My position on Dr. McLeod’s post is I agree to disagree. I believe he is right on certain points he makes and I disagree with some in general on the whole spectrum of technology. I like the arguments he made about cyber bullying, porn, and other harmful websites. In all reality, everything you do can on the web there can be a risk involved. On the other hand, kids can become involved in online chat rooms, most importantly cyber bullying which can play a tremendous part in computers and social networking today. I do believe technology is part of the future and can help better opportunities. I just don’t like the thought of solely relying on technology and it failing us in the problems that could occur. I still strongly believe education should be taught by teachers using some of the old ways, as well as incorporating the new technology advancements.
Dr. Scott McLeod- J.D. Ph. D is a very well know figure to the technology world today.He is a professor at the University of Kentucky. McLeod has founded a academic technology center. The name of this successful institution is UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership Education. He is the author of The book Did You Know series: Nation’s leading academic experts on technology K-12. Dr. McLeod has received several highly recognized honors: Emerging Leader, and the first untenured teacher to receive the Leader in Distinguished teaching award.McLeod has accomplish great things in the technology world and creating ideas for using technology for educators.
I watched Travis Allen’s videos on iSchool Initiate and Young’s mind entry. I thought they were very interesting videos. He believes the education system is broken. Travis seems to think technology can solve that problem. He develops this program and idea called school which involves the use of the phone, iPod, and iPod to be used in the schools. This invention would take the place of teachers using paper, materials, and spending. His plan is to help eliminate the mass budget cuts, change education and to create interacting between teachers and kids. His video is very clear and he provides apps that are already accessible for school education. Each subject matter provides: a scientific calculator, note taking, recorder, formulas, star walk, U.S. presidents and Constitution and email all provide at the touch of a finger. The amount of money he could save for the students and teachers individually is tremendous. In his next video, he is in college and still promotes his iSchool program. He and 25 employees travel around the world holding seminars for the iSchool in schools. Many schools have already adapted this program. His motto is “Rethink, Retool, and Rebuild our Education.”
My beliefs on this video is that they are great productive ideas but not realistic. Granted our world today and the future are heavily consumed in technology. Technology is a great component to life and everyone today. We are so dependent on technology being involved in everything we do so why wouldn’t his iSchool be a great program. Yes, the Iphone, Ipod and Ipad provide it all from a radio to homework, but what happens when they crash, break, or no longer work? What would we do? I believe technology is one of the greatest inventions and can help make the future brighter, but education should not completely rely on using it for teaching, or work. There still needs to be the basic everyday papers and books. Education can use a lot of improvements and fixing but technology can’t be the sole solver of this problem.
Jennifer Chamber’s post Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir was great! I was just so surprised to see how a video like that can be created using the internet. The most interesting was to see a choir of 185 people performing through online technology. It’s shocking to me that these people had never met, nor performed together before. For them to put a production together like this was just mind blowing. The reason for that is to see how much technology has developed and become so much more advanced than it was years ago! This video shows a prime example of the advancements that are provided to us today. Each day there is another invention in technology. This production alone shows people what the future may hold. The only downfall was the many buffering I had while loading the video.
Robert thinks teachers are no longer the main source of knowledge but the filter. He thinks teachers need to teach kids the use of technology. Robert believes you need to show them how to use the available resources given to them. He thinks teaching is meaningful, can solve problems, leave long term effects, and leave impressions. Robert believes highly that teaching should be engaging to students not entertaining. I feel this video is right, but then again as I have said above, education should not rely on technology itself. I too believe Robert’s belief in education needs to be engaging not entertaining. I also believe in making it enjoyable and learning the material in a well rounded way too. Technology is the future and we as educators need to be capable of teaching it and teaching it correctly.