In Don't Teach Your Kids This Stuff Please, Dr. Scott McLeod, an Associate Professor in the Educational Administrative program at Iowa State, bombards readers with sarcasm surrounding his approach to the uses of technology and children. My initial thoughts were that he disliked technology and felt that it should not be utilized or made readily available to students. His approach was very insightful and effective. He manages to highlight the dangers associated with the internet while illustrating the positive freedoms it affords for learning. Technology allows children to be creative, share knowledge, think technically, and learn new information not available in textbooks or simple pen and paper.
The iSchool Initiative:
This kid has some really good ideas! Although his idea is not bulletproof, he permits options to apparent problems in our school systems. "The iSchool Initiative" just goes to show that students can use technology to generate new ideas and embrace their personal creativity. Applications such as the graphing calculator, Notes, Classics, Calender, and Email are great convenient tools for staying connected to students, teacher, and parents while saving money and resources. He even thinks to safeguard the network, so students will only be able to access school related materials.
The Lost Generation:
Just as we should have high hopes for our own future, we should most importantly have high hopes for the students we will be teaching. Their generation will be faced with statistics similar to those illustrated in this video. Teachers must show concern, value, and equality to each student. These qualities are great ways to build self-esteem and confidence to young people who are already unsure of their purpose and future. Teachers must facilitate positive behaviors and expect students to achieve to their highest abilities.
The technique used in this video was very clever. By reversing the wording, she implies that her generation will not stand for expected failure. They will have to fight hard to rise above the negativity and prevail. They will defy the odds and become the people they wish to be in life.
Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir:
I think this is an awsoem example of the creativity afforded by technology. The internet brings live entertainment not easily accessible right into people's homes. The performance was amazing and I definitely give props to the composer who made a seemingly challenging task wonderful. *Applause*