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David Warlick - Flat Classroom 10-3 Keynote

David Warlick - Flat Classroom 10-3 Keynote

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Comment by Jessica C. on November 21, 2010 at 12:27am
The speed at which our world is flattening is truly incredible. David Warlick mentions that his first realization of this was in 1990, when the first version of the chat room - the IRC - was born. This was only 20 years ago when the internet was rare. He speaks in an inspiring manner, encouraging us to take advantage of the internet to connect with others and "care" for those outside of our neighborhoods, cities, and countries. We take for granted the convenience that the internet gives us, and we must use the power of the internet to interact with people from other countries to truly mature into global citizens.
Comment by Ji Yoon H. on November 18, 2010 at 10:04pm
Few days ago, I received a letter (yes, an actual handwritten letter on paper) with a little present from my sister all the way from Boston. She could have just written me a quick email which would have taken around 2 seconds for me to view, but she managed to write a letter and sent it to Korea even though it took a week to get here. So here's my question. We all know that technology has developed rapidly and effectively over the past years. We all know that technology has made our lives so much easier in various aspects: economically, politically, socially, and even psychologically. However, is this really effective? Warlick connects his own stories to the development of technology and how it has affected him. Of course, he's probably not the only one who has experienced such chances in our flattening world; we are also exposed to so many different technological improvements all around us and here comes my personal opinion about his response: as members of the Flat Classroom, we should also be aware of what I call 'too much technology.' To some people, receiving handwritten letters are so much better than the same letter sent through gmail. Back in the past, people had to use their brain very hard to analyze a specific topic or information introduced at school, whereas now, every analysis and detailed information can be found anywhere and everywhere on the web. Before we move on further on the "effectiveness" of technology, in order to keep a steady balance, we should discuss more about the "ineffectiveness" of technology as well, how it has affected our personal lives in this flattening world we live in, and possible solutions.
Comment by Chris N. on November 17, 2010 at 9:48pm
In my opinion, it is not Warlick's message that is especially enlightening - ever since Thomas Friedman began to talk about a flattening world years ago, we've always been able to understand this concept. But rather, it is how Warlick is able to relate to this concept through his own life's anecdotes that reflects how he has been changed by this phenomenon. Oftentimes, it is one's reaction to the situation that bears far greater significance than the situation itself - and Warlick has been able to explicate this with ease by relaying his own encounters with our flattening world. This video lends credence to the possibility that many of us, upon opening our eyes a bit more, will be able to see the same phenomenon in our own lives and thus will react to it in the same progressive manner.
Comment by Daisy O on November 16, 2010 at 5:14am
It's pretty amazing how clueless people were when the world was finally becoming flat. Access to the internet today is just as frequent as breathing. I can't believe that someone could be flabbergasted about chat. Chat happens all around us today and we can't see how it was almost like re-inventing the wheel. Information is now able to spread faster and further which DOES increase connection and collaboration. These inventions have been futuristic and then they have been passed off as past events that no longer deserve any attention or acknowledgements.
Comment by AdelA on November 8, 2010 at 6:14am
David Warlick is an educator who works on his websites. He said that he was the only person in his institution who was connected to the internet. He could chat with people around the world before the www, internet explorer and firefox.
He says that we use the internet to connect with others and get information. This helps us to change while we connect to other people from different countries. The flat and connected world makes us care more about what we know. We care more about everyone!
I think what the speaker said is very important for all people who like to live in a flat world.

AdelA
OBZ, Oman
Comment by MahmoodM on November 8, 2010 at 6:00am
David Warlick is a famous educator who works on his websites and receives nearly a million page views a day!
Through his video he gives us some advice. We should work hard to get information and we should do something with what we know. We can use what we know to change ourselves and other people. I agree with Mr. Warlick that we should care about what we know because we are living in a connected world.

MahmoodM
Comment by AhmedM on November 8, 2010 at 5:30am
David Warlick has been an educator for 34 years and he was one of the first one computer teachers ¬¬¬before www was invented.
He was talking about his first experience to connect with others using the Internet.
In 1990 he was working in north Carolina as educator and he was the only employee who had access to the Internet.
It was Before World Web and internet explorer discovered.
One day he received an email about a program like talking chat programs and he joined that program. He entered the chat room and he communicated with some people from Island. He said that it does not matter what their language, their faces and their colors are, it is all about communicating with each other"

He advised us to care about what we know and use it.
At the end, he "said that in Flat Classroom Project we communicate with other students from all over the world . This makes you care about the world.

AhmedM
OBZ
Oman
Comment by Priscilla K. on November 4, 2010 at 11:29am
This video deals with the sort of knowledge that most of us already have. But to have it articulated to us in this man's words, gives a lasting impact. We live with this knowledge of a flattening and rapidly developing world, but we don't quite understand the full extent of it. And that may be because we ourselves don't know how to respond or react to the world we live in. With all these technological advancements and opportunities to influence the world, comes responsibility. The task at hand for our generation is to learn how to properly use these, in a way, gifts. But most people don't realize this factor that contributes to our flattening world, and carelessly misuse this break in communication. This is the point that stood out to me through this video because I feel this is what needs to be emphasized to the public and to our generation of people.
Comment by Yoonji R on November 2, 2010 at 11:54am
David's comments about the internet and the connection that is made by the source of internet interested me. When I was is elementary school, not many students used internet and all I could do with the computer was making simple documents or checking few websites. I believe its a good progress that now we can contact and connect with people from all around the world with out having to pay so much, (or at all) and easily. I think technology has improved and make the life more convenient than before.
Comment by Alex L. on November 2, 2010 at 11:50am
Through this keynote I was able to gain valuable insight on how much the world really changed. My simple single-word comment at first was "Wow." No internet? That must have been really really bad..haha Anyway Through this keynote I was able to witness how our world has changed and how we can further change our world with the Internet.

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