Sunday, March 31, 2013

Blog Post #10

Cartoon Drawing of two characters saying I'm a Papermate. I'm a Ticonderoga
The cartoon to the right, 'I'm a Papermate I'm a Ticonderoga', was created by John T. Spencer. His cartoon is creative and humerus to those who have a technological schema. This drawing is meant to mock of the commercial, "I'm a Mac and I'm a PC".  This is a commercial which shows viewers the positive aspects of buying a Macintosh and negative aspects of buying a PC, but Spencer's cartoon identifies an issue many individuals have. Purchasing technology on the basis of price can be an unwise decision.

When looking at John Spencer's blog I found some extremely interesting posts. I noticed that every post on his blog spoke about pencils, but it didn't take me long to realize that Mr. Spencer was using pencils symbolically to depict the use of technology in the classroom. I read Mr. Spencer's post, Remember Pencils Quest?, which depicted a classroom scenario in which students researched pages of information. Mr. Spencer, through his post, illustrated the need for technology in the classroom, and he depicted the benefit that technology provides the researcher. Dr. Strange was right, I did enjoy all of the posts on John Spencer's blog.

I would like to introduce you to Dr. Scott McLeod. He is currently the Director of Innovation for Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency 8 in Iowa, and he is a specialist in the areas of educational leadership and the use of technology in the classroom. In fact, he blogs regularly about the use of technology in the classroom. His blog, Dangerously Irrelevant, is filled with posts about technology in the classroom. One of his posts, Don't teach your kids this stuff. Please?, lists the excuses that misinformed individuals use against the idea of including technology in the classroom. I feel that technology is an important aspect of today's classroom. Without technology being taught in the classroom students leave school unprepared to be successful in the modern world.

1 comment:

  1. His cartoon is creative and humerus..." humorous, not humerus

    Papermate is a metaphor for a PV. Ticonderoga is a metaphor for a Mac.

    You correctly identified the message (metaphor) of Mr. Spencer's post in which the principal wants him to practice "drill and memorize" activities instead of projects or other learning approaches. All to pass the tests.

    You correctly identified Dr. McLeod's satire and his message: you can try to keep your kids away from technology which is fine with me. Mine will use it and speed past your kids in skills, abilities and rewards.

    Well done.