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The Century of the Brain and Computing Part 5: Technology

Watson 2.0 We are now entering a new technological era. The IBM Watson-computer that e.g. won Jeopardy against human grand masters in the competition has been outdated. Since the company is now developing Watson 2.0 that for instance will have the ability to keep on a dialogue with a human according to IBM representatives. The primary skill of a computer is to process enormous amounts of information and in combination with a dialogue function this … Continue reading

The Century of the Brain and Computing Part 3: Brain gym

Working memory could be described as the ability to keep information accurate during a short time-period and it is also required in order to control the capability of concentration. This ability could be trained. Not only the body must be kept in shape but also the brain must exercise in order to function accurately and to develop. Experiments on adults shows that brain gymnastics can improve the working memory and the concentration capability with up … Continue reading

The Century of the Brain and Computing Part 1: Introduction

”I believe that the 21st Century will be the Century of the brain.” Professor Patrick Aebischer, EPFL Both USA and EU have recently launched extraordinary longstanding projects in order to explore the human brain’s functions and how these work together. In particular for the EU initiative information- and communication technology (ICT) is an important tool in the research. The aim besides to build a solid ground for what Professor Aebischer calls ”the Century of the Brain” … Continue reading

Interactive Learning with Animation and Role Play

Research from Uppsala University shows the way Professor Jarmo Rantakokko at Uppsala University examines more methods for interactive learning with focus on interactive animations and role play. One of these pedagogical methods is learning from different scenarios in order for the student to participate in a process virtually. This focusing on to get an understanding of dynamics and how different factors affects a given process and gives the student possibilities to affect the process and … Continue reading

Lifelong learning challenges and solutions Part 3

Teaching with new prerequisites and collaborative learning In part 2 in this article-series PLE or web-library method and self-studies with technical support were described. In this part we dig into the changes within traditional education according to the teaching by telling method as well as the renaissance for collaborative learning. This helps to improve the prerequisites for lifelong learning.   Teaching with new prerequisites Traditional pedagogy according to teaching by telling method can be refined … Continue reading

Lifelong learning challenges and solutions Part 1

Lifelong learning is one of the most recognized terms within pedagogy. The European Commission defines the term as possibilities to add and update all forms of skills, interests, knowledge and qualifications during the whole life. In order to give people better prospects; ” … to adapt to the knowledge-based society” (…) ”and take better control over once own future.” This is great ideas, but how do you put these ideas into practice? During working life? … Continue reading

NML: The creative generation and the semantic web

In other eLearningworld-articles about the NML-generation (New Millennium Learners) characteristics of their role as the web’s natives and the prerequisite for creativity has been described. In this article the loose ends will be pulled together and result in a future scenario with inspiration from Tim Berners-Lee’s vision of the semantic web, the web 2.0. Tim Berners-Lee is the scientist that in the beginning of 1990s delivered the Internet to the public by his creation the … Continue reading

Digital Reading Comprehension – from Pisa to Carr

In the 2009 PISA-survey of student knowledge in various subjects digital reading comprehension was included for the first time. Sixteen OECD-members and three partner-countries took part. The results show no direct relationship between more computer-use and higher digital reading comprehension. However, there is a direct correlation between the skills to navigate to relevant pages on the web and high digital reading comprehension. The study’s authors’ makes the following conclusion: “Navigation is a key component of … Continue reading

Computer-based tools that overcome natural obstacles in the learning process 2

Theme Visualization Part 2:Translating communications- and brain research theory to practice The computer used the right way can overcome natural barriers in traditional classroom education. In addition to visualization and facilitate activity in the computer-based tools, these tools can also work as the activating trigger in the traditional classroom. Communications scholar James E. Gruner argues that the following variables determine whether a group of listeners is activated or not in a teaching situation. – Ability … Continue reading

Computer-based tools to overcome obstacles in the learning process

Visualization Part 1: Translating communications- and brain research theory to practice A computer is designed with the human brain as a model. It includes a sensory system that is a poorer version of the human senses. While the computer’s operating memory (RAM) often can be a more powerful information processor than the working memory of the human brain. The third part is the hard drive that corresponds to human’s long-term memory. These similarities and the … Continue reading