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Finally, EdTech That’s Based On Real Research « Annie Murphy Paul

Finally, EdTech That’s Based On Real Research « Annie Murphy Paul | Creativity and learning |

Imagine you’re walking down the street when your phone buzzes. “What is the capital of Maryland?” it asks you. You know the answer but you can’t quite grasp it until all of a sudden you remember: “Annapolis.” The question prompted your brain just in time.

That is the scenario envisaged by the makers of software Cerego, which launched last week, writes Hal Hodson in New Scientist:


“It uses a basic principle of cognitive science called ‘spaced repetition’ to improve learning. To remember something long term, a student must return to it several times, increasing the interval between each revision. The concept isn’t new, but Cerego aims to harness the idea to let people learn anytime, anywhere.

Clive Hilton's insight:

As the article declares; it's not new and it's not original, but it might be useful.

Lori Pirog's comment, January 8, 2013 12:59 PM
As a boomer who has struggled with memory issues my entire life, I may just give a program like this a try. Despite using the technique of repetitive learning for many years now I still seem to struggle more than the average person. I would give a lot to understand why.
Clive Hilton's comment, January 10, 2013 4:56 AM
It's intriguing isn't it, Lori. I was recently bought a book by my other-half on improving memory. I took it as a hint, but fear that my alleged poor memory is simply a symptom of lifestyle overload.
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Collective Intelligence | Conversation | Edge

Collective Intelligence | Conversation | Edge | Creativity and learning |

As all the people and computers on our planet get more and more closely connected, it's becoming increasingly useful to think of all the people and computers on the planet as a kind of global brain.


THOMAS W. MALONE is the Patrick J. McGovern Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management and the founding director of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence.


He was also the founding director of the MIT Center for Coordination Science and one of the two founding co-directors of the MIT Initiative on "Inventing the Organizations of the 21st Century".


It's important to realize that intelligence is not just something that happens inside individual brains. It also arises with groups of individuals. In fact, I'd define collective intelligence as groups of individuals acting collectively in ways that seem intelligent. By that definition, of course, collective intelligence has been around for a very long time. Families, companies, countries, and armies: those are all examples of groups of people working together in ways that at least sometimes seem intelligent.


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