~e; mapping electromagnetism 2/2

From human being <human@electronetwork.org>
Date Wed, 24 Apr 2002 21:31:20 -0500

  [forgot to mention two things about the MEA
  protype with regard to how it might be applied
  as a tool for learning and gathering/ordering
  new information.

  1. with technologies such as GPS and GIS, in
  some way, these could be linked with a database
  that has multidimensional information within it,
  about any content, but ideally, one with some-
  ting to do with education, such as electromagnetism
  where donated GPS devices could become learning-
  tools, production tools, for students to create
  their own maps of information land/mind-scapes.
  a teacher could facilitate this in the model of
  the 'treasure hunt', a game often played here in
  the winter carnival whereby clues are given in
  the newspaper and a loyal fan-base (hunters of
  St.Paul's mystic treasures, it seems) would be
  trying to solve the puzzle/riddle, and find the
  small prize hidden beneath the snow, by using
  their knowledge of the city, and its contents.
  so too, a teacher could make a lesson plan, or
  whatever it may be called, whereby a student
  of young age could go home and look at their
  own environment, as homework, analyzing their
  em tools, choosing which to look at, and adding
  this information to the group project, by input-
  ting it into the database.

  2. the 2nd aspect, which for me is important, is
  the re-use and expansion of data often repeated
  over and over again as 'exercises in learning'
  (memorization, possibly), and the results are
  graded and left at that, instead of used as a
  type of information flow, to help define/refine/
  redefine the surroundings and the understanding
  of it through timespaceplace. therefore, a data-
  base, in the sense of being based in knowledge
  and analysis by shared empiricism, could 'grow'
  in the sense that each class of students, in any
  grade or area (or language, if one can think big)
  would/could add their parts to the larger whole,
  and thus learn and reap the benefits of sharing
  information, in order to learn more, and possibly
  ask more (and more interesting) questions about
  the world around them, than those repeated in
  classes that are sometimes unable to even approach
  issues happening outside classroom doors as they
  are so different from traditional ways of teaching.

  those two aspects were important, with regard to
  the prototype map shown, in that it could both be
  distributed and a collective work, of many various
  degrees of investigation, and also could bring in
  various technologies as learning tools, instead of
  one-way consumer devices, as a way to engage and
  to experiment & explore the environment around us.]

mapping the e-assemblage

  the electromagnetic internetwork-list
  electromagnetism / infrastructure / civilization