Since I’m working with Storify for my final project in this class, I started thinking about social media. And since my topic is on how internet use impacts learning, I also started thinking about internet in the classroom. Which got me thinking about the Wesch video we saw way back before the break.
Looking back, I think that a good alternative medium for Wesch’s video would be a social media page. Wesch could have made a Facebook or Twitter page for his students to post on. They could have put status updates or tweets about what they really do in class and what they are like as students.
Using social media to make his message would have made the medium of transmittal itself related to the topic. It also would have made the project ongoing, instead of a finished product. Even now, students could have been posting more about the nature of being a student.
On the other hand, the video has much more singular impact than a social media page would have. It’s hard to make people care about another Facebook group. But a quick video can make the rounds on the internet very quickly and incite some very strong feelings.
I suppose it all depends on the intent. The video is better for opening the eyes of educators and urging them to change their ways. But a social media page would have put more focus on the students themselves, and probably would have captured a more accurate portrayal of how they feel.