Technology Double Shot!

A double shot of technology information every Tuesday

April 28, 2015

Throw a little mint in that water this week. You deserve a break today!

First Shot: The Power of "I Don't Know"

This past fall, Edutopia featured a great blog post encouraging educators to embrace an attitude of "I don't know" with their students. From the piece:

"The role of teaching has evolved. No longer are we the carriers of knowledge, giving it to students and assessing if they can repeat facts successfully. We are, instead, tasked with teaching students how to find answers themselves.

And it all starts with a simple three-word phrase: I don't know.

Adopting a comfortable "I don't know" attitude is far more accurate for what we need to do as educators then pretending we know it all."

The author also offers a few suggestions on how to employ internet literacy with students to support this attitude shift.

Second Shot: Beauty from Above

Consumer grade photography drones have been getting a lot of press in the past year or so, as they've become much more affordable for the average enthusiast or photographer to get their hands on.

The result has been a proliferation of video shot on drones. It's amazing how the change in vantage point can have such an emotional impact on the viewer.

Case in point: this video featured on the wonderful The Kid Should See This blog, features drone footage shot above Dutch flower fields. From the post:

"Fly over the Dutch countryside where colorful spring fields are organized in long rows of blooming hyacinths, tulips, daffodils, and other flowers. This HD footage from above Holland’s patchwork quilt of flowers was filmed with a DJI Inspire drone in April 2015. The spectacular fields are not far from the country’s famous Keukenhof Gardens."

This would be a great starting-off point in your class to discuss perspective, technology, or economy!

Dutch flower fields near Keukenhof The Netherlands drone footage (DJI Inspire 1)

Hope you've enjoyed the Double Shot. More to come next week!