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Jonathan Gosier

Founder, D8A Group


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How do you deal with data deluge (too much email, too many tweets, etc.)?

Live TED Conversation: Join TED Fellow Jon Gosier

Jonathan Gosier is a designer, software developer, lover of data science and the co-founder of metaLayer which aims to contextualize the mobile and social web. He is the system architect of the SwiftRiver platform, an Ushahidi effort to make sense of streams of realtime data.

This conversation will open at 1:00PM on June 27th.


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    Jun 27 2011: I need to figure out how to teach time management to my high school students. Learning to prioritize is a great idea. Any thoughts about the teenage brain evolving to manage a bombardment of stimuli in a non-linear order? After experimenting with the Back Channel in the classroom, students told me that they can follow multiple threads of information coming at them at once, some are processed they say unconsciously. I understand what they mean. They seem able to rapidly shift back and forth picking up cues to what they have "missed" and know what is going on. I imagine it is like driving--if we processed stimuli in a logical sequential manner there would be accidents. Usually we process visual information holistically (hence the feeling that it is unconscious) taking in multiple cues at once. The brain miraculously knows which ones to respond to. Of course it is exhausting to drive and process tons of stimuli all the time. Hence the need for rest stops on the road and in life?
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      Jun 27 2011: That's really interesting. I'd never heard of Twitter being used as a back channel for the classroom, but it absolutely makes perfect sense. The reality is, the amount of information stimuli is growing exponentially so it really is a valuable skill (and thus one worth teaching) to be able to multi-task and actively multi-process.

      And I like your point about 'rest', and I'd even add 'play' as being equally important. I'd be interested in hearing more about your own experiences with Twitter in the classroom. I came across this post about Monica Rankin and Kim Smith after reading your post - http://derekbruff.com/teachingwithcrs/?p=250

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