Is text interactivity going to kill human brain creativity and critical thinking? | VIDEO

I have just finished reading this FastCoDesign article and a sense of  “discomfort” rose inside of me.

The article is about a new concept, Tangle,  by a former Apple designer, Bret Victor.  Tangle is a JavaScript library for creating reactive documents. Readers can interactively explore possibilities, play with parameters, and see the document update immediately – please check Tangle’s website to see how it works, just drag on the blue font and see how values and graphics change.

My discomfort was created by a conflict between my being a mother of a 5 year old who has just entered school and my being a “sort of geek” and tecnology lover. Victor’s concepts are great but I think that they must be applied critically to education, because the risk is to spoil our young learners not teaching them how to use their brain and creativity for problem solving (or just for solving very simple equations).

I must admit though that displaying dynamic systems interactions as Victor shows in the video below is a great tool for understanding dynamics  as the one described by the Lotka-Volterra equations he mentions in the video.  I do believe that visuals can help the educational process a lot, but they must always be paired with a more critical and intuitive self-approach to the subject.


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