Fantastic article on Michael Wesch's evolving thinking and the concept that tech is not the answer to great teaching.
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Great article. Great comments. Michael Wesch certainly became the darling of the tech-evangalists. It is great to hear about his evolving thinking – and the comments of Heidi and Howard are spot on. However, no matter how better the technolgoy gets. no matter how important chaos is to learning, no matter how valuable the uncomfortable space of not-actually knowing is for teachers to learn and use in pedagogy what appears to be true and will always be true is – the technology is a tool. Wesch is highly regarded because he is an intelligent and great teacher, just as his Physics Professor colleague is. They use different tools – but both work. They will be more effective for different students depending on the students learning style and personal inclinations and other skills and knowledge – and all of that is ok.There is no right way. Technology won’t save us. As a tweep recent said, “Twitter is a platform. Twitter doesn’t break news. People break news using the platform of Twitter.” In the same way, “Technology doesn’t teach. Technology is a tool that people use to support tehir teaching and students learning.”What I have noticed is that people interested in change are using the rapid technological revolution to help shift the world in the direction they want. So, educators interested in self-directed learning, project-based learning and new, holistic approaches are doing that through digital media tools. Those interested in more open and participatory government are doingthat through social media and web2.0. Those interested in changing the hierarchy of health are prusing it through a raft of digital tools and social media to prompte a more personalised and patient-drvien health. The technology is giving change agents a new platform that they can attach their ideas to, and launch them from.It is all fascinating, exciting and will continue. But, it is people, not the tech that will make the world a better place.