Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Blog Post 2

Did You Know 3.0 by Karl Fisch

While I knew that technology was ever changing and always advancing, I had no idea it was at this rate. It shocks me to know that if I began a 4 year technical degree today, by my third year, the first year would be obsolete.We have to stay educated on technology and the technological advances as they occur to be able to stay relevant in the future. If a computer is built that is more advanced than the human brain, it is impairative that we are able to understand and operate it, as to not become obsolete ourselves.

Population continues to grow each second of every day. Technological advancements are being made, but the population is growing at a very significant rate. Due to population growth, it is easier and less time consuming for the masses to stay up to date and knowledgeable about new technology. For example, the amount of time it takes for a certain number of people to use a new technology becomes less and less as we move into the future.

Mr. Winkle Wakes by Mathew Needleman

In Mr. Winkle wakes, it shows how the world is constantly changing due to technological advances. Once he goes to a hospital and a current workplace, he cannot understand all the machines he is seeing. However, when he enters a school, he feels at home. This is because schooling and education usually remains relatively unchanged.

Schools should not be the same as 100 years ago. While the basic idea of a teacher at the head of the classroom and students sitting in desk being educated is still there no matter what year it is, there should be technology utilized within the classroom. Advancements are made to help and assist, not to do harm. Why would a teacher not want to utilize tools to help them teach more efficiently? 

Sir Ken Robinson: The Importance of Creativity

I had never given much thought to how creativity is being squashed in schools today. But due to diagnoses of ADD and ADHD, it is very easy to write a child off who has a lot of energy.  Teaching and learning do not have to be synonymous with students in desks. Teaching a child can be done in multiple ways to facilitate a place for all students to be able to learn.

Additionally, teaching a child to hang on to their creativity and imagination is hard to do. Being wrong is something all adults are fearful of, but we should take more chances to be wrong and learn from it. We also need to be able to express a different idea without being chastised.  Creativity is something special and individual to each of it. It should be nurtured in education, not neglected.

Vicki Davis: Harness Your Students' Digital Smarts

In this video, we are able to see how students in rural Georgia are connected to people all over the world. The students were impressed by how cool it was to have their own blogs and have people from all over the world read and follow them. Not only that, but we are able to see how students are able to keep up to date and learn new technology. Their teacher states that she was teaching them things and before long, they were teaching her things. 

This video shows how beneficial it is to have technology in the classroom and to teach students how to use it. Having technology is useless if people do not learn how to use it. But by teaching students how to properly use the tools that are available to them will help them in school as well as in the marketplace. The more skills you possess, the more indispensable you are to a company. 


  1. Excellent post Brittany! You made some great observations especially when you said that the more new technology that comes out the quicker people seem to learn that technology. I've noticed this too. it seems like the more we learn the quicker we are to adapt to new things. By the same token, the further behind we fall the less we are able to adapt and the longer it takes to learn new things.

    Your blog is looking great. Keep up the good work. SS

  2. Hi Brittany! I agree with your thoughts on technology advancing as fast as it is. I had no idea about most of the facts that was expressed in this video, so I thought it was really informative facts to think about. I also agree with your statement, "Why would a teacher not want to utilize tools to help them teach more efficiently?" This is a very interesting statement. Parents, students, and teachers all hope that the students get the best of their education, so teachers should want to do whatever they can to make this possible. You pointed out some very good views from these videos, and I found your explanations for these videos very enlightening. Thanks for the insight of the assignment.