A Vision of K-12 Students Today
Kids today are often referred to as “digital natives” (an idea that has been described here and here on SmartBean). They enjoy being able to express themselves through the many digital technologies that they are so facile with; technologies that they would enjoy putting to use for the purposes of learning (and school work) as well.
This video was created to inspire teachers to use technology in engaging ways to help students develop higher level thinking skills and be better prepared to succeed in the century. It is just as important for parents to understand, and sync up, with their digital kids.
‘A Vision of K-12 Students Today’ was probably inspired by an earlier video ‘A Vision of Students Today‘ made by Michael Wesch in collaboration with 200 students at Kansas State University in which they share similar views (in similar fashion too) about their affinity for, and desire to use, digital media in higher education. On a related note, Wesch has created several outstanding videos on this theme in his role as an assistant professor of cultural anthropology exploring digitally mediated cultures. Michael Wesch was recently honored as U.S Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. His channel on youtube has somewhat of a cult following.