Showing posts with label Michael Wesch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Michael Wesch. Show all posts

Monday, June 20, 2011

Visions of Students Today - A Video Collage

Over the weekend Michael Wesch and his students launched Visions of Students Today. Many of you may be familiar with A Vision of Students Today which Wesch released three years ago. Visions of Students Today is a video collage that was composed from hundreds of submissions from students all over the world. You can read the full story of the project's creation on Michael Wesch's blog.

Visions of Students Today is not just a video, it's a video collage. You can simply watch the video on YouTube, but if you visit you can interact with the video. Visions of Students Today was created using HTML5 which allows the creators to link to books, videos, and sites within the video. Go to and click on the elements you in the video to learn more about them.

Below is the non-interactive version of Visions of Students Today.

Applications for Education
Like A Vision of Students Today, viewing Visions of Students Today is a good way to learn or be reminded of how students act and live in their daily lives. Interacting with is a good way to learn more about the things that appear in the video.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Rethinking Education - Do You Want to be a Part?

Rethinking Education is a new video from Dr. Michael Wesch. I saw the video on Dr. Scott McLeod's blog yesterday and have since watched it twice and listened to just the audio once (the value for me was almost the same without the visuals). The video is embedded below and my reflections are below it.

Replace "printing" at the beginning of the video with "creating" and you have the reason I like Web 2.0 tools for publishing interactive texts, producing videos, and sharing acquired knowledge.

The discussion of what is good knowledge or good information is a discussion that should happen whether the information is online or in print.

Links are very important.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Make a Video Contribution to The Visions of Students Today

Professor Michael Wesch who, along with his students, produced the viral video A Vision of Students Today more than three years ago is getting ready to produce another video. His next video is tentatively titled The Vision of Students Today. Professor Wesch is looking for teachers and students around the world to contribute to the new video. To contribute grab a video camera and record a two minute clip of scenes you see during the critical learning moments of your day. Then upload your contribution to Professor Wesch's YouTube Channel between next Monday and February 15. Click here to read all of the details about this new collaborative video project.

If you haven't seen A Vision of Students Today, check it out below. It's well worth four minutes of your time.

Applications for Education
As Professor Wesch points out in his blog post, recording a contribution for The Vision of Students Today could be a good way to get students thinking about their learning. It could also be a good professional learning activity to get a sense of what your students see as important in their learning and perhaps what they think your school thinks is important.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Keynotes from Building Learning Communities

Every summer Alan November and his team host the Building Learning Communities conference in Boston. I recently learned that some of the keynotes from this past summer's conference are now available to view on Vimeo. If you have some time this weekend, I recommend watching one or two of them. I've embedded Michael Wesch's keynote below.

BLC10 Keynote - Wesch from Brian Mull on Vimeo.

You may have heard me mention Michael Wesch in the past in reference to the video A Vision of Students today which was produced by some of his students.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

"The Class" - Satire on Technology in the Classroom

I found this video through Professor Michael Wesch's blog.
If you're a fan of The Office, you will definitely appreciate this video. If you're not a fan of The Office, you will still notice that unfortunately too much of this video is an accurate reflection of what goes on in a lot of classrooms today.

Friday, October 23, 2009

A Vision of Students Today (Yet Again)

I'm showing a colleague how to embed a video into a blog, couldn't think of a better one than Michael Wesch's A Vision of Students Today.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Vision of Students Today

Something I read on Robert Scoble's blog last weekend reminded me of this video posted on YouTube more than a year ago by Professor Michael Wesch. The video has now been viewed nearly four million times on YouTube. So chances are good that you've seen it. If you haven't seen it, take four minutes to watch it now.

From the video: "When I graduate I will have a job that doesn't exist today."
That statement applies not only to college students but to all students. What are we doing as educators to prepare students for jobs whose descriptions do not yet exist?

"This year I will read 8 books, 2300 webpages, and 1281 Facebook Profiles."
What are we doing as educators to engage students in learning through the use of current technologies?

Thursday, September 4, 2008

The End of Textbooks?

Professor Michael Wesch, producer of some fantastic videos about education in the 21st century, has started a great conversation on his blog. The conversation revolves around the topic of textbooks how some high schools don't allow textbooks to be taken home from school. I encourage you to read his blog entry and join in the conversation. Here is a part of a comment I made on the topic.
"At times I’ve been encouraged by my colleagues not to let the books out of the room because “you will never see them again.” Yes, there are textbooks sent home that I never see again, but the alternative of keeping them locked up on a shelf only to be taken out for in-class reading is far more costly to our education system than a dozen lost books."

In case you're not familiar with Professor Wesch's work, here is one of his very popular videos regarding education in the 21st century.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

An Anthroplogical Introduction to Youtube

Professor Michael Wesch has made available online his presentation to the Library of Congress about Youtube. Professor Wesch offers some fantastic insights into what makes video and digital technology viral and the implications for students in the future.

It's a long video presentation, but well worth watching.

Monday, July 21, 2008

A Portal to Media Literacy - Presented by Michael Wesch

Michael Wesch is a Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Digital Ethnography at Kansas State University. Over the last couple of years Dr. Wesch and his students have produced some fantastic videos about today's students, the changing culture of today's students, and how those cultural changes should impact classroom instruction. I've featured Dr. Wesch's most well known video, A Vision of Students Today, on this blog in the past. Today, I'd like to share with you a video of a lecture that Dr. Wesch recently gave at the University of Manitoba. The video is long, about an hour, but as Liz Davis who tipped me off to the video via Twitter said, "worth every minute."