Thursday, October 31, 2013

PLN 1: Speech

PLN 1:


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.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

PLN 7: "Web 2.0...The Machine is us/ing us"

"Web 2.0...The Machine is us/ing us"
Dr. Michael Wesch

Michael Wesch’s “Web 2.0…The Machine is us/ing us” educates how computers and the Web 2.0 are starting to use people once they post images and other comments on the internet.  The video starts out with an explanation of how using hand writing is not a very good form of expressing oneself.  Michael Wesch then illustrates multiple web applications, including websites, HTML formats, and Google to explain that people are growing more accustomed to the Web 2.0.  Wesch explains that users are teaching the “machine,” and as the machine starts to learn, it begins to “use” the user instead.  Throughout the video, Wesch portrays people are teaching the “machine” and the machine is growing smarter.

Summary Response:
Dr. Michael Wesch’s “Web 2.0…The Machine is us/ing us” demonstrates the use of the Web 2.0 and portrays a very negative effect on people by making them addicted to the internet.  Wesch expresses his dislike of the Web 2.0 because the web or “machine” is growing stronger as more and more people use it.  An example is when the video explains that over 100 billion people click on webpages every day.  Also people can post things on the internet like pictures, videos, or comments, and once these are posted, people cannot get them back.  The video ends when the writer transcribes a comment saying “We need to rethink ourselves.”  Wesch means that people should rethink their privacy, what they do online, and that they should be aware that the internet can be untrustworthy because people can post things that are based off other webpages.  The idea of the video is that people should stop trying to post immoral pictures or comments on the internet because those posts can end up negatively affecting the user.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

PLN 6: "The Case Against High-School Sports"

"The Case Against High-School Sports"
Amanda Ripley


In Amanda Ripley’s “The Case Against High-School Sports” describes how high school (and college) sports are a big deal in the United States of America.  Ripley provides an example on a test of critical thinking, in math, is the reason why the United States ranks 31st because students are more focused on sports than they are on education.  Ripley questions the role of schools being involved with organized sports and the lack of emphasis on academics. Ripley explains the reason why South Korea, Shanghai, and Hong Kong are ranked the highest on the test is because these countries have a strong focus on academics.  Schools that are failing in education have tried multiple ideas to get education back up on the top priorities, such as, getting rid of all sports.  Schools have multiple sports, and these sports are affecting students ability to learn.


    Amanda Ripley’s “The Case Against High-School Sports”  elucidates that schools are edging students to play sports and not focus on education, which can create a bad future for students.  The author explains that she is worried about the imbalance of schools emphasis on sports and academics, where they put sports first and academics later.  Ripley cited two schools that were trying to make changes by eliminating sports (Premont High School in Texas and Spelman College in Georgia).  Premont shut down all sports so their students would focus more on education, and Spelman College cut sports completely and instead put $1 million into a fitness program for the students.   Premont’s plan was a success, with 80% of students passing their classes instead of the previous year’s 50% of students passing.  Spelman College students lost weight because the fitness program benefited the full student body instead of just 80 athletes.  More schools need to figure out how to balance out education with sports.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

What Could you do with $20,000: Speech

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


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.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

PLN 5: "Footsteps in the Digital Age" by Will Richardson


Will Richardson’s “Footsteps in the Digital Age” suggests that a new world for learning was created by the worldwide web.  Young adults are posting things on the web that leave a “Digital Footprint.”  This digital footprint is visible by being googled or being on Facebook and can be bad or good.  Richardson says the worldwide web is creating opportunities for kids to “learn deeply and continually” and lead the adults into the digital age.  One concern Richardson spoke of is that students need to be educated about who they interact with and what they post online, and also need to balance study time with social time.  Students can learn through the worldwide web to excel in life.

Summary Response:

Will Richardson’s “Footsteps in the Digital Age” explicates that students today have the potential to do their own learning, which will help them in the future.  This new world of the internet lets kids learn and leave their own footprints.  These footprints are a “double-edged sword” because they can be bad or good depending on what is visible to colleges and businesses that look up someone’s name to see what a person is like based off what they see on Facebook or Twitter.  Kids need to learn that these footprints are permanent and are unable to be deleted once posted.  Educators need to understand that networking or sharing is an axiological building block for students.  Students need to learn that when they become part of a website, they need to have a diverse network and be careful with whom they interact.  This post connects with Dr. Michael Wesch’s “A Vision of Students Today” which suggests students are using the internet inappropriately during class time when they can be taking advantage of the learning opportunities the internet creates.  Richardson makes a strong case that the internet presents teens with a great opportunity to learn on their own.