Sunday, August 22, 2010

EDUC 7108 Final Project

Module 5: Addressing the Digital Divide

When I first began teaching I taught and psychoed center for the severly emotionally disturbed children. The building we taught in had absetos and mold, it was an old school. The technology consisted of one teacher laptop and two to three older desktops that the students could work on. Oh we also had access to an overhead projector one or two for 12 teachers or you could order one. I remember using power point presentation to do games that I would hook my laptop up to the television to show. When I actually moved to a school in the county (the county only furnished the psychoed school but didn't pay us), I was amazed to see computer labs, SMART Boards, CPS systems at the teachers disposal and depending on what you teach you might have it in your classroom. I was so amazed and so sad to see that disparity between the school I just left and the new school I was working with had.

I'm a special education teacher so I'm used to making accomodations for students. I would use this skill to help integrate appropriate technology to other cultures. I would also try to educate others on what technology is availbe to them no matter what the socioecnomic status is. One of the things that I would try to work on is having laptops available to check out to students to take home. Both the student and the parents would have to sign a waiver saying that they would only use the laptop for school purposes as well as they would be responsible for any damages incurred.

Internet: A Vehicle
for Change in the Arab WorldBy: DR. SHAHID JAMAL

STEM Diversity Without Borders

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Module 4 Red Queens and Increasing Returns

I chose to view Total Recall because this used to be my favorite movie when I was a child. I viewed it using my Netflix rental. At the beginning of the summer Netflix sent me a DVD that could be used on my WII to be able to watch video on demand. I really liked this added feature. I chose Netflix because I have a hard time turning things back in on time and late fees always killed me. So I liked the idea of still being able to watch movies at home even when I have DVDs out.

I think the popularity of video on demand comes from people wanting instant gratification. All you have to do is order a movie from Netflix or your cable company and you can instantly watch a movie. No more driving to the movie store and hoping the video is there and worrying about when you have to return it.

I have also seen an increase on movie kiosk at stores where you can get a $1 a day movie. Movie rental stores fees have gone up and places like Netflix and $1 a day rentals are becoming more popular.