Sunday, March 25, 2012

Blog Post #8

This Is How We Dream


In Richard Miller's videos This Is How We Dream parts 1 and part 2, he describes to the viewer how he believes that the use of multimedia literature is better than hardcopy literature. He tells the viewer that when he was young he loved books and even grew up in a house filled with books. Richard states that he wanted to have a profession where he could be surrounded by books. Except there is a problem with this. He gives an example of an article that someone could receive, but then he or she might throw it away, but by using the multimedia approach he can put the same article online and it will be there forever.

I think it is amazing at some of the things we can do with technology nowadays. Technology allows us to communicate with anyone on Earth instantly. I love how I am able to simply get online and do research without having to leave my seat. With resources such as kindles, iPads, nooks, and other eReaders we are able to access almost any book instantly. My sisters have kindles and they have over a hundred books on it. At the same time though, I prefer a hard copy of literature. I find it easier to have the copy of the book in my hand. So I feel that we cannot rule out hard copies of books.

I feel that I am prepared to write with multimedia. Since I use sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube I believe that I have a solid base for writing and using multimedia. I believe that my students will also be able to write using multimedia. Technology is always changing though, so these websites may not be the best way when I'm a teacher. I must be able to stay up to date with technology so that I can teach them. Although with today's society, kids are somehow drawn to the "tech world" and can often already use technology efficiently, I must be able to adjust and build on what they already know.

Carly Pugh’s Blog Post #12

After both watching “This is How We Dream” and reading about Carly’s assignment, teaching philosophy, and approach to her future English classes, I feel as though she has a good grasp on the acceptance of technology into her classroom and the realization that while technology will continue to grow, you just cannot replace the substance behind a hard copy. She wants what any teacher wants from her students, an eagerness to learn and she feels that with the depth of her favorite classics, the doing away with standard book reports, and the use of social networks and blogging pages, students will be able to appreciate the written word while still forming their own opinions rather than the customary reflections of the timeless works you will see in her classroom. I feel that her approach to a new form of book reports fits well into her philosophy of “think different” and still holds the classic goal of teaching literature to young people. With the use of social networking such as Facebook, Twitter, and Skype, Carly will be able to expand the old-style group work by increasing the availability students have to each other and multiplying the speed of exchanging research and information infinitely. Carly’s efforts to integrate both classic teaching styles with technology into her class would be applauded by Dr. Miller due to the fact that the subject of English has traditionally been pen and paper. Also, I feel that her teaching style fits well into his old love of books and newfound love of technology.

The Chipper Series and EDM310 for Dummies

Videos like “The Chipper Series” and “EDM310 for Dummies” encourage students to remain in school, remain on top of their assignments, and remain in faith that, though they may not agree with their tactics, their success is the first and foremost goal of professors. I would enjoy producing a video that uses my personal experience and statistics to reassure them that the philosophy of “doing it right the first time,” is the way to approach education. Chipper was made an example of as she struggled after leaving school, and although that was effective, I would like to find a way to get the point across without making a drastic example of someone like Jamie Lynn did. Also, while “EDM310 for Dummies” convinced students that using the tools provided by teachers were nothing to be avoided I feel that the exaggerated acting and lack of a more diverse group of students affect the success of the video as a whole. This being said, I would like to participate in or produce a video that kept the concept of “EDM310 for Dummies” but eliminated the problem areas I mentioned earlier.

In both "The Chipper Series" and "EDM310 for Dummies," Jamie Lynn shows us that she went into this course thinking that she had it all figured out. Soon she finds the course difficult and overwhelming in "The Chipper Series" she first tries to make excuses for herself (as so many students do). She then threatens to change the definition of procrastination on Wikipedia so she can turn her work in late and still receive credit like when she won a ribbon for coming in last place in a race. In a final attempt to succeed in EDM310, she confronts her professor, Dr. Strange, about not being the teacher she finds fit for the class. When he does not change his teaching style, she quits school completely, feeling defeated. Despite many hair-brain schemes to find success and a dead end job as a garbage collector, Chipper has a “change of heart.” With this change she gains perspective and realizes that to succeed in life you cannot just do the bare minimum and you cannot do everything the way you want. Jamie Lynn produced this video to show not only fellow students, but also future students that even though things may be frustrating, difficult, and overwhelming, success requires that you step up to the challenge and maybe even ask for a little guidance along the way.

Much like “The Chipper Series,” “EDM310 for Dummies” begins with students being discouraged and even “crazy” due to EDM310. After throwing a tantrum, Jamie Lynn and a fellow student are introduced to EDM310 for Dummies. Thanks to this helpful tool, Jamie Lynn and others find EDM310 not only a bearable, but also an enjoyable class. With this video, Jamie Lynn portrays the use of helpful tools provided by her professor as the difference between “crazy” and an easy “A” in this class.

Learn to Change, Change to Learn

With our society so engrossed in technology, some educators are concerned with the extremely low ranking of the sector of education in IT intensity of industries. Coming in a devastatingly last place of 55 (even behind coal-mining), it is easy to see that the education should take measures to keep up with the steady increase of technology in every aspect of our lives. One of the women in the video is convinced that our education system reflects a factory system and this belief is also held by the producers of “RSA Animate -Changing Education Paradigms” (one of the videos on Carly Pugh’s playlist). With the bell system, lack of creativity, and the four walls holding students into the customs of the industry of education is the reflection of a factory that many of the educators seen in this video would like to change. Another woman described an average classroom and she said that she would create a “different” classroom. All of the teachers in this video feel that we should incorporate technology because they feel that we are not global enough, that we are inhibiting creativity, and that we are not properly preparing children for the world to come.

I’m not disagreeing with the fact that education has room to change technologically speaking, and while communities, museums, libraries, homes, and even the internet are places where children learn, I feel that there should be some structure to education and the traditional classroom should remain intact for things that I feel we need to preserve. An institution of education cannot be built behind a computer screen. Even though there is social networking left and right that provides interaction, we need to preserve the face to face interaction children receive at school. Think of the progression of communication since just the telephone and how much we hide behind our phones and keyboards. Children need to be exposed to diversity, whether it be race, background, or just someone they do not get along with. This exposure is where we learn our communication skills, not through a text message or video chat. Some of the educators on the video argued that technology is not avoidable, and while that is true, neither is human contact. Why do we put our children on sports teams? I know my parents not only put me on a team because I loved to play but because I wanted to be with my friends that I had made on last year’s team. Not only that, they wanted to teach me how to work with my team, how to work hard, how to win, and how to lose. Children that are not exposed to others early on in life are not prepared for an office full of people competing for promotions, raises, and opportunities in the real world.

Several educators in this video also agree that students have a more stimulating environment outside of school with texting, social networking, and games, and are upset that various useful tools involving technology are banned inside of school. These useful tools can also prove distracting in the classroom to not only the student using them but their fellow students. One of the men on the video suggested that life is not looking for “vending machine right answers,” and I agree that we need to think outside of the box to progress and impress. I also feel though, that with things being right at our fingertips with the internet, we do not have to strive as we once did for information. While I like the fact that research is not something I have to leave my computer for and its availability gives me more time for brainstorming, there is a satisfaction of finding something in a book or writing on paper. With this being said, I do have to agree with the point made about how helpful a global education base for teachers would be. I feel that being able to communicate with other teachers and gaining perspective from their teaching techniques and similar aspects to learning from across the world would broaden the spectrum for education and create a universal bond between teacher and teacher, student and student on an international basis.

In conclusion, I agree that technology is not avoidable and education has a long road ahead of it. Although, I also feel that some things in the institution of education do not have to be replaced by technology, but can work hand in hand with it to not only preserve the finer points of education and communication but to progress into the world we are entering that is controlled by technology.

Scavenger Hunt 2.0

The first tool I found and decided to use was makebeliefscomix.com. With this website anyone can go and make their own comic. The creators can add different types of clip art and can even decide how long the cartoon will be. Naturally, I made my cartoon about education.
It can be viewed at Makebeliefscomix

The second tool I used was polleverywhere.com. By using this site I was able to create my own poll for free. I could use this in my classroom when I become a teacher in order to take the class's opinion on certain subjects in order to create discussions and make my class more interactive. With a more interactive classroom I would be a more efficient teacher.


Create your own sms poll at Poll Everywhere

The third tool I chose was Animoto.com. This is a video site that allows you to make your videos so much more creative. A very cool feature I found was the fact that Animoto syncs with Facebook and other social sites so that it automatically has your pictures and videos reading for you to edit. It also states that music is at the heart of Animoto. So what better way to display this than by letting the creators upload and use their own mp3s in their videos/slideshows. The last thing I found interesting about this site is the fact that they have their own iPhone app. Not only is that cool, but they offer it for free. I will try to use this site in the future to make my videos.

4 comments:

  1. Hi Kellen,

    You were very thorough with your post. I also enjoyed the Scavenger Hunt. I found so many new sites to add to my PLN and cannot wait to utilize more of these tools. Also, great poll question. I think you should post on your facebook page and see how many people you can get to give their opinion.

    Also, I read your Blog Post #1 and I see that you come from a very big family. I think that is so awesome! I bet holidays are blast with all of your siblings.

    Great job on your work.

    ~Miranda

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  2. "I would like to participate in or produce a video that kept the concept of “EDM310 for Dummies” but eliminated the problem areas I mentioned earlier." Do it! Project #16 is right around the corner.

    Very thoughtful. Interesting. It's hard to change, to give up the familiar, isn't it?

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  4. Kellen,
    You did a wonderful job of explaining each video and relating to them. I also prefer reading a hard copy of literature. It just isn't the same to me to read an online book. I agree that children need human interaction. There needs to be a balance. Keep up the good work. Good luck on the rest of the semester.

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