Monday, September 29, 2008
Is school killing creativity? is the question being asked by education expert Sir Ken Robinson. The educational hierarchy of the Industrial Revolution, placing the arts below mathematics and science are in his opinion crippling individual innovation and creativity.
The global education system, according to Dr. Robinson, is obsolete and does not suit the needs of today's world. I must say that I agree with much of what Robinson is saying. If calculation based subjects maintain priority over those which require creativity, such as the arts, it will be increasingly difficult for tomorrow's workforce to form new ideas or methods, eliminating individual thought and encouraging the concept of mental conformity towards a set of very narrow ideals, the main idea of late the eighteenth century factory system, everyone is just cogs in the machine of mass production, as opposed to the world as it is, whereas everyone is giving input to the think tank that is mass innovation.
Without individual talent or creative thought, the concepts of invention and change are eliminated, as without individuals, there cannot possibly be a group of any strength outside of the past's factory system. If each brick is weak, then the wall itself will fall, so students need to be given a chance to explore their own ability to strengthen their influence on the modern world.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
We Think is a video concerning the change from the 20th century's mass production to the mass innovation of the 21st century. We have gone from identifying ourselves by our possessions to by whatever we make public, in other words, we are what we share.
The internet allows us to broadcast our ideas to the world and receive ideas from anybody. This communication revolution has changed the world entirely. Now everyone is a news reporter, contributing to online forums, blogs, etc. Making news and opinions widespread and meaning that eyewitnesses describe the news they saw. There is not always a reporter on hand, but there is usually someone near the news who has access to these global forums.
Monday, September 15, 2008
"ShiftHappens" shows the rapidly growing society in which we live. Technology is doubling every two years, and soon computers will be able to exceed the ability to compute of the entire human species, an idea which some, including myself, find disturbing. The sheer magnitude of such a computer is staggering, and that is probably what is so disconcerting about the whole thing. Nevertheless, the facts are interesting and the movie is informative.
Photosource:Oliver Ingrouille's photostream
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I do not consider online communication such as social networking, e-mail, or instant messaging as formal or real writing. It is merely casual conversation converted into easily typed shortcuts and perhaps incorrect but simpler spelling. However, that does not mean that my formal writing is as lax. It is the same as conversation. One converses differently for peers than for critics and teachers, the same goes for writing and written communication. In e-mails to my teachers, I use proper grammer and spelling, but in an e-mail to one of my frends, i wood spel words shortr and easy as I speak more casually with my friends.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
- Simple Weather is a tool on web 2.0 that allows one to enter a zip code and it will present the weather forecast for the week along with various data concerning the current weather.
- It provides:
- Hour by hour forecast
- Barometric Pressure
- Sunrise and Sunset times
- And various other convenient data presented easily and simply.
- No fancy maps, nothing confusing
Monday, September 8, 2008
A good blog post, in my personal opinion should be short enough to maintain readers' attention but long enough to establish one's point. Language used should enable easy reading for the target audience, and stay on the subject which interests said audience. For instance, on a baseball blog, do not go off on a tangent about NASCAR or something like that. Maintain the blog's purpose but keep the posts original, avoiding redundancy with prior posts. No one wants to read the same idea expressed in different terms by the same person, but if the blog strays from its original ideas, then its audience will dissolve, as it will still bear the label it was originally given, but will not interest those who take interest in the title.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
I am writing this blog for my computer applications class. This blog for the class is going to be about various programs used in the class. Not really sure how its gonna go, i guess I'll find out at the end of the semester. Whoever is reading this probably has better comprehension of the subject matter we're studying, so don't take my word on any of this. These are purely opinions formulated from minimal exposure to this technology. For all intensive purposes, I know nothing or close to it.