Here is a video of a presentation by MIT grad student David Merrill at the recent TED Conference on Siftables which are “smart blocks”.  Based off of the idea that we can learn better if we have the opportunity to manipulate the information ourselves.   By having the choice to group information as we see fit, we will be able to readily see and manipulate the relationships between information.  I can see how this innovation can be a tremendous asset to the classroom, particularly for elementary education.  It would be interesting if this technology or conceptual idea can be applied to how we conduct research.  High school students would benefit from being able to take information from Opposing Viewpoints, databases, journals, etc. and see how it relates to one another or what additional information they can find out.  Having it in physical “smart block” form can help visual and kinestetic learners.

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