In Michael Wesch’s youtube video he discusses the change to the way information is transmitted and shared amongst the web. The idea of wikipedia where anyone can go in and edit the posts to add information in this community based encyclopedia. Millions of people have contributed to the knowledge database and it is accessed more often than the New York Times website. The ideas presented in the video had me thinking about how I could retool my classroom to fit and adapt to the changes of information sources. This idea will provide me with more resources for me to teach the classroom and provide my students with different viewpoints and teaching styles. I personally am a huge fan of Khan Academy. I feel that he does a wonderful job of explaining topics and providing visuals. I plan on incorporating his videos as an extra resource for my students to use if they are struggling with the topics of the class. I will post those videos on my class calendar with the topic that we covered for that day, so they can use the calendar to find videos to aid them with the learning if they need it.
Math Curriculum Makeover
In the TED ED talk featuring Dan Meyer there was a lot of questions brought up about the current math curriculum and how it is hindering our students from becoming patience problem solvers. In the video Meyer presented the viewers with a problem taken from a text book. The problem was about filling up a water container. The problem from the textbook had all of the important information that was needed to calculate the volume of the water tank and the steps that students need to be able to solve this problem. Meyer felt this was taking away from students ability to think and engage with the problem. Meyer instead took the problem and used multimedia to provide a real world example for the students. He encouraged students to use their intuition to help make sense of the problem, then work on finding a solution to that problem they created. I love this idea of students working on creating the problem, then solving what they created. This type of thinking is something that they will experience outside of school and is extremely valuable in the workplace. Meyer describes this ability as being a patience problem solver and suggests we need more of them, I could not agree more!