In the video, Michael Wesch clearly shows the evolution of the technology and the Internet, especially in the lives of today’s students. Computers have become the most important tool for those involved in higher education. Some of the numbers, percentages and statistics from the video truly amazed me. I found it crazy that the combined averages of daily activities of a typical student is 26.5 hours, but there are only 24 hours in a day. Internet browsing, email, Facebook, twitter, and cellphone use, even though the averages were small, were relatively large compared to things that are important to everyday life. Things like studying, sleeping, reading and eating seemed to average smaller hours than they really should, proving that the machine is taking over.
The Internet, our computers, and cellphones are becoming vital elements of our lives. Technology is being more relied upon to keep us busy and entertained. The access to things, informations, websites, and each other makes distraction much more likely in a classroom environment. Professors posting full lectures online makes attending class no longer a necessity. Expensive textbooks are becoming cheaper and easy to obtain digitally. Technology makes homework and projects simpler and easier to complete, making the lives of student’s less frustrating and stressful. The educational system has changed drastically from the chalkboards, desks, paper and pencil model of the past, and the constantly evolving, changing and adapting virtual world of today gives students the ability to do so much more and get more done in a shorter amount of time.
I thought it would be interesting to see how others responded to Wesch’s video and the thoughts of the students in it. Professors at the University of South Carolina did a cool video response from their prospective that might help engage students and limit distractions.