My thoughts: Siri is an amazing accomplishment in the advance of technology and it’s a very helpful add on for a phone or an device having someone answer a question or find you directions around town by just asking a question. I have used it several times and it’s very useful for different questions or being able to find your way around or to a soccer field. Using this as a student to study could be beneficial but it could also be a bad thing. It would help students find answers faster and find the information they need easier. But having someone tell you the answer does make it easier it also might make it harder to remember because when you look for something in a book and take notes on it your reading it and writing it down so you have done a lot with this information so it makes it easier to remember. I could see programs or apps like Siri being helpful but I could also see them as being a very bad thing. If we have somebody tell us the answer all the time then we might not learn how to read or look through text books or looking at dictionary’s which I feel is a very important skill that everybody should have. Because if the power goes out then you can’t use your technology but if you have textbooks and you can read them and find information in them then you can still get your homework done for the next day. So maybe in the end having these types of technical advances will be a good thing or maybe it will be a bad thing time will only tell what happens.
Survey says educators view ed tech as a motivational tool.
My thoughts: I agree that teachers need to use technology more in class. But the teachers need to be trained in the use of the technology so they can teacher the class and how to use the technology. Because most teachers these days can’t use the computers and the other technology they have and that’s because they haven’t been trained or taught in how to use the technology. Also having technology and things that are more fun for the students will help them learn and make them want to come to school each day to learn. Right now school and classes are boring so having something different would help a bunch and it would make us want to learn and want to come to school. Also I think that if each kid was given a laptop for their entire school career that would help kids learn and it would also help them get their homework done and projects done on time. Some kids once they leave school they don’t have access to a computer so they can’t do their homework at home. But if they had a laptop they could start the homework and school and then when they get home they already have the worked start and they can work at it at home. Also sometimes if you start a project at school you can’t always get it home but if you had a laptop you could have it at home and be able to work on it and get it done for class the next day.
Mandarin Chinese is becoming a more popular foreign language option for students...
My thoughts: Taking another language is always a good idea because it gives you a different skill that somebody else might not have which puts you above that person in getting a job or an interview. There is always a lot of college students looking for their first jobs so they can get their lives started. But there are also a lot of other people out there looking for jobs and career they might already have job experience which most college graduates don’t have so that puts those people ahead of the college graduate. This means students need to find a way to put themselves ahead of other college students and other people out there. I believe the best way to do that is have a skill or training that nobody else has or that almost nobody else has. This way when employers are looking at your college resume you stand out above everybody else this will help you get a job or a job interview. So taking another language is always a good idea so then you have that skill that others might not. Also while you’re working if you have that language training you might be able to communicate with people that can’t speak English which means you could make more business for your company or you could just do your job better by having this skill or training. Which makes you a very valuable person to have working for a company which means you can get a job easier.
PolicyMicOnline College Courses May Be the Future of Education, But There are CostsPolicyMicBut there are studies that state students learn just as well, if not better, in “hybrid courses” where online assignments are paired with one hour of...
My thoughts: I think that online classes are a good thing but also a bad thing. On the good side of online classes it would be easier for people that have families or full time jobs that they need to be at everyday so they don’t have the time to go to college every day because they need to support themselves or their families. For some people being able to sit at home and do their work is a lot easier for them so it helps them learn and get the work done so they get the degree they want. There are some people that learn better using a computer and not being in a class full of other people. On the bad side of online classes some people don’t learn well that way and they need somebody to teach them and be able to write down notes so they can look at them at a later time. Then some people like sitting in a classroom and learning or working in groups. With online classes you wouldn’t be able to work in group or take the notes that you might want to take by listening to a teacher. Also some people are hands on learners so they need to work with their hands and not by sitting at a computer screen all day long. Online classes can be a good or a bad thing it all depends on the person and how it works for them and their schedule. So I’m not for or against online classes because it all depends on the person taking the course.
Recent national media coverage suggests the high price of college leaves students with massive debt and unprepared for jobs. So is a college education worth it?
My Thoughts: This article is very informative and it really shows what I think about college. I don’t think that college is pointless it’s good for some people who can afford it and that what to go to college to get a higher education. My opinion on college is that it’s a waste of time but that’s because I don’t like sitting in class all day doing book work it’s very boring and very repetitive. I like to do different things every day that’s why I take gym classes so I get up and get moving so I’m not just sitting all day. Also a student that go to college most of the time can’t pay for college so they end up in debt which makes it harder to get a job so then they can’t pay off the debt which makes things worse. And once they get a job they have to pay off the debt from college so they don’t have money to buy a house or car or even just a place to live so most the time they spend the rest of their lives paying of their debt so they could get a higher education to get ahead but in the end they didn’t get ahead at all. I feel like getting a job right after high school is the best thing possible so then they start earning money right away that they can put towards college or buying a house and start a new life on their own.
My thoughts: Technology is changing and times are changing also times could be changing for the worst or for the better it’s hard to tell. I think that more advanced technology is helping us all a lot we can communicate a lot faster and a lot better with technology like with texting and cell phones we can communicate instantaneously which weren’t always able to do. But with more advanced technology we can study more and look at different papers and books that might not be in print form anymore so we have more access to more information using the web that almost every device can get on to. With my Ipad I found that I study a lot more then I used to and it’s a lot easier for me to do my research on my Ipad sitting in my bed then sitting at a computer chair for hours on end. Also kids can take information from class to home and then back to class with them the next day. Tablets also have cameras on them same with most phones so some kids take pictures of the teachers notes and they also write the notes out or they type out the notes on the tablet. But with taking a picture they can look back at the exact notes the teacher wrote down at the information that was giving that day. I believe very strongly that technology is helping students pass classes and learn a lot more while they are doing that. I’m sure that technology is also helping the teachers teach their classes better and also being able to provide their students with more information.
"The Gamification of EducationTechnapexAdaptive learning and education technology company Knewton published an infographic titled The Gamification of Education, drawing on sources from MIT's Education Arcade."
My thoughts: In this article they talk about letting kids play games in class to stimulate them and enhance their learning. I think it’s a good idea for some kids because not all kids like using textbooks and spending hours writing essays and other book work. So by putting video games into the classroom kids will learn better and be more motivated to learn and actually come to school ready to learn and willing to learn. By having risks and achievements in games kids like to take the risks. Also kids look at things more carefully in games so that they can get to the next level and advance in the game. Having a lot of things happen at once in a game on one screen makes kids more observant so they notice things faster. Also they have games were you have to remember something for a couple seconds or you have to remember it for the whole game so you can beat it at the end so it helps test their memory. Games that make the kids move or move their hands to different controls without being able to look at the controller works on hand and eye coordination which makes them faster which can help them later in life in different jobs. Like in the military the new predator drones are like a video game and they use video games controls so by having the kids play video games it helps them get ready for different jobs like I said before so video games aren’t all bad. I don’t think classes should be taught solely with video games but I think a day or two out of the week would help the kids learn and make them want to show up to school and have fun because the learning is fun and more interactive. So I think teachers and school districts should think about having different video games in their curriculum.
College graduates are slowly coming to the realization that their liberal arts degrees provide limited job opportunities. As the demand for technical jobs has ascended throughout the nation, many with liberal arts degrees are either deciding to accrue specialized, technical training or pursue the option of an entirely different career. However, in supplementing the generalized training with a more technical training, graduates are looking at community colleges rather than choosing a traditional master’s degree program.
My thoughts: College students are spending a lot of money on college and degrees that they get and then they can’t get a job after college so all the money they spent on the degree is gone and worthless. So they have to take more classes to get different degrees in different areas in the hope of finding a job so they can pay off college loans and debts. They are also hoping that after doing a job for a while that they can get a job that they went to college for in the first place. But that doesn’t always happen most of the time college graduates end up doing something completely different than what their major is for. This means that they either need to have more training and maybe more college for that job. This means more loans and more debt that they have. Or they end up changing their major to fit the times which means that more students are going towards more technical jobs because that’s the way the job market is going towards more technical jobs.
Grant Wiggins discusses how he has "become a big believer in the power of crowd-sourcing ideas via social medium..." He starts this post by sharing an twitter experience, where he asked "Who has a great essential question that works really well with kids?" and proceeds to share approximately 15 questions that were shared. Wiggins continues to share some additional experiences in this post as well as a link to a video.
My thoughts: I believe that technology is a good thing especially in education because it makes it easier to look things up and find different opinions and answers to a question you might have or a topic that you are researching. With technology and the internet you can find almost anything you want to find. With smart phones and tablets you can look up stuff almost everywhere so you could be on a trip driving somewhere and somebody has a question so you look it up on your phone and get the answer. By looking it up you are learning the answer and maybe learning some other things that you didn’t know before you picked up your phone and looked up the answer. So technology I believe is a very good thing and is helping everybody learn faster and at a pace that works for them and a time that works for them that makes it easier to learn and remember.
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