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Maureen Greenbaum

How about no grades for classwork? It might happen in some North Texas classrooms this ... - 50 views

  • One idea brought up by several speakers this year is a hybrid grades-free way of evaluating students. In each case, it included a high-bar pass/fail approach to class assignments, with a final, more regular grade for the entire semester.

    One of the speakers who presented what he called a “Not Yet” grade was “digital ethnographer” Michael Wesch, a professor at Kansas State University. That’s his photo at the top.

    He told the crowd that they had to inspire “wonder” in their students in order to get them to learn as much as possible. Some key quotes from him:

    “Low standards/high stakes are the opposite of what you want.”

  • “The new divide will be between those with wonder and curiosity and those without.”

  • Keynote speaker George Couros is a what’s called a “division principal” back home in Canada. He’s a blogger and author who is all about encouraging creativity and change in public education with an emphasis on taking advantage of digital tools.

    He told the conference that that it’s foolish to deny students use of their smartphones and other digital tools in the classroom — and even on exams. In 2015, being able to figure out what information is relevant is more important than memorization when most facts are a click away, he said.

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  • “The world only cares what you can do with what you know,” Couros said.

    He said he clashed with a teacher back home who complained that his approach would let students Google up the answers for her exams. His response:

    “If I can look up the answers to the questions on your test on Google, your questions suck.”

  • Students get assignments, of course. And they are expected to complete them. In fact, they are required to master them. So kids who might have been happy to get the equivalent of a C on an assignment in another classroom would be required to work at it until they hit the level defined as “mastery.” And the teachers keep track of whether the students have succeeded, whether they’re turning work in on time and whether they are responding to feedback.
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    "The new divide will be between those with wonder and curiosity and those without."

    "The world only cares what you can do with what you know," Couros said.

    He said he clashed with a teacher back home who complained that his approach would let students Google up the answers for her exams. His response:

    "If I can look up the answers to the questions on your test on Google, your questions suck."
paul lowe

Anthropology Program at Kansas State University - Wesch - 0 views

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    Dubbed "the explainer" by Wired magazine, Michael Wesch is a cultural anthropologist exploring the impact of new media on society and culture. After two years studying the impact of writing on a remote indigenous culture in the rain forest of Papua New Guinea, he has turned his attention to the effects of social media and digital technology on global society. His videos on culture, technology, education, and information have been viewed by millions, translated in over ten languages, and are frequently featured at international film festivals and major academic conferences worldwide. Wesch has won several major awards for his work, including a Wired Magazine Rave Award, the John Culkin Award for Outstanding Praxis in Media Ecology, and he was recently named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic. He has also won several teaching awards, including the 2008 CASE/Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year for Doctoral and Research Universities.
paul lowe

YouTube - The Anonymity Project - Spring 2009 Digital Ethnography Preview - 0 views

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    For the Spring 2009 Digital Ethnography course led by Michael Wesch. This is a compilation of trailers created by students for their Spring 2009 projects. For more information about our project, visit our research hub: http://www.netvibes.com/wesch There you will find links to student blogs, our wiki, our diigo links, notes, and other materials.
paul lowe

NMC Discussion - Digital Ethnography - 1 views

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    mike wesc purpose driven research project on anonymity kansas uni ethnography/social anthropology on web 2.0 trends
paul lowe

Mediated Cultures: Digital Ethnography at Kansas State University - 1 views

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    Mediated Cultures: Digital Ethnography at Kansas State University
    netvibes site for mike wesch's course using rss feeds etc
Dana Huff

Digital Ethnography » Blog Archive » Participatory Media Literacy: Why it mat... - 1 views

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    Why should we use participatory media (Web 2.0) in our classrooms? Michael Wesch makes a good case.
Jon Orech

From Knowledgable to Knowledge-able: Learning in New Media Environments | Academic Commons - 1 views

  • Marshall McLuhan called it “the rear-view mirror effect,” noting that “We see the world through a rear-view mirror. We march backwards into the future.
  • We have had our why's, how's, and what's upside-down, focusing too much on what should be learned, then how, and often forgetting the why altogether
  • I like to think that we are not teaching subjects but subjectivities: ways of approaching, understanding, and interacting with the world.
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  • students quickly realize the importance of their role as co-creators of the learning environment and they begin to take responsibility for their own education.
  • Nothing good will come of these technologies if we do not first confront the crisis of significance and bring relevance back into education.
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