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Chapter 3 Cathy Davidson Reading Blog

In the chapter 3 reading, “Project Classroom Makeover” by Cathy Davidson, the main focus is on technology in the classroom. In the reading, Duke University is chosen to participate in “Apple Digital Campus”, where each school chosen is to pick a product from apple to use across campus. Duke chose the ipod, which at the time in the reading, in  2003,has no scholastic value. Ipods were first made just for listening to music. It is and will always officially be the first mp3 player. The students at Duke begin a quest to find what is educational about the ipod. The focus, however was not on the ipod’s learning potential itself, but the young users of the ipod. It then goes on to elaborate on the new generation of students who have grown up in the information age and how teachers were still trained on text-based information. The first year students at Duke were all given ipods and challenged to come up with learning applications for the device. It is then discussed how the students who challenge themselves already, were given the opportunity to break the rules they have always followed and discover completely outside of the box with this ipod assignment. In the ipod experiment, the researchers were crowdsourcing educational innovation for a digital age to their incoming students. The students found many ways to use the ipod in an educational setting, from archiving famous dissertations from noble prize winners, physicists and poets, to recording lectures from their classes so that they could listen at their leisure. Language classes were also improved since you could listen to the assignments anywhere you went as long as you had an ipod. Sound had a new educational role and visuals dominated classroom culture. By the end of the first year of the experiment, Duke became apart of a new movement to transform the ipod from a listening device to an interactive broadcasting device and hosted the world’s first ever academic podcasting conference in 2005. The reading goes on to say that after the Duke ipod experiment, other schools, including a school in North Carolina, Culbreth Middle School, also did an ipod experiment to discover more innovative ways to use the ipod in an educational setting. The effect the digital age has on modern society and learning still hasn’t quite caught up to the digital age, in my opinion. Learning is beginning to include focus on technologies and digital media, but I believe the world won’t be caught up for a few more years.

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  1. Kathleen
    October 16, 2011 at 6:11 pm

    Paris, I appreciate your summary on Ch3 of the Davidson reading, but I’m having difficulty figuring out what blog assignment this is meant to correlate with. You have completed blog assignments 1 and 2 and the third assignment is:

    Write a blog on what Free Press is and what they do. Cite at least one point in the chapter that helps explain why they do what they do. Choose an issue that they’ve addressed and write a question that you’d like to ask the Free Press director about (hint: this question should begin with “Why” or “How”). Be prepared to raise this question after the lunch.


  2. October 20, 2011 at 5:35 pm


    Mrs Clark and I discussed me doing a blog on a summary of ch3 in replace of quiz 1 that I missed. That is what this posting is. I haven’t yet got to complete my other blog assignments, as I have been out of town for my sister’s surgery for the week and it’s been difficult to find time and an internet connection to complete, but I have also discussed this with Mrs Clark, and I will have the blogs posted as soon as possible.

    Sorry for the confusion.

  3. Kathleen
    November 14, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Got it. Thanks, Paris, Blackboard has been updated.

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