Wednesday, October 28
The Medici Effect & Groundbreaking Innovations
Frans Johansson, Medici Capital Management
Frans Johansson has always been passionate about pursuing the intersections of disciplines and cultures in search of remarkable ideas. The Medici Effect, refers to the proliferation of new ideas – and the remarkable burst of creativity enabled by the Medici banking family in Renaissance Italy. In his book, Frans reveals how we can find intersections in our own lives and turn those ideas into groundbreaking innovations. Frans explains that three driving forces – the movement of people, the convergence of scientific disciplines, and the leap in computational power – are increasing the number and types of intersections we can access. He has spoken extensively about the Medici Effect to companies, organizations and universities across the United States and the world.
Thursday, October 29
Innovation, Technology, and Going to Scale
Panel discussion facilitated by Dennis Cheek, former VP of Education, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
A panel of education and business innovators will take a look at the future of American education. Join this lively discussion and explore strategies for increasing the pace of educational innovation, ways that technology can contribute to its success, and insights on how to implement these innovations, or "take them to scale."
Panelists will include: Jean Hendrickson, Executive Director of Oklahoma A+ Schools; Paul Kelley, Founder and Headmaster of Monkseaton High School in the UK; Kathy Christie, Chief of Staff at ECS; Brad Feld, co-founder of the Foundry Group. Jointly presented by NSBA and the Kauffman Foundation.
Friday, October 30
Teachers, Don't Just Teach It--Inspire With It!
Marco Antonio Torres, Educator, Producer, Media Artist, Consultant
It’s not about clicking and dragging. It’s not about blogging, podcasting, and Web 2.0. It's about teaching and learning. In this "flattening" world, we are required to be more creative, more flexible, more community-based -- however, teachers -- the world still needs a GOOD, empathetic, ingenuous educator, a teacher, a Yoda! Yeah, you! The kids, more than ever, need us. Multimedia is a language to our students. If we're smart and ready -- we can use it to be very academic and very rigorous (and have fun along the way, too). If we use multimedia right -- we can empower in ways that we never imagined. Turn your classroom(s) into a stage, a studio, and into a community and HURRY! The kids are waiting for you to catch up.