Monday, October 1, 2012

the brain - as non-linear portfolio










we're imagining this as an alternative means to standardized testing..
a self-assessment

we're currently doing it by hand - which
in a way is a compromise (focus on nodes/accolades)
in a way is good (you are reflecting in yet another way)
to jump start us..

we'd rather be doing/being cool things and the nodes just come from out talking/sharing.. and too, the tech then connects us per like nodes (initially)
see more on the app here.

that's what the app - we hope - will do. create this trail.. as we use tech as our fake mother per se (talking to the app daily - imagine people that don't have their mom or whoever right there to talk to.. but also.. in need of an echo chamber.. that stillness... where they are truly talking about what matters to them.. no judgment) - so that everyone is known by someone via this listening of curiosities..

so the nodes represent:
curiosities, connections (to people, ideas, knowledge), things you actually do..

thanks to jerry's michalski for directing us to this idea/site et al. he's been working on his brain for 15 years.

imagine this:

[one major reason for shift/flip/whatever - given by denise pope in her research at stanford. we had been using the figure 75%, but she share recently on steve hargadon's future of ed, over 90% of kids are saying they cheat. [the 75% was from the kids i have been working with, that 75% cheat or cram the night before a test, either way, not remembering it - say a week later]
so - while we continue to end each sentence in regard to public ed with: and they did (or didn't) do well on the test, or ...they are above/below average.. what do those test scores, that data we are using, what do they really represent? if at best, for most, it represents ability to put in print, for a weeks time, what's more risky? perhaps what we're doing now. perhaps what we're considering - playing it safe - is much more risky. no?]

would love to get as many - hand made (as opposed to tech made via an app) - via this site: examples from different people as possible.
if you decide to help/join in... remember, we're experimenting.. no right or wrong way to do this.

for technical help.. Jake has tinkered quite a bit with it.. for instance.. in order for others to see your brain... you need to make it public.. Jake has also found a way to make certain nodes non-public..

we can also gather and skype with Jerry - the original brain if anyone is interested.

thanks guys.