Sunday, February 13, 2011

Blog Post 4


Don't Teach Your Kids This Stuff. Please?

This post definitely falls into the creative writing category. When I first started reading the post I thought he was putting down technology and I second guessed that idea and looked at the title and noticed the question mark. I then knew the sarcastic humor that he was using in persuading his point. I love the way he pointed out the advantages and disadvantages of the internet. We do have to think about that in all aspects of teaching and life. In this situation I believe that the advantages in this situation outweigh the bad. Sure the internet can be dangerous but it can also be very rewarding.  And as Mr. McLeod states in his last sentence, the ones without the internet will fall behind in the future. Now on to the question, Who is Mr. McLeod? He is an associate professor at Iowa State. Before we commented on a video, "Did You Know", and he is the co writer of it. I also found that he is the director of UCEA, Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education.

The iSchool Initiative  

What an  amazing video  from a high school student. I am sold on this idea of ischool. I think that the training would be time consuming for both students and teachers, but a summer workshop for all new high school students would solve that. what a great way to go green and save money and still learn. I also believe that it would save time in the classroom. Our economy is definitely in bad shape in our school systems and I think this is a great way to save money and bring technology into school. If we're not careful though we won't need teachers. Everything will be computerized and teachers will be a part of the past.

Lost Generation

Wow! That was my first reaction and as she went on I was relieved. Looking around some of the things she stated are so true in life these days. Divorce is especially at an ultimate increase. I am a firm believer that life isn't always wonderful but if you have faith and strength in God he will supply your every need and get you through this crazy life that we now have on earth and then our real journey will begin. This is all just temporary, so  while we are here lets make it count and make a difference in the world.

 'Lux Aurumque'

There are no boundaries when it comes to technology and this is a great testimony to that.  What a magical and mysterious piece of work that Eric Whitacre has put together, To know that these people have never met or practiced together is  absolutely amazing. What a talented young man Eric is and  what a  blessing to  have these talents and use them in such a magnificent piece of work for the world to enjoy.

Teaching in the 21st Century

My first reaction to this video was how long it was. It covered some very important facts though. My dream as a teacher is to incorporate fun into learning in the classroom. I love how he stressed that as a teacher you don't have to entertain. It's more important to engage the students in activities and let them learn from that. It's also interesting how he mentions things such as credit cards and life situations. These things can be taught in the classroom as well. 


  1. Lara,
    First of all, I would like to say I love your blog. It is very cute and well organized! I like your opinions on the videos we watched this week as well. I agree with you that there are no boundaries with technology. It is so amazing the things that can be done with technology. I am shocked that there may now be a computer than can beat a human in Jeopardy!

    I also agree with you that if we are not careful, there will be no need for teachers. At least there will be no need for face to face meetings with teachers. I think if schools end up in that position that students will be missing out on things. Yes, technology is great and we HAVE to know how to use it and make it a part of our lives. However, it is still important to have teachers and have interactions with teachers. I wonder sometimes if technology does need boundaries.

    You post was really good and you have some good insight. I look forward to reading your future blog posts!

  2. I like what you said about the Lost Generation. I totally agree with everything that you said. I was also relieved as the video went on and everything was switched around. I love your blog. I can't wait to read your further posts.

  3. Lara, very good post! It is definitely well organized and your thoughts are well put together. The only thing I would say is to add just a bit more to each. Otherwise, it is a very good post!

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