The Educator's PLN

The personal learning network for educators

Would we want to read a student's mind?

The Advanced Virtuality Lab at the Interdisciplinary Centre in Israel and the Beziers Technology Institute in France have used fMRI scanner to allow someone to control a robot with thought alone.

photo bt Swiss Pavilion

That got me thinking about a system where students thought could be translated into signals, allowing the Teacher to see visually how engaged the students were.

Would a system like this allow us to measure and visualise what Czikszentmihalyi calls 'Flow',

  1. Completely involved, focused, concentrating – with this either due to innate curiosity or as the result of training
  2. Sense of ecstasy – of being outside everyday reality
  3. Great inner clarity – knowing what needs to be done and how well it is going
  4. Knowing the activity is doable – that the skills are adequate, and neither anxious or bored
  5. Sense of serenity
  6. Timeliness – thoroughly focused on present, don’t notice time passing
  7. Intrinsic motivation – whatever produces “flow” becomes its own reward

It could replace the simple traffic light system for telling the teacher whether the work has been understood (Traffic Lights - Instant Feedback).

However, I would be worried by information overload and interpreting the wrong signals. Instant feedback from thought waves alone could lead to you adjusting your lesson unnecessarily as you react to one students arousal level. After all just because someone yawns in your lesson it does not mean that they are bored.

 

photo from flickr by Swiss Pavilion

Views: 53

Comment

You need to be a member of The Educator's PLN to add comments!

Join The Educator's PLN

About

Thomas Whitby created this Ning Network.

Latest Activity

Profile IconHolly Todaro, Sam Clausen and Mon Kap joined The Educator's PLN
2 hours ago
Alyce Fabel posted a blog post

Here are 10 Methods That Help to Improve Essay Writing Skills

Essay writing is a serious business. Some of us just write essays as an assignment for school or college and some want to be great writers and create essays to practice their skills and deliver some work. No matter that the initial reason is, writing essays is a skill that everyone needs to have and to develop. If you believe that you are not yet a guru or creating quality essays, the following methods are for you. Read more booksA person who reads a lot will always be a better writer than…See More
21 hours ago
Thomas Whitby's blog post was featured

The Road That Should Not Be Taken

I remember way back in the 70’s, I think it was Time magazine that came out with an article listing the most difficult jobs in America. I remember it because at the top of that list was the job of an eighth grade English teacher. Time based its list on the number of decisions an individual had to make on the job. Of course as an…See More
22 hours ago
Thomas Whitby posted a blog post

The Road That Should Not Be Taken

I remember way back in the 70’s, I think it was Time magazine that came out with an article listing the most difficult jobs in America. I remember it because at the top of that list was the job of an eighth grade English teacher. Time based its list on the number of decisions an individual had to make on the job. Of course as an…See More
22 hours ago
David Chiles updated their profile
yesterday
David Chiles posted a status
"Zynga Words With Friends for the classroom…"
yesterday
Leona Hinton commented on Amelia Bennett's blog post Elementary school in Norway
Monday
Leona Hinton commented on Mary Isom's blog post Tips on Choosing University
"Smart budgeting is utterly important but nevertheless, students may try to win a grant and get the opportunity to study in the most expensive universities for free."
Monday

Awards And Nominations

© 2016   Created by Thomas Whitby.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service