In this session of Accelerating Change 2005, an Intelligence Amplification Panel entitled "Education: Rebuilding or Bypassing our Institutions?", four panelists from different walks of life offer their perspectives on how we can use new technology to further educational opportunities.
"I am a technologist." Ruzena Bajcsy discusses how the innovative use of new technology can be used to improve education and our lives. Bajcsy demonstrates how the use of 3D modeling systems can be used to create and share models of rare artifacts without endangering the originals. Extending the use of 3D modeling further, she shows how capturing the physical movements of dance and martial arts students and their teachers in a computer helps the students learn by comparing the differences between students and masters in 3 dimensions.
Dr. Shun-Jie Ji
Dr. Shun-Jie Ji is assistant professor of the Graduate Institute of Futures Studies at Tamkang University, Taiwan. It is the only university in the world that has required undergraduate future studies coursework. Taiwan is struggling to be a country. Because of its precarious political situation with China, Taiwan is trying to figure out its future. Of five available categories of future studies at Tamkang University, society, technology, economics, environment, and politics, future studies of society is the most popular. The university regularly hosts futurist conferences. Dr. Ji stresses how important it is for today's youth to think about the future and that its not meaningless.
Janardhan Chodagam (special guest replacement speaker for Sister Denise Lawrence) from the Brahma Kumaris.
An IT engineer by training, 8 years ago Janardhan Chodagam was visiting again in India and discovered the Brahma Kumaris and has found great benefit in meditation and how it can assist education and intelligent learning. The Brahma Kumaris, through meditation, have taken on the challenge of changing the deep rooted personality traits we all have but are hard to transform. In conventional learning, we depend on externally aquired data. Meditation is used to study and analyze the thought processes in our own minds. When we understand our own thought processes, we are able to apply that understanding to the study of other things.
How do we raise our children in the age of accelerating change? Build systems that reward good behavior. Robin Raskin talks about how we need to plan out the societal implications of our tools before we implement them in the real world. She argues that we no longer need computers in the classroom, and that the new ways young people today use technology to communicate and interact is more dangerous than helpful. Blogs and social networks are no more than easy ways for predators to attack children, with little other value. It is the responsibility of the industry to plan how the public is going to use their products.
Ruzena Bajcsy is the Director of CITRIS (Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society), former Assistant Director National Science Foundation, CISE and Former Director GRASP, University of Pennsylvania.
Janardhan Chodagam (pronounced "CHO-duh-gahm") substitued for Sister Lawrence at the conference. They both come from the Brahma Kumaris World Spirtiual Organization. Chodagam is an IT specialist in the corporate world and a long-time practitioner of Raja Yoga meditation. He frequently attends seminars where he talks about Brahma Kumaris.
Robin Raskin is a consultant and author on family life in a digital world, and the former Editor of PC Magazine
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