Wednesday, October 17, 2007

What role will we have in the Information R/evolution?

The third video that we will watch from Michael Wensch's Digital Ethnography project is titled "Information R/evolution" and picks up where "The Machine is Us/ing Us" left off. It incorporates some of the ideas behind David Weinburger's excellent Everything is Miscellaneous and better yet is filmed in large part in a library.

For this optional discovery exercise, watch the video below and write a short blog post detailing your response. What elements of the video struck you as interesting? What do you think the future role of library staff will be if everything truly becomes miscellaneous?

Do we know our students?

After a short hiatus during the busiest part of the semester for many of us, Learning 2.0 @ EKU Libraries is back!

In one of our first lessons, we watched a video titled "The Machine is Us/ing Us," created by "Digital Ethnographer" Michael Wensch from Kansas State University. The video served as an introduction to the limitless possibilities of Web 2.0 applications and ideas. In this optional lesson, I have two more videos from Dr. Wensch for you to watch.

The first, titled "A Vision of Students Today," was put together by Dr. Wensch with the help of one of his Anthropology classes. For this optional discovery exercise, watch the video and take note of any facts presented there that you are surprised by or did not know, then write a blog post reacting to the video. What did you learn? What stuck out at you as different about you and today's students? Think back to when you were a student--did "adults" seem different and out of touch with you and your peers? How is that gap different from the gap that may exist today? If you are a student yourself, did this resonate with you? How? What is different about teachers that you connect with and those who seem clueless?

On second thought, the second video deserves a post of its own; stay tuned!