Monday, October 29, 2007

Digital Ethnography

This video was brought to my attention by American Libraries Digital edition.

The blog posting is "A Vision of Students Today" and was developed for an Introduction to Cultural Anthropology class at Kansas State University. The website says that it was the product of "a working group of Kansas State University students and faculty dedicated to exploring and extending the possibilities of digital ethnography."
The instructor, Professor Michael Wesch, told the students: "the basic idea is to create a 3 minute video highlighting the most important characteristics of students today - how they learn, what they need to learn, their goals, hopes, dreams, what their lives will be like, and what kinds of changes they will experience in their lifetime."
The neat thing is that the students developed the "script" using online tools and then did the actual filming in a 75-minute class period. Might be a model for something similar at any level. And it would be fun (and instructive) to see what kids say and show about their learning methods and styles.

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