Thursday, November 14, 2013

PLN8

   "What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents" by Ron Clark establishes that teachers are held to an unfair standard to students and their parents because  teacher are getting fired for non valid reason.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

PLN 7

Author Michael Wesch's video "Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us" depicts how as the world advances, so does its technology. Every day the human race is more dependent on smart phones, computers, gps, to the point that without it we could not survive. Although it is thought that humans created the web, it is the web that has created what humans are today. It has been said that no one is perfect, but the internet is changing that dramatically. Wesh’s said “text is linear” not the first thought in most mind when thinking about writing. On the internet everything can be look at as perfectly straight, perfectly proportioned. Computers are taking away from the human element.

In response to Michael Wesch’s video "Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us" his argument was very convincing. It is all a big illusion that the internet is perfect, because it is controlling the world. The quote “There is no such thing as the perfect human.” by Isaiah Harden is a great example of why humans are so easily taken over by technology. It is the attraction to be perfect. Without even realizing it the internet is taking advantage of everyone. Every time someone logs on it is used as data, everything said is permanent. The amazing part about it is the technology is still young. In  "Footprints of the Digital Age", by will Richardson not only the aspect of the internet is controlling people is brought up, but the point that it is dangerous. Imagine what would happen if all technology would just stop? How many people would die? How would the world survive? The simple answer is a lot of people would die, most couldn't survive. The government spying on people and listening to phone calls was not enough for people to take a step back. When does the benefit of looking perfect, and complaining about a day on social media outweigh privacy, safety, and survival?

Thursday, October 24, 2013

PLN 6

"The Case Against High-School Sports" by Amanda Ripley compelled the argument that the United States schooling is more sports based compared to how high-school is ran over seas. Amanda Ripley made the argument that school sports are used almost as leverage to encourage students to go further in schooling. "But in 2012, only 17 percent of the school’s juniors and seniors took at least one Advanced Placement test—compared with the 50 percent of students who played school sports." Ripley thinks strongly that this is not just for having a good school team that school sports are being strategically used for schools to earn more money and to get students who normally don't perform in school to strive towards better grades so they are eligible to play. Ripley feels that this is not fair, that kids that are idolized for being larger, and more aggressive than other are thought of as the popular ones. Ripley's view is that school is a place where you learn not a place where you go to play sports, and put up with school in the mean time.

Amanda Ripley's article "The Case Against High-School Sports" was unbelievably biased, and not at all fair to American High-School students. Amanda Ripley went to Cornell University and was raised in New Jersey a place that can be very rough. A place that is known for the schools being bad and the dropout rate being very high. The question for her is if in the United States where the national standard for schooling is dropping every year why discourage High-School sports when for many it is the only reason they go to school. For the kids that are not privileged and who's only chance to go to Cornell University is through an athletic scholarship. Although they might be glorified for their athletic ability, and aggressiveness it is not fair to single them out because just like how every student can be smart every kid can participate in a sport. What matters is that you get to college, not how you get there. To the students that get into schooling through academic scholarships, or who can afford to go on there own more power to them for going through with it, but to those who can't afford it, or who never get a quality education High-School sports is their only chance. As said by the coach of the 1980 miracle team "Great moments are born from great opportunities". That is what High-School sports are.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

PLN5

   In "Footprints of the Digital Age", Will Richardson advocates the importance of technology in the lives of young people. Richardson brings up the point that most every person can be Googled, and even though there is fear that what comes up is not positive it is even worse to be Googled and have nothing appear. Will Richardson say "Whether we like it or not, social Web technologies are having a huge influence on students who are lucky enough to be connected, even the youngest ones" this is a very important quote because Richardson says that "those who are lucky enough". Technology is an advantage and the younger a child starts the farther ahead the child will be. The facts that technology can be harmful to the learning of children is also brought up. Will Richardson's view on this is to simply incorporate this further into the learning of kids. Will Richardson wants educators to not only help students be Googled well, but for the internet be a tool, and advocate for them their whole life.

  Will Richardson's reasoning the article "Footprints of the Digital Age" is terrifying. It is said that children are the symbol of innocence, with that being said there is no place for a 7 year old to be tainted by the awful things that happen on the internet.  Profiles such as Ask.fm seem fun and interesting, but are just a feeding ground for bullies. This in no way will help anyone get a job unless the job requires bulling of innocent kids. According to Bullying Statistics the internet can destroy ones life over a bad decision that can never be deleted. No matter how hard you try you can never change the past, a job interview 20 years down the road one simple search could throw it all away. Ether the internet need to stop beings used as a selection service, or a census, or the way that people use the internet needs to change. On top of all of this terror it is said that "By and large, they do all this creating, publishing, and learning on their own, outside school, because when they enter the classroom, they typically "turn off the lights" (Prensky, 2008). Who knows if this generation will ever even get the job interviews, and opportunities for the internet to destroy, because at this rate they will not be qualified for most. Parents want what is best for their children, Will Richardson expresses that it is more important to be Googled than it is for you get get a positive review while talking about his own daughter. As said by Bullying Statistics only 1 in 10 children tell their parents that they are being cyber-bullied. Will Richardson is putting much more than he realizes on the mind and stress of children. Kids will be kids, cruel, mean, unfair, but the internet is just enabling them there is no importance to being Googled as a child. Let the innocent stay innocent.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

PLN3

Lee Hirsch's documentary "Bully", Hirsch expresses that "bullying" is a growing problem that is getting worse, due to an increase in suicide in children. Lee Hirsch explains "bullying" from the victims from point of view with constant torment and being forced to change school, not being allowed to go in school, and being scared to stay at school. Hirsch identifies problems at home and at home and school that leaves the victims with little choice. A boy in Hirsch's documentary would rather get beat up and chocked then tell someone what happened because he felt if he told and the school did nothing it would just get worse. A clear message in "Bully" is that a lot is being done to try and prevent bullying, but the fear is more and more kids will continue to commit suicide.

In the Documentary "Bully" by Lee Hirsch, it was a very good point that society does not accept those who are different, and not enough is being done to change this. This is a example of how cruel teenagers can be, its sad to think that children feel then have no choice, but to turn to taking there own life.  According to Bully Statistics 10 percent of all children are bullied regularly. Technology makes bullying inescapable from an even larger issue of cyber-bullying, because of cyber-bullying the problem is no longer just at school it makes children scared to log on to there Facebook. With suicide becoming the 3rd leading cause of death in young people its thought that someone or something would take responsibility, and make change. That is the opposite of whats going on. The schools claim that its the parents fault, and there school does not have a problem. Parents claim that they had no idea it was so bad and usually the bully denies what they were doing. With 4,400 deaths due to suicide every year the only one who has to suffer is the child and their friend and family. It is rare that even civil cases are filed against the bully for there causing pain and suffering. After a suicide the person who is to blame is the one who committed suicide, but this is wrong. It needs to become very clear that the bullies are taking kids life, the bully need to live with doing such horrible things to someone that they would rather never spend another day on earth then be around them. This is a scary problem the society has created and a change needs to be made before it gets worse.

Friday, September 6, 2013

PLN2

   "What's Wrong With the Teenage Mind"  by Dr. Allison Gopnik, identifies that the teenage mind is maturing later, and getting worse. Problems such as how teenagers are strictly focused on reward, and completely dismiss the risk involved in every situation. A vital point brought up shows that even though a teenager can express why drinking and driving is danger, it hardly stops a teen from doing it and winding up in a car accident. Dr. Gopnik also brings up that with previous generations these problems were and as bad and believes the lack responsibility, and a increase of parental reliance teenagers are maturing at a later age. Dr. Gopknik says that this will continue to get wore without change.

   Dr. Gopnik's claims in the article "What's Wrong With the Teenage Mind" were completely out of line because the teenage mind is just evolving with the world around it. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention 112 million adults drove under the influence in 2010, proof that teens may be where the focus is, but adults are making the bad decisions. Dr. Gopnik's example that teenagers drive recklessly when others are in the car as said by Laurence Steinberg in study held at Temple University should be dismissed considering MRI equipment was in the car that could have been the distraction in the vehicle, not the other teen. Another claim made talked about how the average age of a internship is 27 compared to the previous are of 7 is unreasonable for the simple fact that the jobs that were once for teens are now held by adults. A example is the paper delivery boy, a misleading term considering the MAN who delivers the paper on my street is 35. How is a teen supposed to get a job or internship when more qualified adults are taking the few jobs teens can legally have. Dr. Gopnik says that since the first industrial revolution, "children are taking on adult roles later, and later." In the industrial revolution children were exploited, and payed pennies on the dollar for jobs that they were liked to be killed doing. This is unreasonable for anyone to do let alone a child or even a teen. We live in a changing world where everyone is created equal and children have rights, children being allowed to enjoy their childhood is part of it. Although Dr. Gopnik does not like it, the world is changing in a positive way, and so is the teenage mind.



Wednesday, August 28, 2013

PLN1


"A Vision of Students Today", by Dr. Michael Wesch, expresses how modern technology is meaningless to students because what is being taught is not relevant in students lives. This video made its message very clear, examples of how students are not in touch with their learning and those who are teaching them were proof. A online survey that students took about themselves revealed that a average class size was 115 or that only 18 percent of a girl's teachers knew her name. Other students have priorities that are not school and believe to do everything they want and sleep they need 26.5 hours in the day. In the end technology is not helpful to students it's just used as a distraction because students are not connected to their learning.
 
I strongly support Dr. Wesch’s view on technology in “A Vision of Students Today” because technology is not utilized properly in the classroom making it useless. Students are not connected with learning, the biggest problem is priorities. Technology plays the role of a distraction in the classroom with the U.S. falling farther behind in education every day the focus needs to be strictly on professors and classroom work. With the money that is being invested on electronics a student could have brand new textbooks, and everything needed to succeed without the distraction, and temptation of focusing on social life instead of school. The society is only living for today and not looking at the “long term” until that changes, no change in the U.S. education status will occur. It takes hard work, dedication, and focus with classic notes and textbooks success can be concurred. Having an unclear future should motivate more than ever to try and write their own future, with any distraction the vision of the “american dream”  slips further away. When technology is a distraction in the classroom it needs to be eliminated by students in the classroom. In America college is a choice no one is being forced to go, with that being said there is no excuse for “getting bored” those who do not like not being able to socialize when they should be learning simply should not be there. It is said “only the strong survive.” - Jayne Ann Krentz, this is a perfect example that only those who strive to success will achieve it. Only the ones who are strong enough to pay attention, participate, and put in the hard work are great enough to bring up the countries placement in education on a global scale. For those who choose this path it will be much easier to do without the distractions that the world wide web in the classroom. The way the education system is portrayed in the mind of the average student needs to change. Students have the tools for greatness in knowledge that is passed on in the classroom and until the realization that technology is nothing more than a distraction in the classroom then not only will the U.S. continue to fall in education, but education will deflation on a global scale. Priorities need to change and as a country we need to evaluate how much harm compared to good is being caused from technology in the learning place.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Reading/Writing/Thinking

Reading is always some thing that I enjoy and get lost in. My downfall is bringing myself to read when it's my choice, and I am not being forced to. When I think about reading I don't feel that it is a big part of my life. With that  being said when I do read I love getting lost in the motion picture going on in my mind. Getting confused and going back until you understand it just right is what makes your movie move vivid, and complete. My ultimate goal has always been to get the movie that I am imagining in my mind just right, that's when I know I have done my job as directing how my mind comprehends the book successfully.

Writing is a very effective way for me to express myself, a way for me to vent, or explain how I feel in words. Often my writing experiences are driven from school essays, and projects.  Something that I have always struggled with is writing about topics that do not apply to me. When I write about my experiences, and things I have learned I feel confident in my work. If the topic doesn't apply to me I often get confused, that's when I being to struggle with my writing. I believe that writing is important to all of us and when you feel that you have expressed yourself then your job as the writer is done. You have done your role to carry on the story.

Thinking, we are always thinking weather it is when we are asleep or when you are thinking about your hardest decision. In my opinion we think so that we can always do whats right. When I hear the word thinking the first  thing that comes to mind is school. Little do some of us realize that it is much more than that. Thinking is what guides you through the classroom, but at the same time it is what keeps you in the classroom, because we are thinking about our future. Sometimes your decisions can be hard to make, I know that no matter how confused I get when I walk out of the situation with a clear mind I have succeeded. Your role as the tinker is to always think for yourself and be the only one who controls your destiny.