Thursday, September 16, 2010

Blog Post # 4

When I read Don't Teach Your Kids This Stuff. Please? by Scott McLeod I realized there are a lot of negative and positive ideas about the internet. Some of the negative involves people who use the internet for stalking children it is a heinous activity which I wish did not exist unfortunately it does.
Do you remember when your parents taught you not to take candy from or talk to strangers when you were young well the same principle applies in this case. We need to educate parents and children about some of the dangers of these types of scenarios. Unfortunately to live in the dark ages and completely ignore the use of all the great technology would be the equivalent of locking your child in the house and only letting them out to go to school it would be ridiculous wouldn't it? I think the positive outweighs the negative in this case and we should teach children to always be responsible when posting anything about themselves. Mr. McLeod it seems has worn many hats in his professional life and sees what is happening in today's society we are falling behind. As a parent he also realizes the negative aspects but he more than likely teaches responsible use of technology.

The iSchool Initiative is very impressive idea and it may eventually be how students learn but it will probably be a while before all schools are on board. First they need to test it at different schools and see if it will be as productive as it looks after that it would slowly be introduced to more and more school around the country.
I think it is a great idea to reduce the use of paper and it would definitely replace the cost of big expensive printers.
I would love to see this technology introduced into a school that I would be teaching it is very impressive. Although not everyone would be on board you would still have people who are scared of technology or learning to use the new information they would need to use the iTouch. I am a supporter of this new way of learning and hope it does become a reality in schools.

The Lost Generation video is awesome I was completely blown away by the use of the exact same words being reversed and stating the positive outlook instead of the negative.  The beginning of  video stirred sad emotions because in the future family is not important only money and the deterioration of earth is inevitable.When it played backwards I actually felt  it was a positive view on life in the future for everyone with a little work. This is a must to watch it will definitely make you think about your future as well.

Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir use of the internet is unbelievable I did not even know this was possible I mean I know you can video conference and things like that but WOW! I think the use of the internet is eclipsing itself everyday. I really enjoyed watching this presentation it is crazy how they were able to virtually sync them together. The future is looking very interesting.


  1. Malissa,

    Your comment ... I think the positive outweighs the negative in this case and we should teach children to always be responsible ... is the truth with anything they do in our world. You backed up your point well with the fact that you mentioned there are risks with anything a child does but we have to teach them how to do things correctly and responsibly.

  2. Malissa, I really enjoyed reading your post. My take from “Don’t Teach Your Kids This Stuff” was that he was being sarcastic in the entire post. It’s true that children could be exposed to child predators online but Dr. McLeod was making the point that this is exactly the excuse that some parents use to avoid teaching their children about the internet. So I don’t think parents need to be educated on the dangers of the internet, I think parents already have a misconception about the internet. Conversely, parents need to be educated on how to effectively use the internet to their child’s advantage.
    I also thought the iSchool Initiative was an interesting program as well. However, I do not think the program should replace every aspect of the current classroom. For example, it would be great for interacting with teachers, students, and studying. On the other hand, it should be used to get away from using books, writing, etc.