Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Blog Post # 3

Michael Wesch: A Vision of Students Today

Every statement that was expressed is true for someone somewhere. Some pay for college, while others have parents who help them, some come to class on a regular basis, while others never attend, some will make an A, while others will fail. The list could go on an on, but it shows every college student faces one if not more of these facts. I normally have a class size of thirty, I also have some classes that some material will never help me, I attend class, and many other things. Some of the situations listed I have faced, while others I have not. Every college student has some classes that are not relevent or some classes that always requires online work. At the same time technology has pros and cons. Technology can be bad in the classroom, because if a student brings his/her laptop to the classroom, they may not be paying attention at all. At the same time laptops in a classroom could help bring info inside the classroom.

"It's Not About the Technology" by: Kelly Hines

I LOVED what Kelly Hines had to say in her blog post. I loved how she said, "She didn't think ipods, blogs, wikis, and podcasts should always be the new change." I love blogging and always being able to connect to the internet so quickly, be we can not get so caught up in society we forgot what teachers are really meant to do. Her four points for teachers were great to me. It makes me want to be a great teacher in the future. I totally agree that teachers must be learners and that learning and teaching are not the samething. I agree that if the students have not learned anything, then no teaching existed. I love the statement, "The 21st century is going to be about working smarter and not harder. I agree that technology is useless without teaching. I do feel in schools that computers are just being used as a game and such. If a teacher uses technology, then as a teacher you have to make sure your teaching the students and making sure they fully understand.

Karl Fisch: Is It Okay to Be A Technologically Illiterate Teacher?

I agree I do believe that educators should achieve a basic level of education. I do not believe that every teacher should be extremely technologically brilliant, but yes they should have the basic ideas. Each teacher should be able to fully work the internet, understand the internet, and know how education is important to students. Principals or people responsible should beware of each teacher's abilities before hiring them. In today's society, being technological illiterate is not ok.

Gary Hayes Social Media Count

This site really amazed me. I knew that each second everything changes and technology is always advancing, but I did not realize it was that fast. As a teacher, it means even in two years when I have graduated and I will be looking for a job, things could be different. Maybe principals will hire someone quicker who has had more computer classes or who seems to be more advanced with technology. Who knows? I feel that gradually everything will become more and more technological based. I like technology, but at the same time I do not want to much technology.


  1. So what are teachers supposed to do? Do we really need "teachers" or do we need "educational guides" or "educational coaches." Teachers seem to me to imply someone who conveys knowledge to someone else. When books were just coming into being (late 1400s/early 1500s they were kept in libraries. "Teachers" would read them, summarize them, and orally transmit the teacher's version of what was being said. Now books are everywhere. In fact, we are ver close to having "all information in all places at all times." And information means not just text but audio and video as well. So why do we need "teachers" - People who move information to the masses? Don't we now need something new? Someone who can guide, lead, organize, provide incentives, evaluate. And the student "learns" from taking advantage of this multitude of resources rather than from listening and burping back. You will encounter more examples of this way of thinking later in the course.

    A good start to defining technological literacy - a task we have not yet undertaken. I would also add that any teacher today who is not a learner- a life-long learner should be removed from the teaching profession. There I go using "teacher" again. I must stop myself!

    In two years not could be different. Will be different is what you must say! If I were hiring the number of computer classes taken would be irrelevant to me. I would want to know what a teacher can and does do. You are building your intellectual record every day in EDM310!

    And the change will not be gradual! Look again at Gary's Social Counter. Think how quickly newspapers have gone down the tubes. printed books are next. Already Amazon sells more electronic books than hardbacks. By 2012 they predict they will sell more electronic books than hardbacks and paperbacks combined. I think they know what they are talking about. Publishers are scared to death. they should be. Education is not too far down the list for the next big industry to be radically changed. Whether we like it or not!

  2. I have had many of the classes that I feel are not relevant to my profession. The laptops in classes could cause students a lot of distraction. I have been in classes where students are on facebook chat while the teacher is giving a lecture. You make a great point that if the students have not learned anything then teaching does not exist. Teachers must definitely be technologically literate. This makes for a great communication tool with parents and students. I too was amazed how fast things change.