Lovely to connect with a new space of thinkers... 'bounce' blogs are comments I've made in other forums, then shared. I discovered that I'm hopeless at blogging, I prefer to 'bounce' off others ideas, then reflect in response:
"The Big Disconnect" infographic by Mara Sofferin got me thinking (hopefully attached below...).
I'm one of the lucky ones I guess, I abandoned the 'big smoke' of Auckland city for wild Westland, though most of my friends thought I was mad and perceived it as a 'step backward' - I guess they would, so much about society orients us from the countryside to the 'mecca' of city life.
The longer we function in virtual spaces and places, the greater the need for grounding in physical natural spaces, this includes the inside of our own bodies. I'm also considering the important role my pets play in making sure I bridge natural and digital worlds daily. Technology has dissolved much of the geographic and professional isolation I experienced when I initially shifted to Hokitika. Yet the view out the lounge window of the Kowhai tree in the garden full of greedy jostling Tui, Kereru, and Korimako (bellbirds), and the Southern Alps out the kitchen window, and the sound of waves hitting the beach as I fall asleep at night, helps remind me to be balanced. Yes. I'm just gloating.
Human identity is changing fast - I inhabit my body, my mind, my 'soul', but I also inhabit space energetically and virtually. Maybe the connective and collaborative functions of inhabiting ideas virtually may bring a greater sense of understanding and feeling for 'connectedness', or, on the other side of the 'coin', disconnect us from physical experiences in the physical world. Or countrycottage.com, the business behind the infographic, is pushing its business agenda... or maybe they've neutralised their agenda a little by teaming up with Canada's David Suzuki Foundation?
At any rate, maybe the 'take home' message for teachers is that we are working with a generation who only knows a world with ubiquitous digital technologies. 'They' don't know a world without computers and mobile phones. As we engage students with empowering technologies that put the world of information at their feet, we also need to make sure those same feet experience the texture of grass, the pull of the earth, and the world of nature.
So what are the 'big trends' from my perspective?
(In response to reading and viewing info from sources:
and of course...
Add a Comment