Monday, October 25, 2010

Blog Assignment # 10

An Open Letter to Educators
In Morgan Bayda's blog post she talks about a video she was sent via Delicious. The video was made by Dan Brown. He talks about how educational systems need to step it up if they want to keep up with the world. He said something that caught my attention in his video. He said that "Education isn't about...teaching students to conform to the world as it is, it's about EMPOWERING students to change the world for the better." If there is one thing I have learned in this EDM course this semester, it is that the world is changing and there is nothing we can do about it besides go along with it and benefit from it. We have such an advantage when it comes to having any information we want at our fingertips. With a few keystrokes and clicks of the mouse we can find out anything, anytime, anywhere! Why would we take that for granted by conducting our classes the exact way our parents classes were conducted? I don't know about you, but I can honestly say that I have learned more in this class (learned. not memorized, not read about, LEARNED) than in any class I've taken at South Alabama so far. EDM 310 gives me the capability to make connections I normally wouldn't be able to make if I were sitting in a desk reading a textbook and taking notes. 

Don't Let Them Take the Pencils Home

pencil sculpture
This post gives a scenario where a teacher finds a way to alter a "problem" and make it beneficial to his students. I liked the message of this post because I believe, as educators, if we only focused on the problems that arose in our classroom we would literally drive ourselves crazy. Finding solutions to the problems, or working with them to make the situation better would help both teachers and students. 

My Sentence
The video Two Questions that Can Change Your Life addresses two questions. The first is "what is your sentence?" and the second is "Was I better today than yesterday?".  Keep in mind these two questions and motivation will take care of itself.
Seeing as how there is no getting around coming up with my own sentence, here it is:
"I am a wife, mother and daughter striving to do my best while living life to the fullest, and making a life I can be proud of." 


  1. I agree this class has made me realize that the world is changing and there is nothing we can do about it. I believe that this class has also opened my eyes to the possibilities of using technology in the classroom and has helped us to become better teachers already and we havent even began teaching yet!
    By the way, great sentence. Im sure if you do your best you will have a life that you can be proud of.

  2. Brandi,

    I must say that I loved reading how you have actually learned, not memorized, not read about, but LEARNED in EDM. Dan Brown is absolutely correct that we should empower students to help make the world better. I also do not wish to conduct a classroom that resembles the ones my mother had in school. I agree that as teachers we should focus on the solutions and fixing the problems rather than the actual problems. Once again, I am so happy to know we are making a difference in your life!