Now You See It by Cathy Davidson

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  • Most schools and many business places look about the same as they did prior to the digital age. It’s time to see how we can remake the institutions. Unfortunately, NCLB looks backward more than 100 years for its vision of the future. Cubicles in many workplaces are also irrelevant. Cathy compares the brain to the iPhone that can download new apps when necessary. This is very different from the non plastic view of the brain that was common not that long ago. Retooled by the tools we use, our brain adjusts and adapts. Our digital age demands a different form of attention. Tests designed for an industrial world are irrelevant to the forms of learning and knowing vital to today’s world. A key literacy today is the ability to learn, unlearn, and relearn, which requires cultivated distraction. Knowledge is no longer a thing, but a process. Our biggest limitation may be due to our attitude towards our abilities.
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