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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

How I decide which information to take in and which to discard?

Technology has been a struggle for me to adapt to. I have no problem understanding the concepts and function of hardware and software of varying types, it's the wealth of supposed information that I struggle with. I love the concept of being able to report to the masses from your home and to keep contact with people close to your heart that are far from home. It's the concept of social distancing and a physical and emotional disconnect that can be created by technology I have trouble grasping. The fact that I am not looking at someone face to face as they are relaying information to me takes away my ability to trust the source. I have always been a sceptic, whether it be hear say, media, or most any other informational resources(especially history), I have always had the thought "Is this fact?". After all, history is written by the victor. Since the scale tipped, weighing heavier on the side of informational tranferance through the internet my scepticism has just amplified. I am not saying that I do not trust what is passed to me through these various information sources, I just try not to convey the information without some logical evidence, scientific backing, personal trial, or substantial research of my own. I was taught as a young person to question everything, to love everyone and trust no-one, and above all go with your heart. That being said I believe that we all should look farther into the "truth" of the information we recieve before taking the first word as truth.


LRS said...

I never thought of it this way, but I agree. Technology is powerful and definitely growing faster than we can even grasp. I do think that it creates social distance in real time settings. I can count a number of times where I am sitting at dinner or at a friends house and we're all on our phones. That creates a problem, especially with communication. We need to ensure that our students can also interact face to face. It doesn't matter how great your resume is or the designs you have created if you can't successfully make it through a face to face interview. We've got to teach the students that technology is important but equally important is social skills or soft skills. We've got to teach both. We've got to make sure that the information they are gathering is reliable and that they can prove it or we're going to be in a world of trouble.

cortney rae said...

I totally agree Trenton. I tend to be old school and that makes it hard in today's education process. I think technology is great and can enhance most any lesson, however, I don't think it can replace good old fashioned, hands on learning. I think technology affords us a new style of creativity, but can hinder social/trade based learning. A computer will never replace customer service skills that are necessary in any industry.