Sunday, September 9, 2012
Blog Post #2
The following videos Did you know? 3.0 -A John Strange 2012 Version and Did you know 3.0? by Karl Fisch and Scott McLeod both gave factual information on how fast technology is changing and how technology will change our future. For instance, in Did you know? 3.0 31 billion searches are made on Google every month. That’s roughly 372 billion Google searches a year. I find that very interesting, since I happen to use Google for most of my internet searches. Also in the video, it mentions how new technological information doubles every two years. Therefore, students pursuing a career in technology half of what they learned in their first year of study will be outdated by their third year of study.
Just watching these videos has made me want to know more about the rapid rate of new technology and how I can use it towards success. One thing that I felt was a disappointment was how low the United States was ranked compared to other countries like India and Bermuda. India has the highest IQ compared to the entire U.S. population and the English language is now becoming the first spoken language in many countries. It makes you wonder what lies ahead in the future for the United States.
Mr. Winkle Wakes
Mr. Winkle Wakes is a short-animated video by Matthew Neddleman. Mr. Winkle, who has been asleep for over 100 years, finally awakes from his slumber. Mr. Winkle explores a tall, building with new technology that he never seen before. All of the new technology Mr. Winkle discovers makes him slightly ill, so he goes and checks into a hospital. There he ends up finding the same new technology but instead of computers printing off pictures or video chatting with a friend, this technology was helping patients with certain elements; such as breathing. Mr.Winkle left the hospital and went for a walk where he came across a school. He entered the school that he was once accustomed too. Inside he hears teachers giving lectures and students taking notes. In the very back of a classroom, he finds one of those computers he saw in the building and hospital. This computer was dusty and not being used at all. Mr.Winkle was much more comfortable with how he remembered school over a 100 years ago than what he discovered a 100 years later.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching this video. I’m very thankful to have lived in a generation where technology, such as computers, has been in the classroom. I think technology is such a great tool to use especially in a classroom setting because it can be so helpful not only for teachers but for students as well. Speaking of technology, I wish the Smart Board was created while I was still in grade school. I haven’t got to use a Smart Board yet, but I’m pretty excited to begin using one. Overall, this video has taught me how some generations may not like the fact of new technology and may want to stick to their old ways. However, some of these older generations are going to have to learn and be accustomed to some of the new technology that’s being created today in order to know about new technology tomorrow.
Sir Ken Robinson: The Importance of Creativity
Ken Robinson says, “Schools kill creativity.” By this, Ken means that our school systems try to avoid the use of creativity in other subjects like dance, music, or art. Schools have set up these guidelines that teachers must follow in order for students to succeed. Another quote made by Ken,”If you’re not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.” I couldn’t agree more with this quote! I think some students are fearful of being wrong because of these standards that have been created by our system. If we don’t encourage students that it is ok to be wrong then what does the future hold for these students? No one on this earth is perfect. We each have our strengths and weaknesses that make each and every one of us unique. In order for us to achieve greatness, we must encourage each other and learn from each other.
Ken Robinson’s video was quite entertaining as well as educational on what the future beholds for children in our education system. Ken mentions in the video, “Creativity is just as important as literacy.” If we leave out creativity in our school systems, how will students be able to express themselves? One example that Ken gave on the importance of student creativity was the story about a six year old girl and her drawing of God. I thought it was amazing how a child so young was able to create something that she truly believed in and was so passionate about. When her teacher asked what she was drawing, the young girl’s response “A drawing of God.” The teacher then replied, “How do you know what God looks like? No one has actually seen him before?!?” The young girl responded, “They will in a minute!” If the teacher never let the young girl express what she believed in her drawing, then the young girl would have never been able to show her creative side since she wasn’t too fond in her other school subjects.
Think about the FUTURE- Think about Glass
Think about the Future-Think about Glass YouTube video was certainly an outlook of what the future might be like. In the very beginning of this video, a girl jumps out of bed and begins to pick out an outfit for school through the touch of her finger onto a glass screen. Throughout the video everything is mainly composed of a touch screen. For instance, in one scene, children gather around a touch screen table and begin to pick out different shades of color all within a touch of their hand.
This video makes you wonder if future technology will one day be all through your finger tips. Cars that were made twenty plus years ago are no longer the same as cars made today. Some of the SUVs and cars made today have touch screens inside. Where drivers and passengers in the car can pick and choose which radio station they like to listen to or change the temperature inside their car all by touch screen or in some cases voice command.
The following videos I have watched above were very interesting and gave me a great perspective about the future of technology. Some of these videos were entertaining while some gave informative information about the future of education in the classroom. Overall, I have enjoyed watching and learning from these videos and can’t wait to see how future technology evolves.