Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Nafiza: The Technological Leader

Nafiza is ahead of her time in many ways. Not only is she a bright 18 year old girl who begins using a technology from the moment she wakes up until she goes to bed at night but she also shows leadership by setting an example and helping others to learn ways to use the thing she loves to teach about various topics. I thought it was incredible that this 18 year old girl realized that she could have fun with her technological tools and still share messages about things such as the lives of the citizens of Darfur. I know that Nafiza has more computer and software knowledge than myself or many of my friends but I feel her want to use that knowledge to help others and inform about serious topics is an awesome quality. All in all I felt that the Digital Youth Portrait: Nafiza was a very informational video.

The technology and programs that Nafiza and her fellow classmates were using were nothing like anything that I worked with in high school. This can make sure programs a combination of scary and intriguing. This is another reason that I think students like Nafiza can be such a big help. Most students have enough knowledge from simply playing video games and creeping on Facebook that if they could only be guided just a tiny bit they could do so much more than they realize. I think teachers, especially very intellegent teachers can often be intimidating and students find that it is easier to ask a question of a friend rather than their teacher. It's important that students know that they can help each other as well as the teacher and that learning involves reteaching sometimes.

As a teacher I hope to be able to use as many technological mediums as possible. They are beneficial to student who are enjoying what they learn, helping others learn, and getting a hands on experience with learning. These mediums are beneficial to the teacher as well because he or she is allowed to interact on a different level and the mediums help the teacher convey subjects of all kinds to students who might not have caught on the first time.

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