Tuesday, November 13, 2007

"A Vision of Students Today"

I've been thinking about this post for a few weeks now, and as this topic has been blogged about over and over, it worries me that the short film (an actual project for a sociology class) is being misinterpreted. First off, this film was made by students who collaborated with their professor on this project explaining the way that students learn and how many teachers teach.

As Michael Wesch explains the project, " the video has become a part of the ongoing rich and rewarding conversation about the types of students and learning styles we face today in the classroom and how we can change how we teach, adopting technology in smart and sophisticated ways that enhance learning and address multiple learning styles while avoiding adopting technology “just for technology’s sake.”

The way I see it is we (educators) have to be conscious of the fact that students learn differently, obviously, but the world has changed since many of us were students. Accordingly, we have to work to change the way we work with and interact with our students. Lecturing is not always the best method. Accordingly, this film can be scary, but it can also be enlightening and exciting -- the world is changing, so we get to work to change with it to reach students who are immersed in this world. We need to do more with the technology that is central to our students' lives. The question is how to do so in a meaningful way.

If you haven't seen these projects (and the third piece is on the way), check them out below. They are fascinating. Really.

Part 1

Part 2

What do you think??

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