A Vision of Students Today

A Vision of Students Today

Today’s child is bewildered when he enters the 19th century envoirnment that still characterizes the educational establishment where information is scarce but ordered and structured by fragmented, classified patterns, subjects, and schedules.”
-Marshall McLuhan 1967 “If these walls could talk.” “What would they say?” “If students learn what they do…” “What are they learning sitting here?” “The information is up here.” “Follow along.” “Of course, walls & desks cannot talk.” “But students can.” “A Vision of Students Today” “Add collaborators” “200 students made 367 edits to this document” “and surveyed themselves” “to bring you the following message” “My average class size is 115,” “18% of my Teachers” “know my name.” “I complete 49% of the readings assigned to me.” “Only 26% is relevant to my life.” “I buy hundred dollar textbooks that I never open.” “My neighbor paid for class… but never comes.” “I will read 8 books this year.” “2300 web pages & 1281 FaceBook profiles” “I will write 42 pages for class this semester and over 500 pages of email.” “I get 7 hours of sleep each night!” “I spend 1 ½ hours watching TV each night.” “I spend 3 ½ hours a day online.” “I listen to music 2.5 hours a day.” “I spend 2 hours on my cellphone.” “Spend 3 hours in class.” “2 hours eating.” “I work 2 hours every day.” “3 hours studying” “That’s a total of 26.5 hours per day.” “I am a multi-tasker.” “I have to be” “I will be $20,000 in debt after graduation!” “I am one of the lucky ones.” “Over 1 billion people make less than $1 a day.” “This laptop costs more than some people in the world make in a year.” “When I graduate I will probably have a job that doesn’t exist today.” “Filling this out won’t help me get there or deal with war, poverty, inequality…” “I did not create the problem.” “But they are my problems” Some have suggested that technology can save us… Some have suggested that technology alone can save us… “I Facebook through most of my classes.” “I bring my laptop to class, but I’m not working on class stuff.” “The inventor of the system deserves to be ranked among the best contributors to the learning and science, if not the greatest benefactors of mankind.” – Josiah F. Bumstead 1841 … on the benefits of the chalkboard to be continued… “Writing on the chalkboard…” “What is missing?” “photos, videos, animations, network” “forces the teacher to move” “encourages…the teacher to move” By Micheal Wesch
and the students of Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Class of Spring 2007
Kansas State University some camera work by Mark Hanson music by listen tryad

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  1. What can be the easiest and fastest way to read? I like to be educated, but it is very hard for me to read books. I am working on it though and I need some advices from you.

  2. Hi Chrystelle, I tend to choose books that are of my interest, the best book doesn't exist simply because everyone is different. But if you'd like to read more, just inform yourself about subjects that interest you, maybe novels, sci-fiction which for me its what works, and in that way, as its something of your interest, ill eventually become something you enyoj, and that's how it'll become easier n faster for you to read 🙂 Good luck

  3. Basically the only thing i'm good at is music. if i don't become a music teacher then there is no hope for me!

  4. These IMAGES that shows today's students Exie us a radical change in our educational systems world-wide. also no need for barrier systems or mechanisms for access to non-deliberate ña unefecto imformcación dual threat.

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  7. For future English 84 students this is an amazing course which I am going to take alot from. This course did become challenging at times but Professor DeVaney always took the time to respond to all question and concerns. This course allowed me to read an excellent novel "And We Still Rise" which I would of never read outside if this course. So Thanks professor DeVaney you rock!!!

  8. For future English 84 students this is an amazing course which I am going to take alot from. This course did become challenging at times but Professor DeVaney always took the time to respond to all question and concerns. This course allowed me to read an excellent novel "And We Still Rise" which I would of never read outside if this course. So Thanks professor DeVaney you rock!!!

  9. This video points out a lot of the flaws of our educational system. I epspecially relate to the message about debt. I'll be paying for my A.A.S. degree for the next 25 years. Technology has helped though. Online courses make it easier for me to fit school around my work schedule instead of the other way around.

  10. Want cheese with that whine
    I saw spoiled brats who have the privilege of higher education and spend lecture time on social media. If you have a difficult time paying attention during class by the time you are 18, you should not be there. A guy with an expensive laptop?! How is that a problem??

  11. Some students have no money for their needs in the school. A lot of them need to work. The school have to help them and  technology can help the school, in teaching learning. Why don't the school uses the technology to help their students? ( by Ana V.; Carlos S.; Nelson S. & Sérgio S. – – students of e-learning master – Open University)

  12. Although many students have no money, the governments must help them. All the student should be supported in the public school and to have acess to education. The new educational resources may be the really pedagogical context  to the teaching and learning. For example the open educational resources (OER). ( by Ana V.; Carlos S.; Nelson S. & Sérgio S. – – students of e-learning master – Open University)

  13. Time is a critical factor in a society submerged by constant technological advances. With a simple phone number or an email we can locate anyone on the web. Through applications like Twitter, Vibe, Whatsapp, or social networks like Facebook or Myspace we are able to get in touch or follow someone. They may not be able to see us, but they can’t hide. Despite being connected and visible, do we really know each other and really have perception of what surrounds us? ( by Ana V.; Carlos S.; Nelson S. & Sérgio S. – – students of e-learning master – Open University)

  14. This video clearly shows how students today perceive the education system and how new technologies create, “procreate” and promote sharing, no matter it content, anxieties, dreams, goals and hopes. At the beginning we notice a very clear dissatisfaction shown by most students, regarding their views about the lessons itselves, the proposed activities, but also the deficit found within the teacher – student interaction (according to one of the students, only 18 % of the teachers know the name of their students), teaching methods, pedagogy, etc. and how they try to fight or
    "blurring" some of this motivation, which is also felt by more than half of the students. In general, we found that many students bring laptop to class, but actually, this item is finally used as a "distraction tool", browsing the internet or using social networks, such as Facebook. The ability of multitasking assumed by students today is definitely a fact as well as the fact that other students report about the recommended bibliography being too expensive, what doesn´t establish any kind of parallel with the “real world."
    More interesting than the opinions obtained is the natural way these were shared and how the massive use of new technologies promotes the creation of an identity, as alleged and ultimately create a new reality, which in relation to the student life can often make the students disperse their attention towards its academic goals and will eventually (re)use the new features for many other purposes.
    Most of the students “demand” a drastic change in attitude from the teachers related to teaching, claiming that teachers should take an advantage on the use of new technologies and social networking in the classroom, what would build a new form of cooperative learning, where knowledge can be shaped towards the social reality, avoiding the superfluous and unnecessary knowledge, which cannot be applied to the experience of the digital and modern society. The last couple of minutes of the video resemble a sort of appeal to the use of new technologies in the classroom (interactive whiteboards), which can possibly contribute to motivation and active participation of all actors in the classroom.(by Claúdio Pinto, Diana Morais and Sónia Heideman)

  15. I've worked at the middle and high school levels.  In the past 20 years, I've had the opportunity to experience the education system at many levels from different perspectives.  I'm also a tech lover.  Technology opens doors and worlds that would otherwise be inaccessible.

    Watching this video I was torn between my experience of increasingly lazy students and an education system that is slow to adopt useful technologies.  Daily I work with students who do not value education.  They prioritize the immediate gratification of socializing over the delayed gratification of working to get an education that will increase their chances of success in the future. 

    Part of an educator's role is to present instructional material in a framework that communicates the relevancy of the content in an engaging environment.  Too often I see students who expect "edutainment".  They want bang and flash, a show with facts scattered through.  Reading is "too hard".  Expecting a student to pay attention is "too much".  I have no patience for a student who comes to class and spends their instructional time in social media.  I have no patience for a student who looks blankly stating "I don't get it," not even putting an effort into forming an intelligent question that at least shows they listened to the content. 

    Students don't want to do homework, they don't want to study, they don't make flashcards, take notes, they don't know how to use a library online or in person, they can't understand a vocabulary higher than sixth grade reading level because they don't read beyond the casual social writing that permeates the easy social media they consume.  In short, they feed on intellectual candy and choke on anything nutritious and then blame the cooks for not putting vitamins in their candy.

    On the other hand, I've also worked with and under educators who still use a chalk board and overhead projectors,  instructors who have shut themselves off from the massive world of multimedia education, collaborative resources, 24/7 access to students and material through online tools.  Instructors who don't know how to use the SmartBoard technology and laptops that are in their classrooms.  Many studies have shown that there are a diversity of learning styles, primarily kinetic, visual , and auditory.  Educators cripple themselves and deprive their students when they emphasize one to the exclusion of others.  Technology can be an amazing tool for hitting multiple learning styles in a single instructional period.  Technology enables far greater levels of interaction both with the content and with each other than were ever possible before.

    Technology for technology's sake is a foolish waste of time and resources.  Expecting to be spoon-fed an education sets poor expectations for future work environments.  Demanding that every student learn in the singular way that one is comfortable teaching denies the reality that students learn in different ways and that content presented in a variety of engaging formats is more likely to be absorbed and retained.

    In my opinion and experience, our entertainment centered society has is creating an environment that devalues education.  Early attempts to appeal to mass audiences had a dumbing down effect on mass media that reduced intellectual demands on their audiences through simpler messages with lower level vocabulary.  Social media has only compounded this process, reducing most communication to the casual voice.  Long form communication is also dying.  It takes effort to attend to a message for longer than a few minutes or a few paragraphs. Our media are pushing shorter and shorter attention spans, 140 character text, six or fifteen second video, etc. (I wonder how many have read this far into this forum post?)

    Wether students in a classroom, or others seeking news and information, a growing number of people would rather tune out than think to understand a message.  Why think to ingest the meat of a message when there's always candy on another station, just a click away.

  16. I am an english teacher at public schools in north of Brazil.But the biggest problems are concerned with NOISE.Impossible to control the classes most of the times.Students about to finish their courses, dont care about classes any more.Only sell things(candies,lollipops, etc).What to do? (Walber Pereira/Castanhal city/Brazil north).

  17. This actually made me cry… but also makes me excited to be a university instructor! I seek wholeheartedly to change this! Creating learning opportunities that go beyond the classroom is a primary goal. Fostering 21st-Century Skills is a must!! 

  18. Those 26.5 hrs are mostly wasted hours IMO.  Those doing other things and not paying attention to the teacher have no respect.  You need to show respect for your degree, teacher, classmates and yourself, otherwise you are just wasting your tuition money.  I get so annoyed when I see others not paying attention or talking.  I don't think a undergrad degree can be full time.  We all have to work, unless are parents are filthy rich.  As we get older we have kids…that is a full time job.  The cream will only rise to the top if those students are interested in the topic.  Even the smartest kids who aren't interested/engaged wont even complete the work.  We were taught with words only and black boards back in the old days because that was actually the new technologies.  Today we cant afford to miss the new opportunities to use new technology.  There would have been neigh-sayers when the chalkboard was invented. 

  19. Beautifully done, poignant at times but is this a Vision of Students Across the Globe Across the Ever-Growing Socio-economic divides? I think not…

  20. Does not seem much different than when i was an undergraduate…except I read a hell of a lot more, wrote more, worked more, studied more….way more!

  21. Going to a large university I can understand. I agree that colleges need to engage their students more because I sat in a class of 200 people and I fell guilty to not paying attention and looking at my computer cause the teach didn't know whether i was their or not. 

  22. A surprisingly interesting video.  A great message to students as well as to parents that are paying for the child's education.  Thank you to having us view this video for a class discussion.

  23. I thought that this video brought up many good points and was very true. It seems like students today need technology to learn and connect.

  24. Disappointing that this video was made seven years ago and we really haven't advanced far since then!

  25. 2:48
    I think that figure is now somewhere in the ballpark of $100,000+ after interest with student loans..

  26. 200 students? Only at KSU? No valid observations can be made from such a small sample.
    Hm… Would have thought a college professor would have known that. Basic statistics.

  27. Had to watch this video during one of my classes, it was very insightful…I think we are failing our students on so many levels…teacher need to engage more in learning new ways of doing old things… 

  28. John Gray you make a valid point but my opinion is that it would be accurate across the board for most college students in America.

  29. Everything is changing. The world is changing, Education is changing, also. Our world is created by the older generations. The older generations are never the same as ours. So, we must mingle with the new situation. If the teachers can have the tech activities, we will have the modern devices to meet their needs.

  30. Laptop costs more than some people make in a year? Yea for us our normal dinner costs more than some people make in 3 months. All relative.

  31. Great video but before going over the issues of how what these students feel is ruining education; we should focus on how these colleges no longer care about education and is more for the money. Debt for college student loans are tremendous and are the new mortgage.

  32. I am nearing retirement as a clinical RN and graduate May 2015 with MSN Education so that I can teach nursing students the profession I love.  Being a digital immigrant, I am learning how to incorporate technology into teaching.  The challenge is to teach in a student-centered way that meets learner's needs and creates a lifelong love of learning. 

  33. It is so hard…… Funny many many others have done more with less and did not have the advantages of the internet with all the answers. But they got thru it. When you pay to go to school you should pay attention and get what you're paying for. The fact that they are bringing laptops to class and surfing facebook is a choice they made, if they do not want to learn they make this choice, the teacher does not have to force them to listen, since they are supposed to be "Adults".

  34. Students Today

    I can relate to the students in the video because I also had to buy books that were not used or only a small percentage of the book was used during the quarter or semester. Most teachers skipped around a bit in the text. There was never enough time to use the book to its entirety and by the time the next semester rolled around you have set that book aside and got another for the next class or classes you have.

    In this day and age because of the technology we have today most of the curriculum is web based. I have found that most of my instructors have choose this mode of teaching. I feel that though this is the way of the times that yes its good and yes its bad. I think it benefits on levels of convenience at times and also saves on cost when it comes to printing etc. But the down fall comes in when some of the things on the curriculum are things you can learn from home on your own instead of paying all this money for classes where most of what the teacher shows you or tells you can be done on your personal computer.

    Meaning for example I went to an intro video class and we were shown alot of youtube vids. I also find that it is a waist when you go to classes but come out of them not knowing enough to even be considered when entering into the work field. So then to try to compensate that by having to put time in to teach yourself. Example using photoshop, illustrator,digital photo editing, raster drawing, etc. In the field of graphic designing.
    This is because most of the adjunct teachers or professors only taught a few things to get you pass a project here and there. And most instructors may have the attitude that if you get it you do and if you don't you don't.

    As for students with technology facebooking,texting, emailing,listening to music,calling during class or otherwise more than using more of that time studying and not paying attention in class because of this. This has made it easier for the masses to be dumbed down (which to me was the plan from those who want to continue the trend to dumb down the masses).

    Once again I say the whole education thing is big business, a huge cash cow for those higher up. Not always a win win situation for the graduate. Most of the graduates are just left in dept or the economy goes left so their field of study and career takes backseat from center stage. And then some are left to think the best thing is to start over and go back to school again and take up a new major in something that maybe the happening field at that time or not.
    So the cycle continues now you have all these degrees and maybe even more dept and the higher up has fatter pockets.

    And yet again when the chips are down you maybe left jobless or be stuck at the bottom of the totem pole.


  35. Great video. And how 'quaint' to actually read a set of YouTube comments that are 95% eloquent and relevant. Well they were today 22.2.2015….

  36. Tech in the classroom will help with multi-tasking and make certain things easier for both student and teacher.

  37. So true…digital technologies are part and parcel of our lives… I can't do anything without my smartphone, my tablet is my life. Pity in South Africa we still have students in rural areas who have no access to such technologies, however the government is also trying to make all of these accessible to everyone in the country. We slowly getting there…

  38. An intruiging video, just shows howIT rules the world today, and that using ICTs to enrich learning and teaching is most welcome to our children TODAY.

  39. I really like this video. I must tell you that I'm at college now and I find the system useless, I mean there's no sense in teaching like college teachers do. What can we do?

  40. This was made 8 years ago and is even more relevant today. Think about what technology has evolved in the past 8 years!!!

  41. I think it would be cool to see an updated one of these from now vs 8 years ago. I saw this when I was back in college and it was relevant then but I'm sure that things have changed drastically as more and more is moved to the internet and happens electronically. I think almost every class is offered as an online version in some form which changes the entire learning dynamic and the way that people interact with each other. There is no longer the need to communicate face to face with people if you don't want. Everything can be written down or copied and passed to another person without ever seeing them.

  42. People still belive in god, in several gods I think…They are all true gods to them. So what's the point of schools…Who is Steven Hawking?

  43. 1B people make $1.00/day. TPP will allow the 1% to make YOU compete with them for your job. Hillary was pro TPP BRFORE Bernie made her be against it. She lies about EVERYTHING. So how are you going to pay of your $50-100k undergrad debt on Hilary's $1.00/day. She gets $250,000/hour + full floor hotel suite + private jet from Wall Street Banks for a speech. She ain't the Rolling Stones, so ask yourself; what does MORGAN STANLEY get in return? Who pays? YOU DO. Socialism = more central power and more political corruption. HILLARY IS THE ANTITHESIS OF SELF RULE; She has spent her lifetime making rules for others while ignoring them herself!

  44. The disconnection between the reality and expectations of today’s student’s clashes with the formal way classes are taught. The social network has means that appeal to students of this generation, however, when confronted with the school system, their expectations aren’t meet. There is a need to revise practices in teaching. (MPeL-UAb Team Capa)

  45. We are the Lambda group of students of an online Master Degree on E-Learning Pedagogy at Universidade Aberta – Portugal. Our teacher, António Teixeira, of Education and Society on the Web gave us the following duty: analyze and publish a post with a comment on your video. So here it is.

    Motivation is not only a word, but a challenge for teachers all over the world.
    “Is technology the answer?”
    And why not start a revolution on education? Or, better, let it continue?
    It’s a fact that students spend too many hours on social media and network. So, why not use these spaces as a classroom? Not a traditional classroom, but an open, student centered platform for everyone?
    Technology in itself is useless. Students and teachers need to use it in an efficient way to promote learning.
    “How hard can it be?” Incorporating social platforms in online education can increase motivation, decrease the costs of education and allow connection. This could be the answer to a very old question in Education. How do we motivate students and teachers?

  46. this video is such a horrendous, deplorable and clichéd piece of shit, i honestly don't get why you people here are so touched by it. and if i were the camera man i'd choped my own hands off

  47. This is a very moving video showing what college students really go through during their time studying. I really liked how the video was put together. This video may have been made 10 years ago, but all that was stated is still happening today.

  48. I would just randomly hold up a sign that says "I'm a boss" with my sunglasses on and cheese so hard. Then they'd be like CUTTTTTTT, and I'd be like what? I'm not a robot. Books outside of school have taught me more than books inside of school. I am not a worker for the rich; college is like a factory, learn this skill I influence the curriculum creators to put in so you can come work for my company and make me richer. You'll most likely be in debt from student loans so you can work here for the next 10 years and hope to pay them off, in the meantime my cashflow and net worth will 10x. I'll have you compete against your own people so you never know what I'm doing.

    I will not be a slave to another man. I'm too smart. I have a 4.0 in college and it doesn't mean anything, honestly. I wanted to graduate with a 4.0, but now I'm starting to care less if I graduate at all. I'm not saying rich people are evil either, I'm rich myself. But I know how things work, I'm very smart.

  49. Your video portrays how traditional models and methodologies of teaching and learning are not really benefiting the students and shows what students would love to learn in schools and how.
    The impossibility of using the new available integrated technologies into the academic and learning environment is one of the most striking and difficult questions to understand. The need to adopt new technologies for learning – as they are available for other spheres of human life – are urgent and inevitable. However, it is not enough to adopt a technological resource only if the methodology and pedagogy of academic environments is not modified.
    As we become more virtually connected and collaborative, education must take the same direction. It must be collaborative and not individualized. It must be meaningful and connected to our lives.
    The technology is part of our society, it is part of us. In a society where everything changes at the speed of light, today's students need to be involved in building their learning and it should be meaningful for their future – technology is an essential tool in this teaching/learning process and this task, which began by brainstorming and culminated with the recording of a video, clearly illustrates how technology can be used in an active learning process. Congratulations for the initiative and the design of the video … what about an update?
    TETA Team (Malu, Mphatso and Eunice, MPeL11, Universidade Aberta, Portugal)

  50. While we are watching the video we are getting infected by the students' disappointment and frustration. During class they are on social networks and spend several hours of their day browsing through them.

    The student is different and as such the school also has to be different. As such, the teacher can no longer maintain the logic of the expository class and the magister dixit. The role of teacher as the only transmitter of information is no longer enough for some of these students. The information has to be relevant and make sense for their lives. The transmission of knowledge seems to have to be technological, active, dynamic, fluid and flexible, as opposed to the rigidity of traditional teaching. This is the alert that the video makes us: it is necessary the reflection and the creation of alternatives.

    capa Team (Luizete, Maria e Vitor)
    MPeL11, Universidade Aberta, Portugal

  51. Michael Wesch shows in this video the most important characteristics of today's students – how they learn, what they need to learn, their goals, hopes, dreams, what their lives will be and what kinds of changes they will experience in life.

    He talked to 200 students and each of them expressed himself by talking about what his ideas were and what they expected in life, where from these same ideas we could see that there are few who sit down to study it is noticed that there is a lack of interest of the young people in education because the vast majority come to school to come, with no interest in the proposed content and still question why they should learn.

    In the video, students talk about themselves and indicate that there is great dissatisfaction with the traditional model of teaching, in which the teacher gives a unidirectional and standardized class and students are left to absorb content without any kind of participation or interactivity.

    However we managed to realize that students, although they think that traditional teaching is boring, they become familiar with the technologies and from there the teacher could join the useful to the pleasant that would use in some subjects the smartphones in class.

    Team Pi: Augusta Guilima. MPEL. Open University of Lisbon

  52. Based on real students statments, this video shows how the network community allows the creation of spaces for co-brainstorming that help us overcome situations that demand concern and looking for solutions. It also alerts for some gaps in the education system or those who attend it, such as the students who pay their fees and never attend classes or students who finish their course and can't find a job in the same area.

    However, can't this also lead to a very negative image about (higher) education, which could ahead to misinterpretation?

    By: Nazaré Nunes, Teresa Navalha & Viviana Fernandes @ Universidade Aberta

  53. We send our children to college to be socialized and to learn life-skills as much as to absorb information. 50% of success actually comes from how you play with others and respond to authority. The other 50 is about actual intellectual knowledge and shear persistence and internal fortitude. Quit victimizing our young people. That mentality will crush them in the real world.

  54. It was a nice video of students in class ,shows that they were studying and their free time was shorten almost to nothing.

  55. いつかは馬鹿にされない人生を作ります。夢をもう一度取り戻し家族と幸せになりたいです

  56. And today, do educational leaders have the courage to question students in "their" schools? Is it open to them a space of speech and listening that takes into account their needs?

    A Brazilian survey conducted in 2016 also presented such data on the use of technology in school: 33% of young people interviewed believe that an innovative school is one that uses technology to learn it, just as 31% said the school that makes them happier is also one that opens space for the use of technologies.
    https://s3.amazonaws.com/porvir/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/RelatorioCompleto_NossaEscolaEmReConstrucao.pdf (Inspirare, setembro de 2016).

  57. Not an amazing video, seems pretty inaccurate from what i've experienced, also that future problems shot was of the ghey

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