Tuesday, May 4, 2010

pln 28

In the article, Our boys are falling behind in education by: Dottie Lamm says that boys are falling behind because we are pushing back education and the verbal part of their brains can not develop fast enough to interpret how to learn how to read and write. Education has developed so quickly that now children are expected to start reading when they begin kindergarten instead of the usual first grade challenge of reading. The verbal part of the brain for girls develops faster, so they are not having problems but the boys develop slower so they are having problems. As an effect, it is expected that most boys will have to re- take the fourth grade and the ninth grade. It has also affected dropout rates; the statistic is that now 32% of boys will drop out as compared to the girls 25%.This matters to the world because it means that the male gender will fall so far behind that now there might have to be a men’s movement in the future. This movement would be to bring men back academically. This matters to education because it means that women will be taking over more jobs and having a vital role in every job market out in the world today. This matters to the community because there will be a clump up of boys in the fourth grade from so many boys failing and again with the ninth grade classes. This will cause classes to grow in size, which causes less attention from a teacher to a student. This could drop grades due to the lack of attention. The real question is, are our boys falling behind or are we pushing them too hard and too early? Lamm argues that education is developing too quickly for boys to follow.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

pln 17

MIT’s sixth sense is probably one of the greatest technological advancements because it is latterly a computer smart board and projector at your finger tips. You can draw use the internet check flight status and look up information and stay connected to the internet while out of the house. This matters to the world because it will change our accessibility to the internet and the things we can do to describe things. This matters to education because now it would be easier to learn with this devise. You could experiment with it Wright with it and expand your learning with it. Clearly this is an extraordinary and remarkable invention.


In my opinion I think that the Google goggles are a waste of time and money because there are people that know these things and people that study things like landmarks and plants and books. If someone could not find a person with knowledge on the subject then they could look it up on the internet. The Google goggles is just going to make people lazier and make them have less people skills because they won’t converse with other people to find information they would use technology which does not talk back to you. This matters to the world because it makes people lazier and it is just another invention to make people spend money. Clearly the Google goggles are just a waste of time and money.

Friday, March 19, 2010

pln 18

In response to Dr. Maas’ blog where he asks the questions; what is it like to have laptops in class? , what can you do now that you couldn’t do before? , what would it mean to you if you could not have laptops in class next year? , have you changed as a student since you started using laptops in class? The answer to the first question of what is it like to have laptops in class is, they are an incredible resource and a great learning tool. Laptops allow for the incredible resource to be portable. This is a necessary resource because it allows students to have the ability to access the internet and use Microsoft word to edit their work and it automatically proofreads it. So there should be no mistakes and it allows the students to look up pictures and images spread sheets and other things to connect their work to what they can find on the internet. Students can also make power point presentations excel spreadsheets, graphs, and one other key ability you can do with a laptop is that you can save your work! So it’s there the next time and you can’t lose it very easily and you can’t have the excuse of you left it at home or in your locker. If I could not have a laptop in class next year then that would be very unfortunate because a pencil and paper do not have the same ability as a laptop does. So my writing and my work would be affected. In my opinion I have changed as a student by being able to have a laptop in class because I am now able to look things up that I am unsure about and save, proofread my work easier and more accurately, and organize it more accordingly.

Friday, February 19, 2010

pln 9

pln 9 was on the students helping students blog this was about students helping other students that have finalchial problems and they need help in collage.weather its with admishion, food, or houseing.this matters to the world because it could change how many people go to collage and how our education system works.clearly this program matters and we need to use it.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

pln 4

In Dr. Warschauer newest post he poses the question are laptops a waste of time and money? I think that the upgrade of technology in our schools and teaching our students how to use it is absolutely not a waste of our time or money! It is not a waste of time and money because our society is evolving and every job out there today uses some sort of technology so it would be in our best interest to teach our children how to use it now if they are going to be using it every day later in their lives. Clearly technology is not a waste of our time or money.