Tuesday, September 29, 2009

PLN 11

In the video from Mr. Fisch called the 2020 Vision, it described what would happen in the future like Google and Microsoft teaming up and making almost a monopoly of the computer industry and how the 100 dollar laptop project successfully sent it's first real $100 laptop in 2014 to countries like Africa and they were powered by the Google Grid. This is made of highly efficient solar cells. With the price of laptops around $400 they were considered a mandatory school supplies. This meant that everyone at Arapahoe had a laptop so the school was all digitally organized. While in the process of going digital the school brought in Google Cam to make sure, even if you weren't at school, you could still be in the class with Skype and making the video a pod-cast. The school was now completely digital know and they were doing everything to improve it.

Monday, September 28, 2009

PLN 10

Don't, Don't, Don't vs. Do, Do, Do by Will Richardson talked about how when he went to a school where he presented for the teachers. While he was walking in he picked up a packet that explained what students can't do with the computers at the school, and as he read it, he thought that he would beg not to use the computers because you could barely do anything on them. It shouldn't talk about what you can't do, but what you can do on the computers, like you can publish your best work on our websites and you can edit your papers to make them better to help you learn. You should try to encourage rather then discourage. Some say use the carrot not the stick.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009


In the article "Reasoning Our Way In" by David Warlick, it talks about how when he was a kid growing up there was only one kind of watch, a analog watch and now when you see a watch it's digital. When he sees his children playing video games he asks them what the rules are, but they don't know. What they do is go into the game without knowing the rules or goal and learn as the game knows. They are ready to work the problem rather than remember the combination. Through this process we learn to go in open minded to situations which we haven't learned or dealt with before. This shows that kids don't know sometimes, but they have better reasoning when they are younger then older.

Friday, September 18, 2009


In the video "A Video of Students Today" by Dr. Wesch, there is a class room with students that are in college and hold up papers that talk about how long they spend talking on the phone or on Facebook or working on homework each day. It' interesting how many of them don't do there homework or don't even show up to class. How they can do whatever they want without the teacher carring. Don't you think that the students should do there work so that they can get a good job? It's up to them but they should be a little more responsable.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009


In Mr. Fisch's new video "Did You Know 4.0" was in a way simalar to his other video we watched in class but not really. This one talked about how soon peoples phones would be their computers and what used to fit in a building now fits in you pocket. And how that in the future, near or far, that we will be able to have micro chips installed in us and use that as a computer. How technology will change us, the human race, find people and places easier then before. How it will change buildings, car and life. I like this quote that I read that might go with this video "The future isn't what it used to be."

Monday, September 14, 2009


In the article "The New Literacy" by Clive Thompson it talks about how we're in a new era of writing and that formal writing is dieing art. A professor at Stanford conducted a study that took place from 2001 to 2006 and she collected over 14,000 writing samples. These samples included journals, essays, blogs, chat sessions and such. After looking these over she discovered that writing isn't dieing it's being revived and used more than ever. About 38% of the writing is done outside the class room. It also means that our generation is doing the most writing in a long time. which relates to the computers that know everything, will these people keep on handwriting or will they just put the computer aside and go play sports? You decide.


In the blog article "Filters Work" from 2¢ Worth by David Warlick it talked about how when in school if the teachers wanted to get to a certain block on a site they would just ask the student to get past the block. And when the teachers were asked how they got around the blocks the teachers would either say 'I don't know' and 'I don't know, I just asked my students'. Really the only thing the blocks block are the teachers. And if it only blocks the teachers then what will happen when the students completely outsmart the system? Will they go on to work for the government because they can crack any computer code? or will they spend the rest of their lives hacking and destroying?

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

What Matters

Family: Family matters to me because they take care of me and help me through tough spots. Some of the people in my family are my mom Cindy, dad Bob, and little sister Brooke. They are important to me because they help me get through tough spots and are there when I need them.

Friends: Friends matter to me because I can usually talk to them about whatever I want to and they won't tell anyone and they are there when something happens at school for me. They also will help me if we're on the same sports team then they can help me when I'm at the practice or at a game.

Faith/Religion: Religion matters to me because it helps me through the tough spots that nobody else but me can get through.And when I go there I see friends from camp and that are in my youth group that I can talkk to about what we're working on.


Micheal Wesch's video was like nothing I've ever seen before. It made sense and was really outside of the box. It talked about how we were teaching the machine. It kind of relates to Mr. Fisch's video about how computers would be better than the human brain. It was just interesting to think along those lines about how we are the machine by teaching the machine what to do and when to do it. Now in 2049 maybe the computers will already know what to do and if they do then we would not need to use them anymore because they would do it all for us. Then once we realize that what will we do? will we go back to hand writing or totally forget about computers completely because they do everything for us? What would happen.