October 13, 2007
Another thought-provoking video from Michael Wesch, assistant professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University and creator of “The Machine is Us/ing Us”.
Not only does this include an example of Google Docs in use, but more importantly, it is a view of students through their own (honest) eyes. The focus is on undergrads at a university, but high school students (and others?) are not far off of this vision.
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What are the implications for us as teachers? How does this vision of students demand that we teach differently? How DO we engage a generation that edits their Facebook profile during lecture hall? (Sadly, some will likely offer this as further proof of why we should not have 1:1 laptop programs and why we should ban all digital gadgets from the classroom…and why? So they can focus better on the blackboard, of course.)
And we would be missing the point.