Old Brains, New Technologies

Scott H. Moss

National University

Innovation Middle School



"Big Picture" Thinkers

Thornburg, Jukes, November, Hargadon, Ken Robinson, Kohn. Edutopia, TED

The 20th Century

Timeline of Selected 20th Century Events (TimeToast)

The first 10 years of the 21st Century

Timeline of 21st Century Inventions -- So Far (TimeGlider)

Video Switcher v. Video Toaster v. iMovie for iPhone

The Video Toaster became very popular, primarily because at a cost of around $5,000. The Toaster could do much of what a $100,000 professional video switcher could do at that time (1990).

Alvin Toffler: "Future Shock is the dizzying disorientation brought on by the premature arrival of the future ... too much change in too short a period of time." (1970)

Old Brains

Why Psychology for Teachers?

Old Brains Meet New Technologies

Motivation and Engagement

Addressing the Needs of Student 2.0

Some of Dr. Robert Epstein's ideas about "Teen 2.0" (MindMeister)

"... provide incentives and opportunities for teens to enter the adult world just as soon as they can demonstrate readiness in one or more areas.” Dr. Robert Epstein

Cognitive Surplus (Clay Shirky)

  • After WWII people had more free time.
  • "Every citizen took to watching TV as if it were a duty." Took over our largest chunk of free time: about 20 hours/week.
  • "The decision to watch TV preceded any concern about what might be on at any given moment."
  • Americans watch 200 billion hours a year.
  • How does one measure cognitive surplus?

Food for Thought