Anyone who has thought about teaching and learning amidst the explosive growth of emedia and online social networking should take a look at this video by Prof. Michael Wesch at Kansas State University.
It is an exciting and challenging time to be an educator. I believe that the web can be a two-headed beast that we must nurture and manage with care. It can provide a wealth of useful information as well as a vast wasteland. There is a long path beginning with data and information that can lead to knowledge and wisdom. It is our job to guide those who want to learn through this often treacherous landscape.
Since 2007, Michael Wesch, a Kansas State University anthropologist, has released a series of viral videos interrogating the ways in which new web technologies shape human communication and interactions with information. First came The Machine is Us/ing Us, then Information R/evolution and An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube. Now he’s back with a new video called “Rethinking Education,” a montage that pulls together sound bites of thought leaders (Tim O’Reilly, Yochai Benkler, Brewster Kahle, Ray Kurzweil, etc.) describing how technology is altering the broader educational landscape…