“Back in the Future” Brian Crosby
video is a reflection on his 4th grade class, produced by TEDx Denver. This video relates to how students should be learning in the 21st century. From Smart Boards, laptops, Wiki’s, blog sites, and other social media connections Mr. Crosby’s 4th grade students are active learners. They are not just taking notes and then a practice skills test, no his students are actually reflecting what they learn through their blog pages. They share their thoughts and ideas globally with other students. His students do many projects; one of the main projects he discusses that his students have previously done was High Hope. It included a balloon with cameras for taking pictures, science components, and all of his students along with others written High Hopes for the project. Later, the students put themselves in a position if they where the balloon, no longer human, what would the experience be like and post it on their blogs. This whole idea helps the students to become creative while learning, and the blogging makes them feel important in the world. Brain Crosby makes sure his students are learning in the 21st century, with the new technology available and the audience of social media.
To tell you the truth I really wish Mr. Crosby would have taught my 4th, 5th and 6th grade classes for science. I must say those were the hardest years of my life to actually have to focus on school itself, and not just because my mother made me go to it every week. I think he is doing a great job with his students, plus they are enjoying themselves in a learning environment. He really does take it up a notch with the project High Hope, and I wonder if he had any other big main projects through other years with his students? I think some teachers need to go back and think of change. Obviously Mr. Crosby has and change is good!
“A Vision of Students Today” Michael Wesch & 200 Kansas State University Students
Michael Wesch, along with other students, made a video comparing learning of the past to the 21st century. It is just a clip of student’s reaction on how much the education system has changed, in addition to their personal opinions on how they learn as of today.