Saturday, November 3, 2012
Blog Post # 10
The cartoon by John T. Spencer speaks for itself. What you buy is what you get. If a person buys a cheap product to use, eventually it will break and it will have to be replaced. Paper and pencil will always be around, even with all the new technology that is being used each day. Eventually, paper and pencil will be left behind as the iPads, touchscreens tablets, smartboards etc.; take over our schools and the way we learn and teach.
Mr. John T. Spencer’s blog "Why Were Your Kids Playing Games?" was very interesting. When the principle feels that Mr. Tom is spending more time playing games with his students than teaching, he does not approve and call him into his office. Mr. Tom tried to get the principle to understand that they were playing games to go along with their lessons. He stated that it was an advanced simulation and that the “best of the best” use simulation to learn. If teachers do not make the lesson interesting and fun, some students do not learn. If teachers just want the students to memorize the material to produce better test scores, then the students are really not learning.
Mr. Spencer's blog "The Con Academy" was also a good blog post. He was conned by a salesman to flip his classroom. Where the teachers plan the class assignments in advance and have the students to review before they get to class. So the teachers can be more focus on the students and their needs instead of lecturing the whole class. It’s a great idea for teachers who have more students than they can handle. The students need their teacher’s attention. It’s hard for a teacher to just lecture to a class without actually giving their students enough attention to see if they are really learning. Mr. Spencer’s blog is very awesome and creative. I like how he uses short stories to explain his opinions. They keep his blog funny and entertaining. Great reading material with good advice and something that keeps me entertained.
Mr. Scott McLeod’s post, "Don't Teach Your Kids This Stuff. Please?" was a good post. Mr. Scott used sarcasm to get his point across. Stopping kids from using technology was not his intention at all. Teachers and parents should not stop their children from using technology. Mr. Scott is an Associate Professor, CASTLE director, blogger, idea generator, solution builder, agitator, and catalyst. “If the leaders don’t get it, it’s not going to happen”, remarked McLeod. He also received numerous awards for his technology leadership work and the center for Digital Education. He makes a good point about not stopping kids from using technology. They will either use it on their own or they can learn the right way to use it.