Student’s brain flatlined during classes
I seem to know a lot of people who seem to flatline during classes (or grand lectures of any kind?). The below should be tested on a wider scale to see how effective Classes are for most students, the results may be surprising (and shocking perhaps?).
From “A Wearable Sensor for Unobtrusive, Long-term Assessment of Electrodermal Activity” (by Poh, M.Z., Swenson, N.C., Picard, R.W. inIEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, vol.57, no.5), a chart showing a single student’s electrodermal activity over the course of a week. Note the neural flatlining during classtime. As Joi Ito notes, “Note that the activity is higher during sleep than during class.” He also adds, “Obviously, this is just one student and doesn’t necessarily generalize.”
via boingboing and Joi Ito
Poh, M.Z., Swenson, N.C., Picard, R.W., “A Wearable Sensor for Unobtrusive, Long-term Assessment of Electrodermal Activity,” IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering, vol.57, no.5, pp.1243-1252, May 2010. doi: 10.1109/TBME.2009.2038487
Part of a Slide I put together based on http://t.co/J8GFEVZK to illustrate the point that it is pointless to prepare our young children for a Job 1-2 decades out into the Future. The only thing that is certain, is that the future (of jobs) is uncertain.
We recently got featured on our CSR activities and how we introduce it in our working environment. Maybe in the future this sort of thing isn’t even news worthy anymore because CSR activities will become so commonplace that it’s expected behaviour.
This years TED winner is Sugata Mitra discussing his vision for a School in the Cloud. A great presentation on the future of learning.
iPhone is 6 years old
On January 9th, 2007 Steve Jobs announced what he called a “revolutionary mobile phone” and right he was. Even if the iPhone isn’t the most popular smartphone out there, it led the charge and showed the way to a new mobile future. Happy Birthday iPhone, you’re 6 years old now and you’ve already changed the world.
ThinkBlaze is a project we’ve been working on the last few months; it is a research and idea generation organization, a think tank of sorts and it has issued its first work, a study titled “Does the Learning Medium Matter?” It looks at the impact of low-cost tablets on children in elementary school with some considerations about the very serious problem of the Digital Divide.
A happy mid-autumn festival from everyone at Outblaze! Complete with our own Mooncakes and our Mascot, Cuby from Pretty Pet Salon.