F2F Friday: A New Kind of Education

September 18, 2009 at 5:10 pm Leave a comment

Every Friday in my Theory and Audience Analysis class we have Face 2 Face Fridays in which we stand up in place and give a 90 second spiel about a topic of our choice that is somewhat relevant to the future, technology or interactivity. I did my own spiel about the Hi-Can bed, a bed that comes with a fully integrated PC system, contains a game console, a projector, projection screen tv that you can tuck away, and blinds. Yes, blinds. Oh, and I forgot the automated lighting as well. All in all it’s a neat idea, but when I consider the the price tag (a whopping $59,000 before shipping and installation fees) and possible consequences (bedsores), I think I’ll pass, but if YOU are interested, take a look at a video of the bed in action here:

A project that really caught my attention was presented by Jonathan: a public school in New York City that’s all about gaming called Quest to Learn. The school is geared toward children in grades six through twelve who have a propensity for digital media such as creating images, animations and blogs. I’ve heard about about a performing arts school, and schools instituting the idea of tracks students can follow if interested, but never a school centered around gaming for children and teenagers of this age group. It seems to me that we’re trying to groom new little developers and digitizers earlier and earlier. I think that a lot of people are going to be paying attention to how well the school succeeds, and if works out, implementing more schools like this across the nation. It’s great that children now have an alternative option to traditional schooling, but I wonder if it will force them down the road of technology development. And if this is the case, are we programming our children to become wholly dependent on machines in the future?

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