This video began as a brainstorming exercise, thinking about how students learn, what they need to learn for their future, and how our current educational system fits in. Using Google Docs to brainstorm ideas, Professor Michael Wesch’s cultural anthropology students at Kansas State University made hundreds of edits in the course of a week and students submitted answers to a class survey.
At first glance this video might seem to be a critique about too much time spent online. However, the subtext of the film sends the message that our traditional classrooms (“Teacher as Sage-on-the-Stage” format) are outdated. We need to pay attention to how students learn in the 21st Century. In just 3 weeks since this was posted on YouTube there have been 700,000 viewings, so it appears that this is indeed happening.