Sunday, January 25, 2009

Tooning In Ch:1,2,3

Chapters one, two, and three talked about why popular culture is important, why educators need to include it in curriculums instead of thinking of it as a distraction. In chapter 2, it talked about how students choose to learn what they want to learn and how they want to learn it. So as educators, one should take that into consideration and use that to engage students. The example the book used was social studies. Because it is a much more dry subject to learn and teach, one should concentrate on how to use media to help engage the students to learn social studies.

I have been in classrooms where the teacher did not even know how to turn on his laptop, or open a folder and thought to myself, "where in the world have you been?" And it is those classes that are usually more boring because I did not have anything to focus on other than the teacher and the lecture. But what I did not realize at the time was that not everyone is comfortable with today's technology. Some people especially for the older generation, they were not born with computers and all these fancy toys that we have today. Even though they did not have all the technology we have today, they still got by just fine, which makes me think that maybe we don't always need all these fancy technologies.

Overall, as much as I agree that popular culture is a big part of the lives of everyone today especially the young kids today, and media is a big part of that, we can't forget about rules and morals. I believe that new technology could and would help students learn better, and it is a lot more interesting when the teacher is up to date on today's technologies and popular culture, but those popular culture shouldn't cross with rules and morals. Rules and morals are there to teach us from right to wrong, and we all know that there are many things in today popular cultures that would be considered wrong in the book of morals.

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