Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Blog Assignment 2

Ken Robinson: The Importance of Creativity

I completely loved hearing this presentation from Mr. Robinson. I think that for some children, the ability to show their creative side is so important. As he says it, "It is as important as literacy." I liked hearing about the little girl who never payed attention, but once it came to drawing, she did. This just goes to show you that so many people have different creative talents and while in school, each should be let out and explored.

I do not think that a child should ever be given a coloring book instead of a blank page. I believe that as long as that is happening, children are being limited in their talent. "CHILDREN DO NOT GROW INTO CREATIVITY, THEY GROW OUT OF IT" When Mr. Robinson said this, it really made sense to me. It is true that over time, people are forced out of their creative zones. I believe people, children especially, should be taught with more emphasis on creativity, art, and music.

"Harness Your Student's Digital Smarts"- Vicki Davis

I think that the way Ms. Davis and her classroom are set up is absolutely amazing. Just being able to interact with people from all over the world can be so helpful to students. Not only by learning about the different customs and traditions, but also by learning the history of different countries and people. For most classrooms, this technology is not available, and I think that any classroom would be so fortunate to have this chance. I love how the different students get to share and interact.I believe that this is so beneficial for students of all ages!

I believe that over the years technology is going to continue to change. I know that teachers like her, who incorporate this technology into learning experiences, will have great educational success in the future with their classrooms. As technology changes, so should the ways of teaching. I think that a great job has been done in Ms. Davis' classroom, and I hope that as the years go on, more teachers will incorporate technology into their educational schedules like she has!

Did You Know?
"So what does it all mean?"

That is the question that was asked at the end of the video. To be honest, I have NO idea what it means for people all over the world. To an extent, I am not surprised at all. It is VERY obvious to everybody that the world is becoming more technology advanced. What did surprise me was the fact that other places, like Bermuda, are more advanced than we are. That is something that I don't think ever would have crossed my mind before watching the video. Here we are, people in the United States, thinking that WE have all the new updated technology, when in reality we are not even close to other countries in their advancement.

Something else that really caught my eye was the fact that so many text messages have been sent in such a short period of time. I guess it is just something I never thought about, especially since it only started in 1992? Man, how the world has changed. To me its actually kind of scary. I'm left thinking OK, they are going to make a smart computer (one that is better than the human species?) really? Whats next should be the real question!

Mr. Winkle Wakes

To me, this video gave me a lot of insight as to how things used to be done in schools. Although I never got to experience teaching like that, I know that so much has evolved and so much has changed. Schools and hospitals and other places have been the way they are now as long as I can remember. I can't exactly imagine what it would feel like to wake up and see things the way Mr. Winkle did. I have never known a world without technology, but I can only think of how different methods for teaching were back then, without the smart boards and the internet.

100 years ago, schools were primarily teaching reading, writing, and arithmetic, but now I feel that there is so much more to be learned. I feel that without some of the technology we have now, students would have less methods for learning and they would not get to experience half the things we are not. I'm not saying that the basics are not important, but I do believe that teachers should advance in technology as the world does. Keeping our students up to date, while still keeping focus on the basics, will be the best way to educate them, in my opinion.


  1. Be cautious about the math used in Did You Know? Bermuda is one example.

    You suggest that teachers must keep up to date but focus on the basics. What do mean by "the basics"? And how should a teacher "focus" on the basics?

  2. When I say basics, im referring to reading, writing, artithmatic. To me, these are three things that all children have to learn in order to succeed in all other subjects.

    Now, we have all sorts of computer classes and things like that. I was just saying that I agree that an advance in technology is a good thing for students, as long as you don't forget about the basics as well.