Monday, 14 December 2009


In the article “Tweeting from History” by David Warlick, the article explains how advanced a school can be with the tools that are on the internet like twitter. First, he contacted history teachers about using a twitter page for turning in assignments for fast exchange. Next, he thought about how you could use it for students’ questions on assignments so everyone in the class could see. Last, using Twitter could bring a class alive for everyone even if they hate the class since it brings purpose to students when their work opens up to the internet. Clearly, the internet can enhance the learning of the students outside of the classroom.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009


In the article “Learning Languages Through Subtitles?,” by David Warlick, explains another use for subtitles in movies other than enhancing the experience, to learn new languages. First, it could help a person learn a new language because they would learn the words with examples to back them up to help remember. Next, they hear the word in their own language and see it in a different language for comparison that helps for memorization. Last, if people realize that they can learn new languages through movies more people might consider taking up new languages since people already watch a ton of movies and no change in life style would be necessary to fit it into their schedule. Obviously, the subtitles in movies are allowing for people of different languages to come together and learn one and another’s culture through film.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009


In the article “I Read (?) The News Today, Oh Boy” by Karl Fisch, continues to explain how important technology has become to society supported by a video narrated by Terry McDonal, Sports Illustrated – Tablet Demo 1.5. First, writing is still important and is taking second to technology although writing is necessary for most of the technology used today since we mostly use things like Facebook, a communication website. In the video the tablet proves another instant where writing was required for the technology to be purposeful, the example the video took SI magazines “full” of “writings” to just make accessing specific articles easier for the user. Next, the schools teaching technology is important so that the students can keep up with their own generation because of the technological advancements that are being made. The tablet is just one of the many technological advancements that are being made, putting tons of magazines on a little hard drive for convenience. Last, all technology has entertainment incorporated into it to make everything more enjoyable. Clearly, technology has advancements that everyone will just have to adjust to.

Sunday, 6 December 2009


In the article “What Frontier” by David Warlick, he communicates how important competition and challenges have become for the world in almost everything we do. First, David Warlick says, “My teachers were challenged to educate a generation who would send people to the moon and beyond, to explore the frontiers of space,” because the president (JFK) wanted to be on the moon first. JFK even said “We choose to go to the moon, we choose to go to the moon, in this decade and do the other things, (not because they are easy, But because they are hard,.)” because it was a challenge to be able to complete. Next, in the educational system every country is racing to make sure that there students are the best equipped to succeed in life, or in just America making sure all have the same curriculum so all Americans have an equal chance at a certain job based on their degrees. Last, challenges and competitions are improving life styles with new technology and new discoveries for everyone in the world. Clearly, David Warlick has a clear understanding of what is and has been happening in the world.

Friday, 20 November 2009


In the article “The world has become a lot more interesting” by David Warlick, talks about how the world is becoming less productive in advancing. First, like in education countries race to have the best education and quantity of the education. Next, with moving fast no one second guess what is going on like in education they don’t think about how the quality of the education is getting worse they just think about being the first. Last, we shouldn’t work to make sure that the student learn more than other countries students but make sure that the students are involved. The students need just to be involved because they don’t always complete homework and just show up to class are those who make difference because that is what they focus on making change. Clearly, the education department needs to rethink their approach to learning for the children of America.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009


In the article “Brazil: Was the blackout caused by hackers or UFOs” by Paula Góes, expresses the peoples’ views of what caused the blackout in Brazil that was the second largest. First, the people thought that it could be political forces or sabotage that caused the blackout since it appeared that the media knew the blackout was coming. Next, they thought it could possibly be hackers after contacting, “A 23 year old hacker, Maycon Maia Vitali [pt] believes it is feasible. He has showed in his blog the security flaws of the website of one of the government agencies responsible for managing energy:”. Last, some say it was extraterrestrial guest after a few people say that they saw a flying saucer fly across the sky and believe that the aircrafts electromagnetic effect knocked out the power grids. Clearly the blackout has many unanswered questions that have to be answered for the people in Brazil to be happy.


In the article “Opening up the network to learners” by David Warlick, talks about how schools in Edmonton are creating open Wi-Fi spots for the students to use the web more frequently. First, they can use internet access to look at school things like grades, assignments, and other information. Next, they can easily look up information pertaining to an assignment or in other words do research without needing a computer lab or library. Then, the world is based around technology so if they have an opportunity to use technology more often then they will adapt better to the future. Last, there was a question posted that was very true about what is being filtered and how protected the students are with an open Wi-Fi that anyone within range can use. Clearly the web can enhance a students learning but with the open Wi-Fi there is much that needs to be improved on.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009


In the Denver Post the article “Put forth our best writing selves” by Douglas Hesse, the author feels that facebook, twitter, and texting were ruining the English language till he decided it is good in helping us express ourselves.

Sunday, 8 November 2009


In the article “Reasoning our way in…” by David Warlick, he thinks about the future based on the technology the students today have grown up around. First, the technology of every day use is different like a digital watch has more functions than are needed for what the watch is designed for; the old watch had one knob to change the time and nothing more to it. Next, the new technologies that have made life easier like the internet, the only problem is that some processes are too complicated to remember exactly how to do it. Last, how most products like video games are built around getting people to have to problem solve like in video games they don’t always come with instructions for the controls or objectives. It is easy to see that the future will be built around better, new technologies for everyone to use.

Thursday, 5 November 2009


In the article “This would be really weird” by David Warlick, its goes into the recession and how women are being laid off less than men however based on the points David makes in the article it makes sense why the men are being laid off more. First, women mostly have jobs like political or healthcare type positions and those positions are needed more than the men’s main positions in construction and manufacturing. The main reason the women’s jobs will last longer is because there are already building and there are a lot of manufactured goods that no one is buying will last till they are bought. Next, the men tend to slack a little more than women do in anything that is a task they have to complete in an open ended time period or no deadline. Last, the men have dominated the work area for so long there is supposed to be a historical reversal and apparently it is true. Clearly, the women of the country are in good positions to dominate the work area based on the statistics and on what they do.


In the article “A Gardeners Approach to Learning” by David Warlick, he talks about his change of heart/ viewpoints after realizing “fast food learning” is basically cheating and is only good to use every once in a while just like in life but the idea of learning should be to take all the knowledge in slow. He has written about the need for new technology for educational tools like text books so they can be digital, interactive, social, and a creation that produces good outcomes. The change in heart/ beliefs comes from remembering in his childhood when he was convinced to put a garden in his yard for food. He then learned to wait for the food to grow instead of rushing to the supermarket and just buying what he had needed. The other thing he realized was that the garden cut down on how much grass he had to mow so he got a two for one deal since he got great food he had to mow less just for a little bit of patience. Surely he probably thinks there are thing that can be done to improve education just none that cut corners to finish faster depriving the students of extra knowledge.

Wednesday, 28 October 2009


Balloon boy case hoax or truth? In the article “Prosecutors want more details in balloon boy case” by The Associated Press, looks deeper into the case of what the family actually knew he was at home and wanted publicity. First, they don’t know if they will need to do any more interviews. Next, they don’t know what charges they will press or when they will press the charges. Last, the cops believe it was a hoax because the family was relieved he was at home. The case clearly has a lot to be revealed before it is over.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009


In the article “Anne Smith-One of 20 to Watch” by Karl Fish, comments on Mrs. Smith, an Arapahoe High School teacher, winning an award (20 to Watch) for teaching a technology advanced class. First, she gives her class the opportunity to express themselves through their thinking. Next, the use of technology in the class as raised the expectation for her and the students in the class. Last, the classes’ technology system improves the learning procedures in any classroom because it is something new. Clearly technology is being more integrated into society at all age groups.


In “Check the Wind First” David Warlick tries to get a message to the readers about opinions that most people don’t take into consideration. First, all the knowledge has to be known to take a side in a scenario otherwise people may believe a lie and cause something bad to happen. Next, the side someone takes has to be the side they want to take not the side that everyone else is on or the side they are pressured into, the side that they believe in. Last, an opinion should come from the people that are evolved not from an outside force like in sports everyone wants to be a fan of the winning team not the team they actually like. Obviously David has good points and sights into opinions because opinions don’t seem to be a personal idea but an idea based off society.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009


In the article “Our googley advice to students: Major learning” by Peter Drunker, communicates what students need to be prepared for to succeed in any business just like “Rigor redefined”. First, people have to be able to work with others because there will always be someone that they need to work with. Next, a strong work ethic is a component that will help anyone succeed because that is what a company will be looking for in their employees. Also, a passion makes everything better because then there is a chance to enjoy the job and that in itself make the whole operation run smoothly. Last, a willingness to try something new even if it might fail because that is how new ideas are formed is when people try to change something even if they know it can’t work. The article is clearly focused on giving students the information they need to realize what the y need to accomplish their full potential.


In the article “Rigor Redefined” by Tony Wagner, talks about what students need to prepare for to be successful in any career with the ability to work with others feeding everything else that goes on in any business. First, the problems that need to be over come through fast and easy collection of information and deciphering all of the information. In the 21st century the way that employees find and work through information will completely change so the students need to think and train with the new ideas so technology doesn’t leave them in the past. Next, the students today need to either adapt to the new ways or they need to step out of the bubble and create a business of their own to help move the world forward. Last, the obvious of being able to work with others in the company even if they don’t like each other because when conflict occurs inside the business walls then the company just can’t and won’t succeed. The company should feel comfortable with each other to help the company move forward smoothly. Clearly the way business works is changing and the students need to be ready to succeed in any jobs that they get.


In the article “Footprints in the Digital age” by Will Richardson, he talks about how the digital footprint can be worry some to parents because of some minors have done nothing online which leaves no digital footprint to be used. First, parents have three big things, getting their kids through high school, college, and hoping they can get a job. The digital footprints could get in the way of that if their children currently are non-users of the internet. Next, after getting them to use the internet, they have to use it correctly and make everything text book material so they don’t get knocked down for using the internet earlier. Last, students need to be prepared to own the online spaces and use them to the best of their educational abilities. Clearly the digital footprint can put a lot of pressure on what happens online.

Sunday, 11 October 2009


In the article “We have the Technology” by Karl Fisch, explains how far technology has come and how far it can be taken through the single new “bionic eye iPhone application” because this is an application on an iPod that can do a bionic eye. First Karl explained where the software is today on the application compared to where we can take the software to improve a device like this. Next, he inferred that this technology could be kind of odd to use if a person could walk up to someone that is not known to the person and know almost everything about them through cross referencing online. Last, this software could be turned into a “GPS” that is always on the owner so that they can locate some place even on foot. Most people only carry “GPS” in the car but what happens when a persons on foot and still is lost and needs to find a certain place. Clearly this is a big deal to be able to use considering all that it can do for a person.

Friday, 9 October 2009

PLN 13

I think that the board of education is completely wrong in the article “Keyboard vs. Pen” because I write longer papers when on a computer because it is easier to mess with. First, students don’t like to write really long papers by hand because then they have to go through and edit to re-write the paper where as on the computer they can just edit the paper and have changed the paper without all of the re-writing. Next, I know that when I am on the keyboard I type just as fast as I can write a paper but the difference is that on the computer it is fast but very legible and I don’t have to worry about spelling or sentence structure until after I type the paper and on paper I sit and try to perfect it the first time so I don’t have to keep going back so it takes me longer. Last, with the environment being destroyed at such a fast pace with typing we can send the assignment to our teacher or blog the assignment and help save the environment. Clearly I have a strong stand point that typing is better and easier than writing.

Monday, 5 October 2009


In the video “2020 Vision” by Karl Fisch explains how technology is improving and being created every day from the point of view that it has already happened and he is in the future because for the world to know where it is going already is like a plan. The plan lays out what someone wants to happen which will guide what they have to do. First, the technology will all help education become easier and more accessible. Google in the video had programs for text books all the way for high school through a master degree. Google had many other programs to assist the learning system. Next, this hits home because it’s going to affect anyone who is trying to get a better education or is going through for the first time. Last, by 2020 the life standards are supposed to change completely from what they were in 2002 with little electronic materials. The future holds a lot for the human race if we embraced it and don’t try to change and control the future. For more information into the future technology look into “Did you know” by Karl Fisch.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009


In the article “32 boys and me: Tales from the all boys’ class” by Anne Smith, introduces her thoughts on her all boys first period class from having to rethink plans, enforcing a no “D” policy, really slow down and focus on the students needs, and above all improving them. She states in her article, “I don’t know if I could have prepared myself more for this class other than growing up with three brothers of my own, but this class has been and continues to be a mental challenge.” First, she was finding that at the last minute she would have to change plans because then she could encourage and motivate them. Next, she believes that taking out a possibility for “D’s” making the boys set for a higher standards and eliminate their poor quality work. Along with letting her students create their own quality of A, B, and, C work instead of telling them what they have to achieve to get a good grade. On top of that she gives the opportunity to redo assignments until they receive the grade they want as long as it is within the same six week period it was assigned. Then, she realized that the students didn’t understand what they were supposed to be doing so she had to start slowing the class down and putting more explanation into what was going on in the class. Last, her whole goal is that she can improve the writing of all her students so that they are better prepared for writing classes in the future and for their careers ahead of them. Proving that she is a teacher for the right purpose and actually cares about the students as she stated, “Why does it seem I care more than they do about their work?” which is a very sad statement. Obviously the gender class can be really frustrating and hard to deal with when there is that many boys together but she seems like she is doing a good job working with them if she can just get them to care a little more.

Monday, 21 September 2009


The article “A vision of students today,” By Dr. Wesch is the same concept or message as “The machines are using us,” by Dr. Wesch and “Did you know” by Mr. Fisch because they all send a message about how important technology has become to the human race. First, in “A Vision...” most of the students in the video commented on doing more reading on facebook then in actual books or more pages of emails sent then pages of assignments. Like in Wesch’s other video “The machines …” Google has 47 billion searches a month and but what are the people searching for something they are interested in or something that they need to know for their job, or education. Or as Mr. Fisch’s “Did you Know” says through the presentation are minds have got to be able to relate it to something else that we liked. Next, technology is just a luxury that we have come to love but in Wesch’s class the students were saying that they were using the computers for entertainment not for the class they were taking. In “Did you know” the opposite was expressed saying that technology would change the jobs that were available for the near future and is important. In those articles the points that were presented either clashed or agreed with each other.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009


In the article “Some showerheads rain respiratory peril, CU study finds” by Colleen O’Connor tells about a germ that collects in your shower head, Mycobacterium avium that leads to pulmonary diseases but it is not supposed to make people concerned because it mostly just occurs on the first blast that is really cold anyway. I think that it is crazy to think that something we use to clean ourselves with has bacteria that have even such a slim chance of giving us disease us. It is odd to think that they only studied the shower heads because of studying the air and water in public buildings, schools, and homes.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009


In the article “King Soopers with employees expires” by Tom McGhee explains how workers at grocery stores like King Soopers and Safeway were negotiating contracts until midnight September 13, 2009 when their employment contracts expired. Now they join Albertson workers who have been on the job with no contracts since May. However, King Soopers is trying to get new agreements that would include raises for employees that have been on the job longer (65% or 9,900 Colorado employees would get raises), employees can’t collect their pension until they are 55 instead of 50. I think that the workers are at this point hoping that they get good benefits and pay check since King Soopers hold all the cards in their hands. Then, the contracts were the only thing that was allowing them to fight King Soopers since they had to be paid no matter what and now without the contracts they can be fired without pay.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009


In the article, “The New Literacy” by Clive Thompson repeats what Mr. Fisch’s “What Matters” power point about how technology has become such a big part of society. First, a professor John Sutherland says that the kids these days can’t write because of the technology they are surrounded with. Others say that it is improving the students writing because it is written to a bigger audience. Next, there is that the students feel it has more meaning than just another assignment it was reaching the world when they text, facebook, blog, and email like it has more meaning in Mr. Fisch’s when it relates to the general audience. Last, it seems everything that 13-25 year olds do is wrong if it doesn’t involve education in the article but with Mr. Fisch’s power point it was a good thing we are learning all the new technology to keep up to date. Clearly some ideas from the two different sources clash but for the most part both the articles are true or stereotype a group of people.


After viewing “The Machine is Us/ing Us” by Michael Wecsh the feeling is wow the Sci-Fi movies of computer take over could happen at the rate we are teaching the machines. First, the computer is learning are mistakes and fixing them like when we are in word and we type hos instead of his it automatically is fixed for the user. Next, the computer is replacing memory like to find a website the address is placed in the address bar and stays there until it is completely deleted from the hard drive of the computer. Then, it is used to link the world but it isn’t user friendly like word and fixes your errors it just places them on the web to permanent like concrete and that could real hurt someone in the long run. Last, we are the machines because without us they wouldn’t be able to learn, help us, and mostly without us the machines wouldn’t exist. In the end the humans have created the systems of learning to make it easier for them to create, recreate, and uncreated.

Thursday, 3 September 2009


In the article “Mercury spilled in Denver’s Lincoln High School” by Kieran Nicholson a student brought a vial of mercury (mercury is a toxic meal [little exposure can cause tremors and impaired cognitive skills]) to school September 2, 2009. When it broke in a class it contaminated him and had the fire departments hazardous-materials unit on the way for clean up. The school didn’t announce whether the student is facing a discipline due to the accident. No matter what the school feels I personally think that the student should face some sort of punishment just because of the whole situation. First, he put himself in danger by carrying the vial no matter where he went it needed to stay at home or even given it to a hazardous waste department to be disposed of. Next, the student put all the staff and students in the building at danger by bringing it to school when there is absolutely no reason to ever bring a dangerous substance to school. Last, it isn’t even legal if the student had more than 17 kilograms in that vial. Clearly, either the states need to enforce the policies better for stuff like mercury or just totally out law them unless it is just part of something like paint, batteries, and other house hold items.

Wednesday, 2 September 2009


After reading Mr. Fisch’s “Did you know” the world should realize how important technology is to us and how fast technology is improving. First, the future is predicted to have two big creations. Of those two first comes a computer in “2023 when 2nd graders will just be 22 year olds starting the first careers.” And then a super computer comes in “2049 that will be smarter than the human race.” Next, the technology the world has created has become such a big part of the world and that’s why “MySpace had 200 million users in 2007 (which would be the 5th biggest country)” or the fact that “each month Google gets about 37 billion searches.” Last, the world is evolving we must evolve with it, we must prepare for jobs that don’t exist, and we must prepare for the technology of the future. Clearly technology has become very important to us and the future has a lot to hold for us.
“No generation in history has ever been so thoroughly prepared for the industrial age.” - David Warlick
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn." - Alvin Toffler
“There is one thing worse than not being able to see. Being able to see, but having no vision.” - Helen Keller
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.”- Albert Einstein


In the gender Articles “Quiet gender gap hits collegiate balance” and “Women raise bar at college” by Tamar Lewin, I found that they have the same meanings of that the girls succeed and the boys slack and don’t succeed. First, they say that the colleges are mostly made up of girls like 60% girls while boys only take up 40% on most campuses. Next, they say that on any campus the majority of graduates are girls. That may be true but for some of the guys they just get picked out of college to go straight into a professional sport, like Paul Stasny who was in the middle of his junior year when the NHL picked him out for the Colorado Avalanche, before they can finish college. Last, they say that girls are graduating more because the guys party more while the girls stay home and study. Although in the end when you ask girls that are in college they party just as much as the guys for the most part the only difference is that the girls absorb the information better in class and don’t need to study as much. Yes the guys do need to do a little better but these articles left out important information to be stereotyping most guys as failures in college.