Sunday, August 31, 2014
Blog Post #2
The central message of Mr. Dancealot is the importance of fitting the style of education to the subject being taught. It is painfully obvious that the subject of dance could not be effectively taught within a lecture setting. However, I do not believe that this point should discount the tried and true Platonic method of imparting knowledge through dialectic reasoning. In conclusion, I do agree with the author of the video because she makes a valid argument that some subjects must be taught through a more interactive medium and not just lecture. Networked Student, I do believe that a networked student is in fact the start to creating an intellectual free thinker, which can indeed be a powerful thing. It all harkens back to the age old proverb of teaching a man to fish or giving him a fish. In essence, by teaching a student to network and acting mainly as a source of guidance or moderator, you teach that student to gather and evaluate information on his own. This skill is something that many unfortunately lack in this day and age. I believe that Ms. Vicki Davis proves an excellent point in her video Harness Your Students' Digital Smarts, and she makes it eloquently. The skills of collaboration and experimentation are large milestones within education. I also agree with her views on teachers not needing to know everything as well. I have always been under the impression that to truly live life one must be always be willing to learn. In regards to the Learning Race, the leaders are any individuals who can take it upon themselves to learn and adapt with the advancement of technology. I have always subscribed to the fact that if you keep an open mind you are likely to learn something. Also, it is important to note that many of my age group are indeed technologically proficient as we have taken it upon ourselves to learn the new mediums for data transfer and creative thought,and I feel that I myself am in a leading position in the learning race. I am familiar with the concept of Flipping the Classroom. I also believe that yes teaching students how to use technology and think for themselves at a higher level leads the limitless potential that everyone has for learning and thought. I am quite sure this will be much more of a common practice by the time I enter the classroom as a teacher.