Saturday, December 12, 2009

PLN 29

In the article "Colorado Springs lab says blood alcohol test wrong" by P. Solomon Banda is about blood-alcohol tests being wrong causing people DUI's. I believe that there's technology out there better than the breathalyzer that cops can carry around with them that would prevent this from happening. This article is important because people need to know the consequences of getting a DUI and how they can prevent themselves from getting one.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

PLN 28

In the article "More snow and cold expected in Denver" by Victoria Barbatelli is about the weather change for the Denver area from December 5th to December 12th. The weather is either supposed to be snowing and cold. This is important to the world because people need to know how bad the atmosphere is becoming due to pollution. This is important to education because scientists can study the weather patterns and figure out how to fix the economy. This is important to me because I need to know what the temperature is going to be and because I'm helping destroy the environment.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

PLN 27

In the article "Nerf guns banned on CU-Boulder Campus" by Kevin Torres is about Nerf guns being considered weapons on the CU-Boulder Campus. This is important to the world because you don't know for sure if a gun is real or fake. This is important to education because all schools should ban possible weapons such as Nerf guns. This is important to me because someone could bring what looks like a fake gun to school and kill someone else.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

PLN 26

In the article "322 will retire, saving Denver $11 million a year" by the Denver Post explains Mayer John Hookenlooper's program to save Denver $11 million in the future by having 322 people retire. I think this is a good way to get the economy to grow because people will start making more money and have a higher demand for products therefore making others richer and wanting to buy more products. If this cycle continued the cash flow would grow and the U.S could possibly have a better economy.

Monday, November 23, 2009

PLN 25

In the video "Did You Know? 4.0" by Karl Fisch is about ways that technology is over powering the world, compares countries to eachother, and talks about how bad the economy is becoming. This vidoe is important to the world because people need to keep up with technology and the economy so that technology doesn't rule the world and they need to keep up with the economy so they don't go bankrupt. This is important to and education because if the economy is bad teachers could lose their jobs and they need to be up to date with technology. This is important to me because my parent or I, in the future, could lose our jobs.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

PLN 24

In the article "Report: Colorado not expanding economic competitiveness" by Aldo Svaldi is about Colorado not putting forth the effort to make new jobs and expand the economy. This is important to education because if the economy doesn't begin to grow then schools could get shut down. This is important to the world because if other states or countries begin to lose the flow of money and the economy starts to shrink then that state or country could eventually go bankrupt and possibly suffer a depression. This is important to me, especially since I live in Colorado, because my parents could lose their job or go bankrupt.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

PLN 23

In the article "Splash! NASA moon crash struck lots of water" by Alicia Chang is about two NASA spacecrafts that crashed on the moon and found a large amount of water. This significant amount of water found on the moon can help set up a base camp for astronauts and provide water and rocket fuel. This is important for the world because it shows that some life can survive on the moon. This is important to education because scientist's can study the particles in the water to determine what can survive on the moon. I believe that one day we will be able to live on the moon as if we were living on the Earth.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

PLN 22

Put forth our best writing selves

In the article "Put forth our best writhing selves" by Douglas Hesse is about ways that technology has destroyed writing. Douglas tells how technology is so much more advanced from twenty years ago. He says things such as sending pictures to a relative in Afghanistan is no problem and you can make a thirty minute slide show very quickly. This relates to Clive Thompson's article "The New Literacy" and Karl Fisch's video "Did You Know?" because they both explain ways that technology is taking over society and how people write. I believe that technology that allows you to chat should have a program similar to word to force people to write better.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

PLN 21

In the article "United Pilot from Colorado Charged with being Drunk" by Joey Bunch talks about a pilot from Lakewood named Erwin Vermont Washington and was arrested in Scotland Yard for being drunk before leading a trans. Erwin is an Air Force Veteran and was a star basketball player for the Air Force Academy. Before entering the academy, Erwin served two years in the service, including as a gunner aboard the B-52 Bomber. This incident, if not stopped by the police, could have resulted in the fate of many peoples lives. This article proves the need for, not only pilots but also people boarding, stricter safety checks before boarding a plane.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

PLN 17

In the article "ICT4D: When mobile phones link with computers" by John Liebhardt talks about "new tools that individuals, groups, companies and governments can use to develop new projects around information and communication technologies." ICT4D's can help the world connect with other people and voice their opinions on government issues, economical issues, and more. Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) can help student gather information for class projects, assignments, etc. I can use this information for school work and, when I'm older, to find information for my business. I believe that if more people use ICT4D that the we would have less economic, global, and world problems.

Monday, October 26, 2009

PLN 15

In the article "Our Googley Advice to Students: Major in Learning" by Johnathan Rosenberg explains what companies look for in an employee. One thing that companies look for in an employee the most is a person who can non-routine problem solving skills. Some other skills that companies look for are people with communication skills and who have the willingness to experiment. This is important to education because students need to know how to solve problems they might encounter on tests, assignments, projects, and more. This is important to the world because the government needs to know how to deal with economic problems, people need to know how to get out of difficult situations and need to learn these skills for their businesses. I need to learn this skills if I want to be successful in life and have a good career. Everybody should take these skills into effect every day.

PLN 16

In the video "11 Years of Google in 2 Minutes" by Alex Chitu explains the vast expansion and technological advancements Google has made in the past 11 years. This is important to education because they can learn how to advertise online, they can connect to the network using blogger, use Google Maps, and much more. It's important to me because I can use the Google Map for History Class and Blogger for my English Class. All around the world people can use Google for businesses to connecting with others around the world. Google has quickly become one of the most powerful web browsers in the world and is still growing.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

PLN 14

In the article "Rigor Redefined" by Tony Wagner, he talks about the skills that students need to build successful careers. Tony interviewed Clay Parker, president of the Chemical Management Division of BOC Edwards (a company that makes machines and supplies chemicals for the manufacture of microelectronics devices). A few qualities Clay says he looks for when he hires young people are "...good question asking...someone who can engage in good discussion...can work in teams...and engage with customers." Clay gives seven survival skills that students need to master: critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration and leadership, agility and adaptability, initiative and entreprenuerialism, effective oral and written communication, accessing and analyzing information, and curiosity and imagination. If students can pick up and master these tricks, Clay believes that they will be able to survive the 21st century. This is important to the world, education, and myself if people want to be successful in life.

PLN 11

In the video "2020 Vision" by Karl Fisch, he explains his vision on the future up to the year 2020. He talks about ways that technology will begin to rule the world by becoming smarter that humans. This relates to Karl Fischs' other video "Did You Know?" In this video he talks about the use of technology to connect with others around the world. One example he gave in the video "Did You Know" was that if Facebook was its own country, it would be the fifth largest in the world. This is important to the world because this allows people to expand their imagination on the future, thusfar, making these videos true. This is important to education because students can have an idea of what to expect from technology in the future. I need to know this, especially if I want to be an inventor, because I can spread my imagination and possible make these technological advances become true. I believe that things that Mr. Fisch says in "2020 Vision," such as Google ruling the world, could become true because each day technology is becoming more and more advanced.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

PLN 10

In the article “Is Starbucks Killing Community?” by David Warlick, explains about the usage of Starbucks to the community. The once most socialized coffee shop has been corrupted by technology. Most people only come to Starbucks for a treat and WiFi. In my opinion, this is a very true statement because in all the years that I have gone to a local Starbucks, the environment has been peaceful and filled with laptops. This article can relate to Mr. Fisch's video called “Did You Know”. This article talks about the use of technology for things such as communication and how technology is slowly beginning to take over the world. Overall, this article explains the usage of technology in Starbucks and how it destroys communities.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

PLN 13

In the artical "Keyboard vs. Pen" by Virginia Berninger, she tells us about the advantage of using a pen to write an essay over using technology to write an essay. Although it’s faster to type an essay, I prefer to write out my essay then type it after proofreading.I think writing it out makes it easier to check for mistakes and I usually get a better grade than if I were to type it out. I can see where I made my mistakes rather than having a computer do the work for me. Plus, reading off the computer usually makes people tired. I think kids should be more focused on the work rather than what will be faster to get it done.

PLN 12

In the article “Footprints In The Digital Age” by Will Richardson explains how the “ Web 2.0” is being used for things other than education, such as MySpace and Facebook. An example that he gives in this article is how kids are teaching themselves how to use technology for social networking, games, etc. He says “Many 7- and 8-year-olds are busy exploring Club Penguin and Webkinz with other 7- and 8-year-olds...middle schoolers are connecting with global warriors in World of Warcraft....adolescents preen themselves in front of their “friends” on MySpace and Facebook.” In other words people across the world are more interested in playing games or chatting on the internet with their “friends” than educating themselves with the technology that is provided for them. This article relates to Mr. Fische's video “Did You Know?” because he talks about the use of technology for connecting with others around the world and very little about people educating themselves. Mr. Fisch says “...if Facebook was its own country, it would be the fifth largest country in the world.” People need to realize the opportunities that others may not have that are lying right in front of them.

Friday, September 18, 2009


In the article "Be a TED Fellow" by David Warlick, he talks about a program to find new ideas from people around the world and help them expand there ideas. They could be based on technology, art, architecture, music, film, science, literature, and many more. I think this is a great idea to possibly help our economy and maybe the world. I think that there are many great minds out there that could be opened up by this program.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


In the article “The New Literacy” by Clive Thompson, he explains how technology is a new form of writing. He says “Before the internet, most Americans never wrote anything… Unless they got a job that required producing text, they’d leave school and virtually never construct a paragraph again.” Every day more people are using technology to construct paragraphs. This article relates to Dr. Wesch’s video “The Machines are using us” and Mr. Fisch’s video “Did You Know?” because of how they all talk about people and technology. Dr. Wecsh explains how technology is a very big part of society, Mr. Fisch explains how the world uses technology to communicate, and Clive Thompson explains how we us technology as a new form of writing.
Overall, Clive Thompson explains how technology is a new form of writing.

Sunday, August 30, 2009


In the article “Quiet gender gap hits collegiate balance” from The Post Editorials explains the gap between males and females in college. It also explains how girls are more likely to graduate and get better grades than men. This article states “… in the fall of 2001, 45.4 percent of the students enrolled in public colleges in Colorado were males. By 2005 the proportion declined to 44.4 percent…” This is leading to girls with better grades getting declined to colleges and men with worse grades getting accepted just to keep the amount of males up. But it’s easy to see that it started in elementary school and not college. In a study, about 50 percent of males will be more likely to have to repeat a grade in elementary than females according to U.S. Department of Education. Men are also one third more likely to drop out of high school and twice as likely to have a learning disability. Only 65 percent of male students are graduating while 72 percent of female students are graduating. Overall in this article the gap between women and men in college is rapidly growing over the years.
In the article "Women raise the bar at colleges" by Tamar Lewins, it explains how women are more likely to graduate than men because women party less, get better grades, and are the majority in colleges. Socializing has a big effect on students and their grades. Socializing equals less studying which equals bad grades. This is one reason why more women graduate compared to men. Because of less socializing, women also get better grades. Good grades are a key to graduating and getting a high-quality and well paying job. It’s also what all colleges look at to decide if you will be accepted to attend their college. Since women are more likely to get better grades than men, they are the majority in colleges. Only 42% of men make up the nation’s college students. Because women party less, get better grades, and are the majority in colleges, they are more likely to graduate than men.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009


What matters to me in the video "Did you Know" by Karl Fisch is the fact that America is so technologically and educationally advanced. One example of a technologically advanced reason would be myspace. If myspace were it's own country it would be the fifth largest country in the world. The average American checks his or her myspace at least 30 times a day. Also,the amount of texting in the U.S. The amount of texts sent by every American would equal more than the worlds population. Some educationally advanced reasons would be the amount of jobs available to to the average learner compared to Europe. The average learning American has 10 to 14 available jobs. But in Europe the average learner has only 4 to 6 jobs available. Another educationally advanced reason would be how many books are published a day. Up to 3,000 books are published a day. Oh, did I mention that they are newly written books. Overall, America is very fortunate to be so technologically and educationally advanced.