Garden update: My Zinca and celosia aren't looking too fresh! To remedy this I picked off all of the dead leaves and watered it some more. I think that my plants might be suffering from all of the sun and heat outside so I've been watering them more each day to try to make up for this. Hopefully this works! I'll keep you guys posted on what happens.
My meal is more of a snack this week. This week I made my friend Jimmy a veggie plate and a fruit salad. The preparation is pretty obvious and simple. I washed and then cut up everything. The fruit salad is fresh organic pineapple, blueberries, and strawberries. The veggie plate is all organic as well and is composed of cucumbers, carrots, tomatoes, broccoli and yellow pepper. I served the veggie plate with a side of Annie's Goddess dressing. In all, the preparation time to cut everything took the longest. The pineapple itself took me a solid ten minutes to chop up in its entirety.
This week I stumbled across an article published earlier this year on a new technology; a socially assistive robot called Tega. What makes Tega different from the rest (socially assistive robots) is that Tega can interpret emotional responses. Last year a classroom pilot of 38 students used Tega for various functions, such as learning vocabulary from a tablet. Tega was able to encourage students and understand when student's were bored because of it's ability to read facial expressions, a method known as "affective computing." Studies shown from this pilot study was that students responded immediately to Tega and collaborated with this robot similar to how they would to a peer. For example, students were studied to make the same expression as Tega and play the vocabulary game independently with no intervention from the teacher. I thought this article on Tega was very intriguing. I could see Tega becoming a great way to further engage students in one-on-one and group activities. I then went to Tega's official website and watched "Tega's explanatory video." Currently I t Tega is aimed towards the younger K-5 age and I could not see myself using this furry device in my high school setting. However, I think that a device similar to this, remodeled to appeal to older students with affective computing abilities could be a great way to engage students.
From this article I became interested in affective computing and searched through EdTech's website for further insight on this idea. The article I found gave the pros and cons of affective computing. The pros were that teachers would be given more insight into which students are struggling in their classroom, the obvious cons are the privacy issues that will come from this. Ultimately this has become an idea that I am going to keep tabs on.
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