Never before has there been a way to participate as an outsider like there is now. The internet has opened the gates to allow us the users to learn new things without having to the comfort of our home. Platforms like Youtube allow users to display their talent, place their views or teach us something new. According to Michael Wesch, our culture is taking on a new form of identity.

But how does this change the way we teach in school? Since our students love the internet and what Youtube more than they watch T.V. I have come up with some of my own ideas that may make this an advantage to us. I thought of making my one Youtube Channel that my students can watch in order to catch a lesson that they might or missed, or they can rewatch a section that didn’t make sense, and lastly parents can see what is being taught in the classroom and can help their child out with homework. Another way this is can be beneficial to a classroom is through engagement. Having students make a presentation on Youtube or having them collaborate their own visions of a story on the internet will not only have the invested in the learning and they will gain valuable skills help them in their future careers.

But although this sounds great, there is also drawbacks this participatory culture and the culture of YouTube. Kirsty Simon (2015) that information can be “faked” on the internet. She uses Parkinson’s disease as can example of where the internet shows this disease as not being as damaging as it truly can be. Participatory Culture also can lead to mob like communities on the internet, people seem to be more accepting of a video depicting violence and will share said video until it goes viral but if an attack on someone happens in reality, people cannot condone the action.

If we as educators want to embrace web 2.0 (participatory culture) we need to first teach our students about digital citizenship and how to have a positive presence on the internet. Then we have to teach the parents that being on the internet is not as dangerous as they grow up to believe.

I leave you with a clip of Justin Bieber, who by the way became famous because of Youtube.

 

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