Typing words can lead to a loss of empathy

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Preliminary reflections triggered by schooling teachers to more innovation

After three days of evaluating innovative teacher lessons that were created under Beata Staszynska’s and my supervision a constant can be seen: youngsters are glued to their smartphones and as a result try to avoid stressful situations at school.
One teacher devoted her lesson to finding out how much time her average students (14 year old) spent on their smartphone. The answer that appeared after detailed calculation with the class shocked her: six hours. When she asked what these kids would do without a smartphone she met a long stare, devoid of understanding. In the end she asked her students to write down their number one alternative for using their smartphone, anonymously. After the answers were collected it turned out that half of her students answered: “sleep”.
Many teachers complain that when they challenge their students these students resist. These students do not see why fate should decide with whom they work in a group for instance or why they should dance in the first place. And they don’t want to use colored cards to show whether they understand a lesson or not.
According to many teachers their students love routine because routine is safe. Routine does not expose them to potential criticism or ridicule. Routine does not force them into hard work. If students have a new task to do, many students seem to experience shame. These students then ask their teacher to do the new task first and then they imitate their teacher rather than find their own interpretation.
But, when teachers force a group into innovation, and the group grudgingly obliges, after a while students start to feel content with the new activity and at the end are happy with the fact that they did it.
Generation F

Google Cardboard Plastic (April Fool’s Day)


How technology changes learning – Infographic


Source and more info: http://www.touchapp.co.uk/blog/2014/08/19/how-technology-is-changing-the-way-we-learn/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=self-pro&utm_campaign=technology_change

Authoritarianism and parenting goals

Authoritarianism and the way we valuate parenting goals. Here’s four questions:
1. Please tell me which one you think is more important for a child to have: independence or respect for elders?
2. Please tell me which one you think is more important for a child to have: obedience or self-reliance?
3. Please tell me which one you think is more important for a child to have: to be considerate or to be well-behaved?
4. Please tell me which one you think is more important for a child to have: curiosity or good manners?
The way you answer them determines your level of authoritarianism, according to Stanley Feldman, a professor at SUNY Stonybrook. See: Vox.

Thanks Arjen P. de Vries for reminding me of the article.

VR crowdsourced city – Hypnatia

Changing facial expressions on Youtube videos – Face2Face

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John Oliver – Encryption

Outsourcing decision-making to machines

Tom Chatfield writes: “Machines … are becoming stunningly adept at making decisions for us on the basis of vast amounts of data – and getting better at this at an equally stunning rate. … we’re handing over more and more of what happens in our world, today, to the speed and efficiency of unthinking deciders.”
In other words, according to Chatfield, we are outsourcing our System 2 (Kahneman) without the benefit of it being supported by our System 1 – we are outsourcing our conscious, mental efforts without our unconscious life experience wisdom. This makes sense because we are lazy creatures, reluctant to spend mental energy.
The consequences of this outsourcing are enormous. We are re-creating our image of the world from the nineteen eighties – we are all individuals, we are rational, greed is good – but this time for real.
To have human consciousness means to have a human body. To have a human body means to be social, to have empathy, to make mistakes and pay for them because we are accountable. Human consciousness rests on reciprocity, on trust, on reputation.
Machine consciousness does not rest on any of those. No wonder so many visions of the future are dystopian. But it’s not the machines that are taking over. It’s our arrogant conscious consciousness that has found a powerful, low-cost instrument to try and rule by itself.