Tuesday, September 24, 2013

PLN 4: Redo


PLN 4: What Could you do with $20,000"

What Could you do with $20,000
Speech by: Blake Boles


Summary:

 

In “What Could you do with $20,000”, Blake Boles proposes that college age students might not need to go to college to be successful.  He explains that people who want to become doctors, lawyers, and scientists need to go to college.  Anyone else should stop and think about what they can do with $20,000 dollars because if the students don’t, they might find themselves under employed with a bachelor’s degree that can’t be used.  Boles uses a variety of thoughts in his speech to suggest that money invested in college might not be a good choice and there are alternatives to gain knowledge and experience.

 

Summary Response:

 

                In Blake Boles “What Could you do with $20,000” speech, he explicates to the world that ordinary people do not need to go to college because as more people get more college degrees, the degrees decrease in value which means the money spent on college may not be a wise investment.  How does getting a college degree make a person stand apart from all the other college graduates in the world? Boles offers some alternatives.  He delves into the world of self-knowledge, a form of learning where one teaches themself instead of having to sit in a classroom to get the needed education.  This idea of self-edification is supported by Dr. Michael Wesch’s “A Vision of Students Today” opinion that students are not getting a good education if they are spending most of their time on social media or sitting at the back corner of 150-student class.  Boles explains that if a student takes a few thousand dollars, they could travel across the globe, visiting old and just developing countries to expand their knowledge outside the country they live in.  Boles gives another example that the money can be used to buy technology to expand computer knowledge.  In the end, he compares people who don’t go to college to Steve Jobs, a Harvard drop out, who later became a very successful entrepreneur and was extremely successful in life.  Boles’ argument is a very creative idea, and gets people thinking how to best spend the college savings.

PLN 1 Redo:


Summary:

Dr. Michael Wesch’s “A Vision of Students Today” illuminates the fact that students of college, high school, and middle school are not incorporating modern technology in class and are instead using it for personal reasons. Dr. Wesch uses multiple creative ideas by having students write on walls or create signs explaining multiple pieces of information to us.  His main idea is that college students are not able to learn well if they are not able to see the content on the board because of the size of the classroom. Dr. Wesch suggests the United States educational system need to rethink how to better suit technology to kid’s needs.

Summary Response:

Doctor Michael Wesch’s “A Vision of Students Today” correctly depicts that technology is a harmful force to learning because students are not focusing on their homework. Yes, students can listen to music and work, but the music distracts them and they are not really putting any thought into the homework they are doing. If kids are able to use technology freely, what is stopping them from going to Facebook without the teacher knowing it? Dr. Wesch is completely right by saying that technology is hurting learning, but why can’t it monitor what kids are doing in the classroom all the time? There are programs out there that can be put on teacher and student computers so teachers can make sure students are doing work if they are connected to the internet. This way kids can stay on task and help improve the U.S’s world ranking in education.

PLN 3: Redo


Bully by Lee Hirsch

 

Summary:

 

The documentary Bully by Lee Hirsch elucidates that bullying is not only hurting kids physically but mentally.  Each year kids are bullied to the point that they feel helpless.  They just want to feel like they exist to others.  This documentary gives some examples of kids being hurt.  Alex Libby, middle schooler, is bullied so much that he described that he did not know what to feel anymore.  Kelby, a kid who turns out to be lesbian, was called extremely bad names and eventually could not take it anymore.  Kelby thought people would change over time, but they did not, so her parents decided to pull her out of school.  The film shows that overall, school kids who are seen as different are becoming more and more prone to bullying, and are being hurt physically and emotionally.

 

Summary Response:


    The documentary Bully by Lee Hirsch explains that bullying is horrible in today’s schools, that school officials are not helping at all, and that people do not care if a child dies from bullying because they feel like they are not affected by one person’s death.  To some people, school officials appear like they actually are trying to do something; however, the reality is that the school teachers, principals, and administrators are not actually helping.  In the movie, the assistant principal of Alex Libby’s middle school helped to solve a fight between a bully and his victim.  The  assistant principal did not punish the bully, but instead gave the victim a strict talking to because of not complying with her rules and insulting the bully.  This shows that the principal is not actually helping solve the problem but is instead making the situation worse by not punishing the bully.  This makes the perpetrator think he can continue bullying without consequence.  The principal avoided the subject when Alex’s parents came in to talk with her, and they realized it.  Also Kirk Smalley, father of Ty Smalley who committed suicide due to bullying, said that his family were nobodies and people did not care if their child died.  He also said that if a politician's child died because of the same causes, there would be a law by tomorrow.  Hirsch’s view is correct that the school systems have to find a way to make a child’s day at school better because they do not want another death on their hands.  People should stand up against bulling and should care for another child’s safety even if their child is not affected by it.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

PLN 4: What Could you do with $20,000"

What Could you do with $20,000
Speech by: Blake Boles


Summary:

In “What Could you do with $20,000”, Blake Boles proposes that college age students might not need to go to college to be successful.  He explains that people who want to become doctors, lawyers, and scientists need to go to college.  Anyone else should stop and think about what they can do with $20,000 dollars because if the students don’t, they might find themselves under employed with a bachelor’s degree that can’t be used.  Boles two main ideas throughout the speech is that students should start learning self-teaching to gain knowledge and that they can get jobs quicker if they prove themselves during internships.


Summary Response:

                In Blake Boles “What Could you do with $20,000” speech, he explicates to the world that ordinary people do not need to go to college because as more people get more college degrees, the degrees start to decrease in value.  How does getting a college degree make a person stand apart from all the other college graduates in the world?  Boles delves into the world of self-knowledge, a form of learning where one teaches themself instead of having to sit in a classroom to get the needed education.  This idea of self-edification is supported by Dr. Michael Wesch’s “A Vision of Students Today” opinion that students are not getting a good education if they are spending most of their time on social media or sitting at the back corner of 150-student class.  Boles explains that if a student takes a few thousand dollars, they could travel across the globe, visiting old and just developing countries to expand their knowledge outside the country they live in.  Boles gives another example that the money can be used to buy technology to expand computer knowledge.  In the end, he compares people who don’t go to college to Steve Jobs, a Harvard drop out, who later became a very successful entrepreneur and was extremely successful in life.  Boles’ argument is a very creative idea, and gets people thinking how to best spend the college savings.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

PLN 2: Redo

Alison Gopnik's "What's Wrong with the Teenage Mind"

Summary:


The article written by Alison Gopnik, “What’s Wrong with the Teenage Mind” suggests that teenagers are going into puberty sooner and are reaching adulthood later.  One main idea is that students are starting to overestimate rewards now, which might be related to changes in energy balance.  Kids are underestimating risks due to a safe lifestyle they live in their parents care.  The other big point seen in the article is that kids are not growing up the way kids used to, which creates less chances to learn basic skills.  Gopnik’s article tells that children are growing up sooner and are reaching maturity later.
 
Response:

Alison Gopnik’s, “What’s Wrong with the Teenage Mind” continuously stresses the opinion that teenagers are not who they used to be because kids are more stressed about being popular and don’t have the same chances to learn as kids used to.  Gopnik constantly presented her point of view that teenagers are worse than they should be by describing that their view of rewards are much higher than adults or kids, which means teens find rewards more appealing than other age groups.  Evidence to the fact is that when teens took a driving test with a fMRI-brain imaging device on them, the reward section of the brain lighted up more when the teen thought another teen was watching. Adults think teens want social rewards, like a new car or being popular at school.  The truth is that kids want respect from their parents, older siblings, and other adults. Another issue that came up is that parents want kids to excel in life.  About half a century ago, kids had internships at age seven, and now teens can’t get internships at age 17.  Why? The job owners want interns or job applicants who have more experience in the field, so teens cannot get ahead in life if the world simply will not let them. One last problem is that teens make mistakes, but that’s all about learning through them because that is how an average teenager is supposed to turn into a mature adult.  For example, kids may get bad grades or drive a car through a fence because they did something wrong, but they will learn from the experience.  According to Gopnik, studies show that human children are more reliant on adults than any other animal.  Is that really okay?  During teenage years, the body and mind go through puberty, and kids want to learn more things, which is a good thing.  Teens should go out and try new things and learn from them so they can mature sooner.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

PLN 3: Bully

Bully by Lee Hirsch

Summary:


The documentary Bully by Lee Hirsch elucidates that bullying is not only hurting kids physically but mentally.  Alex Libby, middle schooler, is bullied so much that he described that he did not know what to feel anymore.  Kelby, a kid who turns out to be lesbian, was called extremely bad names and eventually could not take it anymore.  Kelby thought people would change over time, but they did not, so her parents decided to pull her out of school.  The film shows that overall, school kids who are seen as different are becoming more and more prone to bullying, and are being hurt not only physically but emotionally.


Summary Response:

    The documentary Bully by Lee Hirsch explains that bullying is horrible in today’s schools, that school officials are not helping at all, and that people do not care if a child dies from bullying.  To some people, school officials appear like they actually are trying to do something; however, if you look underneath, you can see that the school teachers, principals, and administrators are not actually helping.  In the movie, the assistant principal of Alex Libby’s middle school helped to solve a fight between a bully and his victim.  The  assistant principal did not punish the bully, but instead gave the victim a strict talking to because of not complying with her rules and insulting the bully.  This shows that the principal is not actually helping solve the problem but is instead making the situation worse by not punishing the bully.  This makes the perpetrator think he can continue bullying without consequence.  The principal also avoided the subject when Alex’s parents came in to talk with her, and they realized it.  Also Kirk Smalley, father of Ty Smalley who committed suicide due to bullying, said that his family were nobodies and people did not care if their child died.  He also said that if a politician's child died because of the same causes, there would be a law by tomorrow.  Hirsch’s view is correct that the school systems have to find a way to make a child’s day at school better because they do not want another death on their hands.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

PLN 2: "What's Wrong with the Teenage Mind" by Alison Gopnik

PLN 2: "What's Wrong with the Teenage Mind" by Alison Gopnik

Summary:

The article written by Alison Gopnik, “What’s Wrong with the Teenage Mind” suggests that teenagers are going into puberty sooner and are reaching adulthood later.  One main idea is that students are starting to overestimate rewards now, which might be related to changes in energy balance.  Kids are underestimating risks due to a safe lifestyle they live in their parents care.  The other big point seen in the article is that kids are not growing up the way kids used to, which creates less chances to learn basic skills.
 
Response:

Alison Gopnik’s, “What’s Wrong with the Teenage Mind” continuously stresses the opinion that teenagers are not who they used to be.  Gopnik constantly presented her point of view that teenagers are worse than they should be by describing that our view of rewards are much higher than adults or kids, which means teens find rewards more appealing than other age groups.  Evidence to the fact is that when teens took a driving test with a fMRI-brain imaging device on them, the reward section of the brain lighted up more when the teen thought another teen was watching. Adults think teens want social rewards, like a new car or being popular at school.  The truth is that kids want respect from their parents, older siblings, and other adults. Another issue that came up is that parents want kids to excel in life.  About half a century ago, kids had internships at age seven, and now teens can’t get internships at age 17.  Why? The job owners want interns or job applicants who have more experience in the field, so teens cannot get ahead in life if the world simply will not let them. One last problem is that teens make mistakes, but that’s all about learning through them because that is how an average teenager is supposed to turn into a mature adult.  For example, kids may get bad grades or drive a car through a fence because they did something wrong, but they will learn from the experience.  According to Gopnik, studies show that human children are more reliant on adults than any other animal.  Is that really okay?  During teenage years, the body and mind go through puberty, and kids want to learn more things, which is a good thing.  So why can’t teens go out and try new things and learn from them because kids are going through puberty sooner and growing into adults later.