Reading Presentation Reflection 6-24-13

Reflection portion of presentation:

For our presentation we discussed the articles Outsourcing the mind – Gerd Gigerenzer and A Small Price to Pay – Stephen Kosslyn. We originally laid out a presentation that was completely reworked after closer evaluation of the texts. We used Prezi, youtube and Padlet. We began with poplet but found that padlet was more user friendly and presented the material in a better layout.
The prezi was very straightforward to use and had many functions that made a much more interesting summative presentation, allowing for a more interesting and enticing experience rather than using PowerPoint. While some functions are missing from Prezi that PowerPoint contains, prezi has a interesting and unconventional presentation format that draws in viewers in a way that PowerPoint never could. Because of that we feel that the presentation was more engaging. We think the padlet portion was especially engaging for students, allowing them to contribute to the presentation and offer new ideas from research they found during their work time.
“The Internet shifts our cognitive functions from searching for information inside the mind towards searching outside the mind. It is not the first technology to do so.” (Gigernenzer) With the use of padlet, we were actually able to get people’s thoughts in front of the class but also having them search outside themselves. One of the students referenced the TED video clip that we had the other day in class and the quote, “We must change because if we don’t, schools will not exist in the future, the way we know it now!”
In addition to the idea of working outside yourself and within a community of learners, Stephen Kosslyn states: “If I have a “new idea,” I now quickly look to see whether somebody else has already had it, or conceived of something similar — and I then compare and contrast what I think with what others have thought. This inevitably hones my own views. Moreover, I use the Internet for “sanity checks,” trying to gauge whether my emotional reactions to an event are reasonable, quickly comparing them to those of others.” So we have “safety in numbers”. We are able to share our ideas with others without fear of their judgements.
The biggest challenge our group faced was communication. We relied on the new technologies we had been introduced to like twitter and google docs and forgot how using a phone to call is sometimes the best choice. Group projects rely so heavily on good communication and our presentation would have been stronger had we gone about communicating in a more direct way. However it was a lesson learned that can be taken and stored for later fo as the saying goes “a wise [person] learns from their mistakes”

Our presentation as laid out on our blogs:
Essential Questions:
What key mindsets do teachers need to adopt that will allow them to prepare students for their learning futures?
What key mindsets do teachers need to adopt that will enable them to integrate technologies successfully in their classrooms?
How can teachers integrate these mindsets into their work?
Outsourcing the mind – Gerd Gigerenzer
A Small Price to Pay – Stephen Kosslyn
In decision theory and general systems theory, a mindset is a set of assumptions, methods, or notations held by one or more people or groups of people that is so established that it creates a powerful incentive within these people or groups to continue to adopt or accept prior behaviors, choices, or tools. This phenomenon is also sometimes described as mental inertia, “groupthink”, or a “paradigm”, and it is often difficult to counteract its effects upon analysis and decision making processes. On the positive side a mindset can also be seen as incident of a person’s Weltanschauung or philosophy of life. For example there has been quite some interest in the typical mindset of an entrepreneur.
Introduction Video


Tug-Of-War Padlet “Should schools be more like Google in their approach? ” Has thinking and learning changed? Is it worth the “price” we might have to pay later?


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