Education at a Crossroads?


Read these two blog posts:

What are your reactions to these blog posts?  What key ideas  and/our statements from each post jump out at you?

Share your reactions here.


46 comments on “Education at a Crossroads?

  1. redcap911 says:

    Both articles are very interesting. They discuss points of how the internet is starting to play a role in our education and how little it is costing now. The first article states that the more the school board ignores the importance of internet in our lives the less important school will be for us, and how, as we get older, Internet will start to become more important. The second article discusses how the cost of information is becoming less and less. While wikipedia is free for everyone, some sites are to pricy that they don’t even mention the price.

  2. grifreaper says:

    The first blog discussed 2 points to an argument. The first point was that by eliminating barriers on the internet, students could learn easier. The other suggested that by elimination of barriers the internet would become Pandoras Box, which in my opinion it could become depending on what barriers that destroyed. The second blog discussed how combinations of three areas could affect how people learn. The first was scarce or abundent; socond was free or expensive; and third was about if it should be about schooling, or learning. It stated that there were 8 combinations, and how Free Abundant Learning will most likely change the world. It discussed how free would attract more people. Over all it just discussed how learning choices can affect how people learn.

  3. Emily Slater says:

    I think the first articles brings up some very interesting points. A transfer to technology wouldn’t last very long because technological advances increase exponentially. It would be too expensive to keep up with. At the same time, not using technology alienates students. It’s really a no-win situation.

    The idea that education could be free is amazing. It would open up many doors to smart students who maybe couldn’t afford MIT or Harvard. The only problem with this is admissions, they cannot accept everyone because not everyone would be able to keep up the the course work. There’s also a problem of cheating, if you take a class online you can just have your notes next to you when you take a test.

  4. Sam Markley says:

    I like how the first blog says that the big thing here is control. Control is pretty much how this world runs. Also how the cell phones are only going to become more popular. I think that it would be cool to be able to use our cell phones for school purposes.
    I like that in the second blog he says that education is pretty much abundant anywhere. That more and more classes are becoming available online to take for about nothing. I also like that he says school is about taking notes, but learning is about getting it and understanding it.

  5. Morgan Cantrell says:

    “Things are getting interesting,” is the title of Dean Shareski’s blog, and he is most certainly correct. The way we communicate and the technology modern day teenagers and adults use has become very dependable and advanced. There are many different opinions to whether or not the use of these modern convinences will help our way of learning or destroy it. I believe that we have become way too dependent on cell phones, Ipods, the Internet, computers, and all of the social networks and search engines that comes along too. All of these devices are very useful when they are needful, but the only thing is is that they are not all that needful, we just think they are.

    There are so many questions you might have after reading Seth Godin’s blog such as: What would the world be like if education were free? Would it boost the economy or make it worse? Will free education benefit us or make jobs even harder to get? The world now is so complicated that its hard for adults to keep up with, let along a 14 yearold girl from a small town in Georgia. Everyone dreams of going to college, getting a good job with a house and insurance, and with the price of education going down, this may happen to more people than in the past. If more and more people became more educated then what will happen to the number of jobs? The number in everything will eventually decrease. There are still many questions to be asked, but just not enough answers.

  6. Perry Holobach says:

    I thought the first article was somewhat interesting. I didn’t really like the style of it or the fact that he didn’t have a clear idea. His article kind of said that it would be okay to introduce social networking tools but that it would be hard to control. He gives examples of other people’s comments on the issue. In the first few paragraphs I agree with him on the rush at dismissal to check our cell phones and use our iPods and things; that is true of high school. And I think it would be a great idea to be able to use them in class, for learning purposes.
    Okay, on the second article, I liked it a lot more because it talked about issues I hadn’t even thought of yet. About the issue of cost and the fine line between learning and school. I really liked how he talked about the abundance of information that’s free and available to us. I think that online classes are better then real classes, but I don’t want to have to pay for it.

  7. Kellie says:

    I can see both sides. I deffinitely think it would help us to have social media in schools, but i also think it would e a huge disruption. It’s split 50-50 with the pros and cons. I agree with the article about how it can be a huge distraction with students, but i also agree that it can be a very easy communicative way to share ideas and feelings between students.

  8. Kali Somsen says:

    In my opinion the second article provided way more information than the first. The first one did talk about how more schools are allowing students to bring their own computer device with them. Also, it brought up that it may come with new, more difficult challenges than the challenges internet just fixed. The second one provided a lot of information on schools and how education can be free on the internet. This makes education more abundant.

  9. alexiscargle says:

    Things are getting interesting:
    He made a good point about if they allow students to use the device, the educational model that we have followed for a century will most likely fall apart completley. With education today, they are trying to create a meaningful and useful learning experience. Like he says, many people do not even consider this a possiblity since they do not own the software or hardware to do this. However, they are trying to eliminate the barriers. In doing this, new challenges will arise that will be even more difficult to surpass than the ones that they had just gotten rid of.

    Education at the crossroads:
    I think that a free education is much better than one that is expensive. They are testing both ways, free and expensive, to see which one is more effective. You go to school to learn. So I think that it should be about learning instead of just school in general. I agree that the free, abundant learning combination will be the needed change.

  10. Maida Ahmad says:

    These blog posts were very interesting to read. After I read the first blog post(techlearning), I felt like I learned a lot about control. I completely agreed when I read that people may start losing control when they receive the privilege of using devices in school. I do think that many people are slowly losing control and they are totally unaware of it. There are two sides to this whole situation, because some teachers encourage students to bring devices to school and learn to use it better, but then there are some who refuse to allow them in the classroom. This challenge facing the world of education today is quite fascinating.

    After I read the second blog post, my reaction was interested. I found it interesting when I read about how MIT and Stanford were letting students take classes online…for FREE! It was all about abundant information and letting people having it inexpensively. It was amazing when I realized how beneficial Wikipedia is. It has so many articles online and its free for anyone to read. The world’s facts are out there, at everyone’s convenience. All in all, after reading both of these blog posts, I got excited. Whatever conclusion comes to this problem will surely change the world dramatically.

  11. Nicole Torralba says:

    I was quite taken aback and shocked about both of the blog posts. The information that it presented was information that I had never seen before. It outlined the realities of social networking putting education at a crossroads. Most would argue that we are not yet ready for the challenges that adding social networking and social media would bring, but there are also the few that will argue that social networking is simple and can be really inexpensive. Students will be able to learn and transition into adulthood well with the use of social networking and social media sites. In the techlearning blog, Marc Pesce says that the global Internet is disruptive to the classroom and the institution of learning. In some ways, it very well may be because of all the other inappropriate sites that students could stray too, but on the otherhand the Internet provides us with infinite amount of information. In Seth’s blog, he believes that the abundant and free education would be most popular because it just accomodates all the many people of this learning world. This very well may be the case in the future, but as for now, we are not ready to transition from our traditional educational world even though the Internet would be of greater convenience to us in this computer age that we are currently in.

  12. Joe says:

    I really like Seth Godin’s blog on “Things are Getting Interesting”. However the other article I thought was very confusing and not very informative. In Seth’s blog titled “Things are Getting Interesting”, he gives a point of few of the side that is scared of losing control or the classroom. He says the there are two sides coming into play. One that is for personalized processes of learning and those who are frightened to death of the thought. And for the second article I found it hard to analyze, but from what I concluded he was talking about how it has been used and what it can be used for. When he talks about prices and how free products spread more, I think it college classes were free or even a little bit cheaper it would be very appeasing to people.

  13. Hannah Swanson says:

    I thought both articles were quite interesting and brought up some goood points. The first article talked to about how if teachers get too wrapped up in letting students use their own technology, the structured education that has taken years to build will fall apart. I agree with this point because if students get too much control on how they use their time at school and how they learn, then school becomes no longer a place for learning, but a place of choas. The author of the second article made a good point in saying basically that school is just meeting standards that someone set for students. However, learning is a whole other concept. I agree with that because learning is something that is accomplished on your own and at your own pace. You can learn anywhere at any price, but school does not necessarily mean learning.

  14. nolanwilliamson says:

    The first article was spot on. At the last bell of the day, almost every high school student pulls out one of the many electronic devices banned in most classrooms. We are using these devices, and they can be used productively and educationally, so why don;t we use them that way?

    The second article was interesting because although college classes are available online, I doubt that this will even remotely affect in classroom college attendance. Some classes have to be paid for, and some are free. The classes being paid for will probably not make much profit, but they will be educational. The free classes will be educational, but they can never go towards a college diploma.

  15. clairepost says:

    I thought that the two articles were very interesting, and showed a different view on social devices in a classroom setting. The first article, Tech and Learning, was about students using technology. I found it interesting that the opinion was expressed that not allowing students to use their phone is not going to their benefit, because once they get into the corporate or higher level society they will only be using them more. Also, education is losing control. More and more children are gaining technology that is not being used in the classroom. Additionally, in the second article, Education at a Crossroads, the topic whether or not classes online should be free or not. Wikipedia is an online free resource that anyone can use at any time for no charge. However, many other classes and sites are not the same way. Similarly, some classes charge so much that they do not even post how much they are. Money and technology are taking over our world, and the sooner everyone learn and gets exposed the better.

  16. hudson82653 says:

    I agree that it is a big struggle for control. One thing that I never even thought about was the costs to provide the equipment for the students. I feel as if we need to conquer our fears and accept the fact that technology has become part of surviving within today’s society.`

  17. rachelhester23 says:

    While reading the blog, I was interested in his view on the idea. His blog was very helpful to me and my understanding of how other schools are considering using their technology devices in the classroom. I will have to agree with the fact that it is beneficial to have access to social networks and to be able to use our electronic devices in the classroom. I agree with him the in statement where he said, “there are certainly times when we need to control and narrow the choices, but those occasions are becoming fewer than they have ever been”. I think he is saying that when students are given the privilege of using social tools and everyday devices, that they need to be monitored and used only for the use of improving and aiding education.

    This article is talking about the cost of learning. A lot of people will not pursue a higher education because it is expensive. He talks about how if education was free, that would change the world. I completely agree with that statement. Since the economy is so bad, many people cannot afford education which leads to more poverty and lower class citizens in the world. Education determines your whole life; your occupation, income, and even how society accepts you. So if it were free, the world would be a better place.

  18. baan10 says:

    I agree with the “Things are getting interesting” blog, schools should allow more personel technology to be used in the schools. The students devices are a very big part in their life’s, it would be easier for them to work and make their work more interesting. The blog explains that the reasons that most schools do not allow personal devices and due to control, and i very much agree with this. There is no reason why students should not be able to use their own devices.

    Education at the Crossroads
    I believe that free education would be the most effective way of education. If school was free then it would bemore spread, and in some ways money would still make it through the system. School should also be about learning and not about “school.” Learning is to understand and get the content, the school part is the organzation, and the grading. Students do not need to have school to exceed in their future, they need to be able to understand what they are in and be able to get the information needed.

  19. jasmine says:

    I thought that Seth Goldin made some really good points in his blog. Many kids these days use electronic devices during school, and if teachers don’t do something about it now, they might lose control of the old traditional way of teaching. Kids need to be banned from these hand held devices that can find anything within the “click of a button”, and think for themselves. The whole idea of education is already getting out of hand, because so many students are ignoring these rules about electronic devices. School just isn’t the same anymore, and we do need to be careful of what we wish for, because it can backfire.

  20. halleyr says:

    The blogs made very good points. The Tech and Learning one said something about being careful what you wish for and I think that this is a good point, we may think that going electronic is a good thing but no one has ever tried it. How do we know it is going to go well? How do we know more people are going to be getting better grades this way? We don’t know what this could do to our way of learning.

  21. brkspann says:

    I think what Dean Shareski said abt the use of devices in schools was very interesting and very true. He said that the restriction against the use of devices in school only causes students to be more and more eager to use them after school and less willling to engage in after school and other school-related activities, and I agree with him completely. I also agree with his opinion that the ban of devices is only a reaction to a control issue.
    Seth’s article was also very interesting. The fact that universities are now offering classes online for free is, in fact, a cause for them spread.

  22. lindysmith10 says:

    It is really difficult for me to compare these 2 articles because it they were talking about somewhat different things. The first article “Things are getting interesting” was talking about how students are relying and the importance of their technology devices in their everyday lives. Dean Shareski, the author, also blogged about how personal computers would be a new learning experience in schools but how the schools would loose control and focus on the students. In my opinion, I do think being able to bring my laptop to school would benefit me so I could have it in class when typing notes and saving projects/classwork straight to my own computer. Also, being able to take my work with me everywhere I go would be an advantage, but I do understand why teachers and staff do not want us to have them because they would not be able to supervise all of their students.
    The second article “Education at the Crossroads” was posted by Seth Godin. Mr. Godin talked about in this post how businesses want to offer a higher education over the Web at a lower price. He thinks that school needs to be about learning not about just passing tests of making the mark. I do not really have an opinion on this because I am not taking classes online yet, but when college comes I will probably do and not want it to be very very expensive to take a course.

  23. Jenee' Pombert says:

    The first article was interesting and provided a new spin on my thoughts about not allowing social media and networks in school. I think that part of the reason they don’t allow it is because of control issues, but without having this control we may be on the verge of ruining many kids education. What about the kids who would have to be put through this new system? If it doesn’t work then these kids have been denied a good education which is a legal right in this country. But on the other hand if it does work, then many students will have a higher quality education and will be able to make more of themselves as adults.

  24. allybandemer711 says:

    Things Are Getting Interesting

    I think that this author makes a good point of how much technology should be used in a classroom. He states that too much technology/internet access is not a good way to shape the new generation’s style of learning. Maybe having internet at everyone’s finger tips could be a good thing. Then again, maybe not. But the world will never know unless we give technology a chance.

  25. alexarzenshek says:

    Things are getting interesting
    Alex Arzenshek
    I think that technology in the classroom is all about control. Principals and other officials will not be able to closely monitor every single student while they are on the internet. Learning and researching will become a different process for everyone. I agree with him in the fact that the education process will change and be unique for each student. However, society is adopting technology and schools need to also, if they want their students to be prepared.

  26. jennifershirley13 says:

    Things are getting interesting.
    Jennifer Shirley

    I think this article is correct for the most part. Although I do agree with the fact that some students may be distracted by the internet others will use it to be more successful. As long as we monitor the use on the computer and the internet the students will highly benefit from this technological advance.

  27. Jenee' Pombert says:

    I think that the ideas were talking about in class, and the ideas in this article contradict each other. Because if we don’t allow social media and networking then we are still in school, but if we do allow it then what is the point in going to school if students can just watch videos at home and learn the same things. There would be no need to spend money on schools, and therefore the money spent on schools, a small percent, could be paid just to keep the websites up and running. The country would save money on education and if people think this social media and networks are so great, then according to them the students would be getting a higher quality education.

  28. smith49694 says:

    The article “Things just got interesting” is a very true article. People do want power especially ini the administrative world. They think that structure is key. Who is to say they are wrong, the system has gone well for many years now and why bother fixing something that is not broken to begin with? I think that they should keep blocking students from what they have because it would be even more of a distraction if these items were allowed in the school system.

    Education at the crossroads is a very interesting blog. I have thought for years now that schooling,at the college level, should not be so expensive. Some people are not as fortunate as others and it holds them back. Just because someone does not have enough money does not mean that they should be deprived of a great opportunity. Seth makes a very good point that should really be considered in the world of education.

  29. Ashley Schellhase says:

    Shareski’s blog interested me the most. I think that if certain devices are allowed in schools, tehn students will abuse their privillage of using them. Too many students can’t control themselves, and it ruins the experiance for everyone! The latest technologies could impact school positively if students would be more mature. In Seth’s blog, the fact that Stanford is offering FREE online classes amazes me. Schools and education are changing drastically; sometimes for the better, and sometimes for the worse.

  30. allybandemer711 says:

    Education at the Crossroads

    I think that this specific author really thought through the questions that needed to be answered. He addresses that technology could easily be overused, we would have to monitor all the time put into it. Otherwise, teachers would be without a job. He aslo asks if it should be about school or learning. When I read this, I could understand the difference. School is merely being there to take tests and notes. Learning is understanding; will all this social media really help kids learn?

  31. Ashley Schellhase says:


    Shareski’s blog interested me the most. I think that if certain devices are allowed in schools, then students will abuse their privillage of using them. Too many students can’t control themselves, and it ruins the experiance for everyone! The latest technologies could impact schools positively if students would be more mature. In Seth’s blog, the fact that Stanford is offering FREE online classes amazes me. Schools and education are changing drastically; sometimes for the better, and sometimes for the worse.

  32. clintonicsonic says:

    As I read the article “Things are getting interesting” I noticed that they are making a point by saying that schools are loosing control. This is in large part due to the fact that technology is taking over and is making things faster and easier to do. Dean Shareski is right, we are losing control even though we think we aren’t.

    In Seth’s blog I agree with the fact that there isn’t a crossroads in education, just three choices that anyone in higher education is offering. I also agree with the fact that just because something is free doesn’t mean that there isn’t some money to be made for extra curricular activities, focused tutoring, or for a certified degree.

  33. jennifershirley13 says:

    Education at crossroads
    Jennifer Shirley

    Wow! This article describes all my beliefs. I am really good in Literature class yet a struggle in math and sometimes my teacher moves too fast. instead of memorizing, taking the test, and then forgetting everything I need to be learning. I agree that learning doesn’t focus on grades or time it focuses on learning the information that we as students need to know. If I could learn math faster I would have all A’s, but I can’t force myself to learn faster.

  34. Rebecca says:

    These blog posts give good information and ideas about education and technology. The TL Advisor blog talks about students being able to use cell phones in school. I think that if we were allowed to use them the priviledge would be abused by many students. In Seth Godin’s blog is talking about free classes online. Students are going to be more interested in taking classes for free online. Because of this, teachers may start losing jobs.

  35. pianohuynh21 says:

    After reading the two blogs, it really struck me. What I mean is that of course, each and everyone has their own idea of what school is for them. Its whether is a bothersome or bettering their future. Its good that students can have notes or classes online but there is a positive outlook and a negative one on it too. Some students can learn perfectly well from it but that’s the thing though, some. Not all can learn that way. What if the student has trouble and needs to ask the teacher? They can’t really. It’s an online course. Also if the class were free, students would prefer it instead of paying the money for one. The other thing was that I think I might agree with what he says to say about control of the use of electronics. Of course teenagers today are getting wrapped up in using cellphones, Ipods, I-touch, etc. What adults don’t realize is that those very students are all mastering the use of those electronics. What better to do than letting us use them during school for education proposes? We’ll all be used to using them and can quicken the teaching process. One thing that is wrong is that the use of it. If students were allowed such things, they might take advantage of it and use it text and message each other.

  36. alexarzenshek says:

    Education at the crossroads
    Alex Arzenshek
    I think that he is correct in the fact that learning and school are two different things. Learning needs to start being all of the school’s priority. An inexpensive, but effective way to learn is what needs to be created. It already had in some way with social media and technology. Websites and blogs provide students with free information and opinions that almost everyone can access. Students can have many options and learn in a way they enjoy.

  37. Danielle Chiavelli says:

    First Blog:
    This blog talks about not letting students use their electronic devices in school. If schools do not let students use these devices, then it decreases the value of school itself. Personally, it is easier for me to focus on my work when I have something else going on, like listening to my iPod. Schools are hesitant in letting students use these devices only because of control. I do not think that teachers will loose control, but I think they will gain interest. Schools need to understand that these devices help students. For example, where would we be today without the Internet?

    Second Blog:
    This blog talks about the different ways that people can be educated. It says that some things are free, and others cost money. It also says that there is a difference between educating and learning. Learning is not based on workbooks or checklists, but it is about intellectual breakthroughs. Schools are a combination of both learning and educating, but overall schools are based upon learning. School is a free, focused way to learn.

  38. Paige Amoss says:

    Blog 1
    I think that schools should let students use their electronic devices during school. Not in class, but in the hallways and at lunch. Teenagers today, their lifeline is their phone and iPod. I’m glad that Creekview has started to let students use their iPods. Personally, I believe it makes time go quicker, and I focus more with music. I’m glad that our school also has access to the Internet. It’s very helpful for students to get research done. Schools are not going to lose control if they start letting students use these devices. I’m sure that if they DON’T have any rules or limits to them, then yes, there will be a loss of control. Besides that, what is it going to hurt?

    Blog 2
    This blog is talking about different ways to get educated online. It says that some are free while others cost so much money that websites don’t even want to show the price. There is a difference between school and learning. School is test, credits, note taking, and meeting standards. Learning is all about ‘getting it’. People have realized that school and learning are different activities, but it’s what you learn in school that carries you through. It doesn’t matter how much your education costs, it’s how you understand it.

  39. zmorgan says:

    Zach Morgan
    After reading the article “things are getting intersting”, i realized that other people in the world are wondering about what would happen if schools let their students u7se heir own electronic devices. The author noted that these things have been refered to as distractions from learning, when in fact they could potentially open new doors. He also mentioned that teachers do not incourage students to bring or use their devices in class. However, i do agree that thes are intersting points, and it really backs uo everything tht we have been working on in class.

    After reading the blog post titled “Education at the Crossroads”, i was informed that some colleges have been offering classses online for free to students. These classes were made available for the sople purpos of ‘getting it’, and not making grades and taking tests. The author also stated that a dramatic change is about to occur in the way people teah and learn. I completey agree with all of the points he made, and would support them.

  40. liteachey says:

    The first article really has some interesting ideas. It really made me think by bringing up the point that some colleges now offer free online courses. This makes sense. If you can get public grade school for free, why not free college courses as long as they were from a public university. I also thought the other article made sense too. If we use such devices at home, while traveling and illegally at school, then why can’t we be allowed to use them at school? They never hurt anybody and a lot of times they are used productively. Both articles have very interesting and factual points.

  41. euralayus says:

    As these articles state, things are really getting interesting. Offline information is slowly becoming obsolete. Information is being shared between millions daily through the internet. I agree with both of these blog posts. The world is changing, and we need to change with it. Education is gaining a much larger footing online, now more than ever. Every day, thousands of information sites on the Internet appear, and it can only grow. The second article didn’t really appeal to me that much. It didn’t seem very thought through. I think the first article was much more informative.

  42. pnunnally21 says:

    1- The idea of social media being put into schools is a very interesting topic. I think we should put social media in schools because it will be alot easier for students since we are much more advanced with technology. MAny people disagree with putting social media into schools and I can see where they are coming from but I think it will be for the better.

    2- The second article I thought had to do more with students about to graduate highschool or in college. I didnt think it had really much information that is much use to me. However i do think an online school would be cool I dont think it would be for me. I like being on computers but not all the time.

  43. Brittany says:

    I didn’t know that Standford and MIT did free online classes.I think it is better when sites offer things for free like wikipedia. Though I did know that that people who provide information for the website get paid even though it is free liek on wikipedia. Something that jumped out at me was the fact that ads have become more noticable since they were not getting enough attention before. I agree that technology might take over eduation.

  44. emilylemons says:

    The two blog posts were very interesting. It is mind boggling that MIT and Stanford are starting to offer free online classes. It is also very interesting that the newspaper business is starting to fail. I understand this because now people can get the same information for free on the Internet and they feel that it isn’t a necessary thing to pay for. In my opinion learning with web 2.0 tools would be a better way to learn and I feel like we should use them more.

  45. Connor says:

    I believe that the fisrt blog was very intruiging because it pointed out some interesting things. Such as social media and technology taking over the traditional teaching ways. I think that this is a great idea because it would cut down on so many costs of textbooks and other school related, costly items. Another is the fact that teaching could be done online, FOR FREE. That was the real kicker for me.

    2)-The second article did not really mean much to me and I did not get much information out of it. The thing that I remember the most and stood out to me was the sentence that said,”the education business market is going to exxplode, then implode(That didn’t make much sense.)”

  46. Kristin Sundvall says:

    “Education at the Crossroads” was very interesting to me. I think education should be inexpensive because money isn’t going to make anyone take in more information or “get it” more easily. I also like the idea of free online classes. It cuts down the cost of text books and is relatively easy to access.

    “Things are getting interesting” did not appeal to me as much, but I think it is true that getting education through technology could mean a more personalized and customized learning experience. I don’t think that teachers will “lose control”, though.

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