|Ms. Sarah Hunter||
In his Tedx Talk presentation, Michael Wesch delivers an inspiring message of just how much potential we have as users of technology to truly change the world. He starts us on this journey of discovery by saying that "a good question is something that leads people on a quest," that we need to move beyond focusing education on our students simply knowing things to challenging them to find, sort, analyze, criticize and create. As I sat here watching this nearly 20 minute video, I found myself nodding my head throughout the whole thing, silently agreeing with the powerful message Mr. Wesch delivered.
Today, media is not simply a one-way conversation or set of tools or deliverer of communication. In fact, it is not even simply a conversation anymore. Technology can create and mediate relationships that were not possible even just a handful of years ago. I had to smile when he used the example of the "Free Hugs" video as one of the first ever to go viral on YouTube. My eyes still well with tears when I see that video, a testament to its lasting effect on people all over the world. That video did not nearly "go viral," it went global, connecting and sharing communities and people in a snowball of spin-offs.
When I think of this video, of this message, of this ever-growing presence of media and technology in our lives, I am inspired. Together, we can achieve the three things Michael Wesch uses in his classroom: embracing real (unanswered) problems with our students by harnessing and leveraging the tools available to us through technology. I can't wait to get started.
Tedx Talks (2010, Oct 5). TECxKC - Michael Wesch - From Knowledgeable to Knowledge-ABLE. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/LeaAHv4UTI8