Why This Blog?

This blog is the repository of materials I use with my students to help them think about what schools and teaching may be like in the future. I will add materials as I find them. If you have suggestions for materials that should be included here, please let me know via Twitter @drjohnhadley or by Email.

I also use these materials to stimulate an ongoing conversation with students and faculty on two questions: How do we determine whether a teacher is "technologically literate"? and Must all teachers be "technologically literate"?

The first question is the result of thinking about the second which was the central issue addressed in a 2007 post by Karl Fisch, author of The Fischbowl and Director of Technology for Arapahoe High School in Littleton, Colorado: "Is It Okay to Be A Technologically Illiterate Teacher?"

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Toward A New Future of Whatever - Michael Wesch

Jul 17th, 2009
Professor Michael Wesch has revised his talk in the post that immediately follows this one with the title "The Machine Is (Changing) Us.

This is what he says on his blog to introduce the new video:"
Here is the video from my recent talk at the Personal Democracy Forum at Jazz at Lincoln Center. About 10 minutes of it is a minor update (rehash) of An Anthropological Introduction to YouTube, but the rest is new. The gathering may have been the highest concentration of amazingly creative and concerned global citizens I have ever been around. Hallway conversations were different than your typical conversations. Instead of lots of people saying, “You know, somebody should … ” there were lots of people saying, “So I did this, this, and this, and now I’m working on doing this, this, and this and we should collaborate … ” In other words, it was a bunch of people blessed with what I once heard Yochai Benkler and Henry Jenkins call “critical optimism.” Nobody there was blindly optimistic, thinking technology was going to make everything better. They were all continually trying to figure out where we are, where we might be going, and the possible downsides and dangers of new technologies so we can use the new technologies to serve human purposes. In other words, it was my kind of crowd." Source: Mediated Cultures

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed this video. The evolution of whatever. Got to love it. Ive seen many of those phases come and go and I think that the last def of whatever (no worries man)has already hit. As a person that deals with social anxiety the existance of putting myself outthere with out the reprecutions of being judge personally is great. I can get an idea of how my opinion or thoughts are viewed and get feed back. All with out getting a lecture from mom cause i said the wrong thing.
    Thank You,
    Betty Cernosek
    dont judge the spelling... lol