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Dear Professor Wesch,
This video is upstanding. Thank you.
Many teachers and education institutions, still grasp to inadequate pedagogical models and learning designs. We/they continue to attach to our/ their status quo and to a teaching comfort zone, forgetting the essential: technology has changed the context of learning, among other things, and the learning center is the learner not the teacher (it has always been but…).
The learners-persona expectations, goals, needs, language, connections, skills or difficulties have changed, regardless the obstinate maintenance of rigid, depersonalized and hierarchic structures of a lot of educational institutions (especially of the university/high level). Listening to (knowing how and what to listen) what students have to say is, again, crucial to understand witch pedagogical paths can be created or recreated, integrating positively the huge influence of technology in our lives, interactions and ways of thinking and learning.
Nevertheless, questions remain, mainly for economical and political reasons: What will the future of educational institutions be? What will happen to teachers that cannot follow or adapt to the changes? Meanwhile, “educators” are practicing within hybrid pedagogical models and coexisting teaching-learning designs.
Best regards, of a group of students taking an online Master Course on E-Learning Pedagogy at Universidade Aberta, in Portugal,
Manuel Lousa
Nathalie Ferret
Pedro Vargas


Dear Professor,
What a fantastic social network where youngest students can pull off, by themselves, isn’t it? For a lot of things, it seems even that they don’t need our old and traditional guidance. There’s much more we (teachers and educators in general) can learn with them, from their social and informal dynamic interactions, collaborative way of doing things and better adapting to nowadays (in this new century and within this network society) ideas, tools and resources than what they can learn with us. It’s important not to forget it. Only understanding this, we will be able to converge and share, among us all, knowledge and skills. The present video serves truly well this purpose.
Best regards,
Manuel Lousa, Nathalie Ferret and Pedro Vargas, master’s degree students on E-Learning Pedagogy at Universidade Aberta, Portugal.


Technology has changed our lives and our way of acting. Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter introduced new concepts and cultural changes. We’ve noticed that the “machine” has created new concepts through cultural changes. In the past, people based their relationships on daily physical contact. Nowadays people, especially the younger generations, interact through the “machine.” Therefore, we can say that the “machine” has changed people’s behavior, created new ways of relating with each other, new ways of knowing and, of course, new content. All these contribute to the construction of identity and recognition and the notion of authenticity and “self” may be changing.
Another aspect that has changed with the use of the “machine” was the “context” that is dimmed. The one, who is communicating through the “machine”, does not know if someone is on the other side, however ‘that other side’ is as close as it has never been: It’s at the distance o a click… our thoughts take less than one second to reach the entire world, sculpted in an entire new language.
New technological resources promote new ways of finding our ‘true’ identity.
If it is true that we deepen the knowledge about ourselves through verbal interaction, and it’s true that the overwhelming multiplication of this interaction, promoted by the new media, can result in something good!
So good if it was as easy as that! We all know that it can result also in not so good things… Thank you for your challenge… we care!
Manuel Lousa, Nathalie Ferret and Pedro Vargas, master’s degree students on E-Learning Pedagogy at Universidade Aberta, Portugal.


Dear Professor Michael Wesch,
We are a group of students taking an online Master Course on E-Learning Pedagogy at Universidade Aberta, in Portugal. The teacher of Education and Society on the Web assigned us the following task: analyze and publish a post with a comment on your video.
We found your video “The Machine is Us /ing” very challenging and also full of meaningful content.
There is no doubt that Technology has changed our lives and the way we are. Sites, social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, YouTube, among others brought new concepts and cultural changes. In the past, people used to know each other face to face. Nowadays, people still connect but this time through the machine. So, we can say that people’s behavior has changed through times. Besides that, the new media created new ways of context, new ways of relating to others, new ways of knowing ourselves. These mediums shape not only conversations but also messages people are having or sending through them. In addition to this, the identity and the recognition are being also shaped. As a consequence, we can say that younger generations are addicted to the machine to the point that the person and the machine, they are only ONE.
In our viewpoint, nowadays people, especially younger generations still connect and communicate but using a different form of language and using the machine. So, we totally agree with the idea that “the machine is Us and that it is changing us”, even if we don’t notice it.
Best regards,
Manuel Lousa
Nathalie Ferret
Pedro Vargas

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