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Wed Jun 13, 2012, 08:25 AM

Biosensors to monitor students' attentiveness

Source: Reuters

Biosensors to monitor students' attentiveness

By Stephanie Simon
DENVER | Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:44pm EDT

(Reuters) - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has poured more than $4 billion into efforts to transform public education in the U.S., is pushing to develop an "engagement pedometer." Biometric devices wrapped around the wrists of students would identify which classroom moments excite and interest them -- and which fall flat.

The foundation has given $1.4 million in grants to several university researchers to begin testing the devices in middle-school classrooms this fall.

The biometric bracelets, produced by a Massachusetts startup company, Affectiva Inc, send a small current across the skin and then measure subtle changes in electrical charges as the sympathetic nervous system responds to stimuli. The wireless devices have been used in pilot tests to gauge consumers' emotional response to advertising.

Gates officials hope the devices, known as Q Sensors, can become a common classroom tool, enabling teachers to see, in real time, which kids are tuned in and which are zoned out.

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Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/13/us-usa-education-gates-idUSBRE85C01820120613

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 08:58 AM

1. I'm the type who would just take the damned thing off.

This is so much "cleverer" than just providing adequate funding for teaching, so it must be better. Typical irrational technophilia.

I suppose anything which doesn't "excite" the students will be eliminated from the curriculum. How long before they'll be watching blockbuster SFX films all day in "class" ?

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Wed Jun 13, 2012, 09:42 AM

2. What will excite them the most? Getting a text in class from their significant other

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about lunch plans!

If these types of external influences are not controlled, there's not a bit of use in it.

In fact, any teacher who can't tell whether the students are engaged or excited is not engaged nor excited themselves.

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Jun 14, 2012, 01:50 AM

3. and then the teacher can zap them with her taser. and probably the bracelets feed back

 

data to gates, incorporated.

they're going to sell this to the public as the best thing since sliced bread. and if they phrase it well, a large portion of the public will go for it.

disgusting.

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Sun Jun 17, 2012, 06:25 AM

4. Spam deleted by OKNancy (MIR Team)

 

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