GPS – Sorry, GSR, Coming to a Student Near You

Posted By Levi

June 14th, 2012 7:42pm

Category: Education

When I saw this story, I thought someone was pulling a joke. It’s one of those stories that can either make you laugh or cry. Apparently, education reformers are not satisfied with all the measures they have put in place so far to measure student learning and evaluate teachers. Now they want to measure how excited students are about a teacher’s lesson. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is spending over a million dollars  to develop “galvanic skin response” bracelets that students will wear in class to measure their engagement levels.

“The biometric bracelets, produced by a Massachusetts startup company, Affectiva Inc, send a small current across the skin and then measure subtle changes in electrical charges as the sympathetic nervous system responds to stimuli. The wireless devices have been used in pilot tests to gauge consumers’ emotional response to advertising. Gates officials hope the devices, known as Q Sensors, can become a common classroom tool, enabling teachers to see, in real time, which kids are tuned in and which are zoned out.”

I can just imagine the million and one things that teachers can do to keep the GSR bracelets sending out excited signals throughout the day.

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