Thursday, September 27, 2007

World News Blog 2 (URL)
My world news article "Robots Take on Social Tasks" by Mark Jewell is about the unbelievable technology robots have become. They have created these machines to help manage anyones life while they're gone from home. These robots are capable of watching over their home using webcams which can be controlled by a joystick.
You may be asking "how does this relate to the world? or who cares?" Well this technology allows us to protect our homes around the globe and watch over our personal items. This can already catch and help prevent burglery. Imagine the burglers knowing almost every home has these so they won't do it anymore. This could stop burglery for good! I strongly believe that these robots will only get smarter as the continue to develop. I bet soon they'll be able to critically think and interact in conversations with others.
I can personaly connect to this too because I know of some basic technology that I can easily access that is similar to what the robots are capable of. For example, the webcams on the internet these days or even on TV with comcast. Those virtual tours on Comcast on Demand are great examples of what you could see in your home through the robots. This left me one question though. Can someone speak through the robot and a different person hear that somewhere else? As I continued to read, my question was answered a s a yes. This just blew me away and made me think even more about the possibilites for technology in the future. If we can already perform this, imagine how amazing our world will be in a few years. In my first world news blog, I had an article about the future technology in classrooms and now this one is about more technology. I guess I'm just really impressed by what our world has accomplished over the years and can't wait until more technology is produced.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Education Blog 2 (URL)
"Shhh! I'm Googling my Facts" is an article by David Warlick from 2 Cents Worth. This article summarizes how people in general take for granite that the sources they find when researching always tell the right facts. Vicky Davis says that people tend to do this using google all the time. She stated an example that her 7th grade son was researching the 9/11 attacks using google. When he typed in the facts, a source said that someone had bombed the buildings. As a result, he began believing this until she straitened him out.
I'm sure this kid is not alone with his facts. Who knows what the world thinks happened on the 9/11 attacks. Actually, who knows what the world thinks with anything that happens. I bet people have all different theories and facts on events that happen around the world just from different sources. Who are people to trust if everyone has different facts?
This is so true not only with the entire world, but for myself too. I can relate to this kids problems also. I've composed projects where my information was not 100% correct and had to research over again. In a way, this is not only my fault but the sources as well. This goes along with what Vicky Davis said about how false information is our fault as a society for posting it. I guess my point is that I'm not the only one who can encounter artificial information, the entire world is at risk.
However, I believe there are strategies that everyone can use to tell if sources are correct. People can use multiple sources to compare. Also, they could use educated guesses or critical thinking to try and work out how believable or possible something is. The article posted that if we do these things, they will not only help us solve our problems, but become a habit of good use.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

World News Blog 1

"Oil Rises Above $82 for the First Time on Lower Interest Rates" is an article by Mark Shenk in Google News. This covers how the oil per barrel has set a new record of $82 in New York after interest rates were lowered. This matters all around the world because it means that oil will go up everywhere most likely which will cause gas prices to increase. When I begin to drive I don't want to have to pay a ridiculous amount of money for gas because I won't be able to afford it. If prices are high, it encourages me to buy a car with good gas mileage, like a hybrid. It also encourages people around the world to buy these types of cars as well and to invest in new energy sources.
As far as transportation goes, I think the world needs to begin car pooling, taking the light rail or bus more often so as not to consume so much oil and will help save money.

Education Blog 1

In my article "Classrooms for the Future" by Dave in 2 cents worth, a high school in Pennslyvania is getting a taste of future technology in classrooms. Each core (math, english, social studies, and science) classroom will receive one laptop per student, infrastructure, a scanner/printer, webcam, projector and much more.
This gift in technology they are receiving will hopefully open up new ideas and paths for learning not only for these students but for the U.S. and world. It may provide so much information that textbooks, learning strategies, and other methods will become obsolete.
"It may start up some school/district wide recycling programs," a. woody delauder posted, which is a very possible idea.
I know I can relate somewhat to this because our school classrooms have some of this technology such as projectors and technical support. This also relates to the world because if it were to get its hands on this, the world would be a much more efficient, imaginative, and successful learning evironment. I hope someday schools around the world will posses this technology to make learning a whole new experience.