Palm Beach Schools Technolog Mini-Conference

mini-conf-LogoI’m very excited by the opportunity to present at the inaugural Palm Beach Schools Technology Mini-conference.

The title of my presentation is

Digital Media Arts Integration: Planning, Implementing, and Evaluating the Creative Classroom, a subject that I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about this summer as we continue to promote the use of creative technology processes in the classroom.


For those attending, here are links to the resources and references used in the presentation.

Sir Ken Robinson on Creativity

Center for Creative Education (West Palm Beach)

Kennedy Center for Arts Integration

Relevant Literature

Arts Integration Connections to 21st Century Skills

Creating Arts Integration Topics

Grant Wiggins on Assessing Creativity

ASCD on Assessing Creativity

The Hacker Culture as Seen From 1984

Hackers in 1984This is a really fascinating look at what the earliest pioneers in personal computing thought about the “Hacker Culture” (and how the term originated) and what lies at the heart of being both a creative thinker and a coder at the same time. Some of their thoughts still ring true 30 years later.

STEVE WOZNIAK: “I think the hacker drive represents the children in us. Children love to discover, explore, create something a little beyond what they could before. In school you have the courses that teach you the problem and the solution, whereas the hackers tended to be just bright enough to take the little starting points, the mathematical tools, and build up a solution of their own…They were intrinsically motivated; the challenge of solving the puzzle was the only reward. The rewards were in their head.”

BOB WALLACE: (author and distributor of PC-WRITE’): We give away source .with our product,and we haven’t found it to be a problem. We do what we call ‘Shareware.’ We give away PC-WRITE…When I started, I wanted to do a product and I wanted  to have control over it and I wanted to make a living. Not having a lot of money for advertising, I figured the way to distribute it was, you know, word of disk(!). Diskettes are a new medium that I don’t think people have realized how easy they are to copy and what that means, but it gives us a distribution channel.”

DOUG CARLSTON: (founder and president of Broderbund): When we were hacking around in the mid-’60s at Harvard, it was not the engineering students who were the hackers. It was the liberal arts majors whose only computer time available was if they gummed up the locks and snuck into the building late at night because they weren’t allowed to sign up for the stuff. You did everything by trial and error, because we didn’t have any courses, we didn’t have access to anything other than manuals, and as far as I’m aware the whole group of midnight programmers there were people who didn’t have any real functional use for what they were doing at all. So we called ourselves “hackers.”

Great read and thanks to Gary Stager for the share!

Sir Ken Robinson Illustrated

One of my favorite education thinkers, speakers, and experts on the development of human capacity is Sir Ken Robinson. If you haven’t caught his presentations on TED or other locations you’re missing out on hearing some things that all professional educators ought to consider.

Recently I also came across the very cool RSS Animate series where popular speeches are illustrated with hand-drawn graphics. In the embedded video below you’ll hear another one of Sir Ken’s talks and see it come to life as the artists at RS Animate make his talk come alive. Worth every second of the 11 minutes it takes to view the entire presentation.

Thanks for the link goes to Karen Seldon. If you don’t subscribe to her weekly newsletter on educational technology–Tuesdays with Karen— you really ought to sign up!

Sir Ken Robinson on Learning, Education, and Creativity

Sir Ken Robinson, Ph.D, an expert in creativity, innovation and human resources, gave this popular talk at the TEDconference in 2006. Since that time it’s been viewed over 3.5 million times by students, parents, and educators around the world. In a companion article written for CNN, How Schools Stifle Creativity he talks about the impact of the original video and discusses his major points in more detail. Both the article and the video contain tremendous insights into the way the human brain works, how we all learn, and how creativity is essential to the learning process we all engage in.