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, such as the Memoto, a camera worn around the neck that is designed to capture an image every half minute are enabling people to track their lives automatically. As more people rely on their mobile devices to monitor their daily activities, personal 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?

  • Technologies that enable the measurement of ones own biological data may be used as to inform oneself on important parameters that influence learning, such as sleep, nutrition, stress and so forth. - ch.tii ch.tii Dec 6, 2014 - stefan stefan Dec 7, 2014
  • For certain groups or in certain contexts, working memory training, and the visualization of such data, may be very useful for the development of proper learning strategies. (http://www.cogmed.com/) - ch.tii ch.tii Dec 6, 2014
  • Some specific technologies within the field, such as transcranial direct current stimulation (TDCS), are already used for the enhancement of learning, even though research within the field is still very, very young. ( http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/amping-up-brain-function/ ) - ch.tii ch.tii Dec 6, 2014
  • There might be interesting aspects of quantified self when it comes to gaming, education and health. Apps such as "Zombies Run!" have pointed out the direction, but using other input data, there might be further insights to come in this crossroads. - ch.tii ch.tii Dec 6, 2014

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

  • Quantified Self holds interesting perspectives when addressing issues in regards to children with special needs. - ch.tii ch.tii Dec 6, 2014
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • There are interesting perspectives of Quantified Self methodology and technologies and the level of development is very strong currently. Impact might be found at the intersection between health and learning, for example. - ch.tii ch.tii Dec 6, 2014
  • The current growth of the DIY-movement in TDCS might spill over into the main stream, as use of for example certain mind altering drugs have done when it comes to enhancing ones capability of learning. (http://www.diytdcs.com/) - ch.tii ch.tii Dec 6, 2014

(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?


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