A few years ago I saw the TED presentation for MIT labs’ Siftables and I was amazed. These micro-computers are revolutionary in the implications of their development. With a technology like Siftables we can explore low cost, flexible and dynamic forms of spatial learning and interaction. Jean Piaget described the stages of children’s cognitive development, beginning with the sensorimotor stage (ages 0 to 2) where thought develops through sensation and movement. This stage is followed by the pre-operational stage (ages about 2 to 7) where symbols begin to be represented by objects. The importance of these stages and a development like Siftables is related to exploring the natural tendencies in human learning processes, even if these are more explicitly demonstrated in children’s cognitive development. These tendencies are still evident (if only in more abstract form) in adult learning processes, the most obvious form being that of most adults having a propensity for successful retention of information through visual memory. By exploring these connections, we can develop technology and processes that can more intuitively and effectively transmit and teach information as well as encourage positive experiences. These developments could in turn help to further explore cognitive aspects of learning.
In regards to the videos I previously posted, watch both – find a similarity?
I just came across the Scrabble Flash game commercial on TV, and I’m very glad to be seeing the first form of commercially applied Siftables.