Our identity evolves through a series of ‘performances’ shaped by the environment, the audience and the impression we want to make. Yet, in the disembodied world of digital space, the cues to identity that we have in the real world are absent. Human identity is a bit more complex than just one representation. Effective teachers need to be able to represent themselves in multiple things at once – as soon as a computer arrives in the classroom, if they can.
Furthermore, a teacher must experience what a child practices, to begin to even hope of assessing the child, not just measuring their height against crude markings on a wall.
Where information technologies are framed as the solution to the problems of unmanageable people – social networks, open communication, virtual worlds, massive multiplayer games, the in-effective teacher is forced to disconnect – they can do nothing else. For every nomadic web-user who freely moves in digital space, or seamlessly creates and distributes content on the fly, there exists another user struggling with the dystopian aspects.
These has little to do with hardware and software, but because the internet is now a space where social and cultural liberation is achieved, where the erosion of hierarchy frees individuals, groups and societies from the confinements and rigidity of traditional social and political order.