My Poll Question – Chris Lehmann states standardized tests are cheap, easy and not good. He feels preparing the students for Reading and Math is Training not Education. How do you feel about standardized testing? Do you think it should exist? Yes or No? And do you think the standardized test is a form of Training, Education or both?
Based on my Poll – 7 people responded to my poll. Only one students agrees standardized testing should exist and the other 6 agree it should not. Here are some quotes from the Poll that stood out to me.
“I feel standardized testing is pointless especially when the students are so young.”
“Education should not be something we just leave in our short term memory and once class is over we forget it.”
“Standardized testing should exist – Educators need to know where there students stand.”
“Standardized testing challenges students ability to excel and challenge there knowledge.”
“Teachers focus so much on preparing students for a test than for the next school year, its ridiculous.”
My question was: How do we better ourselves by sharing what we know?
So far I got 3 answers to my question.
Ans to the question:
“We better ourselves in many ways when we share. And I believe we are always sharing, from the way people dress, just going on the train and looking at so many people from so many places we learn about culture and how to interact with people. When we come up with a new idea even if it may sound stupid it can be the next question that answers many theories. Sharing what we know only allows us to grow and keep growing”
” We benefit ourselves by sharing. If I know something about an issue and the other person has no knowledge of, it is my responsibility to share that information so that the issue can be resolved. Also by sharing, we bring cultures, communities, and people from all over together”
” By sharing we enhance the lives of others and get that intangible feeling of closeness and community. There is the possibility that others will be motivated to help us because we are participating in a culture of sharing. open journalism is an example of how sharing can be beneficial to many people whose lives are impacted by it”
We all have different learning styles and we also all have a different techniques to make our learning more effective. Sharing these techniques will enable others to improve their learning effectiveness. Definitely do agree with all the answer to my question. Sharing what we know only allows us to grow and keep growing. We share information everyday in our daily lives, weather its by dressing,cultural, communities or by interacting through internet. We learn so many things from sharing with others which motivate us to learn more. Not only does it help others to learn but it helps you to build up your self-confidence level.
after reading all the responses I gathered from my poll, I read pretty much what I expected. Most of the responses said they memorized the formulas for math problems. there was only one student who said they understood the concepts. There was also one student who said the only way to pass the math class was to memorize every thing which is pretty funny because thats how I survived high school math. This needs to change because this isn’t a very intelligent way to learn and understand the material. I asked my little cousin what 5 times 5 equal? and I got the write answer but then I asked her but why is the answer 25? and I just got a blank look. looks like she just remembered her times table
My question was : Being a k-12 educator, How would you become an optimist and bring change in the education system? Here is the Link.
I only got three answers to my question. The answers in the polls explains my question well. As a future educator, people who answered wrote that they will bring a change to the current education system.
Here is a quote from the first poll:
Right now we are using computers and ipads in the classroom but there has to be more that we can do to further education system. Also not being afraid to use these ideas.
Another poll states:
As such, blogging, networking and sharing information are ways I will use to stay aware of what is happening. Searching for like minded teachers will also be something I will engage in.
All three of the polls state that they will be optimists in their future profession. They will try to bring some kind of change, either in technology or by making impossible, possible.
Since I did not get too many polls, I believe that may be students found the question difficult to answer. If they had watched the key points I posted, I think they must have been able to answer the question. The polls that I did receive do answer m question, but should’ve been more specific. I think I should’ve explained the video more rather than only quoting points from the video because probably, some people did not want to go back and watch the video.
The notion of freedom is great. By Expressing informations and thoughts, we establish freedom and solve problems. In this video by Jay Rosen, he illustrates that only way we find out our problem is exchanging information among each other. Once we spread information around the world, we identify global problem which makes us aware of that particular problem. So, we can stay away from problems before it takes an effect in our daily lives.
“One of the things that’s changing our world and disrupting our industry,” Rosen noted during his talk, is “the falling cost for like-minded people to locate each other, share information, pool what they know, collaborate, and publish the results back to the world. This is what makes open-source culture possible.” It’s also what makes possible Rosen’s notion of ‘audience atomization overcome‘:being connected and sharing information through, we can close the gap between people, culture, business and other aspects of our lives through web.
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Chris Lehmann wants our students voices to matter. His vision of a school is where we not only learn but teach and he highlights I teach __ and fill in the blank. So i would say “I teach Biology.” You try it I teach __?
He explains the world we live in today is based on technology and we should not just look at it but use it and it helps us learn. He explains he hated Biology when he was younger due to the fact he had to draw the pictures and these students just uploaded them easily and shared them with others.
Lehmann say’s standardized testing is cheap, easy and not good. He explains it is one test students are being trained to take and just fill in the bubbles.
Lehmann wants students to have a vision and to be able to see the world and opportunities through their eyes. Lehmann discusses how important it is for students to interact and get the information on their own. He wants teachers to ask powerful questions and allow our students to explore and discover the many possiblities.
He says we sometimes settle for easy when we need to be demanding. He wants us to bring this diverse wold into our classroom and for students, parents, kids and adults to all work together as a team/community.
Lehmann wants a students school day to make sense, for students to make connections which is very important. He discusses how learning about art and science students can make connections.
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Neeru Khosla describes all the advantages of flexbooks over textbooks.These are found here A flexbook is a digital textbook that can be modified and adapted to serve whatever students and teachers need- it is a flexible textbook. It is an idea that is long overdue but now we have the technology to make it possible.Think about how grateful all those students will be, not having to carry around those heavy backpacks!
The CK-12 Foundation,founded in 2006,and funded by Neeru Khosla and her husband, has the ambitious goal of providing K-12 students access to high quality educational content ,for them to interact with by using a web-based format. These digital textbooks can be customized to suit different learning styles, languages, abilities and even locations.I like this idea since these materials can be updated and new ideas can be infused as they become available, they meet state curriculum guidelines and best of all they are FREE.Here is a link of how a flexbook can be modifiedhttp://youtu.be/ibnWdQXuBPQ
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In this video, Lawrence Lessig tries to educate us on the importances and values of building the freedom of limited regulations as well as respecting the creators of many social medias. Lawrence stresses the fact that today many restrictions has been imposed on videos/comments that have been written by people and than been altered or “mashed” by others. He calls this ecology which is respect between two cultures and in this case between the culture of sharing and commercial. He believes that we need the freedom to have commercials and the oppurtunity to build this by using works of others. By this we create two things :
You can listen to Lessig describe this here.
1. Individuals using shared culture to communicate to an audience.
2. Social remix is used to mediate relationships with each other
Another Example here: Walt Disney was known for his works that were also built from past experiences or ideas. All of his great works were things that were in the domain that he “remixed and mashed up” to come up with this add on remix of creativity. He is known as a remix extraordinaire who was attacked by the law “Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act”.
Another famous remixer who created Star Wars, created a website to invite people to use their creativity to produce a new generation of attention towards this extraordinary icon.
In conclusion the key is that a Copyright policy is not just about how to incentivize the production of certain kind of artistic commodity, its is about what level of control we are going to permit exercised over our social reality! If we expand one side then we limit which may be the more important side.
Basically he wants to educate the mass about how social medias have restricted and banned the essential part of our culture and that is the ability to take an individuals work and enhance it and remix it while giving respect to the creator as well as creating something better or different. This mash up he calls it ecology-the relationship between these two cultures that “conservatives” have limited and put many regulations on.
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In this video Henry Jenkins speaks about participatory education where everyone who has internet access contributes to the media being published. Jenkins focuses on the creative expression and views technology as making a difference in informal learning. He speaks about how people communicating through the web can help modify your ideas.
“Someone had taken my white paper turned it into a image better than the one i would have used and so ever since then i use it in my presentations and that’s precisely why participatory culture works we throw ideas out into the world and we bring them back in an improved way.”
Listen here for quote above.
“Young people took ownership of resources in their own community” – Jenkins
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