Transcript of “Do schools kill creativity?”

TED Talk Subtitles and Transcript: Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

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World first: Japanese Robot enrolls in High School

A high school in Japan is about to receive a new student, and his name is Pepper. He’s likely to stand out among his classmates, however, because Pepper is actually a humanoid robot. It marks the first time a robot will study alongside human students.

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Why Talented Black and Hispanic Students Can Go Undiscovered

Relying on teachers and parents to identify candidates for gifted programs appears to discriminate against minority and poor children.

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The boutique university?

I recently completed working on a project with Huntington University to open a highly focused Digital Media Arts satellite campus located within a creative community environment. Conceptually it is a collaborative venture involving business, higher ed, social enterprise, non-profits and government.

Each of the collaborators contribute by supporting each others efforts while retaining their separate identities.

This entire venture sounds very much like that described by Steve Parkinson in this post The Boutique University.


1. a small shop selling fashionable clothes or accessories
2. a business serving a sophisticated or specialised clientele

We’ve seen the rise of the boutique hotel – small and  individual hotels. Focused on being comfortable, intimate, stylish and aspirational. They are set apart from the homogeneity of their large chain rivals.

Could we see the rise of the ‘boutique university’?

Well, what would the characteristics of a boutique university be?

Small scale and individual.
Each boutique university would be a small scale affair. Offering a localised service and specialising in a particular theme of learning. Probably concentrating on the business, tech and design subjects. The skills that will help drive the developing urban tech scenes.

In effect, serving the growing market of ‘skill hackers’.

Skill Hacker: noun; a person that continuously revisits, reinvents and reinvests in skills. A restless pursuit of new skills to offset declining market…

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Role of Student Life in The Community College

Perhaps I should comment on the nature of the community college student before discussing the role of my philosophy of whole student development. My comments are based purely on observation and not on any scientific research. Some may not necessarily be valid when comparing residence and non-residence campuses. Continue reading

Role of International Education

My recent experiences as International Higher Education Coordinator for the Global Education Collaborative and participation in the Bahrain Global Education Conference have left me with one conclusion.

We don’t need more international education programs. We need all education focused on international needs, goals, connections, collaboration and understanding. Continue reading

Technology Outlook > Singaporean K-12 Education | The New Media Consortium

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The Technology Outlook for Singaporean K-12 Education 2012-2017 presents the findings of a research project led by the New Media Consortium (NMC) and intended to inform educational leaders about significant developments in technologies supporting teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in Singaporean K-12 education.

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7 Deadly Sins Inhibiting Creativity

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Who Are Those Old People in Our Lab?

Age and technological prowess often are not synonymous, particularly in education.  Factor in the tech toys, marvels and training available at Orlando’s Full Sail University and you can imagine the dismay expressed by the student who asked, “Who are all those old people in our lab?”

It is just as easy to understand the laughter the querry evoked among the educators and professionals attending the  Apple Distinguished Educator conference. No longer were they masters of WIKIS, AVATARS, NINGS, MOODLES, MMOGS, TWEETS, BUMPS, VRE’s, and a dizzying array of professional software certifications. Continue reading

Multimedia…the new literacy

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STEMM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Math….. and Multimedia?

Need a quick explanation of ohms, watts, sound pressure levels and dynamic range? Who would you call? What if you want an explanation of lighting heat signatures and their importance?

Could you plot the area of a sphere covered by an electronic signal beamed from a distant moving source? Do you need to determine the amount of lumber required to construct a 30-foot cyclorama and cove curved horizontally and vertically so that light refracts rather than reflects? Continue reading