Thursday, December 3, 2015

PLN #10

Summary:
The article “Moab Man Embraces Simple Life Living in Cave” by Jason Blevins is about how a man is not living a typical life but still is happy each and everyday. Suelo is a 48 year old man who lives in a cave. He lives off of no money and has no desire of it. He states,”It's instinctual to live without money; it's the way we were born, he says. It's political.” He finished college and all that stuff but after he was done and was looking for a job he realized this isn’t really what I want to do with my life. So he dropped everything and ran. He lived a more spiritual life which he found himself to be more happy with. Suelo used all the resources around him to stay alive, and he is still is to this day. It states,”He has stopped worrying about what people think about him.” Suelo was planning to camp and hitchhike around Alaska for a couple of months before hitchhiking back to Moab. A generous man put money on his boat thinking he would use it on his journey and when he was at the airport, but he just left it there and didn’t want anything to do with it. Suelo learned how to live spiritually and care free but still lives life to the fullest and is still alive to this day.

Response:
I believe this particular life style is different. It is definitely not for everybody although there are probably a lot of other people who strive for this life. Suelo was very brave to just drop everything and live without money and anyone or anything else. He is like Chris McCandless from “Into the Wild.” I don’t completely understand though why people like Suelo and Chris just don’t want anything to do with the real world. There is so much out there and so many opportunities. I mean I can see where they are coming from, but I guess that stuff is just not my style. For instance, I would rather take a trip to see New York City than go to California and see Yosemite. There are many approaches and ways to look at life and I guess it just depends on what you want to get out of it.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

PLN #9

Summary:
The article “In Praise Of The F Word” by Mary Sherry she is talking about the effect of threatening students grades with consequences to get them to do better in school. There was an example in the article where a student who sat in the back of the classroom and was a senior. He was not paying attention and was talking to all his friends all the time. The teacher notified the parent and the parent simply just asked,”Why don’t you move him to the front?” But the teacher believed threatening him with the idea of if he doesn’t pay attention he would flunk the class. The result of this threat was he started to pay attention and ended up passing the class. Sherry believes they should start putting this idea to use at many more schools.

Response:
I think the idea of threatening a student into a good grade isn’t such a bad idea. For some kids, really seeing that if they don’t pull themselves together and stop being so lazy the consequence could highly impact them in the future. Personally, sometimes I need that wake up call. When I realize how severe the result could be I grasp the fact that this could change everything. If I totally flunk a class I might loose some good choices for colleges and even worse my parents would be so mad and disappointed with me. Also in some cases you need letters of recommendation from certain teachers and if they didn’t think highly of you that can also impact your chances of getting into certain colleges. Sometimes students just need that extra push or boost and their true colors of excellence show and that’s sometimes what I need and generally everyone just needs once and awhile.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

PLN #6 Revision

Summary
"Make Way For Generation Z" by Michael Hershon is about bringing in a new generation to the work force and all the new ideas they would bring to the table. He says that the millennial generation, also known as Generation Y, born after 1980, seemed that some of them didn’t want to grow up. Hirshson also says, “Many were not afraid to speak their minds and made it clear they wanted to change the status quo. And at 80 million strong, they had the numbers to do it.” (I deleted this sentence) It states that “Gen Zers” tend to be more independent and want to be “cut loose earlier.” They also are “curious and driven” and Gen Zers are more of a mix of ethnicities. Born starting in the mid-90s to the early ’00s, Generation Z is coming in hard as the new and improved.


Response

In "Make Way For Generation Z by Michael Hershon I think that bringing different generations into the workforce is a great idea. You can get different viewpoints from everyone and it could make your company that much better. (deleted these sentences) Also sometimes everyone doesn’t relate, and bringing in new people could bring in new ideas. When I come home from school and start my homework my mom always says,"Where's your paper and pencil?" But now everything is on the computer, and we even use Google Classroom for art. Arapahoe uses a lot of technology, even more than I'm used to, because at my old school we used some but not as much. Also, my parents always say how awesome it is that kids now can take Algebra 2 Honors as a freshman or even an 8th grader because when they were in school they would take that class as a senior. That just shows how much Gen Zers are making a change in everyday society and possibly even in the workforce in the near future.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

PLN #8

Summary
In the article “Presidential Speeches Were Once College-Level Rhetoric--Now They’re for Sixth-Graders” by Derek Thompson, he is talking about how presidential speeches are starting to become less and less formal. Data shows that there is now less words in the speeches that Obama gives present day than there was back when George Washington was president. However, people are happy that the speeches are becoming less complex so people understand it better. When George Washington gave his speeches they were so complex and hard to understand, that people didn’t fully comprehend what he was saying.


Response
I agree with the group of people that are saying that the presidential speeches are becoming more of a sixth-grader’s reading level, but also disagree in some ways. I think presidential speeches should have some depth and figurative language in them, because I mean it shouldn’t be like you’re having a casual conversation with your best friend. But, since I’m younger and still learning the meaning of things, I appreciate how the speeches are becoming less complex so now people around my age understand them better. For example, in history class I used to have to annotate presidential speeches and find all the figurative language and give the meaning of each and every little thing. Honestly, that was probably one of the hardest things I had to do that year. Some of the language they used to use was just so hard to understand that I wanted to just give up on reading it and trying to comprehend it all. That’s why I don’t mind as much that they are so called “dumbing” it down. But I also still think that there is a level that they need to still be at with formal addresses.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

PLN #7

Summary
In the article “Why Having Goals Can Suck” by Jack Stahlmann it is about why having goals can be good for you but also bad. Some people have big goals, but don’t exactly have a plan to get there. In the article Stahlmann also states,”if you're feeling overwhelmed by a goal, it might be because you're looking at the end and not embracing the journey.” It also says that people celebrate the result but not necessarily the process you use to get there. Stahlmann gave tips in the article about how to achieve big goals so you can really embrace the journey you used to accomplish it.


Response
I agree with some points Stahlmann makes, but also disagree with some too. Personally, goals for me works well since sometimes I don’t have anything to look forward too. Goals help me stay on track and appreciate things in life. I mean I do agree with the fact that when you have such a big goal you don’t celebrate the journey it took to get there. But, when I have a big goal, I make a weekly schedule so I stay on track and make sure I accomplish the goal. Don’t get me wrong the end result is the best feeling in the world, but the journey it took to get there has many ups and downs and celebrating it all is what I think really helps you appreciate the outcome. I believe people should set goals, because I think some people need a constant reminder to get better and challenge themselves, and that is something I personally need as well.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

PLN #6

Summary
In the article “Make Way for Generation Z” by Michael Hirshon he is talking about the advantages that bringing different generations to the workforce can do to companies. He says that the millennial generation, also known as Generation Y, born after 1980, seemed that some of them didn’t want to grow up. Hirshson also says, “Many were not afraid to speak their minds and made it clear they wanted to change the status quo. And at 80 million strong, they had the numbers to do it.” Generation Z, born starting in the mid-90s to the early ’00s, is starting to become the new and improved. It states that “Gen Zers” tend to be more independent and want to be “cut loose earlier.” They also are “curious and driven” and Gen Zers are more of a mix of ethnicities. They are starting to take more interest in real world jobs as shown by the kids towards the end of the hour.


Response

I think that bringing different generations into the workforce is a great idea. You can get different viewpoints from everyone and it could make your company that much better. In the article it says,” Every time I threw out phrases like “paying your dues” and “playing the game,” the audience stared at me blankly. This was not the reaction I had come to expect from early twentysomethings. Usually they took notes on how they could get ahead in corporate America as quickly as possible.” That quote shows that some companies just have one generation of workers and even down to the way they all talk they are only connecting in some ways. Also  sometimes everyone doesn’t relate, and bringing in new people could bring in new ideas. For example at my house, my parents always say how awesome it is that kids now can take Algebra 2 Honors as a freshman or even an 8th grader because when they were in school they would take that class as a senior. That just shows how much Gen Zers are making a change in everyday society and possibly even in the workforce in the near future.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

PLN #5


Summary


In the article “You Will Be Able to Watch the CNN Democratic Debate in Virtual Reality” by Maya Rhodan they are talking about a new way to watch tv almost as if you’re there. CNN came out with an idea “to offer you a front-row ticket to look around the studio during its upcoming Democratic presidential debate, and you won't even have to leave your couch.” You just need a Samsung phone to get access to virtual reality. This concept will be open to the public on October 13 for the Republican debate. Since the debate is a really big and a lot of people will be watching CNN thought this will be a good time to launch the idea since there is 4.5 million streams. However, to get the whole virtual reality experience, you have to wear a big headset and they refer to it as “living in the Matrix.”

Response 

I think that it is a good idea for CNN to try this new idea of virtual reality. Technology is starting to grow in many ways ranging from phones where the screens wrap around to the sides, 3D tvs, and much more. Virtual reality in my idea sounds really cool because it’s like you’re right there at the event taking place. But I also think that they should make it available to more types of phones than just the Samsung phones. It’s also a smart idea for CNN to launch this new idea to a lot of people for a presidential debate. Since a lot of people watch it, a lot of people will get to experience it get or even hear more about it. They tried it earlier this year on some networks and shows such as ABC news, MTV, a soccer match, and the NHL and it seemed to be a hit. You can just be laying in your bed, sitting on a couch, or even swinging on a hammock and be able to watch the debate. It’s a really cool concept and it could change technology and the way you watch tv forever.