Rethinking Education: A New Michael Wesch Video

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…

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  • Seamus says:

    Aus­tralia is cur­rent­ly engaged in a process of so called edu­ca­tion “reform”, the two key pil­lars of which are a new Aus­tralia wide cur­ricu­lum, and a web­site for the pro­duc­tion of com­par­a­tive league tables. The best it seems we can do in this dynam­ic age is rehash the old and increase our focus upon stan­dard­iza­tion.

    The real tragedy is that the way for­ward has been dis­cussed and debat­ed for decades. The work of John Dewey appears more pre­scient than ever, 100 years on, in his calls for the democ­ra­ti­sa­tion of the class room and the need to devel­op stu­dents latent cre­ative poten­tial.

    Now is the time to loosen the chains in edu­ca­tion, not tight­en them.

  • Danny says:

    “Rethink­ing Edu­ca­tion” is a great, unique video. very inter­est­ing.

  • joey vaz says:

    the way things are going,i think in the near future„“teachers” would be obsolete,and the class­rooms would have a giant screen teach­ing stu­dents from the intenet.This is by a good thing,its more infor­ma­tive and productive„the only thing is the dis­tinct human ele­ment that is missing,and upto a cer­tain extent,alter the per­sona of our future stu­dents..

  • Frances Nonye says:

    Please will want to know and learn more on this.

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