Ever wished you could somehow transform your film SLR into a functioning digital camera? Well my friends, progress is being made!
James Jackson is currently crowd-funding his “DigiPod,” which is a unique cartridge that fits into your film SLR, allowing you to capture digital photos.
Want badly, will pledge!
A gift for spatial reasoning — the kind that may inspire an imaginative child to dismantle a clock or the family refrigerator — may be a greater predictor of future creativity or innovation than math or verbal skills, particularly in math, science and related fields, according to a study published Monday in the journal Psychological Science.
The study looked at the professional success of people who, as 13-year-olds, had taken both the SAT, because they had been flagged as particularly gifted, as well as the Differential Aptitude Test. That exam measures spatial relations skills, the ability to visualize and manipulate two-and three-dimensional objects. While math and verbal scores proved to be an accurate predictor of the students’ later accomplishments, adding spatial ability scores significantly increased the accuracy.
The researchers, from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, said their findings make a strong case for rewriting standardized tests like the SAT and ACT to focus more on spatial ability, to help identify children who excel in this area and foster their talents.
“Evidence has been mounting over several decades that spatial ability gives us something that we don’t capture with traditional measures used in educational selection,” said David Lubinski, the lead author of the study and a psychologist at Vanderbilt. “We could be losing some modern-day Edisons and Fords.”
Doesn’t surprise me at all. There could be a standardized test around LEGO usage.
“Talent hits a target no one else can hit; genius hits a target no one else can see.”
“Instead of shooting arrows at someone else’s target, which I’ve never been very good at, I make my own target around wherever my arrow happens to have landed. You shoot your arrow and then you paint your bulls eye around it, and therefore you have hit the target dead centre.”
“I had a son, so I said, ‘I’m going to be a father for a while. I’m not going to rush into work. Let the work come find me.” I let the target draw the arrow, the arrows came my way.”
5 tips for first time TEDx attendees going to TEDxRVA
I’ve gone to a few TEDx events before, and wanted to share some tips to help first-timers maximize their enjoyment of TEDxRVA this morning:
- Arrive at the event with no expectations and an open mind. That will minimize your chances of disappointment. Only an empty vessel can be filled.
- Change seats between sessions (I think they’re calling them “Conversations” today). Meet the people on your left and right.
- This is not a social media conference. Being “in that industry”, this was a tricky one for me at my first TEDx. While tweeting, etc. is allowed at TEDxRVA, try shutting your phone off and giving it your full attention.
- Stay hydrated, and optionally caffeinated if that’s your thing.
- Take very brief notes: Speaker name, one or two main points/themes that they made. I’m giving this tip on the assumption that the live stream will be archived into individual talks. At my first TEDx, I furiously took notes, they realized after the event I would have been better served to take minimal notes and go back and watch the recordings of the ones that I needed to see again.
I hope everyone has a great time!