Thursday, April 26, 2007

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I remember, way back in the seventh grade, my teacher made us write current event papers. I did them because I, and everybody else, used the Internet. Why she never used the Internet to teach us current events was a question I often asked myself. She would always bring in pile of old newspapers from a few weeks ago. The problem with that is these are not exactly current, it was the old way of teaching social studies.

The new and improved way most teacher teach current events in inexpensive. They do not have to go to the corner with pockets full of quarters to get the paper. Now they are updated online and the websites are easy to use and to read.

Nevertheless, social studies is a great way to show students to a range of views from around the world without reading the nasty newspapers. Using search engines, you can read papers from anywhere on the world. Foreign countries have English versions of their papers, seeing that English is the language barrier for most people.

Global web based newspapers give teachers and their students information, the hard copy, make it almost impossible to get. The online newspapers expands the introduction of very different views.

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Educational technology is the answer to do better in schools. Computers provide opportunities that enhance science education. The Internet brings the world of science into the classroom. Doctor may post pictures of a MRI on a school website for medical students to study.

At a high school down in Louisiana, environmental science uses the Internet to focus on cleaning a polluted area by researching the water quality of a stream or pond.

Federal funding goes directly to states is $425 million. Technology could help both students and teachers toward their goals and dreams. This helps teachers and students struggling with material that is hard for them. To solve this teachers have to have formal technology training to help the students.

No doubt that technology can make a difference, but the question remains: Does the Internet and use of computers raise the students' achievement in science? Schools with enough money have more, and better, technology, we just need to fund the schools that are less fortunate that have less money.

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Willard Model Elementary School is a model to other schools across the nation. They have been joining the school's curriculum with technology from the money the state has given them which helps the students write before they can actually spell.

Surveys have been conducted to see how technology affects learning. Teachers recommend spending an hour a day for the computer based lessons to be truly effective.

These goals are not easy to accomplish because of the cost of a computer, a computer lab could cost up to $13 thousand dollars or more in 1993. Congress, consisting of the House of Representatives and the Senate, are willing, and ready, to give education a combined amount of $888 million. All we have to do is wait for the bills to pass, and we may not have that much time.

We need to keep up with today's fast growing, modern technology. Today, the priority in our schools has to be technology because the success or failure of classroom technology is placed on our teachers training, if they ever get it.

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The first step is to understand what we mean when we use the word "technology." Adults and kids have a poor understanding of the styles of technology. How it influences society and what people can and do to affect its growth.

The government should train us on how to understand technology and to improve education.

The process by which us humans modify nature to meet our needs and wants is technology, it is a product of science and engineering. Technology is everywhere, even in the low tech stuff like pencils and pens.

Culture of society and values affect technology is not obvious immediately and neither is technological growth. Traditionally it has favored males more that females and this might explain why designs of the airbags were not suitable for the smaller structure of women.

To improve technology literacy we need to start in schools by providing students with regular contact with technology. Exposing students early on is a way to help gain knowledge, ways of thinking and acting and capabilities consistent with technology.

Education of all people on technology in whatever form are available is undoubtedly worth working on.

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Until schools allow major changes, they must continue missing out on the improvement computer technology brings. Education today depends on who gets the good teacher and who is left with the mean, evil teachers. In other words, good teachers get good results from their students.

In the year 1999 three age groups were tested 9, 13, and 17-year-old from 1994 through 1999. During this time schools received many computers and earnestly hoped that the influx of technology could, and would, improve education. Despite all of the technology that was used the scores did not improve.

Authorities looked for reasons, or people, to blame the failure on, so they turned to the teachers. However this is only a myth, the teachers knew what they were doing. The question now is, can technology make a difference as it is being used now? They realized that good interaction between student and teacher is a very important answer to the question and that the same approach using computers would result in success. The computers and students need to interact.

An alternative to how we use computers in schools is to let computers teach children personally and directly, without a teacher actually doing the teaching. This is a big step but the virtual teacher could strive to equal approaches like good teachers.

All this technology would change the teachers' part but neither eliminates or downgrades them.

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This research paper talks about teachers and their use of the computer, Internet or Information and Communications technology (ICT) in Icelandic high schools.

These researchers, which happen to be the authors, sent out a survey to 906 teachers, only getting replies from 423 of them. In the survey four topics where presented and only the first three topics were used.
  1. Background information of the teacher
  2. Access to computers, Internet and related items
  3. The teachers' attitudes toward the use of computers in their teachings.
  4. Teachers' experiences and attitudes towards distance education and distributed education.

The first graph shows how many teachers prefer to use computers in their teachings. Over half agreed and a minority disagreed. The next graph asked if the teachers were convinced that use of ICT in teachings will give better results. Almost half were neutral on this topic.

When it came to asking the teacher if the use ICT in teaching, grading, and as teaching materials, the overall majority reported that they rarely or never did despite the fact that they were all trained to use ICT

These teachers are not taking advantage of all the services the Internet and ICT provide in Iceland. The foreign teachers just need to find a way to use it more often.

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Over the centuries the word "knowledge" meant different things to different people. Some thought that it was how much you knew as a person. Others believed that it is the learning outcome.

The different types of knowledge also branch of into three different ideas but it all comes down to the way you learn what you know.

Technology, mostly computers, is a way to show your knowledge, being an extension of the mind like an axe is of the hand of stilts of the foot. Taking you knowledge and posting it online for other people to see and learn also helps you if you are commented of contacted.

Learning is being influenced by technology by having to do research papers or just reading things on your own. You take what you learn in differently than when you are in a classroom. Hearing someones voice and doing the research on you own time changes the way you learn.

As years go by the thought of teachers being replaced by technology is always feared, or welcomed. It is simple, if you are being replaced by a machine, you are not a good teacher and not worthy to stand in a classroom.

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Ask yourself how do we teach the use of books and compare your thoughts and ideas with how we teach the use of technology, mainly computers.

Neil Postman believes that these new technologies are taking away our balance of orality and the use of the classic paper and pencil. Learning with groups, a sense of social responsibility and cooperation are focuses of orailty. The printed world revolves around personal learning, personal autonomy and competition.

The Romantic Circles High School Project first started way back in the new millennium. It is an online website used for British literature and poems in the Romantic era. The website was created by three college professors across the United States. It is a place for students to research the Romantic Era and to get help from other students and teachers around the world.

Technology is a part of learning whether you want it or not.

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Technology is nothing new, from the lowest level of technology, the pencil in your hand, to the highest level, like the newest game system with the best graphics. Technology is everywhere and in everything, we just move on to bigger ideas leaving the archaic tools behind. That is why it is pointless to say that one is antitechnology because it is everywhere.

Researcher A buys a computer and puts it in an area that many people use and where they will see it. She helps people with how to write or research a certain topic and she notices that people are lining up to use it and to ask questions. To her this makes a lot of sense.

The second researcher, Researcher B, also buys the same computer but he places it in the dark corner where nobody will see it with a trillion rules to go with it. Nobody uses, or even sees, the computer, so to him using computers in an educational area does not make sense. Same technology, different results.

Today teens are texting on their cell phones and instant messaging on the computers and they need to find a way to get their point across faster without the bore of actually typing full and complete sentences. Below is a fictional example of how teens talk online or by texting. The screen names, and conversation are completely fictional.

bArBiEgIrL: hey qt (in English: hey, cutie)

MACHOman: hoas (hold on a second)

.....five hours later.....

MACHOman: g2g (got to go)

bArBiEgIrL: ttyl (talk to you later)

In the above online conversation bArBiEgIrL is trying to start a conversation with MACHOman who shows that he wants to talk to her. Five hours later he comes back and tell bArBiEgIrL that he has to go do something else and she responds by saying "talk to you later"

If this was written down on paper without the abbreviations you see that everything is how it should be.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Favorite Place in the World!!!!

So, you want to know where my favorite place in the world is? Here, let me show you. On the door there is a poster with a bunch of little puppies of all kinds in really cool shoes. There is a bow on every corner of the poster with three more puppies hanging over the poster. The door opens and right away you se a desk that is somewhat messy. There is a chair that has shirts and jackets carelessly thrown on it. On the very top there are some trophies that are becoming very dusty and old. A row below there are some books, an alarm clock and some other things of odds and ends. The next two rows are lined with books and some more nick-nacks either on top, leaning against or just sitting in front of the books. Look to the left and you see closet doors with a magnetic dart board, a poster with quotes all over it, a Darth Vader poster, some more puppies and a puppy calendar currently showing a poodle driving a pink hotrod. Open it up and the right side is lined with colorful shirts and warm, fuzzy seatshirts. The right side holds one light blue and green dress, a short jean skirt and a pair of long, black dress pants. Close the doors and turn around there is a soccer bean bag lying to the left of a frame piled high with dirty, or unworn cloths under a heavy backpack. Next there are two short, small dresser that holds some cloths that can be seen squished between the drawers. In the middle of these two pieces of furniture is a basket filled with blankets used in the winter. Turn to the right and a little night stand is facing you. All six Harry Potter books are lined in a row ready to fall, three more rows under and you can see books and some things that were thrown there just to make everything look clean. Look up to the ceiling and a Bend it like Beckham poster with the two main characters are staring down at you in joy. A ladder beckons forth and as the steps guide, a warm, soft bed is covered with Beanie Babies, Taz, a horse, a pink, fuzzy pillow and a blue and lime green, ying-yang pillow surround you. Posters line the bed, Relient K, Superchick, a Golden Lab, a song titled Homesick, a big Sahara poster hovering and a mini Flushed Away movie poster on the wall. A lime green, bubblelike thing hanging on the wall holds a Marley and Me book peeking out of the top. A shelf holding valuables with two glass walls holds a pile of books, glasses and a remote for the stereo. Off in the corner, to the right of the desk, the window draws light into the room and leads you to the black, five disk changing stereo with a Fellowship of the Ring audio book playing. When leaving a door hanger says goodbye with all sorts of unneeded or forgotten things.

Ask me again what my favorite place in the world is and I'll just tell you all over again.

Monday, March 19, 2007

spring break

You always here about those lucky people who go somewhere warm during a Minnesota winter and how much fun they have during spring break. As much as I hate leaving my warm, soft bed, I was one of those lucky people.

Although I was going on a cruise in the Caribbean with the two feet of snow piled in my front yard, I was regretting the morning that my family and I left at four in the morning. By six we were on the plane heading towards Atlanta, Georgia and I was in a hungry, tired, cranky zombie like state. After a small lunch we bored the plane again that was flying to Fort Laderdale, Florida, where our ship, the Star Princess, was stationed.

Hours later my sister, grandpa and I were in our room, amazed at the horribly small size and mortified of the tiny, cramped bathroom. All was well for I finally got all the food I could eat at the 24-hour buffet, four pools and plenty of hot tubs, unlimited soft drinks, and plenty of sun. Evening came and sleep consumed me as I layed my head on the hard pillow, and I listened to the sound of my grandpa snoring. That was when I regretted not bring ear plugs and the first day ended.

Sunday came and my mother was in a frenzy, getting us kids out of bed and laying out our clothes as my uncle's wedding drew nearer. The wedding came and went as did the reception with the various, fun-loving appetizers and a very moist cake with a hard sugary crust that was worthy of being gagged up.

The third day dawned and we arrived at our first stop in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, yeah mon. The first ten minutes were overwhelming with eager vendors and desperate taxi drivers. My family and I headed into a shopping center where I got my T-shirt and Jamaican soccer ball, I also got my hair partially braided and swam in the always changing, salty ocean. Later we found a taxi driver who gave us a tour that was cut short due to my younger brother's car sickness.

On the fourth day God fled Jamaica and sought refuge in Grand Cayman, part of the Cayman Islands, with the Seven Mile Beach. Our day was spent on the beach either swimming or snorkeling. My father, sister and I saw some coral and some itty, bitty fishes. Even though God was present, part of the island was HELL (a rock formation). My family boarded on the ship again and that night my mom, dad, uncle and I went to see Dreamgirls. When the movie was over Mom walked back to her room, Dad, Uncle Dan and I went the buffet...again, then returned to the theater to watch Flags of our Fathers.

Wednesday, the fifth day, the ship arrived at Cozumel, an island just off the coast of Mexico, twelve miles to be exact. After disembarking the very big boat we headed to our first organized tour to see the Mayan ruins with Gama y Pepe, our humorous guide and skilled bus driver. Although the hovering clouds provided some shade, it was still hot and sticky. The tour was filled with knowledgeable facts and a passionate Mayan, Gama. The tour ended with shots of tequila for the adults, darn.

Day six, a Thursday on the calender, the captain of the ship sailed, and sailed, and sailed some more across the north side of Cuba. The buffet was our best friend, if not our only friend, for breakfast and lunch. Since we were planning to stuff our tanned, sexy faces at a more formal restaurant that night, we had to abandon the faithful buffet and eat really delectable Italian food.

Friday came, our last day on the ship, Princess Cays was the last stop. The scent of food wafted through the air as my family found a spot on the beach with the assistance of my two uncles, two cousins and our new family member. Finding that the water was only up to my knees because of the coral rock under my feet, I turned back and decided to work on my tan, or what I could get. Our free land time soon ended and the whole party of Marchettis' went to another Italian restaurant for our last meal with the whole party, if not the only one I regret to inform you. Later that night Dan, Dad and I went to see Casino Royale that lasted until the wee hours of the morning.

Saturday was our disembarkation day and we set our bags outside so we could get to the airport faster because of our elven o' clock flight. Arriving home my family, with me tagging along, ate dinner at IHOP, then drove home. I must say that I was glad to have my soft pillows and the huge pile of blankets to keep me warm. With my last step of the gangway I knew that this was not going to be the last time I would be on a cruise ship, but only the first, and I am eager to go on another one.

Monday, February 12, 2007


Year after year people climb Mt. Everest to say that they have been to the top of the world. What they didn't expect were all of the dead bodies laying on the ground and for some people this is an ethical issue.

Mountain climbers head to the summit, passing by dead bodies climbers left to freeze and die. With the lack of oxygen, hypothermia and frostbite, there isn't anything the climbers can do for the departed. Breastears recalled that it took 12 people 8 hours to carry one dead body part way down Everest.

"People are up there who really shouldn't be up there. And people who should be there are not making good decisions..." said Jon Krakauer and his high-altitude climb on Mt. Everest with Rob Hall, who was killed in a blizzard near the summit.

The weather also sets back these climbers that ignore the bodies resting in their open tomb. Freak storms can appear, like in May of 1996, causing the smart climbers to turn back. At the high altitude there is less oxygen which means that it gets harder to breathe, let alone climb. Everybody who it at the base camp of Everest is there for one reason, to reach the summit. Paying anywhere from $50,000-65,000 per person, they want to get their money's worth, not to drag down bodies of the people that they don't know.

As of 2002 175 people have died climbing Everest, most of which have no experience of high-altitude climbing, getting a climbing permit, and littering the mountain with trash and oxygen bottles. Krakauer suggests that they ban oxygen bottles on the mountain, but not many climbers who know what they are getting themselves into can do without the extra oxygen. What else can we do? Change the way we hand out climbing permits, like ask simple questions.

"Base camp, at the foot of Everest, is again full, and the summit is again being sought by those who believe the top of the world can be bought and sold." -Jon Krakauer.

Thursday, February 8, 2007


feb, 8, 2007


The circle of classrooms known as "the circles."


Kids are late to their classes because they are having a difficult time getting in and out of the circles.


A factor of the circle dilemma is that EVERYBODY is going the same way, the fastest way out.
Another factor are the doors that close off the circles because they sometimes close and kids are too focused on getting to their next class that they can't, or won't, reopen the door.


My solution is that the school either gets rid of the circles or they make the students walk to the right when class is over, so there is one side avalible for the kids that seem a little to eager to get to their next class.

Monday, February 5, 2007


Feb, 5, 2007

In the article Katherine talks about kids with Discipline Deficit Disorder (DDD). These kids are hanging out at the library, mouthing off, running around and graffiti. Katherine suggests that we give the kids a prescription to calm them down, but I don't think that will work. Maybe these kids are just trying to fit in, or be like what they see on TV. It's not always a curable thing, what kids do. I think that the police should just put them in juvinial hall, or in a jail cell, just to get a taste of what they're getting into.