Here be dragons

I just wrote on my personal blog about a fantastic children’s book I just read: ‘The Phantom Tollbooth’ by Norton Juster. I was really struck by a part where the Princesses Rhyme and Reason impart their wisdom to the boy Milo, and in particular, I felt that this quote here illustrates a little what it’s like to be exploring learning in a digital world:

“And remember, also,” added the Princess of Sweet Rhyme, “that many places you would like to see are just off the map and many things you want to know are just out of sight or a little beyond your reach. But one day you’ll reach them all, for what you learn today, for no reason at all, will help you discover all the wonderful secrets of tomorrow.”

I just thought I would share this here too. Sometimes I wonder if we’re ever going to work out how to learn and how to teach in the 21st century – but it can’t be that different from when the printing press was invented and shortly after the Reformation when suddenly people had books and books in their own language.

To make it more exciting, let’s imagine ourselves as intrepid explorers (I’m thinking like a child now, after reading that book, which is no bad thing I think) – going to the very edge of the map!

Here be dragons map

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