A Week Without Facebook


A Wek Without Facebook

Abstaining from Facebook for one week was fairly hard for me. While I rarely post status updates, I do use Facebook frequently, just to read what people are doing and to look at pictures. While I said that I would not log in, I did log in once to get contact information I needed that was only on Facebook. Once I gave my word that I would not log in for the remainder of the assignment, I maintained my integrity by keeping my word. By the time I was able to log in, I didn’t feel the urge like I did previously.
I would love to go back in time to when I was 17 and just getting my license. During this time, technology was in its earliest form. My dad had a car phone and I thought that was so cool. There were no cell phones, no laptops, and minimal internet. It was during this time that if you wanted to see or experience something, you had to do it physically, meaning that if you wanted to chat with someone or see the Grand Canyon, you had to either call them on the telephone with the long, curled cord, or you had to drive or fly to the Grand Canyon to see it. There was no internet to provide you with real time access to essentially anywhere in the world. Even though technology is a wonderful thing, I wouldn’t mind going back to the “old” days. I guess I’m old-fashioned.


A Life Without Facebook

After a week without Facebook, I got to log back on and have 9 notifications. I was surprised I had 9 usually I don’t post or have a lot of interaction on Facebook I just use it to skim and see what people are up to. Mainly my mom who will post about what my siblings are doing since I live elsewhere with my grandparents because of school because their location is closer. I also use it to connect with my family in different states since we may not always have time to sit down and call each other. At first it was rough to break the habit but I gave my word to not use it so I didn’t. I started to enjoy not using it, I became human again I didn’t constantly need to see what the world was up to and my mom actually texted me pictures and my family elsewhere texted they understood the project and communicated to me else where.

I think we need to learn how to live without constantly being connected. We need to remember to be disconnected. Remember there was a time when we didn’t have Facebook and cell phones we actually had to log on to a computer to check our Myspaces and AIM if anyone had that besides myself. But it also should me I can do my work without a distraction. I can get through a day without social media and feel better about myself. I think I will take more breaks from social media from now and remember its okay to do things without the world knowing or knowing what the world is doing and enjoy being alone. Enjoy the moments I have to myself. I really enjoyed this experiment and I would certainly do it again.


Technology Challenges Facing Education

The article I choose to write about this week is by David Nagel, and it is titled 6 Technology Challenges Facing EducationNagel spoke about the how in grades K-12 and the increase of technology is actually preventing a widespread effective implementation. He also discusses how most of the problems are systematic, teachers also share the blame as well.  Now we’ll get into the challenges.

1. Professional Development – “Key among all challenges is the lack of adequate, ongoing professional development for teachers who are required to integrate new technologies into their classrooms yet who are unprepared or unable to understand new technologies.” …I found this interesting because we know the new technologies are being introduced into the classroom and the teachers may not know how to use it but, have we ever though that why aren’t they being TRAINED on how to use it. And if they conducted workshops in the summer prior to the school year, they would be able to use it correctly and better understand the new technology in their classroom!

2. Resistance to Change- “Resistance to technology comes in many forms, but one of the key resistance challenges identified in the report is “comfort with the status quo.” According to the researchers, teachers and school leaders often see technological experimentation as outside the scope of their job descriptions.” I find this crazy as a teacher you should want to learn the change and be apart of it. You become a teacher because for the most part you love school! You love learning and you love teaching and need to be up for any change to better the students! I know it is hard to adjust to the new technology and media that is out their but the kids are the most important and they are growing up in a world where it evolves around technology and the constant changing of technology. STOP RESISTING!

3. Massive Open Online Course (MCCOs) and other new models for schooling – “New in this year’s report, new models for teaching and learning are providing “unprecedented competition to traditional models of schooling.” In particular, the MOOC (massive open online course) — probably the hottest topic in higher education right now — was identified as being “at the forefront” of discussions about new modes of delivering K-12 education.” And this is hard for me to think about kids not going to real school and going to a virtual school and not getting the real interaction in a school not able to go to special, (gym, art, music, library, computers) Yet you stay in your house in your PJs and just do work and interact virtually with a teacher. Going to school is such an amazing experience, it teaches children to interact with others socially and to make the real school experience happen.

4. Delivering Informal Learning – “Related to challenge 3, rigid lecture-and-test models of learning are failing to challenge students to experiment and engage in informal learning. But, according to the report, opportunities for such informal learning can be found in non-traditional classroom models, such as flipped classrooms, which allow for a blending of formal and informal learning.” What is a Flipped Classroom ? Good thing I googled that, it is instead of traditional lecture then in class exercise and homework, it is “the term is widely used to describe almost any class structure that provides prerecorded lectures followed by in-class exercises.” from the Educause Learning Initiative article. I don’t know how I feel about this because I understand formal learning isn’t always the way with lecture and test models, but you can make learning fun by giving them interactive group activities and you don’t need to constantly lecture and that’s is why we have hands on learning!

5. Failures on Personalized Learning – “According to the report, there’s a gap between the vision of delivering personalized, differentiated instruction and the technologies available to make this possible. So while K-12 teachers seem to see the need for personalized learning, they aren’t being given the tools they need to accomplish it, or adequate tools simply don’t exist.” This would fall back on the lack of help from the states and even districts to give the teachers the tools they need to be able to give the personalized learning, and differentiated instruction because they are doing everything out of their own pocket and can not do as much because we are not properly prepared for these types of things because of the lack of money or tools to help teachers better their students and develop them and give them their personalized learning to help those students who need it.


6. Failure to use Technology to Deliver Effective Formative Assessments – “Assessment is an important driver for educational practice and change, and over the last years we have seen a welcome rise in the use of formative assessment in educational practice. However, there is still an assessment gap in how changes in curricula and new skill demands are implemented in education; schools do not always make necessary adjustments in assessment practices as a consequence of these changes. Simple applications of digital media tools, like webcams that allow non-disruptive peer observation, offer considerable promise in giving teachers timely feedback they can use.” This is another challenge that is throwing to me because I do not understand what non – disruptive peer observation is so again I googled it. And I didn’t have too much success. But if I am trying to understand it I don’t know how I would feel first off with kids having webcams for this non – disruptive peer observation because I would think this would still be disruptive because they can spend time being chatty to each other. But I also don’t know if I as a teacher would like to be on a webcam with my students and to make sure that at home they are completing work assigned.

In closing I have gather that technology is not a bad thing to have in education but if you do not have the proper tools or training and all that follows it will not be used effective and it will hurt the students and teachers if they can not use it. We need to be ready for change and accepting we need to not resist the new technology. I hope that this article will get out there and let people see that its not that teachers don’t want to use the technology but its because we need to better train and get students more active in SCHOOL a traditional school instead of virtual school, because I still believe in social interaction. Hope this is knowledgeable for all. And also may be I can gain more insight and different opinions from my readers.

“As We May Think” by Vannevar Bush

“As We May Think” by Vannevar Bush is an essay, scientific in nature, regarding Bush’s concern for future technology updates. Bush proposes what he calls a “memex” – a collective memory machine that would make knowledge more accessible. He essentially predicted computers and the internet, roughly fifty years before the internet came to be. Bush also mentions other technologies, such as photography and microphotography and discusses their potential for future use. Bush states that “the combination of optical projection and photographic reduction is already producing some results in microfilm for scholarly purposes, and the potentialities are highly suggestive.”

I agree with Dana. I would also love to go back to a simpler time where you had no choice but to see the true beauty in things without using google. In 1945, the world was not like it is today, technology wise. My parents were born in the early 1940s, and they did not get a television in their respective homes until they were about 10 years old. There was no internet or computers.  The telephones they used were rotary telephones. There were no cell phones, no Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. When I converse with my mother regarding technology, she expresses amazement about how so many things are available to you with “just one click of the mouse”, especially compared to technology, or a lack of, when she was a child.

When I think about the future of technology, I imagine it only getting better and faster. I won’t be surprised if, in my lifetime, inventions come along that can fly us from the US to India in a matter of minutes, or a kind of time travel machine that “beams” us where we want to go in just seconds. Think about how much time people will save with all of this new technology!

PRAXIS (slowly dying)


So, I just finished taking my first ever praxis test! and sadly, I need to retake two parts, (math by 3 points and reading by 1). I cried in my car for a little after getting back the results, but then I realized, I didn’t study nearly as much as I should have. Last night I found this awesome website, www.4tests.com, I was only on it for about an hour or so, not nearly as long as I SHOULD have been on there, but i was amazed! People actually set up these websites to help people! 

Youtube is another great source to get help with homework/projects. All i had to type in the tool bar was “praxis 1” and bam! ALL PRAXIS HELP!! It’s seriously so amazing! Technology may be a huge down fall for a lot in our society, but it surely is so amazing when you step…

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“As We May Think”

After reading Vannevar Bush’s article As We May Think, it made me realize that even after all the fighting of World War II, scientists started to prepare for the future and that Bush was a man who was ready for the technology to change and evolve. Bush wanted to make life easier for everyone. He wanted a way it seemed to categorize data and findings to make them more accessible and easier to locate. Bush wanted it be a way to not loose all the knowledgeable findings and to get them together on a computer like device he called a “memex”, as Hailey stated in her earlier post. And after really digging and to this reading I could understand why. In the article Bush states,” Mendel’s concept of the laws of genetics was lost to the world for a generation because his publication did not reach the few who were capable of grasping and extending it; and this sort of catastrophe is undoubtedly being repeated all about us, as truly significant attainments become lost in the mass of the inconsequential.” And to loose something so amazing and realizing it wasn’t able to be researched the way it could have been because it got lost and didn’t reach the hands of the proper people to better study Mendel’s concept makes me wonder if we could have had an advancement like Bush wanted at that time could there be a cure for certain diseases that were just popping up and being studied, would we have been better prepared for the Japanese before that early morning in December of 1942.

There was a lot in his article he went on to discuss about film and how at that time it still had a long way to go and develop. To me, I sit back and think of all the things I have or even what we as a more developed civilization have that we didn’t have back then and how they weren’t connected to their phones or constantly taking “selfies,” and uploading them within seconds to our favorite social media sites. It also makes me want to go back to a somewhat simpler time to remember to go see the real beauty in things instead of just goggling it from the convenience of my laptop that can do so much for me but I can do so little for it.  It also made me question will there be a time when humans become useless and technology is the new form of human and is there a way to control what could come next.

I think Bush was ready for technological advancements and was ready to make life easier for himself and other around him. I don’t know if this is what he would have wanted but I would like to think majority of the new technology that has developed over time and current would be something he would enjoy and be proud of.

Education and Technology

For this week’s blog I chose to explore Khan Academy. Khan Academy is a website where there are free lessons offered to anyone and everyone. Khan Academy utilizes the internet to reach its goal of providing a free education to anyone, anywhere. Essentially this website has created a global classroom, which is unique in its self. People in China are able to log into their computer and receive the same education as people in Ireland, America, and Egypt etc. The internet/technology has made it possible for an equal opportunity at receiving an education.  There is even a blog and discussion section of the website. People are able to interact with one another and further develop the way they learn. Through this website you’ll have more than one teacher, and the classroom will no longer be limited by four walls, instead the world will become your classroom.

Along with the website being free and providing equal opportunity, it also caters to those who have either grown up in the digital age or those who have adapted to the ever changing technological world. For the younger generations this approach to receiving an education might be more helpful or appealing rather than the traditional classroom. The newer generation has a vast knowledge of technology and depends on it on a daily basis. It is a tough feat to get today’s younger generation to unplug or ditch their technology. This website may be the best way to engage them and best meet their needs.

The website has numerous subject areas that provide instructional videos, practice areas, quizzes, tests, and a discussion board where student and teacher can discuss problems or issues the student may be having with the material or topic at hand. The videos are helpful because you are able to pause, rewind, and fast forward. This is important because it provides each student with the opportunity to go as fast or slow as they need to. The practice areas that have practice questions provide the student with the opportunity to apply what they’ve learned from the videos to real use. If a student has a difficult time with working out a practice problem there are step by step breakdowns and hints offered to help the student understand what they are missing.

I think this website could be a great tool to use in the classroom. I don’t however think it should be used as an alternative to school. I believe school is more than just academics. It provides a social setting and realistic outlook of the world. You’re forced to face each other in a classroom which alters how you may interact with one another. Through the internet you can be anonymous, unfeeling, or lacking in empathy towards others. This is possible for the simple fact that you can’t see how big an impact you may have on others, where as in the classroom you can. I think in order to learn about the world you have to live and thrive in it, not just sit behind a computer screen.