Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Randy Pausch's Lecture

Randy Pausch's Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams was a great video to watch. It was like watching a great movie that comes along every once in a while that you wish would never end. He was full of so much information and knowledge, yet he kept the concepts simple. You can live out your dreams to so extent, as long as you don't take no for an answer, and you keep pushing toward your goal. This was an eye opening lecture.
As the video opened, he made it a point not to pity him and that he was not going to talk about his cancer. And as the video went on further, I forgot about his life story and really focused on his lecture. Randy Pausch, in some way or another, fulfilled all of his childhood dreams. After his dreams were fulfilled he dreamed even bigger and began to help his students realize and achieve their dreams.
Randy Pausch did not believe in book work. He wanted work to be hands on. He talked about how to "head fake" children. "Head faking" was the concept of letting children have fun while indirectly teaching them something. His "dream factory" became Alice, which is a project that allows children to make movies and games, yet teaches them as they use it. At the time of the lecture it had 1 million downloads, 8 textbooks about it, and 10% of U.S. colleges were using it. Pausch said that the best was yet to come from "Alice". He compared himself to Moses, in the fact that, like Moses he will "get to see the promised land, but not step foot in it".
Randy Pausch should be a role model for future teachers. He did not believe in book work, but he did believe in children having fun while they learn something really hard. He whole basis for living was to have fun, not just in learning but in life. The thing I learned most from the lecture was to never give up on the dreams of my future students or my own dreams. I think that dreams will only die if you let them. And in the end the talk was for his kids. "Brick walls are there for a reason: they let us prove how badly we want things". -Randy Pausch

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