Cell Phone Education and Collaboration

The New York Times just had an interesting on new ways in which maps are being used on cell phones and their implications.  It is another technology driven culture change that certainly influences how people can and do collaborate Air Jordan 11.   Ironically, because it enables one to locate another person easily, or even automatically, it can actually increase personal contact.  Map thinking can also help people think “bigger” , ie, big picture thinking, since the map metaphor helps put many different factors into context.   I’ve met teachers who use the map metaphor as a way of getting students to better understand problems or concepts.
Some years ago I spent time with a researcher at the Stanford Research Institute whose project was to develop more map mechanisms for teaching.  Part of the inspiration for that project was the 1977 Powers of Ten” film by Charles and Ray Eames. .  This seminal film zoomed in, than out from one spot on earth to show how scale is so important in an image or a map.    All of these efforts are designed to help students think “in context” and understand scale.  Many organizations are very concerned about the loss of privacy with tools like these, but they can also help people collaborate and be more productive.  With better map metaphor thinking they may be better problem solvers as well.   In this time of polarizing media and politics, along with oversimplification and single thread reasoning, perhaps a new map metaphor cell phone might help our culture get back on track nike air max 1995 

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John Abele

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“John Abele is a pioneer and leader in the field of less-invasive medicine, For more than four decades, John has devoted himself to innovation in health care, business and solving social problems.” He is retired Founding Chairman of Boston Scientific Corporation. John holds numerous patents and has published and lectured extensively on the technology of various medical devices and on the technical, social, economic, and political trends and issues affecting healthcare. His major interests are science literacy for children, education, and the process by which new technology is invented, developed, and introduced to society. Current activities include Chair of the FIRST Foundation which works with high school kids to make being science-literate cool and fun, and development of The Kingbridge Centre and Institute, a conferencing institution whose mission is to research, develop, and teach improved methods for interactive conferencing: problem solving, conflict resolution, strategic planning, new methods for learning and generally help groups to become “Collectively intelligent.” He lives with his wife and two dogs in Shelburne, Vermont.”

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