We had around 100 staff at a twilight session on Tuesday night to hear Marco Torres deliver an abbreviated version of his keynote at the Apple Leadership Summit in Hong Kong.
Here’s Marco’s presentation in a nutshell:
- teachers don’t like taking risks
- George Lucas (Star Wars genius) doesn’t know how to use email (see pt 3)
- teachers don’t need to know everything – build a powerful learning network you can draw from
- majority of 9th graders think school is boring – what would businesses do if clients described them as boring and out of touch?
- knowledge isn’t enough in the google age – it’s what you do with it
- Mythbusters is so popular with 14-16 year olds (9th graders) because kids are watching learning happening – it’s the process that’s important not the end result
- despite the introduction of ‘digital tools’ into classrooms, kids are still receivers not producers of information
- kids want to create – digital cameras have given them opportunities to make mistakes without consequences (think back to your schooling when writing outside the lines was a no no)
- 21st century skillset: communication and complex cognition
- our students will solve the crises of this century