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Annotated captions of A vision of students today in English

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"Today's child is bewildered when he enters the 19th century environment that still characterizes the educational establishment

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where information is scarce but ordered and structured by fragmented, classified patterns, subjects, and schedules."

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—Marshall McLuhan, 1967

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It these walls could talk…

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What would they say?

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If students learn what they do…

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What are they learning sitting here?

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The information is up here.

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Follow along. Follow.

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Of course, walls and desks cannot talk. But students can.

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Open Google Document: A Vision of Students Today.

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What is it like being a student today?

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Add Collaborators. Collaborators (200).

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200 Students made 367 edits to this document,

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and surveyed themselves,

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to bring you the following message:

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My average class size is 115.

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18% of my teachers know my name

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I complete 49% of the readings assigned to me.

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Only 26% … relative to my life

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I buy hundred dollar textbooks that I never open.

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My neighbor paid for class but never comes.

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I will read 8 books this year

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2300 web pages

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and 1281 facebook profiles

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I will write 42 pages for class this semester

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And over 500 pages of email

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I get 7 hours of sleep each night

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I spend 1 ½ hours watching TV each night.

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I spend 3 ½ hours a day online

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I listen to music 2.5 hours a day

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I spend 2 hours on my cellphone

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3 hours in class

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2 hours eating

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I work 3 hours every day

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2 hours studying

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That's a total of 26.5 hours.

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I'm a multitasker.

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I have to be.

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I will be over 20,000 in debt after graduation.

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I'm one of the lucky ones.

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Over 1 billion people

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Make less than one dollar a day

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This laptop costs more than some people in the world make in a year.

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When I graduate I will probably have a job

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That doesn't exist today

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(showing scantron) Filling this out won't help me get there. Or deal with…

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war, inequality, ethnic conflict, pollution, (and many more)

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I did not create the problems

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But they are my problems

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Some have suggested that technology can save us…

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(alone)

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I Facebook through most of my classes.

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I bring my laptop to class but I'm not working on class stuff.

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"The inventor of the system deserves to be ranked among the best contributors

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to learning and science, if not the greatest benefactors of mankind."

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—Josiah F. Bumstead, 1841

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…on the benefits of the chalkboard.

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Writing on (a chalkboard)

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(continuará...)

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Come join the discussion at mediatedcultures.net/ksudigg

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By Michael Welsh and the students of Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

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Class of Spring 2007, Kansas State University

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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License.

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Some camera work by Mark Hanson

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Music by Tryada (Listen)