Sunday, March 13, 2011

Blog Post # 8

This is How We Dream Parts 1 & 2 by Richard E. Miller

I believe these two videos gave a great representation of how our world has changed and is changing every moment. This is a man who posesses an imagination with no limits. He allows us to stop and think about just how much change has happened over the years. I love how he calls these changes "incremental changes" and that is just what they are.

Our work space has changed. We are now living in a digital environment. We work more with our laptops than on paper. I love the internet and couldn't imagine life without it. It does allow us to communicate instantly, globally, and gives us the ability to share knowledge infinitely. I believe he hit it right on when he said "the only limits and restrictions we have are largely the ones we place on ourselves." The internet if full of possibilities. Now several people can have access to the same thing at the same time.

As a future educator I hope that I can live up to the expectations which are laid upon me. I plan to take full advantage of the internet and all of its special tools just like Mr. Miller spoke about in his presentation. I want to allow my creativity to be a learning device in the eyes of children.

We can. We Should.


The next two videos I was assigned to watch was done by former EDM310 students. They were pretty good and got me to thinking....if I made a movie for this class, what would I do. This is what I came up with.

I think if I could do any movie for EDM310 it would be a interview-sort movie where I asked several memebers of this class different questions or if they had suggestions for future students of this class. I remember how overwhelmed I felt at the beginning of class and would have loved to have seen a movie with helpful hints and suggestions or to have heard personally from other students that felt they were overwhelmed in the beginning to. Just something that could uplift the spirits of future EDM310 students!

The only thing that would make this video if the book really did exsist! I would definitely have paid good $$$ for it!

As for The Chipper Series, I believe this was a cute short movie that basically talked about life and the choices we make. Everything we do is our choice. We may not always pick the right one and when that happens their are consequences, but it was still OUR CHOICE!

Learning to Change, Changing to Learn

"Every turned off device is potentially a turned off child," this was definitely the most profound statement in this video. It is so true. Children today are being taught by everything around them, not just school. They are more involved with technology and technology should be more involved with them. We, as future teacher, have to reach out to their level which may be out of our comfort zone and teach them in ways that hold their attention and can be easily understood. I love 21st century literacies but they are completely different from the ways in which I was taught in grammer school. We, as future teachers have to step up and learn to change the ways in which school used to be taught and bring it up to date with the children of todays society.


RSA Animate-The Secret Powers of Time

This video is talking about how children today are not very future oriented and we as teachers need to help them better prepare themselves for the future. By doing so, we have to make learning fun and interesting and keep them excited about their learning experiences. I know this won't be easy, but I simply can't wait!

RSA Animate- Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

This video focuses on how money motivates our society. They did a test where the better you did the more $$$ you got and were very surprised by the results. Money is a huge motivator, especially in the workplace. Although money is nice, without having the desire and passion for what you do you will never be happy with your career.


  1. Hello, Abby! I'm your C4C blogger for this week and I enjoyed browsing your blog. You've done a great job with construction and posting. I appreciate your enthusiasm regarding your future classroom! Like you, I took a long break from school to focus on my family and the privilege of being a wife and mother. My children are almost adults now and I am so excited to pursue my life long dream of becoming a teacher. I agree with you that a video shown at the beginning of EDM310 would be an encouragement. I have really enjoyed the class and finally have a method to my EDM310 madness. There was definitely a learning curve. Keep up the good work! Maybe we'll have more classes together. Come on over and check out my blog when you have a spare minute.

  2. Abby,

    The quote, "Every turned off device is potentially a turned off child," spoke volumes to me as well. A revolution in the everyday classroom is much needed. We need to turn the schools into a fun learning place, where kids actually are excited to learn!

    Great post!

    - Allie

  3. Along with you and Allie, I also find the statement, "Every turned off device is potentially a turned off child" is profound and true.

    I also agree with what you said about choices. We always have them whether they are easy choices or no brainers. This also gives us the ability to chose the wrong thing, although we shouldn't. God bless free will.

    Take care Abby, and I like the fake chickens on your blog.

    Kevin White