Friday, July 27, 2007
The Global Village
"The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village."
-Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980) The Gutenberg Galaxy, 1962
"Ours is a brand—new world of allatonceness. 'Time' has ceased, 'space' has vanished. We now live in a global village ... a simultaneous happening."
-Marshall McLuhan (1911–1980) The Medium is the Massage, (1967)
An exciting conversation is taking place on Anthony's blog - and it's only two days old!
Patrick Higgins has suggested that the teacher/bloggers who posted comments on The Paradigm Shift set up some type of collaborative social studies project involving their respective students. Since Patrick is based in New Jersey, Anthony and Clay Burell teach in Korea, and I'm a teacher/librarian in upstate New York, we could certainly consider ourselves "global" in outlook.
I'm not sure how this will work - our schools may have vastly different resources - but it will be fun to experiment. If nothing else, we will start some interesting conversations: among ourselves, within our districts, and, most importantly, with our students.
"In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future."
-Eric Hoffer (1902–1983) Reflections on the Human Condition