Top 10 ‘Star Trek’ Technologies That Actually Came True

http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/10-star-trek-technologies.htm#page=0

Ok, I admit it, I am a Star Trek fan.. I found this fascinating because if you have watched star trek since its beginning, it really is amazing watching the ideas of the future become the everyday necessities of life that we don’t even think twice about, like hand held devices. It happens so gradually. I often wondered whether the writers spoke to inventors to get the concepts used in the program, or whether it was simply prophetic? I would have preferred a food replicator and a sonic shower though, no cooking or cleaning soap scum! Although I am a vocational educator I think science fiction is great for the imagination. A project where children can create their own concepts of future technology would be interesting and fun.

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Practical applications for Wearable technology

http://www.bitrebels.com/technology/wearable-tech-trends-in-2013-infographic/

The photo in the previous post is fun, but as I have found out this trend is also practical in many of it’s applications. I found a sports bra that had the heart probes sewn in the under bust seam, and sunglasses with a heads up display showing personal training stats like distance and calories but it also had TV just in case jogging gets boring. I suppose, that is really cool, and potentially distracting? Now I just have to take up running, which if i want to wear the glow in the dark dress ….. might be a good idea. 😉 The virtual goggles would be good for student to watch different multi media perhaps on different perspectives of a topic, and then discuss as a group, critically analysing what these different perspectives mean?

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Wearable technology – graduation outfit?

Wearable technology - graduation outfit?

Kind of looks like a jelly fish in the dark, imagine a whole room of people wearing this stuff!

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October 11, 2013 · 6:20 am

Facebook users commiting virtual identity suicide

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2423713/Facebook-users-committing-virtual-identity-suicide-quitting-site-droves-privacy-addiction-fears.html

I wonder how hard it is, once you have already put all of that information and time into a Facebook account to just let it go? I don’t have a personal Facebook account only a presence set up to monitor and moderate student collaborative work where they choose Facebook as their means to discuss their project etc.  I was amazed at how it picked up all of the people who had emailed me on the email I set the account up with; literally hundreds upon hundreds of past students from when they had sent me messages about assignments and class issues, it actually annoyed me to think that my privacy had been abused in this way. Not to mention the awkwardness of not accepting invites because technically it was against our College policy for me to even have a Facebook account associated with my work, (which was just ridiculous and archaic) So it is no surprise others have chosen to jump off the Facebook wagon, but will they cope? I wonder if they will develop some kind of patch, no pun intended.

 

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Sales pitch

Sales pitch

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October 10, 2013 · 7:03 am

Being critical

I did very poorly, 18/32 for the quiz…and went on to read Davids blog about the learning pyramid and the idea that it is a myth. In the main text on teaching, I use for USQ; “Teaching making a difference”  (Churchill et al, 2011) the index uses the term ‘Learning Styles” but the pages themselves refer to this in terms of multiple intelligence’s and differentiated learning. Sometimes I think I am reading the same thing with a slight difference and that makes it a whole new theory? As per the comments left on David’s blog those of us at the coal face or non career academics rely on the information we are given by the supposed reputable sources to be accurate and thorough, which now leaves me a touch confused about the sources I have used and what sources they have used and so on. What are peer reviews for again?    

http://www.biomedcentral.com/biome/video-is-peer-review-broken/peer  

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Cybersmart

I was so excited about this site that when my 11yr old came home I was right at her about some of the things I had picked up in the PD training, she just looked at me and went “I know that Mum we did it in school today!” Amazing coincidence. She said that it was OK but a bit boring, but they only had work sheets and did not do the simulated activities online? When I showed her the online activities she was instantly engaged. I think that when resources of this caliber are created, they should be used to their maximum potential, pedagogically speaking it makes more sense to utilise resources that have the greatest potential to reach all of the learners through their innate ability to present a differentiated learning approach. Great resource, you can see the collaborative and collegial approach between many government departments and agencies that makes it so good and usable.

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