What Today’s Students Look Like

Michael Wesch and 200 of his students have created another great video, specifically about the disconnect between traditional education methods and current students’ lives.

One of the interesting points for me was how much students are reading. Much of that reading is online, of course. In a semester, these college students said they read:

  • 8 books
  • 2300 webpages
  • 1281 Facebook profiles

The amount of online reading being done points to the need for digital literacy skills. Students need to learn how to synthesize what they find online, as well as to find and evaluate sources. Communication skills should including writing for online and using multiple forms of media, not just text.

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