Don’t look outside… keep your eyes on the globe!

I heard a story once that I just cannot shake. I have tried to verify the story to see if it even happened to no avail. But that really doesn’t matter if it did or didn’t happen. It is the analogy that has stuck with me. So let me paint you a picture similar to the one we see here.

Image: Skimming the Pacific Ocean in the Sanyo Blimp

It is the early 1900’s a students from all around the U.S. were chosen to be part of the first classrooms of the sky. These students over the course of a few months traveled around the U.S. in a blimp and attended went to class 10,000 feet in the sky. They studied things like science, reading, and math all at a nice and steady 32 miles per hour. The classroom experience was just like the one they had on the ground except for the altitude. The teacher would instruct from the font of the room. Students had books, paper, glue, and even scissors! There was even a big globe at the front of the room that the students could use to learn geography.

Do you see where I am going with this? Fast forward 100 years, are we still making the same mistakes? Do we not allow our learners to look out the window?


About DaveHallmon

With experience in web, graphic, and instructional design, Dave maintains a balance between what is efficient and effective in every message. He always focuses on the why and how rather than "just doing it" to get the job done. By day he works at a leading university designing online courses that support 9,000 students in 64 countries. He works directly with faculty to brainstorm, design, and develop their online instruction utilizing the Adobe suite. He also teaches for the university as an adjunct faculty member in the area of web design. By night he is a devoted husband, father, freelancer, and adventurer of the outdoors. His other interests include LifeHacker, Science Fiction and Hayao Miyazaki movies, Settlers of Catan, and coffee with friends. He currently lives in St. Louis and has an M.S. in Instructional Design and aspires to pursue a professional degree in content marketing and strategy. Visit the links below for more information about his interests and design work.
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