21st-Century Learning – Sifttables, the toy blocks that think

Those who have read my earlier blog about the 2011 Horizon Report would remember about “Gesture-based computing and Learning analytics” being listed as one of the rising technologies to look out in the not-too-far horizon. How is it going to impact how we learn in the 21st-century?

As an illustration, you just need to look at what the researchers are cooking up at the MIT Media Lab – “Siftables, the toy blocks that think“. The Siftables are cookie-sized computers with sensing, feedback, graphical display, and wireless communication capabilities that can be physically manipulated as a group. Each Siftable can be used to implement any number of gestural interaction languages and HCI (human computer interaction) applications. It is a platform for physical interaction with information and media.
Watch how the kid in one of the video segments brightens up with a wide smile when he explores the different combinations of the siftables, it’s like he is shouting out “Look mummy/daddy! See what I have done!” Learning objects like these truly support the notion of 21st-century learning – empowering the inquisitive mind to explore & discover and apply what you have learnt to create new knowledge for sharing.

About Rica

Director, Civica Library & Learning ... got teleported from the academic library space to the commercial library space in 2005 ...
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