In our Information Age, I think we are all lost in a sea so vast that neither shore nor bottom are visible. We grab onto the first lifesavers thrown at us, FaceBook and other social web sites, and grateful to stay afloat, we do not venture far. It is not the fear of drowning that makes us cling to the known, but rather the complete lack of markers to know which way to swim.
Martha Burris challenged us to think about the concrete space of the internet, the metaphors for understanding it, and I keep coming back to this infinite sea. If our Domains provide a place to stand and perhaps even an archipelago with acquaintances on them, we are still only small specs in the infinite sea.
I think the great challenge for us is in building our boats and learning to navigate. We have grown reliant on guides like Google or the social media echo chambers, but with these we only skim the surface and touch briefly at nearby/easily accessible points of call.
As we think about giving our students voice/a domain to stand upon, we also need to teach them to navigate and the means to be found by others. I think we need to spend more time thinking about discoverability. How do we help people find us and how do we know which way to set out to find them.
If Facebook and Google are navigation by sight, how do we learn to follow the stars or create the new compass to turn away from the shores and chart new paths. As we discover new lands, how do we learn and respect the cultures of others, and share the paths to connect more people.
The internet has opened a world of information to us, but how do we venture forth? Do we trust the colonizing guides that have always reached out to us, or can we find a new way and extend our hands to the students who will go further?