Primordial Metaphors for Learning in the 21st Century
(1:many): The tribe gathering for a special occasion, to listen to the wise words of the guru or elder. It allows the expertise concentrated in one individual to be transmitted widely. In the modern world, campfires are everywhere, from preachers at church, to motivational speakers, lectures, and, of course, the classroom teacher doing teacher-talk. Campfire mode is great, but at our worst, we do it to death.
The Watering Hole
(many:many): Interactions between people, socialising, collaborating, gossiping, dreaming, troubleshooting, planning, cross-pollinating, collectively thinking.
(in short 1:self): Where we relate to our own inner world. Students have idiosyncratic preferences for cave space, whether in silence, or listening to music, sitting with friends, or tucked away in a corner. So, now we can apply the same concept to virtual spaces. A blog can be a cave space (equally, a handwritten diary entry), as can many organisational and mind-mapping tools.
(many to ∞) Life is where learners find out if their knowledge can accomplish real world tasks or if their ideas hold true when tested in the real world. This the proving ground for what we know or think we know.