Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Comment 4 Teachers #2

This week I had to comment on Mr. Warlick's blog post entitled 2¢ Worth .  His most recent blog posted on February 5, 2015 was entitled " A Nation in Decline".  This blog post is about how his state of North Carolina is awaiting the grade by the State Board of Education.  This grade which is calculated from a A-F is 80% based on Standardized Test Scores. Also, in Mr. Warlick's post he comments about how "state lawmakers are wanting to improve public schools, but he wonders if their motive is really just so that parents can judge their community school."  He goes on to say that he is concerned because at the same time, they "continue to cut materials and teachers".  What shocked me was the statistics he put up from an  October 2013 NC Policy Watch article after the Board of Education made cuts. "The cuts totaled 364 teachers, 901 teacher assistants, and $8,226,774 for textbooks and instructional materials."
     He quotes in his post about how in the NC Policy Watch in October of 2013 says "The number of students who received free lunch, outnumbers those that do not receive it."
      He concludes with a statement made by SEF Vice President Steve Suitts which states that :
    “No longer can we consider the problems and needs of low income students simply a matter of fairness…  Their success or failure in the public schools will determine the entire body of human capital and educational potential that the nation will possess in the future. Without improving the educational support that the nation provides its low income students – students with the largest needs and usually with the least support — the trends of the last decade will be prologue for a nation not at risk, but a nation in decline…”
     This is happening in all the states, not just in North Carolina. If we don't make changes, education will start to "decline". 
My comment to Mr. Warlick's Post:
        I agree with you completely on this subject. In today's society everything is based on standardized testing. It is a lot of pressure on the students and the teacher. If the students don't succeed the teacher could potentially lose their job. They cut funding and materials and expect teachers and students to function on the same level as they did before. I agree with Mr. Suitts "If there is no change in education, their will be a decline."

February 22, 2015
       This week Mr. Warlick's Blog Post was entitled I Just Learned a New Word.  His blog post discussed how he was writing a book about "The History of Educational Technology."   He discussed how  he learned a new word called "mesofacts". Mesofacts are " facts when learned seem to be dependable long term truths, when in truth are likely to change in a lifetime and every few years." According to an article written by Samuel Arbesman in a Harvard Business Review Article "mesofacts are more common than we realize, and how much we are making students memorize will not be true in adulthood and may even be problematic." To Mr. Warlick this confirms something he heard a few years ago " Any question whose answer can be goggled, should not be on any test. Another quote he posted was from John Dewey which states  "  If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s we rob them of their tomorrow. Mr. Warlick learned another new word called scientometrics.  Scientometrics is the study of the shape of how knowledge grows and spreads through a population.
 My reply to Mr. Warlick's blog post:
 Mr. Warlick
     My name is Janelle Owens and I am student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I have been following your blog post over the last two weeks. I will be posting this week to My Blog about my visits.
 I agree with you on this subject. Things are constantly changing. The way students are learning is constantly changing. As teachers, we need to embrace these changes and teach our students accordingly. 

      In Mr. Warlick's Post 20 Mbps & We’re Still Searching for the Same Stuff  he discusses how as he was working on his book about Technology in the History of Education, he came across a presentation and on the opening slides he discussed how "American's are still researching the same things as they did 14 years ago. It is always about video games, sports, entertainment with a peppering of world-shaping issues."
My response to Mr. Warlick's post:
     Mr. Warlick,
     My name is Janelle Owens and I am student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I feel that American's will always focus on the same issues. It will always be about the latest game console, Sports, Entertainment, and News. It has not changed in 14 years, and I feel that it will never change and it will always be that way.

March 15, 2015
     Mr. Warlick's post this week was about how he was suppose to attend a technology conference. He discussed about how "personalized learning has become a new phase wrapped by technology." He got a tweet from Brandy Reader about  how "2015 was great so far, getting ready to program a robot."

 Mr Warlick,
My name is Janelle Owens and I am student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I will be posting this week to my blog about my interaction/ comments on your blog. You can find my blog at: http://owensjanelleedm310.blog...
Sounds like you had a lot of fun at your conference. Everything has become so technological advanced lately. Schools are becoming more advanced in technology every day. Teaching and Learning definitely isn't the same as it use to be. When I was going to school all we had was chalkboards, pencils, and books. Now students are using : I Pads, Smart Boards, Blogger, and programing robots.

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