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Computing Brains: Neuroscience, Machine Intelligence and Big Data in the Cognitive Classroom

Computing Brains

The human brain has become a major topic in education. The field of educational neuroscience, or neuroeducation, is flourishing. At the same time, a number of initiatives based in computer science departments and major technology companies are also taking the brain seriously. Computer scientists talk of developing new brain-inspired cognitive learning systems, or of developing new theoretical and computational understandings of the brain in order to then build new and more effective forms of machine intelligence.… more

Smart Schools in Sentient Cities

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What makes a city “smart?” And, in a “smart city,” what makes a “smart school?” Designers, researchers and commercial technology companies are increasingly concerned with the development of "smarter cities," "programmable cities"  and "sentient cities" that are augmented with big data, sensor networks, and other computationally programmable processes  and software-supported practi… more

Organizing Algorithms, Calculated Publics in Digitally-Mediated Education

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Recent news reports have begun to reveal how various analytics companies are now data mining millions of children. The learning analytics company Knewton, for example, claims that 4.1 million students are now using its proficiency-based adaptive learning platform, which has served 3.5 billion total recommendations between May 2013 and May 2014 alone.… more