Sunday, October 16, 2011

Blog Post #8

For this assignment, I first watched Richard Miller's This Is How We Dream Parts 1 & 2. I think that Dr. Miller is making a very valid point in his videos, albeit his voice is hardly attractive to me. In his videos, he talks about how information resourcing is moving to the internet. A book may be lost or have to be rented by one person at a time, but an internet document is never lost, and it can be used to an infinite number of people.

People can write articles about very important subjects, and they could never even leave their computer desks. We are definitely moving towards web-based knowledge, and libraries are slowly become more and more obsolete (if they aren't completely already). I know that when I research, I find information on the internet to be much easier to locate and use than library books. I do think that libraries can still be a valid source of information, but the internet is still much more expansive and easier to access.

Do I think that I am prepared to write with multimedia? Yes, I really do think I am. I know how to find information on the internet quite easily, and I can discern good info from bad info. I am going to be a secondary math teacher, but I still think I can instill an idea in my students that the answer can usually be found online. Even when I get stuck on a math problem, I can usually find the answer somewhere on the internet.

For Carly Pugh's Blog Post #12, she nailed what Dr. Miller wants to achieve with multimedia. She used videos from all over the place and organized them into one, coherent thought. I also think that her idea of using videos to state your teaching philosophy could be a great assignment. Good job, Carly!

After watching The Chipper Series and EDM310 For Dummies, I would have to say that I would like to participate in a video that helps motivate students to post in-depth blog posts, so they can earn those yellow blocks and not the dreaded red ones!

Concerning the messages that the two videos were trying to send, they both made very valid points about EDM310. Students cannot be lazy and procrastinate (we're all guilty of it sometimes), and there are always resources out there to guide us through EDM310. Also, be a self learner! Don't always bug the lab-assistants, so we can keep the bad mouthing of us to a minimum. . .

Last but not least, I watched Learn to Change, Change to Learn. Basically, it is another video in the extensive list that we have had to watch which says, "We need to change education," and yet again, I'm gonna agree with the video. Students have so many avenues for learning, but we restrict them to a chalkboard. This is an injustice, and it needs to be fixed.

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