Sunday, September 1, 2013

Blog Post 2- “What Will Teaching In The 21st Century Be Like"-collaborative project-Braque group-Morgan Rushlow, Daniel LoVett and Mary Brabston

Dr. Dancelot video response with Daniel LoVett and Mary Brabston.

Mr. Dancealot went about trying to teach the students dances by using the lecture/regurgitation model of education instead of demonstrating and letting the students perform the dances for themselves until the exam, which was not a good way to go about it. Why? because the students were confused, bored and unsure about what to do when it came time for the exam- the students were not engaged in the learning process- it was unable to start up for them-just like a vehicle that has lost its fuel and oil and can’t start, demonstration and hands-on experiences with concepts are the fuel that drives the learning process and learning can’t begin without it. This shows a problem in education still today because this method of education is still use  and it causes the same problems for the students that it did in this video. My thought was-hope those students were able to figure out how to do the dances on their own and pass Mr. Dancealot’s test.

Morgan Rushlow individual video response- “Harness Your Students’ Digital Smarts”

Vicky Davis in this video- “Harness Your Students’ Digital Smarts” believes that learning is better done simply by doing and finding information than just being lectured to. Davis believes that students can learn more in just a few short days of just doing research and getting practice with concepts than they would simply learning through lecture-or rote learning in a month. She believes that learning  about  using technology through just using it for whatever it is, research, or creating something is a better way to learn than just sitting  through a lecture. She believes you don’t have to know everything right away to learn, you just need some demonstration from trained experts and practice.

Mary Brabston individual video response- “The Networked Student”

“The Networked Student” by Wendy Drexler was a very interesting clip to watch and to think about.  In the 21st century, teachers and students are quickly realizing that technology is not only used for entertainment purposes but for educational purposes also.  Teachers are no longer using handouts and textbooks to educate students instead they are using laptops, and iPads to educate their students.  Some students feel that since all of their assignments, assessments, and projects are completed online that they basically do not even have a teacher or an instructor and they are the ones actually educating themselves which brings up a great question: “why does the networked student even need a teacher?”

One of the main theories in Wendy Drexler’s video is connectivism, which is a theory that presumes that learning occurs as part of a social network of many diverse connections and ties, but this network is only made possible through various tools and technology.   Drexler makes a good point that, “the tools are not as important though as the connections made possible through them,” referring to how important it is for students to make personal connections first to establish their own personal learning networking system.  Creating a personal learning network system is quite easy in today’s society since there are so many social networking websites such as Facebook, linked-in, twitter, blogspot etc.  Once a student either posts or shares a status, blogs, or tweets a website, article, video etc. about a specific topic they have found interesting, others too that have the same interest in that topic can comment and use the information they found.  Social media has opened doors for many educational purposes in the 21st century.  

Another 21st century technology device that can be used for educational purposes is an iTouch or an iPhone.  Since both the iTouch and iPhone is under the Apple operating system, students use the iTunes store to explore educational podcasts, videos, sound clips etc. about a specific topic they are interested in learning about.  iTunes also has a program called “iTunes U” which has tons of recorded courses and lectures from actual professors from top universities such as Yale, Stanford, Harvard, and other huge universities.  Students are becoming more of their own teacher today with all of these 21st technologies that are available because they are in control of what they are using as sources for their information.  It is also very important for any online student or any student in general to make sure they get class information/research from a credible website such as google scholar or an university or college school database system.  Students automatically assume once they find information or research that it is credible and useful but with today’s technology and various search engines, the information they could be using could be completely false.

Daniel Lovett individual video response- "Teaching in the 21st Century”

Kevin Roberts ultimately thinks that teaching in the 21st century means that “teachers are no longer the main source of information, they are filters,” and I could not agree more. As more technology is introduced into the average American classroom, educators need to implement these tools so that their students may look up information on their own, and not be “spoon-fed” facts. This ultimately leads students to do the same thing when asked an everyday question such as: “who should I vote for? Roberts sees teaching changing toward a more facilitating role. Teaching is changing due to the fact that an average student is capable of having access to an endless amount of information very easily. Information may be accessed through cellphones, Wikipedia, Facebook, Twitter, Google, online surveys, etc. I feel very convicted about the positions expressed in this video. Students need to learn that every question is followed by answering with creativity.To create, students must research, upload, post, link, network, and collaborate with others. Using any of these creativity techniques will give students a better chance at a deeper understanding of material. This Prezi by Kevin Roberts will affect me as an educator in many ways but overall it will help me be more efficient. I will show my students how publish and evaluate their work by using wikis, video, audio, and graphics. They will collaborate by using Skype, Google Docs, Twitter, Facebook, and create e-portfolios which they can reflect on their work and see progress. I will engage students rather than entertain them.
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  1. Comment on collaborative part of post:

    "because the students were confused, bored and unsure about what to do when it came time for the exam- the students were not engaged in the learning process- it was unable to start up for them-just like a vehicle that has lost its fuel and oil and can’t start, demonstration and hands-on experiences with concepts are the fuel that drives the learning process and learning can’t begin without it. " This sentence should start with a capital. In addition, it is really a number of sentences crammed into one. My guess is that it really should be five sentences. That would depend on how it was rewritten (which should be done).

    "... problem in education still today because..." What does still add to this part of the sentence. I suggest that you remove this "still".

    "My thought was-hope those students..." Why "My" in a collaborative assignment? A : rather than a - is more appropriate. Better: We hope that...

  2. Hi Morgan!
    In the collaborative blog post, I did see a really long run on sentence that could have been divided into three to four separate sentences. It may have made your statements more effective. However, I do agree with yalls ideas in the post. Mr. Dancealot could have been a much more effective teacher by teaching the students actively and letting them get up and practice the dances, rather than teaching them through PowerPoints.

  3. This applies to your individual post.