Wednesday, February 1, 2012

We Learn and Synchronicity

I thought it was really bizarre how in sync everyone seemed to be in the COLABS at Big Ideas this year. We all seemed to have this idea in our brains that students could use the internet to direct their own learning and keep track of the path they have been on as learners. I love the idea. Now the only thing I have is whatever I save in some more or less organized fashion (mostly less) and my browser history. So we all think and work on this and everyone in our group is on board and I can't see in their brains but it sure seems like we are on the same page. Last year I liked my group but we were all over the place. So we come up with this idea that a program or computer system or app should be created that archives your learning experiences, that directs you, and helps connect you with other learners. It was very cool. The next thing you know there is Danny Hilis giving this beautiful lecture on this learning map (it didn't have the social component but it had everything else). It was so close to what we had been describing in our meeting. That was just amazing. Humans really do have a kind of hive mind. WE can cal it zeitgeist but we do have a sort of internalized vision and drive or instinct that we share that directs the future and builds on our past culture. I loved the beauty of his map and the fact that he had professional artists involved the most embarrassing part of the colab was when I tried to draw something to illustrate my idea. I also tried to show it in a physical way and that was also embarrassing.

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