Sunday, November 22, 2009

PLN 25

In “A Few Shifts I See Happening” by David Warlick, the author talks about differences he sees in some fields, like education. I believe these shifts will benefit our society. Classroom learning is being replaced by network learning. This would help because then people wouldn’t need to worry as much about getting to their class on time. Also, the classes could be more interactive or the lectures could be recorded so the lectures could be replayed if something is not understood. This is what matters to me in “A Few Shifts I See Happening” by David Warlick.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

PLN 24

In “The World has become a Lot More Interesting” by David Warlick, the author talks about how the world is changing. Instead of being competitive, the world is becoming cooperative. I believe that this is true. The world is ending a phase of competition, both politically and corporately. Everyone should begin to work with others, because eventually we will need to rely on others. This is what matters to me in “The World has become a Lot More Interesting” by David Warlick.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

PLN 23

In “What if?” by Karl Fisch, the author talks about how over the years teachers and educators have made statements that turned out false or was a blanket statment. For example, in 1928 a teacher’s association said “Students today depend on paper too much. They don’t know how to write on a slate without getting chalk dust all over themselves. They can’t clean a slate properly. What will they do when they run out of paper?” Why are they worrying about trivial ideas like this when they are trying to finding the most effective method of teaching students? Sure, it may have some importance, but not much in the long run. They should worry more about the present, not the future. This is what matters to me in Karl Fisch’s “What if?”

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

PLN 22

In "Put Fourth Our Best Writing Selves" by Douglass Hesse, the author's point is that online social network sites like Facebook will probably be the salvation of writing.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

PLN 21

In "Can Literacy be Taught?" by David Warlick, the author says that for someone to be literate in anything, they cannot just learn it. They need to become fluent in their learning. I agree with the author. Skills don't help unless they become habits. For people to become literate in anything, they need to learn to read, process, and express knowledge in it. This is what matters to me in David Warlick's "Can Literacy be Taught?"

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

PLN 19

In “Teachers as Learners (Part 32)” by Will Richardson, the author talks about a workshop for teachers he instructs. During the workshop, he asks the teachers “If there was one part of your personal learning practice that you wanted to focus on today, what would it be? What questions would you seek to answer?” In this article, what matters to me is the future of teaching. Teachers should also look at themselves as learners. No one is ever finished learning, even if they start teaching others. People who teach should be learning more than most people. This is what mattered to me in Will Richardson’s “Teachers as Learners (Part 32)”.