Technical Difficulties with Ignite Talk! Please Help!

Hey Classmates,

It appears I’ve had some technical difficulties with my Ignite Talk posted last week. My Google form unfortunately did record my responses. Can you kindly respond to my post/questionnaire? Thanks for your help! I’ve posted the link below:

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Chris Lawrence Video- Poll Results

So I’ll begin by revealing my thoughts to my own questions before I read yours.

Question 1:  Is summer an appropriate season for this “Party”?

Me: First and foremost, I think that the whole idea of a party is great, but summer is my special favorite season. Not only because I usually host a bbq birthday party for myself and my daughter in the beach or at a water park or even in a pool, but because It can be amazingly HOT.  To make my point, as hot as it was today 96 degrees.  To be honest I dread having to be home when its this hot out.  I’de rather be on the beach under my large umbrella and enjoying the oceans cool breeze or swimming.  You probably think I’m a little too selfish, but that’s just my thought.  Just to show that I am not that selfish I have registered to attend Hive NYC Summer Code Party Pop-Up with Tumblr and Mozilla (Free).

According to the feedback I obtained, all of you disagreed with me nevertheless I value your feedback.

Questions 2: Do you think it’s a great idea to allow teenagers to participate in this kind of “Party”?

Me:  Yes of course, why not?.  I believe the input of their knowledge of technology or any other topic is very valuable.  Many young adults are sharing videos on how to ___ through youtube.  I think It’s great that parties like this one are available.  I anticipate that teenagers may at first be intimidated to participate because of the many adult experts, but this is where it’s the hosts duty and other adults to find ways to engage them in a fun, collaborative, and exciting manner so that they feel welcomed and not rejected. To close, both can learn from each other, sometimes a new, fresh perspective on a topic is what is needed to achieve utmost productivity.

A few responses were:

  • “Yes, because it’s a chance to change their perception of learning that can last throughout their whole life. Teenagers are teenagers and may have some dumb moments but I think if they have good security and its organized in a strategic way even teenagers can have a fun and awesome time. Not all teenagers are bad and not all are on the same level so this opens doors to opportunity and great motivation and interest for a better learning experience”.
  • “Sure it’s a good idea, except teenagers can easily drift from the main picture: which is to still be learn from these experiences. (BTW the Little Maker looks really neat)=)”.
  • “I definitely think that this party is the kind of party your parents would want you to grow up in. The problem with this I think is that kids would only be invited when they know someone what about an outkast child. Learning party idea is an awesome idea thought I think. Its great because learning can be structured at the same time I feel that the “party” idea is a very social affair but that only brings social kind of people into these parties. For learning and students who want to learn this is stuff is amazing!”
  • “Of course it’s a good idea, kind of a silly question actually! What I find would be interesting is to foster the hosting of parties by the individuals rather than the organization. Is that happening? How about you? Would you host a ‘party’ around building and creating. That would be a good idea.”

After reading the seven responses, I found everyone agreed with the idea.  Although many did not say why, and I don’t blame you, I did not require further explanation.  It certainly is a inspiring, new, reinvented “PARTY” idea and it should be happening.  The most exciting and interesting part is that this kind of party is one that would be hosted by an individual (as someone mentioned) rather than an organization, so wonderful things can be created because there is no strict agenda to follow.  I myself would like to host one, but I’m still in the process of learning new and exciting things through this course.  In addition I do not know enough people that are computer experts so my party would be a complete failure.

Again thank you, I appreciate your input on this topic.

Infinity plus TED

The responses my blog recieved were interesting rather they displayed much desire for Mr. Schmidt’s TED talk. Commenters have said that he seemed intelligent and that they can agree with his views as well.
For question #1, “Do you think lecturing is effective?” Polls came by stating that lecturing isn’t always 100% effective. It was said by one commenter that lecturing doesnt create spaces for feedback, and I agree.
For question #2, commenters stated for the question, “Do you think it is important for students to relate to the context of what they’re learning?” Feedback reads, that Yes, it is important to establish a connection between students and context. Direct quote from a replier, “it is important for students to be able to relate to the material learned because it gives them a better understand of what is being learned and connects the material to themselves and reality.”
  • Do you think lecturing is effective?
  • Do you think it is important for students to relate to the context of what they’re learning ?
  1. I like him…he has a slight accent but he is very intelligent and the things that he proposes and the solutions about challenges are pretty cool. He is concerned about creating something personal and sharing it with other people. I like the way that he thinks. It is pretty cool.

  2. I dont believe lectures are 100 percent effective because most of them are just speakers who leave no room for feedback. i believe lectures can be effective if they allow for the audience to ask questions pertaining to the information presented but in most cases lectures dont allot for this type of interaction due to the magnitude of audience present. it would be impossible to answer everyone’s question but to answer the question it is not generally effective but it can be if some room for feedback is alloted

    i think it is important for students to relate to the context of what they’re learning because they should be able to implement their acquired knowledge in practical terms. the good old saying practice what you preach…. you can know about something and recite many different variables concerning a particular subject but you should be able to practice this is everyday life to where it is useful to you in the physical form. It is a matter of doing and not just saying and knowing because that is only half of the equation. it is important for students to be able to relate to the material learned because it gives them a better understand of what is being learned and connects the material to themselves and reality.

  3. I like the quotes. Especially the first one. I think teachers like to beat students over the head with the same concepts even if it does not work. Looking forward to your questions. I’m following the instructions and not having any luck getting my questions up -_-

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Results from David Cooper Moore – Ignite Talk Thursday


The responses that I received to my post “David Cooper Moore: The Love Hate Relationship with Media” were pretty much what I expected coming from other future educators.

I asked the  (2) questions as followed:

 (4) Responses were given  (thus far):
  • Yes i think so
  • Yes i think so
  • yes but like he said in a safe space, students are always going to express themselves whether we as teachers want to hear it or not so why not incorporate it in your lesson and get students involved. As long as it is monitored correctly and students have an understanding that everyone is entitled to their opinion and deserves respect they should be allowed to express their hate for media and also see the other side like the video said why others might disagree and like what they hate
  • Yes I believe that every opinion is worth something, just like no question is a dumb one.  

The second question asked was:
 Responses given (thus far):
  • Yes i do because i feel that it creates a world of expansion and expression of true emotion and feeling.
  • Yes because students like to share their ideas and feelings, especially when it is dealing with someone other than themselves. Also students will be able to learn from each other and from that be able to reason better. I am a firm believer that students learn better from their peers
  • This will definitely allow them to empathize and reason why they feel that way. For example, I would understand them because maybe they feel that way because they think its too hard to understand, or even anything can go viral.

As you can see when asked to explain their answer, I was given various reasons as to why students should be allowed to express themselves in both a positive and negative ways. It all ties back to “Reasoning” and “Empathy”. I will update when more results are posted.


Results from Polling

So far I have received 7 responses to my questions. If my math is correct, that means that all of you have yet to respond lol, please do!!

My first question was “Do you think that community programs can influence what occurs in the household?” and everyone agreed that yes it can. That kind of surprised me. The reason being that the environments are so different and children might just have different mindsets in both environments.

The second question was “What do you think Jeff Sturges means when he says he is ‘training trainers'”? Everyone gave very similar responses by stating that a network is being created by this process and learning is able to continue and expand. Thanks guys! You have all earned a treat. Enjoy the video lol

Feedback responses from Mel Chua


So I asked the class two important questions about Mel’s video and also response, etc.

So the replies all came together to say the following:

1) How do you feel about hacking?

– Majority of answers include that hacking is different and something that is not known to most students but educators. Results show that hacking is a 50/50 in opinion. Some like the idea, others don’t.

2) Do you feel that hacking could benefit today’s society?

For this question, I made it multiple choice to hear full and honest opinion. It stated that people said no and yes. 3 votes for yes and 2 for no.

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My ignite talk blog responses

My blog response comments is from Ignite talk with Heather Mallak.

Heather Mallak discussed many thing from instincts, ingenuity technology as a tool, trends and how these subjects intersect.

I proposed two questions from her speech which i felt was important and stuck our in my mind which was the main ingredient to Heather’s speech. The Feedback on these two questions from Students in my AC 230 class was exactly the answers i was looking for when i proposed the questions. The first question was how could using your teeth be used as a tool? The second questions was why do you think Heather feels our bodies is the key to ingenuity which applies ideas to meet challenges?

Feedback from first question(how could using your teeth be used as a tool?)

basically in similar answers students responded with before we had tools such as scissors , our teeth was used to cut and to tear into things like food plastic so us as humans had to use or teeth as tools.

Feedback from 2nd question( why do you feel our bodies is the key to ingenuity which applies ideas to meet challenges?)

the general answer from students is that anything we create comes from our hands , our minds to formulate the concepts. and basically our whole body goes through the creative process in order to manifest the idea into reality .

These responses in general is what i was looking for from my questions because it was the main point in Heather’s speech in order to connect how we can connect technology as an extension of our body with education and keeping up with the times/trends.




Results of my Ignite Talk survey

Upon looking at the results of my poll, I was excited to see the feedback that I received.  There are many good ideas and interesting points that some bloggers made=)  I got mix results on answers to the questions and there are some points and views that were made that have stuck to me.  Here’s a few: “You have to know your community and find a way to attract whether it is through dance, learning a language or something of that sort.  Libraries have to get out and get involved, market what they are offering and offer things to attract the people around them”.   I totally agree with this.  I personally don’t remember the last time that I saw a flyer or something posted anywhere about libraries in my neighborhood.  Sadly the youth of today mostly ignores places like a library, it is not the “cool place” to hang out at.  But if there are much more activities and programs available at all local libraries, then parents could take their children even before they begin reading themselves so that way they can hopefully continue to do so as they grow up.  Another good comment that someone made was that “the library needs to find ways to enter the community more than look for the community to come to them”.  Another blogger made an interesting and true point “that not all locations offer such programs”.  Also, he/she travels about a mile and a half to visit the Brooklyn central library.  I love the fact that someone can still travel that far to visit a library.  Awesome! But at the same time, there should be a library that offers many things that the Brooklyn central library offers closer to that persons home.

I do feel that there are libraries that offer many activities and that perhaps they are not putting it out there, however, we need to try to get involved and get out there especially for those of us that have children and for all of us that will be future educators.  Perhaps a good idea (that just came to me) is for educators and schools in general to have more trips to libraries.  Also to find out more information on activities available in libraries in order to inform students and parents about it=)

The results of my survey in the blog were interesting and most of all it’s great to see once again what others have to say.  It turns on a light bulb and makes me want to blog more!

David Cooper Moore: The Love Hate Relationship with Media


The video I was assigned was one presented by David Cooper Moore, he  is Associate Director of the Media Education Lab and Program Director for Powerful Voices for Kids, a partnership between Temple University’s Media Education Lab and the Russell Byers Charter School in Philadelphia.He also has taught media production to a variety of age groups including K-12 and undergraduate students.

David started off the video by referring to a teen named Rebecca Black who become an overnight sensation, when her youtube video “Friday” went viral, but not because people loved it but because they hated the song. He goes on to further discuss that when it comes to love vs. hate the 2 almost go hand and hand. In education, students should be allowed to express their dislike for something as long as they give a valid reason why, and also explain as to why others may like what they dislike, by doing its giving them the chance to reason between the two.

The quote that stood out the most to me was “Love spreads but Hate spreads too”  this statement is so true because if students see their peers disliking something that may deter how they feel about the same thing.

Another quote that stood out was “Give students time to reflect on what they hate, ask them to use their reasoning and empathy”, I believe that this strategy can be beneficial in the classroom because students may not have a “real” or “valid” reason as to why they may hate something.

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Ignite Talk Saturday with Mel Chua


I had a bit of difficulty understanding what she was saying at first. To be completely honest, I had to re-watch this video twice to really get a grasp of what she was saying. However, Mel Chua is a very interesting and quite unique individual.  To me, she stands out from the rest because what she discuesses in her video is a little different than a lot of things.


A little about Mel Chua:

Mel Chua is a contagiously enthusiastic hacker, writer, and educator with over a decade of teaching and curriculum development experience and a solid track record in leadership positions at Red Hat, One Laptop Per Child, Sugar Labs, Fedora, and other Free, Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS) communities. Currently based at Purdue University, she bridges academic research on successful communities with deep personal experience getting her hands dirty building them.  She loves loves loves hacking into  things especially hardware as well as software. She also considers herself a major geek. She also enjoys learning about learning and teaching herself new hacker qualities,etc./ Her teaching style is geeky mixed with wacky which is so unique in today’s society. I thought that she was pretty cool.

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