Sunday, March 7, 2010

Week 8

Randy Pausch's Last Lecture

Wow! I wish more people would have his outlook on life, he is so positive despite his diagnosis! He made all of his childhood dreams come true through his virtual reality worlds. He started his lecture off by telling what his childhood dreams were and then how he accomplished them. He does not let anything stop him from achieving what he wants, he says several times about how brick walls were put up to make ourselves prove how much we want what is on the other side. He says that if a brick wall stops you from achieving what you want that is on the other side then you truly didn't want it.

A major part of his lecture was the program he started at Carnegie Mellon University, called Building Virtual Worlds. He taught his program for about 10 years, with his first semester students he gave them only 2 rules. The rules were no pornography and no fighting. These first students blew him away with what they did just in the first 2 weeks! After talking with his mentor he decided not to set a bar. By not setting a bar, he opened the door for bigger and better virtual reality projects. Having a teacher like him who would not set a bar for you because he know that you can do better is really great!

Dr. Pausch gave several great ways that as teachers we can show our students how they can achieve their dreams no matter how big and impossible they may seem . As future teachers we are an important part of a child's future, as Dr. Pausch stated. What I found very interesting was that in his lecture he showed some of the students that he had helped achieve their dream. He truly is a great professor and has had many amazing opportunities that we are all very lucky to have been able to have heard all of them.

Overall, Randy's lecture was very inspirational and encouraging. He has made me want to become a great teacher and an even better person. He is very inspirational as I have said before. Even though this was a long video to watch it was really great to listen to!

This week for comment 4 kids I commented on the funny video of Mr. McClung singing "Party in the U.S.A" for the one of the school's homecoming week activities. Here is what I said: "My name is Danielle and I attend the University of South Alabama and for my EDM310 I was required to watch your video. It was hilarious! I have to agree with the judge that old you to keep your day job, but I give you big points for getting up there and singing!"

1 comment:

  1. Great post! I loved Randy Pausch's Last Lecture. It was definitely inspirational! It's such a shame that he's no longer with us. It was worth the hour.