Richard Miller: This Is How We Dream Parts 1 and 2
In these videos Dr. Miller is discussing the future of writing. He is sharing how different the world will be for students and teachers by using the computer and internet world to do everything paper and pencil used to do. Downloading a book online is way cheaper than trying to buy a hard back from the store. Also, doing a research paper, having to view two different pages, is hard with hard copies. If you use e-books you can have them side by side and bookmark the pages you need instead of flipping all over the place looking for it. This leads me into the writing sense of things.
Using the computer as a writing tool in our future will save us money and time. If you need an assignment sent from one side of the country to the other, instead of writing it on paper and faxing it or scanning and e-mailing it, write it using a software program that is viewed by your teacher, boss, or employer. Dr. Miller said it best when he mentioned we currently don't have teachers to teach these programs. No one knows what the future hold but everyone seems to be contributing to what they feel the future should be.
With the ever growing world of technology, I feel that Dr. Miller is on the right path to creating a new and better way of learning. We need teachers to become students and learn the technology to incorporate with their knowledge in specific areas of study to pass down to future students. The world will change (is changing) the only thing we can do is prepare for it.
The Chipper Series and EDM310 for Dummies
The point of both of these videos is to get the work done on time. If you do not understand what is going on get help from your classmates. If you still can not figure it out, try a lab assistant, THAT WILL HELP YOU, rather than the ones that won't.
Why Smartboards Are A Dumb Initiative
Why I Hate Interactive Whiteboards
I agree with both of these critiques. Smart boards are good in elementary classrooms because they keep the students focused on the lesson by having interaction between them but for middle school and high school age students, a computer with a touch screen writting pad hooked up to a projector can be used to teach the same lessons. Too much money is being used to equip one classroom with this technology rather than dividing into more classrooms for a less expensive learning tools that do the same thing.