Seems to be a inspirational picture, meant to inspire the viewer to learn. The picture is in the shape of a face which seems to be filled with words that are also supposed to inspire the viewer exempt these words center around students and technology. The shape of the face represents people, us, you trying to inspire the viewer form seeing something that resembles a familiar and happy thing, a person. The All caps LEARNING, which is also the only letters that are green represents the center of attention. We as a people need to learn, and need to want to learn. Lastly the words filling the rest of the face as they represent technology and students show that this is not just any person, but a student. A student that wants to learn, a student who wants to learn about technology. So as we finally see this picture is promoting and is soups to inspire others to promote student to learn technology.
Moulton, Kristen. "U.S. official pushes for more education technology in Utah schools." The Salt Lake Tribune. 2 April. 2014. Web.
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Kristen Moulton, the writer of this news article, begins by trying to convince the readers that preschoolers need computers to kick start their education before school. She does this by stating, “That Sandy-based nonprofit developed UPSTART, a software program that allows preschoolers to get ready for school via a computer at home. About 1,500 children are in the program this year, its fifth. Computers are loaned to low-income families.”(Moulton) Also using band wagon by essentially stating that if 1,500 children are using them then why aren’t your children doing the same. Further explaining that the program will be used for children from before kindergarten until they reach second grade. Also stating that they are being granted millions of dollars and have also earned millions of dollars, essential saying “don’t worry we have plenty of money for your children and many after,” hoping that this will further convince you again to jump on their band wagon. Continuing in explaining that our children usually don’t take advantage of technology like they could, but by starting this program and teaching them how to use these software’s and programs they will soon be “computer geniuses.” Latter in the article explain how the software that they downloaded on the children’s computers works. Stating that it includes literacy applications which include pronunciation and definitions to show that children will be learning to read. Furthermore backing it all up with research, “Research also shows that technology can help with executive skills such as collaboration, patience and cooperation with peers.” (Moulton). From beginning to end trying to convince her readers of the amazing job Utah is doing in teaching there children about technology and it’s amazing many uses.
Here and Now begins by, explaining that many schools, not just the wealthy ones but all kinds of schools, have bought their product for all their students. They then move on to show an example throughout the rest of the article. Consisting of a not so wealthy school that has still been able to buy ipads for all their students. This article continues to explain how, and why they did this. As well as explaining if buying ipads for all the students was helpful. Going into more detail, Burlington High, the high school that is getting all this technology, got rid of their computer labs and all there textbooks so that they might be able to pay for the ipads. Furthermore explaining they no longer need the textbooks, because now all they have to do is look it up on the internet. As well the teachers how seemed skeptical at first Whitten told Here & Now‘s Robin Young “The great thing about the iPad is you just turn it over and it’s done.” Latter saying that it’s just the first year of this new technology. Explaining that if a new kind of technology comes up they will be ready.
Lehrer Productions. “North Carolina School Engages Tech Generation with Digital Learning Tools.” pbs.org. pbs. n.d. Web. 7 April. 2014
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PBS begins the podcast with concerns from teachers about students spending too much time on the computer at home, and no time on the computer at school. Then transferring the topic over to a teacher who gives his opinion on the subject of, students needing technology at school, explaining he feelings that having technology at school and not at home creates a disconnect. Next moving on to an example of a school that has spent money on computers for all of their students and staff fixing the disconnect and getting students to pay more attention. PBS then interviews a school and there teachers finding out that the kids have begun paying more attention and wanting to learn more about the subject. Most teachers saying this is because they can have them research what they’re learning as well as use online textbooks instead of having to give them a blast from the past where computers don’t exist only text books. Now they are not just learning visually, but auditory and kids how are using their minds through interactive means all through one device. More so they also interview the kinds how as well say they feel they are learning more, giving many reasons why. Also allowing immediate feedback from student to teacher because of the computers amazing software. All leading back to show that having technology in the schools is the best thing to do, to help children learn.
An interview with Dr. Troy Hicks, who is an associate professor of English focuses on writing and technology in his teachings. Hicks has also written many books, such as Heinemann titles Crafting Digital Writing and The Digital Writhing Workshop. In one of his books that he talks about in the interview, Because Digital Writing Matters, he writes that digital writing matters because that’s what we mainly communicate with. Further explaining that even if people seem to be butchering the English language through social media, they are still writing and communicating through technology. He thin going off into a shpeal about students and how they have found students write better in certain conditions and with certain feedback. How research has shown these things and the researchers who did the research. All in all based on technology helping the student write if correctly given the write material and so on. He then begins to explain how it is not only known about writing but incretion video, photo, and websites. Even having the ability to create their own website. Furthermore saying that digital communication, writing, and creation has changed the way we, live, study and go about life, so why aren’t we putting more technology in schools, if it can only benefit.
Naace explains that they are proud to support the UK government Education Technology group. Going on to explain that since 1984 they have helped schools with their use of technology, as well explaining awards that are given when technologies in schools are used correctly. They then use band wagon and grate wording to try to convince there readers that everyone loves what they’re doing, which may be so. They then use a quote from a prestigious man Mark Chambers who explains that technologies use can only advance our networks of communities. He then goes on to say know that most of the community owns some kind of smart phone or tablet it’s the perfect opportunity to tech education through them since that is what they already have. Trying to explain that education is moving to a new level without us and we need to catch up. Moving on Naace begins to condemn although not directly those who are not teaching their students through education. Stating “Naace is the National Association for all who are working to take education to the next level of pupil achievement. Schools that are properly capitalizing on computer technology and the Internet offer their pupils a curriculum and learning experiences that are not possible without technology, which is the key enabler. This includes the Computing curriculum but is much wider, involving the use of technology to transform pedagogy and learning interactions across the whole school.” Latter saying in all of this as they are professionals they are again very happy to support the UK government Education Technology group.
How is Technology Transforming Education? Sir Ken Robinson Video Series from Adobe Education YouTube. Adobe. 7 Dec. 2012. Web. 4 April. 2014
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Sir Ken Robinson speaks in one of many videos in the series “Adobe Education.” Telling his viewers about technology and education, and how it has transformed and introduced advancement to our schools today. First speaking on behalf of all the teachers of this technological age and explaining the hardship of not growing up around technology, compared to the students who have grown up around it their whole lives. Going further to say that students are beginning to taking technology for granted because they have grown up around it for so long. Furthermore explaining that if technology was around before you were conserved or ever thought of it is not truly technology. In that the child born before technology doesn’t truly understand and may never understand the great benefits and advancements it has brought us in this new age. He then moves on to say, if we have this ability, recourses, and education system, why not use the tools we have to help advance all of the above things. Essentially, why not we use technology in our schools tool help our children learn more skills more efficiently? Also adding that by doing this we are creating new culture and better cutler because our children can now talk to anyone they need or want to talk to anywhere around the world. Essentially saying in the end, that technology has already changed our community and children and it is only a matter of time before it changes our schools. So why fight it if it’s only bettering us as a community, only advancing us as a smarter and more educationally diverse nation.
Kuhn, Matt. “Technology in Schools.” McREL Blog. N.p., 7 April, 2009. Web. 4 April, 2014
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Begins by introducing what the blog calls “Big Data.” Big Data is a large collection of data, so large in fact that it is very hard to process, taking software running thousands of servers to use all of the data. This complex amount of power allows educators to look at data recording not just children in one school, but all the children in the country. It then goes on to explain Big Data a little more, but quickly moves on to Nest another form of Big Data that allows users to use the data however they want. Latter explaining that through this ability Schools, educators, and people who wish to educate themselves as well as make their lives essayer could purchase a Nest and use it for their benefit. Not just for keeping track of students but school finances, computer upkeep, and so on. He then moved on comparing his past and our present. Explaining that he had to read the MLK speech when know we can watch it. Helping visual learners and auditory learners alike, he continues in giving more examples to explain his underlying point. Technology in our schools is helping many of our children learn with many different techniques and types of technology. All in which is only advancing our nation and our intellect.
University of Illinois Springfield. “University of Illinois Springfield.” uis.edu. N.p. n.d. Web. 6 April, 2014.
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The University of Illinois Springfield is an online learning journal, consisting of many different journals on technology. One of these journals just happens to be about technology in education. This specific journal encompasses different issues such as manuscripts, and critical essays. All of which focus on how learning is effected or enhanced by technology. Sum of the more specific concepts focused on include, how students and teachers use technology in their schools compared to those how don’t. Coming off that subject they then connect it with how technology in schools makes the students better through expressing themselves with technology. Such as using power points and others types of software to express and further their talents. Also discussing how technology can help parents get in touch with teachers to further the students education, help further discipline, and stop children from acting up. All coming back together to show why technology should and shouldn’t be allowed in the school system. As well as discussing the best way to approach using technology through the thing they have learned.
Gelernter, David. “Unplugged: The Myth of Computers in the Classroom.” mail.colonial.net. The New Republic. 1994. Web. 5 April, 2014.
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David Gelernter writes about technology in the classroom. Slowly trying to explain that used in the correct way with the right kind of software computers can be perfect for the school system. He begins by explaining how much money has been spent on technology by the school systems and continues in explaining that technology has the potential to do great things. Connecting that with saying it also has the potential to ruin children’s learning ability or not help them learn at all. He says this can happen because computers focus on pictures and video as well as words. He then explains that most of the software and multimedia that schools use to teach children are only hurting them and goes into great detail on why. Furthermore showing what successful schools that use technology have done. Wrapping it all together by saying if we choose the right software, only let children use technology at recess, and understand that computers only help children enhance themselves and their wants, you can only teach a student by looking them in the eyes and talking.
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