Monday, September 22, 2008

Final YouTube for today I Promise (I think)!?

This is the video I was originally looking for before I posted the others. It took some searching but here it is. If you look at any, look at this one. Every time I see it I go WOW!

4 comments:

April "Don't Make Me Shush You!" Hilland said...

WOW, what a clear and straightforward message to educators! I would love to share that with the teachers at my school.

Selena Jensen said...

Hey Darryl,

Very thought-provoking. I think that the information in this video great, but I can't resist stirring things up;) It's almost as if the video implies that until Web 2.0, students were never taught to think critically or analyze. Humans have been thinking critically, have analyzed and have been engaged learners with a multitude of tools for thousands of years. Yes, as educators, we need to remain current - even ahead of the trends - but that doesn't negate teaching the basics, whether it is done digitally or not. I don't mean to rant, but sometimes I find these kinds of messages a little glib as they take a complex issue and try to boil it down to a "We're failing our kids" kind of message. I look forward to your thoughts on my musings...

katkin said...

It's amazing how simple and even how low-tech this video is, and yet, each time I see it, it continues to strike an emotional chord. We used this video last year to introduce a new initiative with our teacher-librarians - to support inquiry and the implementation of the ICT continuum. Although many of our teacher-librarians were moved by the video, others did challenge it as being overly dramatic in the same sense that Selena suggests in her comment below. Some pointed out that these kinds of videos are deliberately one-sided (probably to over-state the point) and neglect to acknowledge that effective teaching and student learning did take place prior to Web 2.0.

Darryl Bussiere said...

Selena,
I hadn't thought of it that way but I can definitely see where you're coming from. I agree that we have been engaging students and challenging students to think critically and analyze information in the past and we continue to do so with or without technology. From my interpretation of the video, I see the message as are we as educators, the digital immigrants, keeping up with digital natives and using these tools to challenge students in the same way we were before technology played such a huge role in our lives. I certainly don't think technology is the answer to our teaching woes however are we using it to challenge and push our students to the next level of thinking using the tools as educational tools, not just another social fad?
Thanks for your comments!