Today, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Levine (2012) ponder that age old question of “Who am I?” via his YouTube video “We, Our Digital Selves, and Us”
Firstly, this resource is an awesome prompt for any teacher willing to explore and reflect on their own digital identity. The video has some very thought provoking questions and challenges, such as “What is the difference between offline and online?
What really grabbed me was the discussion of “the notion of a place that was neither work nor home”. Levine tells us this concept was originally described by Ray Oldenburg as a Third Place. Intriguing. A place that is highly accessible, involves food and is welcoming. “Can this happen Online?” asks Levine.
Sure, I have been to that place. I go there via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Hangouts, Skype …
What’s more, when I visit this Third Place I can drink coffee, order lunch, world best cappuccino or just simply sit on my balcony. You?
I have then connected with people I met in this “Third place” by meeting them at pubs, schools, hospitals and museums while attending Teachmeets in Melbourne. Or, I meet them in other more formal places during professional development activities. Some I now teach with.
This opens up a vision of how my students will benefit from this Third Place that is neither work nor home … nor school? Maybe my future students will not be locked in a classroom with me; that’s not such a bad thing! 🙂 Perhaps we will meet somewhere more compatible to digital citizens and we will use our connections to learn from the world. Maybe we will only ever meet in this Third Place?
Taking this imagining one step further … my vision is not a #TMMELB but a student meet (#SMMelb) at a local cafe, or … you get the drift. What a great way to teach youth that learning happens anywhere, anytime.
Just pondering out loud here but it’s exciting to ponder.
Levine, A. [Flat Classroom]. (2012, March 21). We, our digital selves, and us [Video file]. Retrieved from http://youtu.be/9ziS3mpjgvI.