Lette Moloney made an interactive bike, as you cycled the screen (using Google maps) propelled forward. Here is a vid –
|myself and Jeffrey|
I then went to a workshop on Arduino and sat beside Jeffrey Roe and he was a pro at building circuits, Thank God, as the last time I was in a lab I was sitting beside “himself – Mr King” and would make him do all the work….so when I saw the bread boards, wires, transistors and no Richie…well it was not pleasant. But Jeffrey was sound, I mean click on his name….what a blog!
We also listened to Conor Murphys presentation on Virtual worlds for children – Pora Ora slide deck. Social networking and education in the virtual world!
Last but not least was a presentation on “Is the internet changing your brain?” To paraphrase Billy O’Connor “Did you know the human brain is 3 lbs in weight? All the connection in the brain made up by neurons are constantly looking for more connections. The number of possible connections is 100 trillion to the power of 100 trillion = so we are all truly unique and our plastic brain is always looking for more connections! Our brains are complicated chemical and electronic bowel of spaghetti!” He told us about “flow” – high skill and high challenge equals flow, so we need to challenge our plastic brains daily. But we need to be careful as we have access to information, but there is a difference between information and knowledge. Knowledge is what you decide you do with the information….how you interrupt it!
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