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 US, they could do much of what a $100,000 professional video switcher could do at that time (1990).

2,000,000,000/day? Over 2 billion videos are viewed on Youtube every day! 24 hrs of video is uploaded every minute. One Lady Gaga video was viewed 287 million times. 
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?
Overview of Evolutionary Psychology (Prezi)
Evolutionary Educational Psychology (Wikipedia)
Old Brains in New Environment
Old Brains in New Bodies-- Grouping, Flocking & Hierarchies
EvPsych in a Nutshell (video on YouTube)

Old Brains Meet New Technologies
Why must I examine my vibrating pocket?
Bloom's Meets Web 2.0
Is Google making us Stupid?

Motivation and Engagement
Some Thoughts on Motivation (Glogster)
A hodgepodge of media pertaining to motivation (Wikispaces)
Motivation from Dan Pink's Book, Drive

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?

Consumer vs. Producer

Web 2.0 Sites
  • Edmodo
  • Wikispaces
  • Glogster
  • Prezi
  • Capzles
  • Xtranormal

Food for Thought