Showing posts with label Mwesch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mwesch. Show all posts

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

New Podcast - How Do You Spend Your Money?

In this episode I share a conversation that has been reoccurring throughout the last couple of years in my department meetings. What are we going to use our limited budget money for? Until recently, I’ve always argued for not upgrading textbooks every couple of years and instead save the money to invest in technology resources. But last week I joined a conversation on Michael Wesch’s blog that forced me to look at the arguments again.

This episode was recorded using the drop.io voicemail service. It’s an easy way to create mp3 voice recordings. After recording the message I dragged it into Garage Band to edit and add the intro and outro music.

You can listen to the episode using the player embedded below or use the player embedded in the right hand column of the blog. The player in the right hand column of the blog will also provide you with my previous podcast episodes.

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.

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."