A few ideas (Visions of Students)
The video above was created by Michael Wesch from Kansas University. This video is one that has no one standing in front of an audience giving a talk. The video is made up of different pictures, videos and the lives of different students. All these students describe what it means to be in school and express their feelings towards what needs to be changed. The school system was created so that the teacher was the one doing all the teaching and students would just listen, copy notes, practice work and then get tested. Sometimes it even felt that our schools were creating robots and that the only opinion that mattered was that of the instructor. Students were not allowed to be creative and had to do things the way the school wanted them to do. However we now are presented with all these advances of technology and both schools and educators need to change things up so that our students are being successful both in school and outside of school.
Students are now able to just Google a problem and most likely find the answers out there. One thing that teachers should work towards is creating a classroom where the students are engaged and where the problems can relate to them. With this we will have students excited to learn and to participate in class. In the video a clip of an article was shown that said "5,000 hours of their lives are spent reading, 10,000 are spent playing video games and 20,000 hours are spent watching TV". This is a perfect example of how much time students spend using different form of technology. Yes, reading is still crucial in schools but create tasks where the reading can be either related to their lives or a project that they can use the technology that they love to use. Shifting our methods to adapt to these technology natives will help get students back into caring about school. We have to encourage kids to be creative and attempt problems in whatever way they want instead of shutting them down when they have ideas and causing them to be afraid to be themselves. As a future educator, I will make sure that all of my students leave my classroom knowing that their ideas are important and have meaning.
Michael Wesch. (2011, Jun 18). "a few ideas..." (Visions of Students Today). YouTube. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/jrXpitAlva0?list=PLbRLdW37G3oMquOaC-HeUIt6CWk-FzaGp