Project Technologia_EDT 634

2.1. Visions of a New Array

Following the corridor to its end, you find yourself on a balcony overlooking a surprisingly wide causeway. The array of colorful flooring displays stands in stark contrast to the relative bleakness of the hallway from which you’d come, with rich purples, reds, blues, and golds splashed about the tapestries and carpets below you. The street is flooded with a diverse throng of busy people, each moving with a sense of urgency that, in sum, resembles a raging river splashing over its banks. The din of human interaction sounds like a waterfall murmuring smoothly below your balcony view. Parents run holding their children's hands while a group of elderly men guffaw in a corner. Two women stand in admiration of the textured symbols on the walls. Openings embedded along the length of the causeway, most likely shops openning up for new trade opportunities, become immediately full as the crowd spills in to browse the owners’ wares. Many such small specialty shops have opened since the group’s arrival on the Remmlar Array. There had been trade among the ships of the floatila while they were adrift, but now it was much more possible to have a full working economy.

The liveliness you observe makes it easy to forget the cold, black void outside the isolated station, as it floats through the vastness of intergalactic space.

Duncan, Biff, and Rheegan stand beside you, captured by the impassioned arguments made moments before by you and your colleagues. Duncan leans against the balcony railing as he stares off into the distance, a leader surveying his domain…

“See that,” he says. “This is the first time these people have had a chance to settle down after a lifetime of floating through space. There are about a hundred-thousand of us, all descendants of those who fled Sol aboard the Hyperion after the Event. Our ancestors lost contact with the rest of the fleet decades ago… This once-abandoned space station, the Remmlar Array, is the only other sign of life we’ve come across in our travels. You people are the only non-travelers we’ve ever met. Kind of surreal, really.”

Duncan’s voice trails off into the roar of sound coming from below. He looks to Biff and Rheegan before walking over to them, and the three engage in conversation out of earshot. Turning slowly back to you, he smiles. "You people… I mean our new guests, have made an interesting case that things like incentives (Adan), collaboration (Will), and even assessments and building things can support all our objectives. But I don't think you yet see the issue. We cannot pursue all goals at once. We must start somewhere and build up. Rheegan wants just a system for career preparation. That's a worthy goal, but Biff is right too that we should individualize our education and ensure that even engineers have their creative and artistic sides nurtured, and our artists have some exposure to the wonders of science. And I hope we all agree that we need citizens who have the higher level thinking skills needed to analyze and think for themselves and not be persuaded by scams and issues of purely short sighted self interests. Where do we start? Which goal to we pursue first? I do not hear a consensus vision from our new advisors."

Duncan pauses, then continues, “That said, we invite you to help in every way with our project. Please understand, up until now, parents have been educating their own kids and crafters have been taking apprentices for years as we floated through space in our space crafts. But now that we’re mostly situated here on Remmlar Array station, it makes sense to start building a formal school environment and a core curriculum. Even though the tech is antiquated by our standards, it might be just up your alley — our ancestors only managed to salvage existing tools when they fled earth a century and a half ago. Given that most of it is circa 2016, you must know plenty about how to put it to use. That’ll be awfully helpful, especially if we want to start prepping for some of the more complicated things that are yet to come.”

Prompt: Identify a role you and your colleagues can play in visioning and planning educational goals for  the new colony, from the perspective of technology advisors.

Mission Assist: To clarify your response, consider how an educational technology coordinator fits into the administration and maintenance of a school system and core curriculum strategies. Include specific priorities you’d like to set for the progression and development of a sustainable technology plan. How might you help the administrators set goals and priorities?


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