Saturday, March 12, 2011

Blog Post # 8

Dr. Richard E. Miller Discusses Writing With Multimedia 
Dr, Richard Miller is a professor  in the Department of English at Rutgers University. This presentation was to the Modern Language Association, Presidential Forum, in San Fransisco, CA December 28, 2008. In his lecture, Dr. Miller discusses the necessary shift from books as a means of research and education to interactive technology. He illustrates how books are becoming obsolete, stating that many academic books are out of print and are sailing on Amazon for nearly noting. Computers are the new and better way to research and share information with the rest of the world. 

iPad with booksDr. Miller describes this shift as an "incremental change" and not 'fundamental". This incremental change has allowed us to work from and on a computer and has made it easy to collaborate with others.  Students are now able to experience information that has auditory detail and is interactive. The goal is still to inspire, but with new technology, it is possible to reach more people and efficiently leave an impact. When videos are posted on YouTube the owner is able to track views and receive comments and feedback. This is a great way to quickly share information and impact others. 

There are some reservations that these like other changes face. Older generations are automatically used to using books for research, education, and enjoyment, so they may be apprehensive to change their perception. It is important to realize that change takes time and patience. It is also important to remember that for research, many professors require a book source. They are also handy to back up information found on the web. I personally use the internet to for majority of information and research. 

EDM310 Videos 
EDM310 For DummiesThe first video The Chipper Series is concerned with the effects of procrastination on education and adult life. Most students think procrastination means waiting until the last minute to complete work or completing the work and submitting it late. It is important for students to learn good study habits in order to succeed as they further their education. My cousin who is a college freshman said, "I came to a realization just now: I could procrastinate my way through high school and pass, but college ain't that easy." The second video EDM310 for Dummies was entertaining and uplifting. EDM310 can be very frustrating but at-least I know I'm not the only one that feels this way.

I think it would be a good idea to make a video that went step-by-step through one or more account that we have to set up and use. It would also be useful to illustrate how to make your own PLN. I know that we have watched videos, but a step-by-step guide would be useful. 

Lean to Change, Change to Learn
The emphasis in this video is placed on Hand-On learning. It is true that students use Twitter, SMS,  and Facebook on a daily basis, but I'm not sure that they utilize them for research and education. While the potential is there, most students use the social networks and communication devices for fun. It would be useful for teachers to help students learn to use these devices more effectively. These are just a few of the many ways students can be educated through technology. If students are able to use these technologies effectively, education will become more exciting and fun. 

The Secret Powers of Time By: Philip Zambardo
Animated ClockThis video illustrates that there are six main time zones that people live in. two focus on the past, two on the present, and two on the future. The people focused on the past are concerned with memories and family traditions, and the other are concerned only with regret. These people are identified as past positive and past negative. It was interesting to learn that different cultures and cities can be identified by their pace of life. We all begin life in the present. Because students live in a digital world, it changes the way in which they respond in the classroom and socially. Time is a powerful agent in our lives. 

Drive: The Surprising Truth about what Motivates Us By: Dan Pink 
The video states that there are two studies that call into question that if you reward something you get more of the behavior you want and if you punish something you get less of the behavior you want. it illustrates what happens when the top performers are extra-ordinarily rewarded and the lowest performers are ignored. They found that required rudimentary cognitive skills tests result in lower performance with larger rewards. Three factors that lead to better performance are 1) Autonomy 2) Mastery 3) Purpose. I thought it was interesting that they let employees do as they pleased for 24 hours and the outcome led to new ideas and software fixes. This scenario satisfies autonomy.  The video was very interesting. 


  1. Hey Nicole, my name is Jenna and I am commenting on your blog this week. I thought what you had to say about Richard Miller's discussion was spot on with the way I interpreted it. Miller clearly shows how our world is changing from print to online. Most reference books you find in the library are outdated and you must use the internet to get the latest information. However,as you said, I do think it is useful to use the print books as a back up to the internet.

    I also enjoyed watching the Chipper video and EDM310 for Dummies. These videos were really helpful in understanding how to succeed, not only in this class, but in life. It is nice knowing you are not the only one who gets frustrated! It is best not to procrastinate and make sure you ask for help if you do not understand anything. You seem like you are doing a good job in EDM310, just make sure to check your grammar and don't forget to use the heading Blog Assignment #. Good luck with the rest of EDM310!

  2. Hi Nicole! Technology is great for anybody. The world today is base on Technology. Teachers now and future should learn everything they can technology to be help their students to succeed in life. Miller showed how we have change like having books on online. Procrastination is not always good especially when you have something due the next day when you knew about it for a week. Students can come out of their bubbles to explore with technology.

  3. This is an excellent post! I think you could have explained more on some things. But your ideas and opinions were right on target and you included links and pictures!