I think we are doing an amazing disservice to ourselves and our kids by not getting out more.
If anything, this most is more timely now than it was when I wrote it.
April 26, 2007
I've been catching up on my Google Reader and noticed the conversation
about Personal Learning Environments. I'm sure I'm misunderstanding the
conversation - but it seems to me that a Personal Learning Environment
should encompass more than just the blogs, wikis, RSS feeds, and other
tools we use to gather and process information.
Clive Shepherd notes that his personal learning environment also includes people and alternate media.
know it would be neater if these were all digitized and processed for
my easy access, but I'm not so sure I don't prefer them as they are.
wonder if we are losing something by moving everything "online". The
feel of the pages, the smell of newsprint, the engagement of senses
other than sight and sound.
Langston Hughes Intermediate annually took their 8th grade class to Gettysburg. As part of that trip - they split the group and recreated Pickett's Charge.
Being able to experience the distance between Seminary Ridge and
Culp's Hill, climb around Devil's Den, running through the woods on Cemetery Hill finding strategic locations... I learned more about
Gettysburg through that field trip than I ever did in a book, movie,
online tutorial or multimedia presentation.
organization I work for regularly has people from other organizations
visit to see how we are using our Electronic Medical Record software.
Movies, interactive video teleconferencing, online tutorials, documents,
and the like will only take them so far. Our visitors say they learn
more when they can immerse themselves physically in our environment.
Despite some folks efforts to script the encounter, the visitors get
more when they nose around, talk to people, observe patient
interactions, read body language and (at the risk of sounding new-agey)
sense the energy around the clinic.
I wonder if we need more
field trips. More opportunities for PHYSICAL immersion - not just
virtual immersion. And I wonder if this is the type of thing that
should be considered when putting together our own Personal Learning
Environments and providing resources for others to do the same.