When my kids want to know something, they search for it on YouTube. It would kill me to watch a video to find out where Tajikistan is. But the kids go to YouTube for everything.
They are not alone. To generation Z photos are like a short email, and videos are like a long blog post. Writing is just for fun annotations. Like YOLO. (You only live once!)
Okay. I am open minded. Fine. So video will be big. And it is already. Video has changed how we learn music. There is no guessing about how to play a guitar chord, or what it will sound like when you’re in tune on a flute. During violin lessons my son constantly says, “Let’s just video it,” so he doesn’t have to pay as close attention in the lesson. And, I have to admit, the tactic works for him. He almost always knows what to practice when he’s at home.
My kids expect there to be a video recorder on everything they own, even their DS has a video feature.
Here’s a video of student telling a teacher that she’s not teaching anything. The video is revealing: You hear how much the teacher doesn’t care, and how impassioned the boy is.
My first reaction was that this is heartbreaking. Then I thought that teacher is lucky no one got her face in the frame. Then I thought, what if all teachers were worried about being recorded each day? What if kids started holding teachers accountable and posting the most egregious teaching on YouTube?
And this would happen at home, too. Kids can take videos of their parents being nuts. There is a new level of accountability for all of us. Kids can take school reform into their own hands. That might be the only way it’ll be done.