- Last year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded a $498,055 grant to Clemson University to measure student engagement physiologically through Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) bracelets.
- The study will seek to find out if the bracelets could be used more broadly for helping students and teachers.
- After concerns were raised, a Gates Foundation spokesman told the The Washington Post that the bracelets would not be used to evaluate teachers during testing.
From the article:
While just about every educator would agree that highly engaged students learn more than bored, distracted students, there’s been little effort to measure engagement. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has begun to change that with a $500K grant to Clemson University. ...