If asked where I disagree with what Wesch advocates, I would be hard pressed to find anything. The truth is that we must do more than simply disseminate information to our students. But teaching our students to think critically is not enough as Wesch stipulates, "In an era of new media we need to go beyond critical thinking" (Wesch, 2010). Referring to students, Wesch explains, "We need to move them to being knowledge-able; that is, able to find, sort, analyze, ultimately criticize and even create new information and knowledge" (Wesch, 2010). Those are things that autonomous, independent thinkers do, and one of the goals of education is for students to become autonomous, independent thinkers.
So how can I use Wesch's ideas as an instructor? One thing I can do is continue learning about new technologies so that I can keep up with how my students connect to each other and so that I may better connect with my students. Another thing I can do is teach my students to collaborate and analyze the information they discover. By teaching my students how to critically analyze the information they find through new media, they will be able to determine what information out there is valuable and relevant as well as how to create their own information that means something. But like the bird in Wesch's story, all I can do is "The best I can."
Wesch, M. (2010, October 12). TEDxKC - Michael Wesch - From Knowledgeable to Knowledge-Able. [Video File]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeaAHv4UTI8