Opening Session – Keynote – Dr. Michael Wesch – Kansas State University
Cultural Anthropologist

Q: How may of you do not like school?
Q: How many of you do not learning?

A Vision of Student Today
a short video summarizing some of the most important characteristics of students today - how they learn, what they need to learn, their goals, hopes, dreams, what their lives will be like, and what kinds of changes they will experience in their lifetime. Created by Michael Wesch in collaboration with 200 students at Kansas State University.

1. Communication
2. Thoughtfulness
3. Empathy

New Media (New Guinea)
Building yourself, building your identity

The effect of new media
When media change then relationship change

- We need to create _ in our classroom: (Knowledge-ability)
o Communication
o Thoughtfulness
o Creativity
o Empathy

- By doing the above, you make the change from Meaning-Seekers to Meaning-MAKERS within your students
- When media changes, relationships change

- The search for identity is happening in a world saturated with media
- Students NEED ‘critical thinking’ – even if to just take on the onslaught of media
- Web 2.0 isn’t just linking information, it’s linking PEOPLE

- User-generated content

- Type PWN in url in front of to get a link to DL the mp4

How do we get away from a strict/forced classroom?
1- Engage REAL PROBLEMS (don’t start w/ the technology) – has to go beyond the classroom…that the teacher doesn’t know the answer to

2- Engage the real problem WITH students – teacher becomes a student again

3- Harness the RELEVANT tools

1- The Syllabus for the course is on a wiki and editable by anyone
a. Goals/what we want to achieve
b. Can go back and edit in the schedule
i. Updates are emailed to students – WebPaint.com__
2- Reading assignments in Etherpad…”go read everything we need to know to solve this problem” – everyone reads a bit and updates in Etherpad b/c everyone reads a little and reads something different
3- Students blogs – can blog anywhere they want (as longs as it has an RSS) which is then put into a Yahoo Hype(pipes?)
4- Students do interview questions for a project on YouTube to get more responses
5- Each student creates a 5min video which will then all be compiled to be a real paper/real project that was previously collaboratively written/edited via a GoogleDoc

Goal in the classroom should be to teach GLOBAL EMPATHY.

In the classroom:
part 1- engage with real problems
part 2- with students
part 3- harness the relevant tools (*)

Use technology in meaningful ways, not just to use technology

Michael Wesch - WEBPAGE ON YouTube

The need to move from Information Literacy
TO Digital Citizenship

Digital Ethnography

Web 2.0 ... The Machine is Us/ing Us

Dr. Michael Wesch - Social Media in the Classroom

Free Hugs Campaign

Dove Commercial – Beauty pressure

Q: what is it like being a student?
Create a GOOGLE documents for everyone to share

A vision of students today – you tube video

put it into wordle – create a poster

TECHNOLOGY (alone) is not the answer

Classroom setup
1. Engage with real problems (you do not know the answer to)
2. With students (then you become a student as yourself)
3. Harness the right tools

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