Do You Know
This video had some very interesting facts in it. One of the facts was that there are 200 hundred million Myspace users. I have a Myspace account that I no longer use because I switched over to Facebook This has me wondering how many people use Facebook. Does the number of Facebook users exceed the amount uses Myspce. I decided to look it up and found out that Facebook has 750 million users.
At the end of the video it asked "So What All Does This Mean". To me this means that we are entering a future where we depend on social networks to socialize with our friends or professors. We need to know how to use social networks to be able to communicate.
Mr. Winkle Wakes
This video is about Mr. Winkle awaking after a hundred years of slumber. He notices all the changes to the world. He sees all these new and different machines and becomes overwhelms. He goes to a hospital and sees machines that keep people alive.
He finally finds a school that was the same as the one in his time. The students would listen to the teacher lecture and take notes. In the back of the classroom he saw a dusty computer that nobody was using. This video shows that some schools aren't up to date on technology and still in the old times.
Ken Robin Says Schools Kill Creativity
In this video, Ken Robinson talks about education and creativity. He states that in today's society education is everything and sometimes if you do have a degree doesn't mean you can find a job easily. This is a troubling thought, because some people work so hard to find a better job but can't. Today a Bachelor's Degree isn't all you need you now need a higher up degree.
Another point made is as kids age they grow out of creativity and are begin to be afraid of being wrong. Creativity is very important because creativity helps with new ideas and inventions. Sometime you also need to be wrong to come up with new ideas. Always being right is being isn't being creative.
I think the United States need to step up in education. It is pretty bad that we have a 25% drop out rate, whereas Finland has a 1% dropout rate. Our problem is we stress to much on sciences and not enough on art.
When I become an Elementary Educator. I would put more art in the classroom. Doing simple activities like making 3D animal cell structures can be artistic and also a teaching aid. This can give the students a fun way to learn about an animal cell and make it stick in their minds. School cannot always be about lectures and book work.
Harness Your Student's Digital Smarts
Viki Davis is a teacher in rural south Georgia. She teaches her students how to blog and use Wiki. She shows them how to use certain program on a computer like terraforming. She also has her students teach fellow classmates on certain technological features.
One thing I liked was the Digiteen. It is pretty interesting how students can blog and talk with other students all over the world. This is a good website for teens to use so they can tell how cultures around the world are similar and also different from ours.