Our outboard brain

Discussions around the outboard brain were strong around 2007 when wired magazine and others picked up this notion of us now having an outboard brain and outsourcing some of our thinking to a device. The article Your outboard brain knows all was a lively discussion of this issue:

“My point is that the cyborg future is here. Almost without noticing it, we’ve outsourced important peripheral brain functions to the silicon around us.”

It made me think. I love being able to look anything up when I do not know. In that sense I am more informed. My blogging has really contributed to my knowledge but I have just done exactly what the article is talking about. I surprised myself by finding a blog post about the outboard brain on another blog of mine. I had forgotten all about it. The issue is still relevant and David Bowden’s poetry examines the impact of technology on us. There is another poem The inner net which examines our so called connectivity and what the impact of that has been in human terms.

I have ready access to factual information because blogging makes me think and integrate that knowledge into my own database. I’d say technology has contributed well and effectively to my ever growing brain. To ensure this though I make sure I put myself at risk technologically by learning new software, a new OS, a new gadget. Nothing like databases to force a literary brain into chaos and ensure it HAS to learn!! Technology is for me a tool, not a substitute…and I thank this poem for helping me think this through.

Candle Poem – flipped classroom

With support from my real life PLN and my virtual PLN I have managed to get my act together and produce something which could be used as a flipped classroom exercise. I don’t need them for French because there are plenty of quality materials made by French and Francophone people which I can use for those sorts of activities. This is an exercise I used to do in English and it never failed to be a winner. I love poetry and I have always loved teaching poetry. The video is not perfect but because I have made it in Pinnacle Studio I can pull it apart and tinker with it very easily when I feel like it and have the time. I enhanced the sound quality in Wave Pad. It is really important to have good, clear sound on a video. I am happy with what I have done because I like making videos. I have learned a lot about putting a video together and even more about sound enhancement. The original idea came from Adelaide Poet , Rory Harris. He came as a contract teacher to my school at the time and we worked together on senior English. He was a poet but he knew how to engage any other human being in poetry in the most amazing ways. This is one of the ideas he shared with me.

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