Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Blog Post #3

When I watched the video by Michael Wesch: A Vision of Students Today I definitely can understand the frustration and lack of interest in today's college classroom. My classes are not nearly this big but I can identify with the cost of books you never use it is 100%  waste of money and frustrating. The college classes I am currently enrolled in this semester encourage the use of computers and technology. Some are not so lucky they will sit and listen to lectures and need to retain that information later used for a test. This is no way to learn how to deal with real life situations it does not prepare us for our future. We are still very fortunate to have the advantage to attend school but that does not mean we are learning useful information we will later use.

"It's Not About the Technology" by Kelly Hines is very to the point and we are in need of teachers that spark a child's interest and are willing to learn new ways to introduce materials with or without a computer. If you are in the teaching field in "survival" mode and never have any intention of actually making a difference in your students life no learning of any degree will ever occur. The old saying goes something like this: "You can lead a horse to water but, you can't make it drink" definitely applies here. You can every new gadget in the world at available at your fingertips but if someone does not take the initiative to learn how to apply it, well it is all useless.
      Someone who goes into to teaching needs to be willing to constantly learn new things but also willing to pass the learning on. You can go over and over a subject with a student and they may not understand the material it is then up to you as a teacher to find a new way to present the information. That is what makes you a teacher your ability to learn and try new techniques to help someone else learn.
    Do you want to be just a teacher that goes over the info again and again but never achieving or reaching your students or will you be willing to take the extra step and learn form them on their level then teach them with something they understand.

Karl Fisch: Is It Okay to Be A Technologically Illiterate Teacher?
My comments on this are very supportive of Mr. Fisch. Would you really want your children taught in school by someone who could not read or write?
The comparison is very shocking but truthful. In today's world we are expected to know how to at least operate a cell phone or television why not a computer?
I would want to be taught by someone willing to learn the information they are trying to pass on to me, even if we have to learn together.
          If you are an educator and you are not willing to learn yourself what are you saying about yourself? The use of technology within the classroom is a great advantage because if you are not able to explain something clearly and lack the ability to get through to your students a computer may help. There is usually a YouTube video for just about anything these days.

Gary Hayes Social Media Count.
Take a peak at this but watch out it may overwhelm you.


  1. Thoughtful, well written, perceptive.

    Links would help, especially for Gary Hayes' Social Media Counter. You suggest that your reader "Take a peek..." You need a place for him or her to click! Besides, creating links is something I ask you to learn how to do in this course. So go back and add working links. Instructions are in the Instruction Manual. Mrs. Yollis also has instructions for her 3rd graders.

  2. Your thoughts on this post to me are very realistic in many ways. First I want to agree with the fact that we as college students spend too much money on books that we use very little of or even not at all, and most of the time it's "Burp Back" information that we are learning (as Mr. Strange puts it). I would also like to agree with you when you say that you can't make a person learn something if one, they are not interested, and two, they are not willing; and with being an educator you must be open to both. I would also like to add that with technology, even though it shows a lot, it's not the most important factor in a classroom it's the way the teachers learn each student and figure out a way to communicate with each of there personalities individually.