ISTE Keynote: Sir Ken Robinson
Okay, I thought getting to the keynote address at a technology conference twenty minutes early was a good idea. When I got there, I was redirected to the "overflow" room clear on the other side of the convention center and that room was filled to capacity! I guess Sir Ken Robinson has quite a following!
Here are a few highlights from his keynote address at the 2012 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in San Diego. He was joined by a panel made up of Shawn Covel from Qualcomm, Marc Prenksy who created the term "digital natives", and actress and teacher Mayim Bialik. This blog entry is really just a list of quotable quotes I culled from their talk. I will try to expand on some of these great ideas in later posts. Please pardon any paraphrasing.
Sir Ken Robinson -
- "Ten years ago there were no iPads, Smart Phones, or social media networks. Ten years ago if people 'tweeted' they were discouraged."
- "Education lies at a critical crossroads. It is one of the most contested areas in public policy, but more and more people are becoming disengaged with it."
- "The whole principal of school reform has been based on compliance, standardization, and non-personalization." Humanity is based on diversity. There are opportunities now with technology to change this."
- "What does it take to truly engage students in their learning and what is the role of technology in this process?"
- "If you truly love something you're good at, you'll never work again."
Shawn Covel -
- "Mobile is changing the way we learn."
- "More people have access to a mobile phone than people have access to clean drinking water."
- "The number of mobile devices will surpass the world population this year."
- "Mobile connectivity will begin to affect everything we touch."
Marc Prensky (who in my opinion stole the show!) -
- "The big question with technology is what do we keep in our heads and what do we delegate to our machines?
- "What do we do better than computers? The answer = Teachers provide empathy and students have passion."
- "We need to help students find and follow their passion. To do so, we need to (1) listen to them, (2) respect them, (3) over-expect from them, and (4) empower all teachers to dare to do what is right."
- "The war between digital natives and digital immigrants is over. The NATIVES WON!"
- "Today's teachers have to be creative and daring."
- "Technology is not a "cure all" but it works to extend the student and his/her passion and talents."
- "I am proud to put a female face on the passion of science."
"Technology has changed, but the heart of learning never will. One teacher. One student. One connection."