Siftables: Inspiration from the February TED









I try to keep up with what is on the TED talks site. I like the idea and potentialities of the items/ideas that are discussed. Many of the presentations open your mind to the wider world, the one outside your own school or even the field of education. A fellow staff member told me about this TED presentation. This was about some new technology that takes us away from the standard keyboard and monitor and along a new approach. One February TED  presentation was about Siftables, toy blocks that think. It offerred a glimpse at a new world. A graduate student, David Merrill, from the Fluid Interfaces Group at MIT’s Media Lab, gave a very nice demonstration of the Siftables technology. It is obviously in its infancy, but the Siftables whet your appetite for further development. Just thinking about the possibilities for such tools and how they might be used in education. 

“MIT grad student David Merrill demos Siftables — cookie-sized, computerized tiles you can stack and shuffle in your hands. These future-toys can do math, play music, and talk to their friends, too. Is this the next thing in hands-on learning?”

Have a look at the presentation and the comments rather than me post them. These are from people who see the potential of such software and innovative approaches to teaching and learning, although not all agree. The future looks exciting on so many levels so have a look or download it to watch later.

While you are there have a look at Bill Gates at TED 09: How do you make a teacher great?


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