الأربعاء، 15 يونيو، 2011

Reading reaction Journal #2


Reference

Hesler, C. (2011, June 2) . Computer Games and Education.  Digital Recording.  Retrieved  June 7, 2011, from http://www.digital-recording.info/


Summary:
In this article, the writer  tries to  say that computer games are useful for our minds according to a study that cretin games help to improve our thinking; however, it could be one of the educational approaches in our educational system. The writer gives us six reasons to back up this study. First, video games help students to  make various factice decisions which help them make decisions to find the good way to solve the game which is similar to the life problem. Also, video games develop  how students solve problem; besides, they help students to improve their connection between hands and eyes. Not only do they give students the chance to be ready to make fast decisions, but also they increase the imagination skills which assist players to be more dynamic. Some games let player find out with himself how to go and look for the key which supports him to live in the game and predicts the answers. Besides, games improve the memorization skills and let players learn about the effect of consequences. Fun and education are the same theme which represent video games; hence, the question is, can we use them in education ?
Reaction:
I think  that the writer's idea is  good but I am not sure  it is possible to do that in our educational system. I believe that video games are one of the sources of children's entertainment but I prefer to let them so separate from  what students take in class. I think the process of making new learning which combines the knowledge and the skills that we need to improve with games takes a lot of times; hence, we need experts who know both what we need out of education and how to build a game. This article in my opinion is far away from our reality; besides, we hope to make games for kids, but we cannot now. If we look at our schools' facilities, our teacher training programs, and our education plan. We have to say that we have a lot of things that need to improve before we think about mixing video games in classes. 

الثلاثاء، 7 يونيو، 2011

Reading reaction Journal #1


Reference
Danahoo, D . (2011, May 22) . Horizon Report K-12 Released: The Future of Education Is Mobile.  Huffington Post.  Retrieved  May 31, 2011, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/daniel-donahoo/horizon-report-k12-releas_b_863345.html



Summary:
In this article, the writer  tries to expect that  the future of education is mobile.
 The huge development of technology makes people who are interested in education ask themselves how we use and trust the mobiles to become our children's  best friends. The environment of mobile, which has spread all over the world, is growing up very fast; in addition, it has what it needs of applications, materials and facilities to become the main source of learning. Teachers and people who work in education realm watch this growth but they until now do not react as huge as this technological revolution. They still ask how we deal with it and if they ready to let this technology replace their traditional work. Despite how the change is important for both students and teachers, they believe that changing is difficult even if the results of it are not concrete. This situation makes us have to do the best we can to support this change and rethink about the benefits of it which reflect on our  education system in the future.



Reaction:
I think  that the predicting  of  the  educational  future in this article is very important  at this time while we watch this technological revolution. As I work as a teacher, I believe that mobiles, if we make it a useful teaching  tool, will change the world based on  the relationship between students nowadays and mobiles. Not only they have all the fun which they want, but also they trust mobiles and technology in general more than we do. I agree with the writer that the change is very difficult but I think that the ball is still in our court. Direction students to use mobiles to achieve  our  educational goals is better than saying to students," Do not bring your mobile in the classroom. It is prohibited." According to the new version of mobiles which have become  mini laptops such as iphone, teachers can let students use them to learn and practice various subjects. I think it will not  abolish  the  role that the teacher  plays in school, because students still want the guidance to choose the best educational program  and how they use it to learn; as a result, the importance of teachers will increase, and their  jobs will become more dynamic, because students  will need them to help in what they really like but  not their  assignments, which they always feel bored while doing. I suggest those  interested  in education  should  contact  with mobiles'  programmers to give them  our  vision  and help them with  context  to  use  it in their mobiles. This step will build a bridge between us and them to gain the benefits of this technology. They want more money and we look for the sense of trust when we see mobiles are held by our children's hands.


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