Amy, I’ve been thinking about this a lot too! Have you read any of Dan Airely’s books or seen his TED talks? Our decision making strategies are so interesting (and in many cases evolutionarily pragmatic), even if they do often lead to irrational choices.
Thanks Amy. I’m thinking I might start off my Freshman Seminar course with your rope/string activity next semester in my Freshman Seminar course, so thank you for facilitating my growth as a teacher/coach!
Kimberley, as soon as I saw the title of your post, I was thinking about mirror neurons too! What an interesting question…I love the idea of real life communication, but maybe these simulated realities can help those who struggle with conventional social interaction. Or maybe it just enables them to continue to avoid it…
Amy, thank you for your thoughtful comments! I’d love to keep this conversation in our minds and in our seminar as we continue reading about the role (potential and actual) of new media in education.