A story with perspective… in time

There are many ways to tell a story.  One such way is to use time in telling a story.  We are all familiar with time even though for some it moves extremely faster and for others incredibly slow.  Time is something we use to connect with other people.  We carry time on our wrists or with our phones, we mark future times in our calendars and we remember our favorite moments in time for as long as possible.  The clip below shows the passage of time and how ones routine fleeting moment can have a different perspective depending on time. 

A picture(s) can tell a story…

THE SCENE: As many of you may know or have heard the Northeastern part of the United States was hit hard by a blizzard going by the name Nemo.  Apparently we are naming snowstorms as well as hurricanes and topical depressions.  Anyway, here in the Boston area around 27 inches of snow fell as people were told to stay in there homes until a transportation ban was lifted on Saturday, February 9th at 4pm EST. However, when the snow stopped and the sun start to ever so slightly shine people poured out into the street to see what happened.  These seven pictures tell a digital story of what saw after the storm. 

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Top Left Pic:  My wife and I smiling for the patented long arm.  It sure was fun enjoying the sights and sounds after the storm.

Middle Left Pic: A sidewalk completely covered in snow.  There was so much snow people had to walk in the once busy streets.

Bottom Left Pic: The side of an apartment building with ivy covered in snow.  It was amazing to see how the snow blanketed over everything and stuck to everything else.

Top Right Pic: A parking meter barely high enough to be seen.  What you don’t see is the four feet of snow between the meter and the street.  Don’t think anyone will be putting in quarters anytime soon. 

1st Middle Right Pic: Some where in there you’ll see our car.  All that is showing is the rear view mirror and the windshield wipers pointing to the sky.  Can’t wait to get my workout in digging this car out.

2nd Middle Right Pic: A cross-country skier on the main street of the city.  It was interesting to see how people took to the situation and even in the snow you have a fast lane. 

Bottom Right Pic: A bobcat construction vehicle equipment with a snow plow.  This is when it hit you; this was one big storm.

A fractal view of rhizomatic education…

Quick Disclaimer:

I seem to be struggling with is putting the nib to the page or at least selecting the submit/publish button.  It must be because I find it different to join the conversation or worried about being wrong.  I hoping these blog posts will get better.

ImageAnyway, now for the blog post:

I’ve been reading and watching and thinking about this new term rhizomatic education.  This doesn’t seem to be a concept easy to get your head around.  For one, it is such a different model of traditional forms of education you can’t help but chew on the idea until it makes more sense.  I seriously must have read the section below of Rhizomatic Education: Community as Curriclum a half dozen times.

“This is the new reality. Knowledge seekers in cutting-edge fields are increasingly finding that ongoing appraisal of new developments is most effectively achieved through the participatory and negotiated experience of rhizomatic community engagement. Through involvement in multiple communities where new information is being assimilated and tested, educators can begin to apprehend the moving target that is knowledge in the modern learning environment.”

It was amazing to me to think about knowledge as a path and a path of our own choosing.  And, if everyone is choosing his or her own path then how could there be any sort of continuity to knowledge.  Is there supposed to be standards and wholeness to what we know as a group of learners.  I couldn’t help but think this mode of learning must be a complete mess and completely out of control.  Then I remember a scientific concept from my freshmen year of college… chaos theory.  The chaos theory I remember was defined by patterns emerging from what seemed to be unpredictable events and in many cases absolutely beautiful when visualized.  Those visualizations are called fractals.  Now, I don’t know if this is what Dave Cormier was trying to explain in the article, but when I saw this video again it started to make more sense.  In this less than two-minute clip we follow the path of one person’s knowledge.  In the theory of rhizomatic education if another person were to enter this fractal we’d see a completely different path, however the patterns of knowledge would be the same.