Sunday, March 13, 2011

Blog Post #8

1.) Richard Miller: This Is How We Dream Parts 1 and 2

Mr. Miller is very knowledgeable in his research about writing with multimedia. I found this video to be very informative. Google has made researching much easier and Mr. Miller goes into depths the many different ways we can do this. I loved when Mr. Miller addressed "the goal is not the technology itself, but that the technology makes possible." Mr. Miller stresses that teaching globally is very positive and is instant. I would absolutely love to do this in my classroom as I love to learn about anything new, and am willing to try anything new knowing it might make a positive reflection on my students and enable them to learn something new and exciting as well.

2.) The Chipper Series

This video is absolutely adorable. I loved watching it very much. In the beginning of the semester, Dr. Strange mentioned a previous student had said "teach me so that I do not have to learn." She went on to make a school titled "Timeline Pilot School" where her students chose how long they wanted to be in certain classes for. Students reported their work without their teacher checking up on them. It was based on trust alone. Unfortunately, the Timeline Pilot School was shut down due to lack of knowledge. Procrastination is an evil thing among us students. We as teachers need to do work on time, and be models for our future students. One of the things of being a professional is to know deadlines and stick to them and serve as models around us.

EDM310 for Dummies

Another adorable video. I loved the part where they smashed the keyboards and this evil-type background music began playing. A few people have told me that EDM310 is a very "time consuming, wasted class." I disagree with them. Yes, EDM310 is time consuming, but at the end of the day you actually walk out knowing more than when you walked in. I love this class! I think a great video to make would be about how waiting till the last minute to do your work for EDM310 can make you stressed out (procrastination)rather than working day-by-day on projects and such can make EDM310 a stress-free class. I believe the primary message is that you work hard, time manage yourself, not wait till the last minute to get things done, and you will do great in EDM310.

3.) Learn to Change, Change to Learn

"Education is ranked #55," put lowest to the bottom of the list next to coal mining. That is sad and just ridiculous. Technology seems to be more the center of attention to students outside of school than what is being taught inside of the classrooms. Putting technology in the classrooms is a great advantage in that it will enable the students to better focus on the material and be more engaged in their learning.

4.) The Secret Powers of Time by Phillip Zambardo

I loved this video, it kept me alert. The animator mentions time by the drawing of pictures. What a shocking thing when it was mentioned that every 9 seconds in the United States a student drops out of High School. Everything is changing so fast from family time, to social time, to education and even how we take care of ourselves. Technology is a wonderful thing, but as well can ruin someone's educational life as the video showed. This video was an eye-opener to me.

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by David Pink

Money seems to be discussed as a big motivational maker. Without money, one would not be able to live successful lives as they could not afford the things to keep them going in life. Three things are mentioned as personal satisfaction. 1.) Autonomy, 2.) Mastery, and 3.) Purpose. Autonomy is something that is used to be self-directed. Mastery is the urge to succeed, and Purpose is related to reason of why one did something.


  1. Tracy,

    I am glad to see that you understand the importance of technology in the classroom, and I definitely agree that "putting technology in the classrooms is a great advantage in that it will enable the students to better focus on the material and be more engaged in their learning." Technology changes everything, and I believe students learn the best when things are relative to their lives. Technology is certainly relative because our students will have been influenced by technology since they were born. Technology is at the center of our world, and we must use it to better our education. I am glad you like EDM so much, and you feel like you are learning. It is because you actually are learning, and I hope you teach your students the same things we are teaching you.

  2. Hi Tracy,

    I agree with everything you had to say about the EDM310 for Dummies. This was my favorite video that we had to watch last week. I had been told many different opinions of EDM310 before actually taking it myself and it has not turned out to be the nightmare that it was made out to be. I have also really enjoyed learning all of the new tools that I will one day be able to apply in my own class room. I think the best part of EDM310 is that Dr. Strange is preparing for real world experiences, time management is skill that we are all going to need in any field of profession. You are doing a great job! It's close to the end keep it up!