What Do You Want to Be When You Grow UP


Ken Robinson talks about how schools kills creativity. He says that as children grow up they fear being wrong yet being wrong brings out the creativity in children, so if children fear doing wrong they fear to attempt and once they fear to attempt they would not try to expand themselves. Every education system has the same learning bases starting with math, language, and humanities, as those subject are mandatory yet at the bottom are art, dance and drama he says “yet we all have bodies”. Robinson stated “Public education only winner is to produce universal professors that only live in their heads but slightly to one side they look at their body as a way to transport their mind”. The educational system was not existent since the 19 century and many were force to look the other way on careers that involved art, dancing, singing. Those who are highly talented and creative were not looked at because they were denied their opportunity because they weren’t good enough at school or were not recognized. Robinson stated that intelligence is academic diversity, visual, abstract, dynamic creativity, distinct. He talks about a famous dancer where her teachers believed she had a learning disability because she could not stay still and they told her family member that she does not have a learning disability but she is a dancer while others would force pills to calm her down her parents took her to a dancing school where she found that she is not alone. At the end of the video Robinson said “its our job is help them make something of it”. I believe fully of what Robinson is stating about education and how control it is. How schools can easily take away art, cooking and music from high schools and middle schools. Yet during those times periods is where children try to find their interest in life, what they enjoy doing, and maybe one day being an expert at it and becoming famous. In school system they can easily remove those class as for them it may not be a priority in compared to having another history class or English class. Personally I did not know how talented in art I was until I took an art class in drawing and painting, shocked that I had an ability to blend colors and to see things that many do not. I would have not discover that if it was not provided and if I did not take the chance.



Education + Technology = Opportunities


My first article titled ‘Is your school’s “digital citizenship” practice a pass or fail?’. This article is about the use of twitter by schools to communicate community events. The issue with this is the students who would follow the school, because twitter is publicly viewed students had inappropriate messages and photos that others could see such as parents, staff, and the school board which may give a negative view of the school. There motive to teach students that the things they post may affect them in time and may want to be aware of what they post. Unaware that things that are posted can go viral, losing the opportunity for a working position. I agree that students do need to be aware of what they post but it is not only teachers responsibility but as well as parents to teach and surveillance there children about the safety and harms of social sites. Personally I would think the same way, if I see too many negative comments I would ultimately think negatively about the school and what they are educating their students. 

Link: http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/3658 

For my second article I read refers to the picture on the left. The article titled “3 Steps to Start Learning How 2 Learn” through 

Imagethree steps:  

  1. Curating via Social Bookmarking
  2. Using a blogging platform to document work, learn with and through media, create with an audience in mind (read,  write and comments on blogs)
  3. Create a learning network via Twitter to build relationships, participate in conversations and contribute to the learning of others by filtering through your lens (perspective/area of expertise) and by adding value

I agree that as a nation that is further developing in technology that we must take advantage of its uses. The only way we can take advantage of these technological advancements is through implementation. When implemented and either succeeded or failed to let others who are interested in using technology in classes informed of either options that could be done to improve or options to replicated in classes worldwide. By doing blogs and registering for a twitter is a way to communicate with other teachers expressing thoughts and opinions about what should be done within a classroom by using technology.


My next article titled “Why Measuring Student Growth Matters Now More than Ever” discusses that students between fourth grade and eighth grade have been below standard average in both reading and mathematics. Even with the division from poverty districts and English second language students. When students are below average budget cuts are made. To keep from budget cuts and improve students success the article expressed that teachers should have an insight of where each student is starting from before entering the class and at the end of class see if the student has improved instead of having a standard test. I agree that every student learns at a different pace and through the use of technology educator could form a practice aptitude test for students who need more practice then others. Allowing students to constantly work at their own pace


The last article I read was titled “4 Things To Consider as you Allow Phones in Class” describing that a phone can be a good resource to a dictionary and a way to do homework assignments. Having the students put there phone upside down in there desk allows them to be unable to use their phone during class time unless asked to . The teacher would follow this and have her phone on her desk as she would take pictures of the class to show the positives of having a phone as an education tool. I agree with what she is doing with her class because now cell phones are similar to a computer. I use my phone to find quick answers to questions that I may not understand fully. 


In conclusion technology is an amazing way to find answers as well as finding possibilities to improve both in the classroom and in your own personal life. With this would help future generation be able to connect with technology in everyday life.