What is Quantified Self?

Quantified self describes the phenomenon of consumers being able to closely track data that is relevant to their daily activities through the use of technology. The emergence of wearable devices on the market such as watches, wristbands, and necklaces that are designed to automatically collect data are helping people manage their fitness, sleep cycles, and eating habits. Mobile apps also share a central role in this idea by providing easy-to-read dashboards for consumers to view and analyze their personal metrics. Empowered by these insights, many individuals now rely on these technologies to improve their lifestyle and health. Today’s apps not only track where a person goes, what they do, and how much time they spend doing it, but now what their aspirations are and when those can be accomplished. Novel devices, too, are enabling people to track their lives automatically, such as the Memoto, a camera worn around the neck that is designed to capture an image every half minute. As more people rely on their mobile devices to monitor their daily activities, data is becoming a larger part of everyday life.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • The ability to collect ubiquitous student data is a double-edged sword. The basic tenets of success are an interesting mix of individual, institutional, an societal variables. The individual student must have the maturity to understand and accept the fact that data collection about his/her academic progress is now continuous,and devoid of the emotional personal relationship events whereby subjective grading systems can be altered to account for special situations. The institution must clearly understand that significantly increased access to dynamic granular student data must be used only for improving student achievement, not as a bargaining tool for external funding or deeply discounted vendor contracts in exchange for access to the data. At the societal level ,we must have a clear understanding of the impact of continuous evaluation on the process of maturity and psychosocial development typical of different students of different ages and abilities. We have to avoid making learner populations of all ages even more stressed and anxious about academic progress than we see today.- mabbiatti mabbiatti Jun 4, 2015Mike Abbiatti
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • The description should mention the risks associated with a highly quantified educational experience. We are not talking about simply counting the number steps per day one takes or counting the number of calories one burns. The real question about Quantified Self is not "how", but "WHY?"

(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry?

  • Parents have taken to day-trading their students. We see parents monitoring student information systems all day long. While this transparency is extremely helpful in engaging parents in the conversation, the conversations can often center on questioning every formative assessment. - joycevalenza joycevalenza Jun 7, 2015
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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