Sunday, March 31, 2013
Blog Post #10
John T. Spencer wrote the above comic. At first I was slightly confused, but then I read some of the comments and it made it a little more clear. I believe he is mocking the PC/Mac commercials. The "Papermate" is supposed to the be the PC that's more affordable but might not be the best computer in the long run and the "Ticonderoga" is supposed to be the Mac that's slightly more expensive but is probably the better choice in computers. Even though the Mac is the better computer it does come with a hefty price. I found it pretty amusing, once I got the actual joke.
Why Were Your Kids Playing Games was also written by Mr. Spencer. I believe he was trying to show that we aren't teaching to teach anymore. We are teaching so kids pass their state given tests. Memorize the material and as Dr. Strange says "burp it back up" on a test. I believe testing your skills are more important than acing a test. Such as my EDM310 class. We don't have a test every week or every two other weeks. We have to SHOW we know how to do things on a computer and show that we are learning. At first I didn't know how I was going to handle this class, but as the weeks pass, I really appreciate the work we are doing.
Spencer's Blog has tons of story posts like his previous one. I read Do You Remember Pencil Quests post and he talks about a scavenger hunt he used to do during school and the whole point was about how teachers changed the pace of learning. They got the students out of the classroom and got them to interact outside of the classroom. They took a big leap of faith doing these because at the time it was not "normal". BUT what fun is it to be normal? None. I really enjoy Mr. Spencer's blog and I followed him on Twitter!
Reading Don't Teach Your Kids This Stuff, Please? really was a precious post. Scott Mcleod wrote this "poem" or poem style post about the reasons why people don't want their children using computers in the classroom, or technology in general. He says things like they are just going to look at porn or hook up with pedophiles and yes, he probably is right, BUT using the computer/technology in a classroom isn't going to change that. Children are going to do what they want, no matter if they have the tools or not. Some way, some how they'll find it. I think technology in a classroom is a good idea. Period. Honestly, I think soon pencils, pens, and paper aren't even going to be in a classroom!