As a lecturer, when I gave team assignments to my students, there were times when it used to be a one line brief and few keywords that would string the assignment/project.
The whole idea behind such a broadly defined assignment was to merely show a path to the learner and let the learner ‘discover’ for himself.
The findings of this exploratory journey was to be then structured in the form of an assignment complying to certain formatting standards.
The turf for the game was defined, the players were decided, and so were certain do’s and don’t s, but essentially it was the players who had to come up with the new game.
Fast forward to today. Almost a decade later , a sense of deja vu surrounds me.
A similar team assignment at my work place lead to an exciting exploratory journey.
A journey into the world of exploring the possible uses of 4G technology in Education.
During our brainstorming sessions, my colleagues referred to the movie- Minority Report while citing few examples of the future possibilities in computing .
Intrigued by the description of the scenes of the movie, dug in a little deeper to find out who is the brain behind such ideas.
The following video is one of the most interesting material that I viewed while learning more about the possibilities in the future of computing.
(John Underkoffler points to the future of UI- Courtesy /TED talks)
John Underkoffler had led the team that came up with the interface called the g-speak, Spatial Operating Environment. (http://www.ted.com/speakers/john_underkoffler.html)
What was most inspiring is the way in which Underkoffler shows that there is no box to restrict your ideas. The effort is about finding ways to make them implementable.