The connected world

After doing module 1 of the site, I have reviewed my privacy settings on social websites I use. The world we as teachers live in, is very different to the world of our students. The younger they are, the different the technological world is from their perspective. It is our role to be an educator of safe and productive using of the internet world. Students now days believe they know more about technology than we as teachers do. So how do we keep up with them and keep safe and productive education relevant and new? I suggest that testing the students’ knowledge would be the first call. See what they know. Correct what they do not know. Ask students to share what they know and be the teachers of the topic themselves.

You decide how you learn

Jordan’s blog https://jkslade.wordpress.com/2015/04/22/who-the-heck-is-cliff/ about Cliffnotes.com described the benefits of finding information on different books online. She notes the benefits including:
Summaries of books
Summaries of individual chapters
Book analysis
Definitions of words used in books (sometimes with cultural/historical context)
Character backgrounds
Information on the author and their background

So I decided to try Cliffnotes.com for my english course, looking at The Great Gatsby and found a world of knowledge I had not thought about searching for. I then looked at Crashcourse Literature which Jordan has also mentioned in her blogs. What a great way to get students to do their own learning. All you need is a QR code or similar that allow students to go to different sites on their topic and they can choose how to get the information, do they want to read it on sparknotes.com or cliffnotes.com or watch a Crashcourse video or a YouTube video.

Adding to my movie post

Maybe one day our dreams and thoughts will be transferred into a digital picture or image we can see visually and others can see. Like our thoughts will transfer over to a screen and play out like a video. It reminds me of the book “1984.” We will become smarter about they way we think and doublethink, over ride our thoughts, if we know other people can see our thoughts. I suppose they already have lie detector technology. So what’s next?

Its starts as a project to detect criminal activity.. But it can turn into a brain conditioning tool. I think this is a great story idea for my unit plan assessment. The topic is future technology. I think year 9s would like the idea of writing about Mind reading technology..

What are your thoughts on Mind reading technology? What will happen to us if our thoughts could be seen by others? Would we evolve and get smarter? or Be manipulated in new ways?

Personalisation

The movie is never as good as the book. Is it our imagination which a book encourages through words, which a movie cannot because it visually shows us someone else’s imagination and interpretation of a text. I never feel like reading the book after I have seen the movie first, it is like the movie spoils my own interpretation and imagination I could place on the words.
So what is my point?
In all things we must still be able to put our mark on it, our personality, our choices, our imagination. Technology must allow for our own personalisation. Technology is great. However you cannot beat the simplicity of words and our imagination. We still will always search for what is real and true. We desire real experience…

Saving trees??

There are benefits to using ICT in the classroom. With the use of digital copies of word documents, pictures, books etc now days schools are finding they are having a reduction in paper usage and waste. As sourced http://education.qld.gov.au/smartclassrooms/showcase/2010-10/paper-reduction.html This meant for Atherton State School that they were able to shift money from the budget from supplying paper to other areas such as incorporating more ICT tools into the classroom. However ICTs do need to be for more than replacing existing tools or society will become reliant on technology for everything. Will our lives be more efficient with everyday items all being technological?

When everything we have is at the touch of our finger tips in one device, when we are all linked together by one over riding device..

It is convenient. It will save trees. Save ink. Save materials, because it is all in one.

Sims: our virtual future

Virtual worlds. Virtual people. Virtualising the world, allows for conditioning of the mind… The author can create the respondent to think about a situation in a certain way. Are our minds being placed in a box. Is the world being conditioned into technology being a new master. Our information about us so freely published for the world to access. Our lifestyle being developed towards a reliant on technology. Is our future slowly becoming doomed by such precise technology, that seek to unlock mysteries of the universe, we will know more information about life than we are able to comprehend. Is there any turning back?

We grow by our experiences, our personalities, our attitudes, our character, by our experiences of life. Will we become sterile, by the sterile technology we use. When I look at images our future, such as a google search of images of our virtual future, they all look so sterile, so unreal, so black and white and blue.. Where has the colour gone??

Technology of the future

We are in a time where the present is quickly becoming the past and we are conscious of this change and time (Thanks Modernism course). Half life on information online. It made me realise how important it is to teach our students about this consciousness, the importance of teaching our students how to think through what society tells us. Let us not turn into Robots. Without realising it, I have designed my unit for English around this idea. Heroes of the future. Students need to research or design/idealise a technology for the future and incorporate this idea into a short story about a hero. Making technology a positive tool.

Creating those transforming activities is about thinking outside the square, it is not the obvious, technology is no longer about the obvious, but about new ideas. What idea or tool can we ‘sell’ to society.

Ten technologies of the future http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/future-tech/10-futurist-predictions-in-the-world-of-technology.htm#page=6 This is number 6. Youth tech take over.

Safe use of ICTs in classrooms

We seem to forget that bringing in new technologies into the classroom means teaching the students how to use them, giving them time to master them and teaching them the Safety aspects of the new technology. More so, the younger the students the more time and teaching they will need. As teachers we need to ensure our students are not sending information out into the world about themselves in an unsafe manner. We also need to make sure that the wellbeing of our students is being protected when they go online and interact with others. This cyber safety website would be a great education tool for in the classroom http://www.cybersmart.gov.au/kids.aspx It teaches students about the facts and getting help in cyber bullying situations.

Thinking about the safety of ICT use is important when we as teachers implement new technologies into the classroom.

Blogging?

What is my stance on blogging? I read a blog by Kristie,

https://kristiecosmo.wordpress.com/2015/03/10/the-blogging-world/

and she asked this question. It made me consider the question for myself. She states that blogging is from our own view, experiences, opinion and it’s okay not everyone is going to agree or be able to relate to me. Blogging for me personally: Is a pain, I would rather only speak if I have something important to say. Blogging causes me to have to write when I have no purposeful ideas. It is challenging me to think outside the square, think of new ideas, new important topics. And in the end no one has to relate or agree. A purposeful blog would be one that opens up new perspectives to the readers. Blogging for the classroom: In conclusion of the above, I see that blogging for students could be a great learning tool for the reflection of learning throughout the week. I could be a great way for students to write about themselves and for other students to learn something new about each other.