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As a teacher viewing these videos, I felt sad for the state of technology integration in some schools.  These videos had clear messages supporting technology and it is a shame that we still need to convince educators to use it in their classrooms.

In reality though, I'm sure viewpoints are similar to those when the first car, t.v., or personal computer were invented.  There were people that embraced it and others that did not.  It took a little convincing before everyone was on board with the new technology.  

My Interpretation
This video had a powerful message.  I believe people thought the young girl was crazy for the ideas presented in her essay.  The students laughed, the teacher took her to the principal who called the parents, they took her to the doctor, and then to the psychologist.  People couldn't even imagine anything like that being true and the girl was quite proud of her ideas.  

Video 2 - Role:  Teacher
As a teacher viewing this video, I thought the message being delivered by the student gave it that much more of an impact.  Our teaching should be student centered.  We should embrace creativity and originality from our students and encourage them to dream.  Sometimes the ideas that seem crazy, are the ones that matter most.  As educators we should not be shaming our students for thinking outside of the box, but rather learning from them.  Our world revolves around creativity and design.  They are the reason each brand exists.  Their products have been designed slightly different and that is why people purchase them.  We are creating innovators, not robots.  Times have changed and our practices in the classroom need to change as well.  The scenery and costumes in the video made the viewers feel as if they had gone back in time.  This helps us remember that we are in the 21st century and the future is now.  

My Interpretation
This video I did not find quite as powerful as The Essay.  I found the music to be very distracting and almost daunting.  The message seemed exciting and the music didn't seem to fit.  While watching this video, I felt as though I was watching a movie with subtitles.  It became tiresome and lost my interest quickly.  This is a shame, because it had a great message that I think people would benefit from.  

Video 3 - Role:  Teacher
As a teacher viewing this video, I thought the message was excellent.  With technology these days, the people have the power.  We have the ability to discuss any topic with people from all over the world.  I believe the graphics used provided perfect symbolism.  For example, the bowl of spaghetti representing the confusion that comes with all of the various components of the internet.  I also loved how they used overlapping boxes, almost like a venn diagram repeatedly throughout the piece.  This represents how we are all connected now and we can use that to our advantage.  Everyone may be talking at the same time on the internet, but that is how ideas become reality.  Talking leads to innovating.  Teachers should be communicating with each other and also giving our students opportunities to communicate with other classes that have similar interests or even with experts in the field.  The illustrations were a wonderful way to express the main points throughout the film, however I believe a stationary infographic would have been an easier to follow representation rather than a moving infographic such as this.  

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