Media Literacy/Little Kids... Big Potential
I'm in shock. These kids are amazing learners. I wasn't using the internet regularly until i was about 16. Before that i could get lost on the internet. It's a vast space of knowledge that can easily get a 1st grader confused and lost, but these students know enough to do what they need to do and stay on track.
The best part is they seem to enjoy it. I didn't learn how to blog until a few weeks ago and these children are already doing it! I feel as if I'm behind. How can i catch up to people who are already years ahead of me? Am i ready to teach children that already know more than me? I think so. I'm prepared to learn from my future students.
iPhone used by 1 Year Old Baby
Wow! This reminds me of my step brother's little boy Eli. My step brother Carl has an iPhone and is very much into technology. Eli loves to play with his daddy's iPhone. The technology is not hard to use once one learns how to use it. Starting at that young of an age will increase a child's learning ability. It stimulates the mind.
Some of the pod casts i listened to (randomly selected) were informative. Those were the main pod casts I took notes about. Although some were not so helpful, this assignment, as a whole, was very helpful. I thought we would just record some stuff and be done with it. Apparently I was wrong.
Before i get into my main point I would like to say that I find it very interesting that teachers are using tutorial style pod casts to teach and learn about technology and how to use it. This type of learning should be used more frequently in today's classrooms.
There is a lot more to creating a successful pod cast than just sitting down and recording a random topic. First, one must choose a topic he or she is interested in or the student is headed for what i believe to be absolute failure. Dan Schmit said that there are not as many student pod casts as he expected.
His pod cast, "The Medium is NOT the Message", was my favorite pod cast i heard. I would say it helped me the most. If i wouldn't have listened to it I would have been one of those students that does a pod cast simply just to create it because that was the assignment. I wouldn't have chosen a topic I was deeply interested in. I would have just picked one and said, "Well this will do".
In my pod cast i will try my best to stay away from lengthy introductions. I will get to the point on a topic I am highly interested in and take my presentation further than the technical pieces of the pod cast its self. I would like to hold an "extended academic conversation", as Schmit put it.