Sunday, September 25, 2011

Blog Post #5

Don't Teach Your Kids This Stuff. Please?

     Technology can be very dangerous for young kids, but so can walking out their front door.  Technology is important for kids and they need to learn.  What we need to do so they are protected is monitor what they do online and on the phone.  Parents and teachers can easily back track what website their kids have visited, check phone logs to see who they are talking to, and set up a social networking site they have access to.  It may seem like a lot to do, but in the end its worth it.  Here is a website for a biography on Scoot Mcleod:

The iSchool Initiative.
     This is a short video about a new way to learn.  The iSchool uses the same platform as the iTouch, but can only be used for educational purposes.  Students can use the iSchool for a calculator or read a book.  The iSchool would be monitored by the teacher and parents.  It could save cost and precious renewable resources.
   This seems like a very good idea. Students could have everything they need for school at their fingertips.  They could also easily find a good book to read without having to go to the library.  Saving our planet is a top priority now and days, this product can reduce how much paper we use in schools.  The only down I see is it can possible dwindle job opportunities for librarians and teachers.

Eric Whitacres Virtual Choir- 'Lux Auromque'

     It seems today that the internet can be used for just about anything.  You can play games, watch movies, download music, and set up a virtual choir.  This just goes to show how much the world is changing and how much we can use the internet for.  This is a very interesting video, because I have never before seen a virtual choir.

Teaching In the 21st Century
     Today's students can find anything they want through the internet.  That really you don't need a teacher who teaches just facts.  Today a teacher needs to know how to use technology properly, so they can show their students how to use technology.  This way there we will be a need for them.  They can have their students set up a blog about what they learned that day in class or what they learned on their own. This way the students will remained interested.


  1. Patricia,

    So, do you think Dr. McLeod was being serious, or perhaps sarcastic? Any thoughts? Students need to be taught how to use the internet properly in order to reap benefits.
    So, I believe it is our job as teachers, parents, and members of our community to do all we are able to do in order to make this happen. This IS our future we are talking about!


    Rebekah Lloyd

  2. You would benefit from reading my post I'm Scared.

    You totally missed the meaning of Dr. McLeod's post. He was being sarcastic. Look at the closing lines: "...'cause I'm doing all of it with my kids

    can't wait to see who has a leg up in a decade or two

    can you?"

    In other words, keep your kids back. Mine will fly ahead of yours!

  3. Patricia,
    I enjoyed reading your blog post.
    I am one of those people that really like reading an actual book made from paper. I am old fashion in that way. However, I do agree with you about how that could help the planet. Books do use a lot of paper. I just have mixed feelings about this. You made a great point about the librarians losing jobs; I never thought that about that!