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A mish-mash of items on learning, creativity, innovation and design education
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Is Technology Making Us Less Human?

Is Technology Making Us Less Human? | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

This article is one-half of a point-counterpoint with Ray Kurzweils article, The Man-Machine Merger.Im sitting in this café in Silicon Valley, watching conversations flowing between Macs, tablets, mobile devices, and their owners.

Author: Andrea Kuszewski, behavior therapist and robopsychologist  

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Intriguing discussion in which the author argues that technology is having a deleterious effect on people's capactiy to use their own intelligence. She cites a claim that over-reliance on sat-nav systems, for example, is harming people's spatial awareness. Most interestingly, however, is her central thesis, which is that the factor that distinguishes human intelligence from computer-based intelligences is that only the former (currently) possess the capacity for creative thinking.

 

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Technology Is Useless If It Doesn’t Address A Human Need

Technology Is Useless If It Doesn’t Address A Human Need | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it

The power of Silicon Valley is evident in almost everything we do. But is the drastic change that technology has wrought on modern life having an effect on the world of social entrepreneurship?

 

How can our illiterate and semi-literate grandmothers use technology to tell the stories of their ongoing transformation once they return home? How can we help them communicate, measure, and evaluate their success? A challenge, indeed, but one crucial to our ensuring sustainability and full-scaling the “Barefoot Approach.”

I’m sharing this story because simply participating in the Lab was “potentially disruptive.” What we learned through the four-month process, which ended in a week of identifying and pitching a solution, went far beyond our expectations. It did not disrupt our focus, as we thought it might. It taught us a new thought process for analysis of challenges. I went into the process thinking we had no limits to our creativity and resourcefulness, but realizing our information deficit in and of itself, was a limitation.

 

Silicon Valley expanded our learnings around innovative process. We learned what key-placed resources can catalyze within an organization, essential to maximizing and leveraging them to drive more significant change.

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Can Computers Replace Teachers?

Can Computers Replace Teachers? | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Until we figure out how to best use technology in the classroom, the bells and whistles are often a distraction...

The experience to date is less grandiose and more worrisome considering the billions that have been spent on technology in schools in the past few decades. Interactive whiteboards have been around since the early 1990s and done little to transform how teachers teach, and computers are often unaligned with classroom instruction, even though 90% of classrooms around the country have them. Still, according to Department of Education data from 2009, just 61% of students use computers to prepare texts “sometimes or often” and just 45% do more complicated tasks, for instance to “solve problems, analyze data, or perform calculations” on a regular basis.

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Technology Disrupts Higher Education for Better, for Worse and for Profit

Technology Disrupts Higher Education for Better, for Worse and for Profit | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
Experts disagree over whether higher education should ever be for profit.
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A brief for-and-against discussion of the contentious issue of whether the provision of education should be considered entirely on the basis of it operating as a purely commercial enterprise. My own native position is that the ready provision of education is an inextricable component of any measure of a civilised society. The article refers to American systems.

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Transforming Technologies

Transforming Technologies | Creativity and learning | Scoop.it
There are emerging radical technologies that have the potential to change the way we live. Bridge8 cowrote produced, animated and directed a series of provocative future technology scenarios for...
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