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Frontline Story: Digital Native


Issue: Can virtual Teachers Respond to Real Emotion?

Carl Jung, a German psychologist and philosopher, wrote of the teaching profession “One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings.  The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is the vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of the child.”

New technologies open up wide worlds of knowledge and make it possible to teach in ever more innovative ways, but can they ever replace the empathy and support that comes from working with a truly brilliant teacher?

While emotion-sensitive software is still relatively cumbersome, involving bulky sensors attached to students’ wrists, embedded in chair cushions, and hidden in the computer mouse to detect physical stimuli, as well as video cameras embedded on the computer to catch facial expressions, it will likely get both more affordable and easier to use over the next 5 to 10 years.

Source:   ITSE Connects

Date:   Monday, December 28th 2009 by Katie Stansberry


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