Sunday, September 9, 2012

Blog Assignment #2

"Did you know? 3.0"

In this video, "Did You Know? 3.0" by John Strange, Dr. Strange presents many statistics that show how technology is booming in our society today. The statistic that “25% of the population of India with the highest IQs outnumbers the entire population of the United States” is astonishing. This statement made me think about how large is India and why they have IQs higher that the entire United States? In my opinion, this shows how advanced technology is and continues to be.

As the video went on, there were statistics about cell phones and computer. The statements were about percentages of groups of people who made a cell phone and computer. In our society today, there are not very many people who do not have a computer or cell phone. Students, in society today, are becoming more advanced with the use of technology at early ages. Technology is a great tool, and it is a very useful tool in the classroom.

"Mr. Winkle Wakes" by Matthew Needleman

In Matthew Needleman video, Mr. Winkle Wakes by Mathew Needleman, he describes and explains ways that technology has been created and evolved over time. The character in the video is a cartoon of an old man called Mr. Winkle. He awakens from a one-hundred year nap to realize how technologically advanced the world had become. The video was presented in a very simple way. It seems that it was presented this way for children to understand the points.

I agree with the author that new technologies have changed the way we do many things. From my own personal experiences with technology, it has been very beneficial to me and to my education. In schools today, we see I Pads being used plus other new technological advancements. In years to come, I believe technology will be even more advanced than it is now.

"The Importance of Creativity" by Sir Ken Robinson

In Robinson's video, The Importance of Creativity by Sir Ken Robinson, he uses a dry sense of humor to persuade how important a child’s creativity is. He says that by telling children that they are making mistakes, we are keeping them from expanding their creative ability. He about how educators need to prepare students for the future. Robinson inform us that all the education in the world does not guarantee a person a job, so no matter how much a person succeeds academically, a student's creativity ability could have a better success rate in finding a job. We, as educators, should to educate our students about the “world” and help encourage them to find themselves and prepared for what is out there.

I agree with Sir Ken Robinson, public schools focus more on preparing students for standardized test and various test taking strategies. Students become bored with school and some even start to misbehave. However, if school systems emphasized on integrating arts into the curriculum students would not only learn more but will be more focused. I agree with Robinson that art needs and should be incorporated in our schools. Art may be what drives some students’ futures.

Think about the Future!

After watching the videos about glass, A Day Made of Glass 2: Same Day. Expanded Corning Vision, A Day Made of Glass 2: Unpacked. The Story Behind Corning's Vision, Project Glass: Live Demo at Google by Dan Butterfield, I was astonished by the presentation of this technology. It was some really awesome videos. The videos were about future technologies being had with the use of glass. It is somewhat the same concept as the I Pads, etc. This technology would be awesome to have in a classroom. In one of the videos, it showed them using the glass technology in the classroom. The thing I really like about it is that it was hands on.

Another technological advancement would be the solar panels on top of the school. The ultimate, astonishing thing was the use of glass in the medical field. The precise images that they could capture and be able to dissect the images in any way they want or need too. I think that glass could be a huge improvement for the medical field and diagnosing medical problems.

Past, Present, Future

1 comment:

  1. Jamie,
    In your first segment of your post on "Did You Know? 3.0", you mentioned from the video that "25% of the population of India with the highest IQs outnumbers the entire population of the United States”...Technology may have facilitated a portion of this accomplishment, but your statement that this shows how advanced technology is, caused a disconnect for me. Perhaps, you could have expanded on this statement to further defend your opinion and make your case.
    Also, I was just not sure what you meant by this sentence: "The statements were about percentages of groups of people who made a cell phone and computer." Made a cell phone and computer? I'm assuming your word choice is off here, but please consider the clarity of your words before you publish a post. Tweaking a few words here and there can greatly add to the meaning and effectiveness of a post!
    After reading the segment on "Mr. Winkle Wakes", I ask that you clarify. If you tell the reader that technology has been beneficial to your education, state an example; if you believe that technology will become more advanced, please state in what direction you think this will happen. I'm sure many of us agree that technology will become more advanced, but you need to be more specific about your assertions.
    I also think that you missed the message he was trying to make. Mr. Needleman wanted people to see that if the rest of the world is moving forward, why does the classroom continue with such simple and traditional methods? Be sure to look for deeper meanings or relation to the context in future posts. It's not just about what we as students and teachers experience and observe, it's about our future students. It's important to be aware of the bigger picture, of subliminal messages, of imminent events going on around us.
    Also, on Sir Ken Robinson, you did a great job of relating to his post. I don't really agree with the notion of "finding ourselves". We should be aware enough to know who we are already, it's how we fit in with the rest of the world and what our purpose is that's the issue. Standardized tests, mundane routine, standard curriculum only limit a person's creativity and make them feel smaller in relation to what is going in in the rest of the world. I agree to an extent with your statement that: "However, if school systems emphasized on integrating arts into the curriculum students would not only learn more but will be more focused". While it may enhance daily activity and achievement, it's not an umbrella solution or a route for immediate and lasting change. It's a start, but it's not the only answer.
    In short, make sure that you provide examples for your opinions and observations, edit for word choice/clarity, and look for broader meaning in the author's intent or the context of a post/video.
    Keep up the good work!
    Carly Pugh