Alan Levine has a habit of being ahead of the curve on technology and how to use technology for connecting with people. This isn’t terribly surprising, considering his work on NMC’s Horizon Report. Right now, Alan is in the middle of a cross-Canada/US tour, connecting with friends and colleagues, many who he has met online.
Alan stopped into Edmonton last week, so I had a chance to catchup with him. After a relaxing Thai dinner, we spent a few moments sitting in an outdoor cafe, watching the peculiar substrates of humanity that gather on Whyte Ave in Edmonton. After watching someone steal a bike, “hey man, I passed out in my back yard last night and someone stole my bike. I’m stealing it back. Tell whoever stole it that I’ll be looking for him on Whyte Ave”, Alan detailed an interesting project he’s involved in: The Story Box (based on the Pirate Box: “a self-contained mobile communication and file sharing device”).
Obviously, collecting stories for the Story Box is a very personal project – somewhere between a time capsule, a portfolio, and a diary. I’m not sure how to apply this to teaching/learning (why is that always the measure of an idea? “Hmm, how can I use this with students”? Why can’t things just be sometimes?). Something like a learning box? I’m grasping here.
I’m interested to see where Alan takes things from here – particularly the final product of his trip (slated to end in November, but because not-working and traveling is so gruelling, he has mercifully built in vacation time in Hawaii to rejuvenate in October before the final stretch ).