Cloudle Feedback – I thought you did a g…

Cloudle Feedback – I thought you did a great job of finding a simple but unique solution to a very specific problem. The elevator pitch was ok. I generally don’t like Prezzi for automated presentations, but that’s more of a personal preference. I did like that you used voice-over and included a photo so that it felt more authentic and credible. I really appreciated that your presentation included very clear and credible expertise as well as direct financials. This was one way your presentation really stood out for me over others. I think your financials and marketing make sense. I’ve commented on other presentations about the reliability of voice recognition and I’m particularly concerned about voice recognition in a multivoice environment. You pointed this out but didn’t fully answer how this was going to be solved but I was reassured by the expertise your team is bringing in this area. I was hoping for more clarification about the ethics and pedagogy of recording not only lectures but discussion. I have seen research that shows that students who have recorded copies of lectures are much less likely to remember the content of that lecture/discussion because they use their capacity instead to remember where it’s stored rather than the content. I would love to see more research about how this works while engaging the cloudle at the same time. Maybe the use of the cloudle would overcome this tendency because it forces students to focus on these cognitive strategies. As a student and parent, however, I would be very uncomfortable participating in a recorded environment like that and that is my biggest concern. Where are the recordings stored, who has access, what stops students from cloudleing private conversations of friends? What happens when the cloudle picks up an offtask conversation? Will Jessica’s boy troubles end up in the word cloud? Or worse something highly confidential like conversations around abuse, sexuality or health? I also wonder how long it will take the younger students to stop trying to insert dirty words into conversations to see them appear in the word cloud.

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