What is Quantified Self?


Quantified self describes the phenomenon of consumers being able to closely track data that is relevant to their everyday lives 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?

  • Student can get feedback on their wellbeing, how anxious are they doing the test/exam or how excited are they on receiving that great result. This technology can add another layer to students being able to manage their own health by identifying stresses and taking actions. - steven.knipe864 steven.knipe864 Feb 20, 2015
  • Students will be able to receive immediate feedback on physiological states by tracking physiological responses. - helen.farley helen.farley Mar 4, 2015
  • Human movement students (and students in other health disciplines) would particularly benefit from realtime feedback in response to exercise, stress and so on. - helen.farley helen.farley Mar 4, 2015
  • With positional sensors, human movement students could assess appropriate postures using wearable technologies, possibly for reexamination after an activity and once the data had been downloaded. - helen.farley helen.farley Mar 4, 2015

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

  • = who will be the first LMS to produce a 'learn- bit' ? - gillysalmon gillysalmon Feb 27, 2015
  • What happens to the data collected and is it stored anywhere by a third-party provider. - helen.farley helen.farley Mar 4, 2015

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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • Sure students will be able to connect to the Internet and provide answerers to questions but this means that teacher questioning needs to be higher up the Blooms taxonomy. If schools developed apps to gather the wellbeing data of students in classes and a dashboard that teachers can see how students feel about topics/questions/issues then educators can make changes to better discuss this with students and reduce stresses.- steven.knipe864 steven.knipe864 Feb 20, 2015

  • track your progress through your units, through your revision, through your degree, fitness to learn....- gillysalmon gillysalmon Feb 27, 2015

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

  • sadly no, crowd source on my idea anyone? - gillysalmon gillysalmon Feb 27, 2015

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