Did You Know
In the first video I watched, I really learned some interesting facts. Did you know that China will soon become the number one English speaking country in the world? I also learned that 25 percent of India's population IQ, is greater than the total population of the United States. India has more honor students than American has kids. I think a major fact that caught my eyes, was that we are preparing students for jobs that don't even exist.
The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that today's learners will have 10-14 jobs by the age 38. Did you know that one in eight couples met online last year? The U.S. also ranks 19th in Broadband Internet. Text messaging is a very popular thing in today's society, but the first commercial text message was sent in December of 1992.
This video is about an old man name Mr. Winkle, who wakes up after 100 years. When Mr. Winkle woke, he woke to find that the entire world had changed. He didn't understand what a computer was or how it worked. He went into a school classroom and it all looked the same. I think the mural of this story is that if someone does not stay on top of technology, they will get left behind.
Sir Ken Robinson
In Ken Robinson video he feels that creativity is just as important as education. In today society kids are taught to be afraid, but most kids are not afraid of being wrong they'll take a chance. In today's society we are educating people not to be creative. The biggest thing we as the people need to work on is being creative and educated at the same time. People should start thinking outside the box and stop worrying about being wrong.
In Cecelia Gault post she explains the way Finland is way ahead of the United States. One of the major things to this is that we need to change our curriculum. The drop out rate in Finland is one percent. The drop out rate in the United States is twenty-five percent. I found this very interesting, so what is the U.S. doing wrong? I think that the U.S. might want to take on a different learning method to reduce our drop out rate, before we get left even further behind.
Harness Your Students Digital Smarts
In the Digital Smarts blog post Vicki Davis lets her students learn using more than just pencil and paper. She understands that everyone doesn't learn by just writing and listening to lectures. She understands that most students love to have a visual aid to guide them. I think that this is a great idea, because really the students are teaching themselves and are able to learn better.