Michael Wesch: A Vision of Students Today
This video is a true reality check. It is amazing yet depressing how much time we spend on technology rather than doing other things that could be deemed more important. However, as technology advances, it gets harder and harder too look at an old-fashioned book. I personally enjoy reading for my own pleasure and I own many books but when it comes to studying, it is almost like I will do anything to escape the reading assignments.
Online classroom tools are designed to keep the students engaged and in my experience, they have been used at South in some instances. After fumbling to figure out how to turn up the volume for ten minutes, my Drama professor showed us videos from TED and youtube; I used the e-companion to fetch my notes for Biology; and my Psychology professor had his own website we downloaded our notes from. The two main subjects that I have taken with a technological void is Math and English. That is what the video was missing- a dusty, ancient overhead projector with the students asleep in the dark.
"It's Not About the Technology" by Kelly Hines
This was a very good outline on how to be a good teacher and stay in this century while doing it. I am all for the idea that technology won't do you any good unless your a good teacher. I also agree that the mindset of a teacher is important when incorporating technology into the classroom. A teacher can be just as stubborn as his or her students. Force feeding does not work with teaching or learning.
What I really got from this blog post is that a teacher is still the main tool in teaching. That has not changed. Technology has arisen as an aide in keeping the students focused and their creativity levels above and beyond the call of duty. Seriously, what student would rather write a 1,000 word essay over blogging?
Karl Fisch: Is It Okay to Be A Technologically Illiterate Teacher?
Karl was my favorite. I think is mostly the older generation that does not know computers very well. My mom is the world's worst. She blames me for her ignorance of technology and hates the fact that my two year old knows how to turn on the computer but she can't. All I can say is that these technologically illiterate people are missing out on a lot. I don't know what I would do without Facebook games.
I loved the analogy that if you are technologically illiterate, it's just like not being able to read or write. For today's generation, that is like the chicken and egg question. Which will come first for today's youth? Technology literacy or traditional paperback literacy?
Gary Hayes Social Media Count
If you watch this count long enough, which I don't recommend, you can Father Time's clock ticking. I feel like this is a countdown to an explosion. I suppose you could think of it as a ticking time bomb of information ready to explode. Be sure not show it to y2k fanatics.
How will this affect my professional career as a teacher? That means more information available on the Internet, bigger Facebook for my planning period (a joke of course), more youtube videos to show my students, and a whole lot of catching up to do.