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
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.