What is Quantified Self?

Quantified self describes the phenomenon of consumers being able to closely track data that is relevant to their daily activities through the use of technology. The emergence of wearable devices on the market such as watches, wristbands, and necklaces that are designed to automatically collect data are helping people manage their fitness, sleep cycles, and eating habits. Mobile apps also share a central role in this idea by providing easy-to-read dashboards for consumers to view and analyze their personal metrics. Empowered by these insights, many individuals now rely on these technologies to improve their lifestyle and health. Today’s apps not only track where a person goes, what they do, and how much time they spend doing it, but now what their aspirations are and when those can be accomplished. Novel devices, too, are enabling people to track their lives automatically, such as the Memoto, a camera worn around the neck that is designed to capture an image every half minute. As more people rely on their mobile devices to monitor their daily activities, data is becoming a larger part of everyday life.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • In the world of k-12, using this type of technology for fitness tracking and healthy habits could be another way to engage students in healthy lifestyles and eating. With the obesity epidemic, diabetes, and other health ailments, getting students excited earlier about health education is imperative. - Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Feb 7, 2014
  • If this concept were expanded beyond biological data to personal metrics in general, a dashboard on daily learning activities could be included.- anton.inglese anton.inglese Feb 8, 2014
  • Certainly, the prospect of tracking data combinations about students is intriguing. Being able to assemble data about the most productive (or least productive) study time for students could be extremely valuable. That said, I think this is a long way off before it directly impacts classrooms. We first need to determine how to keep busing schedules from determining the schools hours ;-). - digitalroberto digitalroberto Feb 9, 2014

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • Possibly the collaborative opportunities with these different devices. Also the idea of being able to take this data and analyze it for student work.- Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Feb 7, 2014
  • While constant data feedback can be powerful when sent back to individual, I think major concerns will be raised by parents, policymakers and the public about owning this sort of biometric information by schools/government.- keith.krueger keith.krueger Feb 9, 2014kkrueger 2028612676 - keith.krueger keith.krueger Feb 9, 2014
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • QS offers another way to get kids excited about data, health and healthy habits. - Holly.Lu Holly.Lu Feb 7, 2014
  • On the basis of the conceptual expansion (see my response to Q1, above), data could be used for student goal setting. Research shows that goal setting has a substantial impact on student achievement, encouraging the student to take ownership of their learning (agency).- anton.inglese anton.inglese Feb 8, 2014

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