This video is a powerful reminder of what the internet is capable of. It can create unity, empowerment, hope, and inspiration and it should be used as such. I wholeheartedly agree with Michael Wesch’s view and determination in changing today’s classrooms to utilize and harness student’s expertise in technology in order to achieve something that was never possible before the invention of the internet. The power of collaboration today versus what was available even 20 years ago is astounding and not something to ignore in the classroom. There is an entire library available at the click of a button, rendering the importance of memorizing facts obsolete. I love the idea that Wesch brings up when he said young people need to go beyond critical thinking in today’s era of new media. It was enough in the age of television to be able to resist the powers of media, but not today. I think by that he meant that there is so much information at our fingertips that yes, critical thinking is important, but its only a first step in creating change in our society. Technology can be that avenue of change when used in a powerful, uniting way.
This video also reminds me about what is happening in high school classrooms today. As a future science teacher, I am in the midst of learning about the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). When I hear the word standards I usually think there is going to be a long list of facts that students are to memorize in order to pass some high stakes test. But when I began to dig deeper into the NGSS I was pleasantly surprised. The main objective of these standards is to build student’s abilities to critically think, analyze, hypothesize, and model for purposes that are relevant to student’s lives. It also recognizes what a powerful and integral tool technology can be in learning science. I think teachers and administrators are realizing that the world is changing to an “era of new media” and with that so should the way we approach student learning. If teachers continue with this way of teaching, we are giving our students something that would have seemed impossible only a few decades ago: the tools they need to solve society’s problems as well as an avenue to share it with the world.
Wesch, M. (2010, October 12). TEDxKC-Michael Wesch-From Knowledgeable to Knowledge-Able. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeaAHv4UTI8