According to the experts, there are several ways we like to learn. A method that suits an individual is not necessarily the same method that suits someone else. We tend to use a variety of methods and techniques for learning, in our everyday lives, we're exposed to many forms of input which are able to educate us, or inform us of new things. What mixtures of types of information delivery matter most to each person is an almost unique blend of many factors. The main forms of learning that are identified as core elements in education are as follows:
This method involves an individual taking information from material selected by themselves, in a way that they prefer. Without guidance and pressure to meet targets, intra-personal learning can be undertaken at any pace, this casual approach can be preferable for introspective and analytical types.
Interpersonal learning involves a group of learners all with a common goal. The discussions and joint activities undertaken in the social context includes all involved and educates the whole as the individuals each take on the challenges before them. People who like working on projects and coordinating within groups can prefer this approach.
Those who notice patterns in systems and nature and are able to form rational instincts for them when seen in life are good at mathematical or logical learning. This type of learning involves observation and analysis with a critical mind, but also requires an appreciative eye in the material world.
Kinaesthetic learning involves a hands on approach of doing things and making an education by trial and error. By being alert and aware of cause and effect within action, a person is able to learn as they go, forming connections of information as it happens in real time.
By talking about information it's possible to make connections between it in the mind as the conversation is formed. Mental patterns can sometimes reveal themselves in the way we portray information in books and conversation, finding an understanding of given facts can be made easier. Linguistic learners enjoy reading and writing, communicating what they know, and asking questions.
Learning with listening involves making connections between words and actions or feelings. Songs and seminars make good material for auditory learning, and people who learn best in this way like to simply listen to what is being communicated and absorb the information as its given. Having melody or emotional stories to latch the information to can really help.
By looking at media such as pictograms and flow-charts, we can absorb much more information in a smaller time. Spacial learning involves the delivery of information in simple diagrammatic form that concentrates many key points into a depiction that best represents what is being communicated.
The internet offers a multimedia environment for learners around the word. With the ability to distribute information in many various ways, educators are able to deliver a multiple approach to their students. Because of the frameworks allowing people to make use of totally free resources such as Futurelearn, granting one size fits all short courses to all who want one, to institutions such as Shaw Academy, who are giving away free places to their private tuition style online lectures, and Udemy who are allowing anyone with an expertise to upload their tutorials, which can be paid for access to by learners around the world, the ability to educate society as a whole is growing. Perhaps the sharpest tool in the education box so far, the internet is reaching out with the majority of teaching capabilities, all in one place.
As texting and social media have taken a dominant role in the lives of young people, the exposure to slang has increased significantly. Because of the nature of typing, it makes sense to abbreviate common phrases so that communication is simpler. This dynamic code is universal for all speakers of the same language, with dictionaries online dedicated to the explanation of modern-day lingo.
Since this new beginning of communicative style has taken a grip-hold within society, the relationship between students and their informal writing has drastically altered. In one sense, students consider texting to be informal writing and so are more likely to draw upon text speak during class and for work, but they can also slip into text speak during formal writing, which is certainly not the same.
Although making an effect in the scope of vocabulary used by young adults, research shows that over-all literacy is not affected by the use of texting and its associated slang. In fact many believe that by incorporating new words from modern styles of communication, it is encouraging creative expression. In this sense, the slang and abbreviations act as literary tools to express self in ways novel to the more traditional style.
As a whole, having computerised phones can only be a positive step for education, if used properly and for the right reasons, and over exposure to text lingo can possibly cause a drop-off in the learning of new and more comprehensive vocabulary styles. Communication isn't just about getting the point across, it's about getting the sense of the point across too, and this takes a consideration of words which text speak fails to offer.
Smart technology and robotics are finding their way into most things these days, as we push ourselves to bring unique and diverse products to market, fusing the old with the new in interesting and hopefully useful ways is how society progresses. This new HiMirror is using face recognition software alongside data about our own face to track our lines, wrinkles, and dark smudges around the eyes. Perhaps this is great for people who wear make-up, or who have regular collagen injections, but for me it feels a bit like clock watching. But, it will measure the health of the skin to the pores and also learn about what foundation you like to wear, and if it's actually right for you. Sounds like a clever way of marketing new items, but if the mirror remains honest (and I am sure it will do), then I don't see a problem with helpful advice.
If that doesn't really interest you, then I understand. Not all of us want to look at our reflection so much, or have our flaws repeated back to us each morning, so to show the other side of digital optical technology, Tamron are currently developing a sensor that will be able to capture images with a light accuracy of 0.003 lux. That's a very small amount of light. This means that scenes which are totally pitch black to human eye will be nearly as light as day to this device. Perhaps for wildlife watching, or CCTV, the usefulness of this new technology is incredibly inspiring.
At one point, it looked like chatbots were the new next thing in digital PR, but because of the number of scams and the cold, dry aspect of talking to a machine, customers just didn't feel they could trust their automated response programs to do a decent job. Care doesn't come from a computer, no matter how well spoken it is. Trends suggest that something else will have to take its place.
The area of robotics stretches several disciplines, and it is more likely that people will specialise in one or two areas of robotics rather than the whole thing. From speech and text, to moving arms and tools, moving into rational thinking, giving reason to the machine involves programming them with some kind of common sense and an objective. The psychology of computers is perhaps one of the newest areas of research, as programming a brain on the level of individual neuron firing rates is a good metaphor for teaching a machine how to do anything. Now we have machines capable of self learning, understanding how they go about this and gradually evolve into complex self governed routines will be a fascinating experience.
Rowan Blair Colver for Alternative Fruit
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