Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Three New Concepts That Could Revolutionize Education

The other day, I was sitting in a think tank meeting, and one of the icebreakers to get our brainstorming session warmed up was to; name three new technologies or innovations which might help improve or even revolutionize education in America. It wasn't a trick question, it was one to get you to think.
I came up with three, and I thought they were at least worth sharing with you here today. If you have a few moments I'd like to discuss this with you. Below are what I came up with;
1.) The use of simulated voice box vibrational inflection for audio e-readers, and video instruction.
2.) The use of Holographic Technologies and Spectral Imaging in Learning.
3.) Home Internet Study Modules for Public Education Supplement for Curious Students.
Now then, the first one I'll have to explain because it's not something that people typically talk about. One thing I've learned when listening to people who really care about a subject matter, is that their voice box vibrates differently than someone that doesn't care very much about what they're talking about, rather just talks in a monotone fashion.
You see, when people are reading, except for those who read teleprompters on the evening news, or perhaps our President Barack Obama, they have very little voice inflection, and they just read the material, and that is that. This often happens when people are reading into audio books, or talking on instruction videos, as they read their script.
However, if we could lay additional tracks of sound that would mimic someone who is enthusiastic about what they were reading and could capture the human voice box vibrational inflection of that type of enthusiasm, then the people watching the instruction video or listening to an audio book on an E-reader would automatically pay more attention, and therefore they would learn faster.
The next two items are somewhat self-explanatory, but I'd like to discuss with you number two briefly. What is you are taking a philosophy class and you put the tables in a circle and projected a holographic Plato, Leonardo da Vinci, or Einstein in the center? The holographic projection using special spectral imaging technologies would be giving you the lecture. Don't you think that would be more entertaining for students, and more memorable for the human brain as it imprinted the data and the event in the mind? It would be a lot easier way to learn.
Lastly, we hear a lot about the "No Child Left behind" challenges in our school, and some teachers call this; the "No Child Allowed to Advance" way of teaching. There is no sense in killing the curiosity of a student that is interested in a topic or subject, we need extra information that they can study on their own at home. Not just Wikipedia, because yes students do that too, but it would be nice to have a home study courses for such things on the Internet.
Besides that, many of the universities nowadays allow you to watch lectures without having to sign up to go to school, and this means anyone can learn, and that's a good thing. A society always does better when its people are educated. The fastest way to increase knowledge and education is to wet the appetite and curiosity of the learner. Please consider all this and think on it.

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