Revisiting “A Vision of Students Today”

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Gedeeld door Jemimus

God I hope my own generation is going to do better by tomorrows students. But I look around me and see it still isn’t so. When will the tools of todays internet become “normal” to the “adults”.. is it happening yet? If it is, I don’t see it.

(originally published on Britannica Blog)

In spring 2007 I invited the 200 students enrolled in the “small” version of my “Introduction to Cultural Anthropology” class to tell the world what they think of their education by helping me write a script for a video to be posted on YouTube. The result was the disheartening portrayal of disengagement you see below. The video was viewed over one million times in its first month and was the most blogged about video in the blogosphere for several weeks, eliciting thousands of comments. With rare exception, educators around the world expressed the sad sense of profound identification with the scene, sparking a wide-ranging debate about the roles and responsibilities of teachers, students, and technology in the classroom.

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