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March 16, 2009

A Twitter-er recorded that he was looking at ‘Flow’ - a coincidence, I was having trouble with my car engine; it would either ‘cut out’ or exhibit the kangaroo petrol characteristics I had not experienced for many years.


The electric fuel pump was ‘clicking’, suggesting that it was trying hard to pump the fuel. Was the fuel getting to the carburettor or was there a restriction in the supply pipe from the fuel tank or was there a leak in the supply pipe causing the pump to pump air?  Was the pump managing to get the fuel from the supply pipe and was it pumping it to the output pipe? Was the fuel then leaking or flooding the carburettor?


Either way, a restricted or interrupted fuel supply will result in a weak fuel mixture being drawn into the engine. If too much fuel is being forced past the float valve, the mixture would be too rich. In either case the engine would not run efficiently. 


I drifted off and began to think of an analogy; feeding the learning process. The complex learning ‘engine’ would rely on many ‘pipes’ to supply the fuel for learning, some external; external information feeds and stimuli, others internal; emotional feelings, needs  and  reflections. And then the critical mixing process designed to produce the most efficient learning - the old carburettor (teacher) replaced by ICT enabled, programmed injection (e-learning + +).


So what was the Twitter-er looking at? Did ‘Flow’ support my day-dreaming? “Flow is the mental state of operation in which the person is fully immersed in what he or she is doing by a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity.”  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flow_(psychology)


Fully immersed, energised, and fully involved – everything we want for our learners!


Drifted off again and followed the Twitters celebrating the internets 20th birthday. I followed a link to the first page of the internet http://bit.ly/7I96e    and within minutes someone had suggested that I should be looking at the last page. Www.thelastpage.org .


Earlier in the week I had overheard a comment about violet sky thinking; thinking beyond blue sky thinking. I began to think what would take over from the internet, whether the internet could exist without the text based hyperlink. I related the information and services provided by the internet as some of the ‘pipes’ providing the ‘fuel’ for learning.   


I will not watch Twitter

I will not watch Twitter

I will not watch Twitter

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