Sunday, January 27, 2013

Blog Post #2

Did You Know? 3.0 – A John Strange 2012 Version

After watching this video, along with the others, I was left in a state of shock. During the entire thing I was just cocking my head side to side in disbelief. Within the first minute I learned that the United States is not ranked as high as I thought on the intelligence scale, nor are we nearly as large as I thought. India has more honors students in K-12 than all of the K-12 students in the United States. Does that fact alone not blow your mind? What about this, “By 2025 the number of English speaking Chinese is likely to exceed the number of native English speakers in the rest of the world.” In the rest of the world! I also found the facts about technology to be just as mind blowing.
I think it was a fact given in the version by Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod that said “have you ever thought about how we answered questions before Google?” I had not given it much thought until now, but before I used Google for everything I would have to go to the library or ask my parents or teachers questions. Now I feel obligated to research questions via search engines just because it’s so much easier. In 2012 it was recorded that 1,398,148 searches are made on Google every minute. That is up from 1,393,529 in August of 2011. I think that an even more astonishing video would be one about the statistics of how many people that do their research without a computer.

Mr. Winkle Wakes

This video is about a man that woke from a 100 year slumber to only find that the world had changed. Mr. Winkle looks like he is out of date in the world businesses full of machines. It was just too much for Mr. Winkle, so he went to a hospital. He soon realized the hospital was full of machines as well. He saw all types of machines that were created to keep humans alive and decided this was no place for him. He made his way out of the hospital and began his journey down the road. After walking for a while he came upon a school and he decided to stop there. All he found were classrooms of children sitting in uniform rows listening to their teachers lecture. He noticed that there was no intrusion from the outside world, and this he liked very much.
He did see a strange machine in the back of the room, similar to the ones in the hospital and businesses he visited, but it was dusty. This was school just as Mr. Winkle had remembered it; that comforted him. If Mr. Winkle woke up in our century he would not like what he saw. Many classrooms now function with all students on their laptops following along with instruction from their teacher. If they are not on computers the teacher is more than likely using his or her computer to help give their lecture. I think that technology has taken over a bit, but if you are not comfortable with technological changes then you will get left behind!

The Importance of Creativity by Sir Ken Robinson

This presentation given by Sir Ken Robinson is about how much we underestimate the importance of creativity in the classroom. Sir Ken Robinson began with a discussion about the extraordinary capacity for innovation that children have. I completely agreed with his statement about Creativity being just as important as literacy, and that as educators we should treat them the same. He also made a comment that all kids have talent, but we squander them without any thought. I could not agree more, it is almost as if being creative and interesting is frowned upon in our society today. By the time we have reached adulthood we are frightened about being wrong.
We have been teaching children that mistakes are the worst things you could ever possibly make. Children these days are striving for perfection rather than individuality. There is pretty much a hierarchy of subjects, and art is always at the bottom. Pretty much every system also has a hierarchy within the arts ranking music and art higher than drama and dance. Along with Sir Ken Robinson I think that dance is very important because it requires tapping into your mind and body’s creativity as a whole. Academic ability has dominated our view of intelligence. One statement that really stuck with me was that “many highly talented, brilliant people in the world think they’re not because what they were good at in school was not valued.” Like Sir Robinson said, I don’t think we can afford to go on like this.

Pinterest in the Classroom

I totally believe that Pinterest could be useful in the classroom, I use it every day! I am pleased to have these new resources about pinning for classroom purposes. Not only is it a great portal for information but it is also a good way for students to organize and regroup for presentations and assignments. One interesting thing I learned about Pinterest is that there is a way to create a board to share with a specific group of people; this could really be helpful for students connecting with others in group projects.
One of the links provided to us said that Pinterest is almost like a visual journal, which is so true. I think using Pinterest would be more appealing to this generation of students rather than keeping an actual folder of papers that they can easily lose. As I mentioned before it is a great tool for organization. All links are organized by pictures, and when you click on the picture it brings you to the original source. This is great for organizing lesson plans by subject using pictures. Instead of worrying about losing your portable USB drive; or having a long list of “bookmarks” and “favorites” saved in your browser, you can use Pinterest to save your lesson plans.

1 comment:

  1. You misunderstood the comparative data on China, India and the United States. India has four times the population of the United States and China has five times the population of America, This means that the size of the population leads to the large numbers of "honor students" or English speakers when India or China are compared to the United States. You could also say that the 20 % of the population in China with the largest ears (or 25% of the population with the largest ears in India) outnumbers all of the people with ears of any size in the United States.

    "I think that an even more astonishing video would be one about the statistics of how many people that do their research without a computer. " This might be the answer: in K-12 classes - not many; in the world of business, industry, medicine, politics - most.

    Thoughtful. Interesting.