We are the Web (2.0)

While navigating my way around Diigo I came across some extremely interesting articles. Now I have to admit, with Diigo, I never really got much further than my own Library. As I will be dedicating a future post to Diigo, I won’t give too much away right now. So much as to say, I discovered that there is a whole world of ICT articles out there to be read. As I’m sure you’re all like me, little on the time, and plenty on the articles – I’ll keep this post somewhat small!

This article I came across written by K Walsh was about the Campus Technology 2011 Conference, in particular, about the keynote speaker Michael Wesch. Now those of you who haven’t come across him before (as I have to admit, I hadn’t yet either), Mr Wesch is an Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University and he published a video called “Web 2.0 … The Machine is Us/ing Us” back in 2007. The video has not only had over 11 million viewers, but to this day still holds a significant truth about Web 2.0 – It’s making us re-think, everything.

Personally, I’d never heard of a cultural anthropologist before and neither had anyone else I asked. Yet after starting this subject on education tools, I’ve come to respect and admire that such profession. Why? Because they have a knack of putting what we do every day, into perspective. One of Mr. Wesch’s video’s stated that we’ve spent less than 5,000 hours reading, but then over 10,000 playing video games. Partly true (I love to read).  That we spend over half of our waking life with media. True. That as students we’re told that there is always one right answer. True – but is that really true? (Wesch, “a few ideas…” (Visions of Students Today), 18/06/2011)

For me, being a teacher is about learning and discovering for my students. I want it to be about the students discovering, the students learning, and the students finding out what works and what doesn’t work. Not what is the right answer, or the wrong answer.

Walsh (Michael Wesch: New Learning Environments for New Media Environments | Emerging Education Technology, 27/07/2011) continues to write about Wesch’s “concern about how today’s students often feel uninspired in the classroom”. Walsh continues to write “fortunately, today’s Internet technologies offer so many ways in which that model can be tweaked, evolved, and made to be more fun, more engaging” and I completely agree. As teachers, it is our responsibility (and for those of you like me, our passion) to use the “wealth of tools available to us on the Internet” to inspire and encourage our students to learn.

If you get a chance, do read the article by K Walsh. Just a smidgen longer than my post and worth every second!

Logging off,

Miss K

Michael Wesch: New Learning Environments for New Media Environments | Emerging Education Technology by K Walsh

Ps. I’m going to add Emerging Education Technology to my Feedly! 🙂