Did You Know? 3.0: I was completely blown away by this video it really addressed the lack of importance we place on education. Yes our society is technology advanced in some areas but not so much in learning how it works or designing it. Also the rate in which our society is progressing in births per years compared to other countries is mind blowing. I want to believe that we will progress with other countries but looking at the evidence put in front of my face it does not look so good for our technological future. We need to put more emphasis on learning different things and keep our eyes wide open to new technology uses.
Mr. Winkle Wakes by Matthew Needleman really emphasizes the lack of technology used in the classroom today. If you think about it in 1910 the world was so much different than today. The main focus on technology was the use of X-ray. Major inventions consisted of refrigerators and zippers. Today if you blink you may miss something new all the technological advances. Unfortunately as noted above they are not used to their potential in the classroom. I think more students would want to be involved in class curriculum if they had some type of technological motivation that intrigued them.
Sir Ken Robinson: The Importance of Creativity really addresses the lack of confidence we have in the way children learn. Some people expect each child to do things one way and if that does not work then oh well. Students have the desire to learn new things we just don't seem to have the desire to teach more than one way. If people would realize students are capable of learning a lot more than we give them credit for. So let's open our eyes and learn new ways to help our society progress.
Vicki Davis: Harness Your Students' Digital Smarts is very uplifting and inspiring. It shows that students are able to learn to do new things in the classroom. It is not all pencil and paper tactics and techniques which is the way of the past. It is somewhat like this class you are given all the tools you need the only way to succeed is to learn how to use them. If you give a child the ability to display their creativity it is amazing what they will produce. They will be learning and realize they are capable of doing numerous things previously unexplored to them.
I would love to have the freedom to help students learn on all levels sometimes we are so stuck on test scores and learning how to pass tests that none of the useful information is retained.