL students are capable of learning; they just need to be taught the way that they learn best!

I believe using technology is a great way for students to learn. To me is gives children a more “hands on” way of learning, and prepares them for future classes, jobs, and responsibilities. Vicki Davis is a teacher who is committed to helping her student learn things that are not going on just in our country, but all around the world. Technology is only going to continue to grow, and Vicki Davis is doing and excellent thing by teaching her students through technology.


  1. Your summaries are well done. How do we, you and I and the rest of the class, reshape education and make it more like what Vicki Davis is doing?

  2. You are right in saying that not all children learn the same way. Finding different styles to teach children is a major challenge to educators.