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Student, Edtech Expert Predict Learning Device of the Future

Student, Ed Tech CEO Predict Learning Device of the Future

Technology continues to advance in the world of education, and many are making predictions on what to expect in the classroom.

One young innovator, Sahil Doshi, a 14-year-old freshman at Upper Sinclair High School in Pittsburgh shared his prediction on the next big learning device in an article on THEJournal.com.

Doshi, according to the article, also won "'Top Young Scientist' in the 2014 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, which inspires students to come up with innovations that could earn them scholarships and recognition."

"Doshi's invention, the PolluCell, converts carbon dioxide into electricity [by way of silver-plated guitar strings] to bring power to places that wouldn’t otherwise have it," the article said.

According to THEJournal.com, "when asked to imagine the learning device of the future, he suggested imagining a baseball cap connected directly to a student's brain. The device would allow the student to access 'everything in the world, every possible public file out there.' That's important for students, he added, so they'll realize 'that nothing is impossible because they have [access to] every bit of information.'"

The search capacity, the article said, "would go way beyond what Google and Bing index."

“You'd have a bunch of nodes that connected to certain parts of the brain to calculate brain waves,” he said. “I feel like when we type search queries into search engines, we limit the ideas we have. Our ideas in our brain are really complex. [So] we simplify them. If we had that sort of information database that has all the information and then you just hook it up to your brain, you could find information in five seconds that would take a day to find in Google.”

According to Doshi, the article said, "to prevent the technology built into the device from putting too much physical pressure on the wearer’s head, the cap would be made of 'lightweight material that could take away the weight.'"

"The device [which might come in other forms for people who don't like ball caps] would enable its wearer to communicate with others through 'brain messaging,' eliminating the problem of not being able to communicate 'because we don't know how to formulate our most complex opinions in the best set of words,' Doshi explained," the article said. "He envisions that search results would be projected right onto the student's hand, serving as the ultimate crib notes."

“You could fold down that screen from your hat and look at the answers and choose the letter or choice that you want using your eyes," he said.

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Article by Kassondra Granata, Education World Contributor

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