Mathematicians and Scientists found traditional Euclidean geometry inadequate – Enter Fractal geometry
Integrating new important developments into education can take 20-30 years. With the aid of computer networks information can flow faster allowing for less lead time for new ideas to surface in education.
in 1991 students (11-18 years) from six continents measured soil and air temp., precipitation, birds and insect presence and the stage of plant growth linking meteorological, physical and biology observations to major seasonal events.
a “snapshot” of the state of the planet.
Described this global device as a “macroscope” by Buckminster Fuller.
The significance of these projects are numerous
Project oriented science education.
Allows students of different grades, academic aptitudes and skill levels to participate in real scientific problem of social significance.
Computers and telecommunications create a global classroom – a new academic infrastructure.
Economy, science and technology are very interrelated.
Growth and exploitation of knowledge rests not only on the scientist to produce it, but also upon society’s capacity to absorb it. Thus real limitations for scientific growth may be man’s limited ability to absorb the new information.
Research shows that educational technology can provide an effective means for learning.
Education has changed from an orderly world of disciplines to an Infosphere in which CIE and telecommunications are significantly important.
The driving question for education in the 21 st century will be that posed by Henry Simon on what it means “to know.” Is it what we have in our heads or how well we are skilled to explore the Infosphere?