TEDxKC – Michael Wesch – From Knowledgeable to Knowledge-Able

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TEDxKC talk synopsis: Today a new medium of communication emerges every time somebody creates a new web application. Yet these developments are not without disruption and peril. Familiar long-standing institutions, organizations and traditions disappear or transform beyond recognition. And while new media bring with them new possibilities for openness, transparency, engagement and participation, they also bring new possibilities for surveillance, manipulation, distraction and control. Critical thinking, the old mainstay of higher education, is no longer enough to prepare our youth for this world. We must create learning environments that inspire a way of being-in-the-world in which they can harness and leverage this new media environment as well as recognize and actively examine, question and even re-create the (increasingly digital) structures that shape our world.

Speaker: Dr. Michael Wesch is an Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Michael is a cultural anthropologist exploring the effects of new media on society and culture. His YouTube videos have been viewed by millions. Michael has won several major awards for his work, including a Wired Magazine Rave Award, the John Culkin Award for Outstanding Praxis in Media Ecology, and he was named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic. He has also won several teaching awards, including the 2008 CASE/Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year for Doctoral and Research Universities.


About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)


Suhail Siraj says:

+Curtin University this is where education needs to be, and our university
should be the one to innovate the way for learning and education. It’s easy
for me to say this, and anyone can suggest it. I know what needs to be
done, and how it should be done. Lets make Curtin the university of
technology once again! :)

Wachira Nicholas says:

Excellent talk on how media affect us and our students

GEMS World Academy Chicago says:

This TED Talk is a resource for our Parent Learning Lab. Professor Wesch
uses vivid imagery, erudite argument and research backed evidence for why
we need to go beyond critical thinking in education for a networked world.

Vivienne Bozalek says:

Michael Wesch is always entertaining

Michael Rowe says:

Michael Wesch is always entertaining

Andrew Greig says:
Cyndi K says:

When you stop grading the multiple choice test we will start thinking about
what we need to know for the world test

Uriah Mansaw says:
Bickson Bulanda says:

Good presentation Micheal!

Dmytro Babik says:

TEDxKC – Michael Wesch – From Knowledgeable to Knowledge-Able

Jasna Blagojević says:

+Jasna Blagojević poslao mi Misha iz .no

John McKinney says:

Very interesting perspective from Cultural Anthropologist Michael Wesch.

Agnes Demangeon says:


Brian Long says:

Thank you, Dr. Wesch.

Kris Miller says:
friendofpan says:

Awesome change by Green Peace! Wonderful. Crying and applauding

Kris Miller says:
Anna Wilson says:

A video part of a summercourse in youth culture media, very good

TEDxKC – Michael Wesch – From Knowledgeable to Knowledge-Able

Rex Miller says:

Building on the conversation that Steve Elliot started, Dove is taking an
interesting journey into some thought provoking ideas about where our ideas
of beauty comes from. Michael Wesch is a professor of digital ethnography.
See how he unpacks one of Dove’s recent ads. Its halfway into the video. In
the ad shown in the video they show a young girl bombarded by Madison
Avenue’s distorted view. But even more intriguing is how social media
turned this ad on its head – you’ve got to see this in order to understand
the challenge every organization has projecting its message into the social
media milieu.

Cecilia Esmeralda Martinez Escalante says:


David McGavock says:

Synopsis Not a one way conversation, not just critical thinking by the
individual… we need organized action for hugs, environmental action,
monitoring free elections, crisis management. Students learn what they do,
not what they are told. Collective ACTION is technologically difficult to
initiate. How do we make students knowledge-able? How can we support them
to: Embrace real problems Work together Use relevant tools Meaning isn’t
something you FIND – something you CREATE. Thanks Micheal.

Christy Folsom says:

Great support for the TIEL Curriculum Design Wheel (Teaching for
Intellectual and Emotional Learning). Process, process, process–but not
without content planned by a knowledgeable and skilled teacher in content,
process, and product.

Lauren Groh says:

I attended this Knowledgeable vs. Knowledge-able lecture earlier this
evening. Brilliant.

happinesson says:

i certainly agree with this video..students adapts as well as curriculum
must adjust along with the development of technology..

Naureen Patne says:

So True !!

Mike Lundgren says:

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design — though TED has long
since transcended that theme to be about “ideas worth spreading” from the
world’s greatest thinkers and doers etc. TEDx (the “x”) stands for
independently organized events like TEDxKC (for Kansas City).

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