Cathy Davidson’s new book, Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn, draws on psychology, media literacy, and brain science to explore questions about learning and technology in today’s schools and workplaces. In one chapter, she describes a controversial experiment in which Duke University gave free iPods to students and challenged them to design educational uses for the devices. She discusses this experiment in an essay adapted from the book that was recently published in the Chronicle of Higher Education.
We interviewed Cathy Davidson about participatory learning for the January 2009 issue of Academic Commons. You can read the interview here.