Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

An Education Transformation: How technology transformed a bedwetter into a superhero

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

I’ve wanted to tell this story for a very long time – a small chapter of a larger story of what motivates and drives me as an educator and a researcher. It starts with small intimate details of my childhood and ends with a somewhat grand inspirational note.

Intimate Details

From the beginning I knew something was very wrong with my understanding of language. At an early age, like most toddlers, I recognized that one plus one does in fact equal two. My physical world made sense. It was logical. I loved taking things apart and putting them back together. I truly enjoyed figuring out how things worked. I was very good at understanding the physical world – understanding the mechanics of things. But when it came to language, more specifically written language, something was very wrong, something was off. I didn’t know it then, but I had a learning disability. That is, groups of neurons did not make particular connections – also – environmental factors intensified and compounded the problem. Because of this I had a hard time relating to people. So, I withdrew.

When I emerged I was a delinquent – lost – but most disturbingly, I was virtually illiterate. (more…)

iPad vs The Slate

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

You know you’re getting older when you start sentences with, “I remember when…”, more on this later.

I have been wanting to talk about the iPad & the slate for a long time, mostly because of the profound educational potential of mobile computing, but also from a historic and design aspect. Two events pushed me over the “passive/active” writing threshold, one Old & one New. Now I will share both of them with you.

First, let’s briefly go over some important concepts.

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The Inception of the Virtual Autonomous Learner (VAL)

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Inception of VALThe inception of VAL was conceived in an advanced reading class where I studied the current state of artificial intelligence (AI). The background research involved in this project was heavily interdisciplinary. Some of the major research areas were evolution, evolutionary psychology, experimental psychology, neurology, ecology, learning theories, educational technologies, computation, simulation, computational neural modeling, early child development, cognition, linguistics, computer science, and philosophies like Theory of Mind. Much of my research led to experimental psychology and the field of computational neural modeling and cognitive architectures.

In the beginning, I was overwhelmed and astonished with the variety of cognitive architectures that were currently being developed within reputable institutions1.

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  1. See A Cognitive Architecture Primer for a short list

A Cognitive Designer’s Research Blog

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Welcome to the Cognitive Designer’s blog; the research blog of Lexx Lazerman.

This is my first post. Things are not quite set up yet but you can check out the Author & Research; page to see if this blog is for you, or just register and I will send you an email when this site is fully operational. Feel free to post a comment.

Have a great day,

Lexx

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