Friday, February 26, 2010

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Slaves and Stereotypes: The Modern World and Gender by Alix Rowe

Alix Rowe made this clip and it is amazing. The words come fast so you have to read quickly however it is right on the money! Slaves and Stereotypes brings the issue of role stereotyping from day one to center stage. Girls wear pink and are nice and romantic and boys wear blue and are tough and aggressive. Alix is obviously against these roles saying that with education and technology we should move away from these old standards. We need to see each other for who we are, our individual personalities. The phrase "Boys will be Boys" and "girls will be girls" is used in the clip. The message of being an individual is what we should strive to teach our children from birth. The clip also informed me of a class in Sweden that sued Toys-R-Us because of role stereotyping. The clip is wonderful and it really makes you think. Watch it.



Luis is a high school student in Oregon. He spends his afternoons working with younger minority students in a group called Tech Wizards. He helps these students learn robotics, programing and much more. He, like many other young adults, spends a lot of time on the computer. He believes that his use of technology help his studies, community and life in general.

The significant take away from Luis's story is that we need to accept that students will be spending a lot of time on the internet and looking for new ways to explore technology and to give them the opportunity to do this for positive educational purposes. I know that because of the class Technology for Teachers I have found a very useful purpose for facebook, blogging, twitter, etc. These social networks before seemed to me as a waste of time, now I can see that we can use these as educational tools that the students are eager to use. Win win situation.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tecnology Savy Six Year Olds

Rachel Boyd is a teacher of a year 2 class in New Zealand of 6-7 year olds. She incorporates technology in most every aspect of the class learning time. The students work on handwritting on the white board. I would have loved that when I was in school! The students are responsible for writting their own stories and posting them on their class website. I think that this is a really good idea because not only are they working on their assignments for school but their parents can also see first hand the progress their children are making.

The takeaway from this is that the students are motivated when they get to use these cool tools like the laptops and white board. It also shows us that we need to be creative in writting our lesson plans and make sure to implement these tools. In the clip a Peek For a Week in a Kiwi Junior Classroom we see these young students independently and successfully use these tools.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Nafiza is a young woman in New York who, like many people, is surrounded by technology. Her day begins with her cell phone waking her up and her emails calling to her to be checked and through the coarse of the day it is one thing after another involving technology. This video is all about Nafiza and how technology affects her everyday. She is a video producer, activist, gamer, and social networker. At school Nafiza is in an organization called Global Kids. In this organization she is working on a one minute clip about the struggles some individuals go through in other countries trying to get an education. I think the significant takeaway from this clip is that we should integrate technology into our lessons. I believe that most students would be more interested in a lesson that involves a video camera or computer opposed to the traditional pencil and worksheet. As a future teacher it is also important for me to keep up with the technology so that I can incorporate it into my lesson plans.