What if we strap electrodes to kids’ heads to monitor how focused they are, and share the data for all students in the class with all parents? Is this an Orwellian nightmare, or your deepest wish for classroom management heaven?

This Wall Street Journal story looks at a program to use EEG (electroencephalogram) technology with students at a primary school near Shanghai, China.

The idea is to help students focus better, and many of the students and parents interviewed in the piece seemed fine with it.

The questions about effectiveness of the technology, the use of data, the importance of intrinsic and extrinsic tools for motivation, etc., are endless.

At core, though, perhaps the point-of-departure question is this: when it is important that you pay attention, would you want one of these on your head?

Discuss.

That is, discuss, and make sure not to lose focus.

You can find many more interesting free videos, stories, and tools to try in the November issue of the Next Vista for Learning newsletter.

 

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