Daniel Staemmler

Things about eLearning, Educational Technology, and more…

History of “whatever”

I came across this great video capture (via @mattlingard) of a presentation at the Personal Democracy Forum 2009 held the keynote talk onthe 2nd day by Dr. Michael Wesch. He is an Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Digital Ethnography at the Kansas State University.

This presentation is very well done and in addition to the history of “whatever” there there are a lot of good thoughts in it. How will the next generation develop skills to be able to socially interact with each other when only or most of the time talking to a webcam sitting on the top of their computer screen? The future will let us know…

Filed under: Web 2.0, , ,

Most inspiring bits and bytes

There are a few great speeches and other moving pictures available on various video website. I gathered some of them here that came to mind and that I personally like the most. The order in this post is random since I think all of them are pretty great.

Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

Paul Potts sings Opera ( Britain’s got talent )

Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams

The Free Hugs Campaign

Benjamin Zander on music and passion

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Feel free to post your most inspiring video!

UPDATE: Over night, while I was laying awake in my bed, I thought about a presentation my cousin sent me a little while ago. This one will fit perfectly into this post as an addition to inspiring website, not video and moving pictures necessarily. ChangeThis.com is a website whose goal it is “…to challenge the way ideas are created and spread.” The presentation I received and found very much worth reading is about “A Positive Attitude” from Dan Auito. Who honestly couldn’t use a little reminder every now and then 😉

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Web 2.0 on the Cover of Time Magazine

Time Magazine CoverAt the end of the year 2006 Web 2.0 clearly made a difference since it puts the user in the center of the web experience. Time Magazine nominates YOU, the user, as the person of the year. The title of the cover story “Time’s Person of the Year: You” leaves no doubt about that.

In addition you find an article about 15 people in the December 25th issue that are the web generation’s movers and shakers. Furthermore Time Magazine John Cloud writes about the YouTube Gurus and how they changed the way we, the nominated person of the year 2006, see ourselves. There are also plenty of photos and videos in regard to the YouTube phenomenon.

Filed under: Social Networks, Web 2.0, , , ,

Missuse of Youtube

When I went to school cell phones and other electronic devices didn’t exist in the classroom. Well, maybe a TV was mounted on the wall to watch some educational programing.
Today things look quiet different, especially when it comes to the way of using new technology to let everybody else know what is going on inside the classroom. The New York Times published a story (registration required; free) about two teenage students who willingly aggravated one of their teachers. The incidence has been recorded and the footage went online at Youtube. The 33 year old teacher is on voluntary sick leave who taught students with a learning disabilities.
The video has been removed from Youtube upon request from the Portages-de-l’Outaouais school board and the two students have been suspended from the school.

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