The complexities of the Brain

The human brain is the centre of our nervous system and is made up of approximately 100 billion nerve cells. To put this into context, that is the same as the number of trees in the amazon rainforest. Each of these nerve cells is connected to around 10,000 others, meaning that number of connections in…

How will we access the internet in 2040?

Since H.G. Wells brought out War of the Worlds in 1898, the general public has been fixated with science fiction and how the future may look. The Star Wars films, Back to the Future and Blade Runner are all regularly included in peoples top 10 films of all time, and books like 1984 by George…

Personal Learning Networks – How my learning has developed throughout my life

This week we were challenged to create our own Personal Learning Network and discuss our own experiences of learning. According to the student lifesaver that is Wikipedia, a Personal Learning Network is defined as ‘an informal learning network that consists of the people a learner interacts with and derives knowledge from in a personal learning environment’. This task…

Sugata Mitra and the idea of Self-Organised Learning Environments

In last week’s EDU8213 lecture we were joined by the 2013 TED Prize winner, founder of the ‘Hole in the Wall’ experiments and SOLE, Sugata Mitra. Sugata’s work in education technology started with an experiment. In 1999, he installed a computer into a wall in the Kalkaji slum of New Delhi (thus why it’s called…

Carol Dweck – It’s all about mindset

Carol Dweck is a professor of psychology at the University of Stanford having previously held professorships at Columbia and Harvard universities. Her work focuses on one word, ‘mindset’. In a fixed mindset people believe that an individual’s intelligence and in a wider scope, talent, are fixed. Moreover, as they are fixed there is no emphasis…