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Creativity Expert Sir Ken Robinson to Moderate Opening Keynote Panel at ISTE 2012

by User Not Found | May 24, 2012
Creativity Expert Sir Ken Robinson to Moderate Opening Keynote Panel at ISTE 2012. TV actress and physics/chemistry teacher Mayim Bialik, PhD, is among the keynote panelists at the world's most comprehensive education technology event.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Author and internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity, and innovation Sir Ken Robinson, PhD, will moderate ISTE 2012’s opening keynote panel from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. (PDT) on Sunday, June 24, 2012. The annual conference and exposition will be held June 24–27 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Robinson will lead a diverse and spirited discussion titled “Redefining Horizons: Encouraging Students’ Passion to Achieve” that showcases different approaches to student engagement from three very different perspectives. The panel includes education thought leader Marc Prensky, Qualcomm Executive Vice President of Global Market Development Peggy Johnson and actress Mayim Bialik. Best known as the star of the TV show “Blossom” and as a cast member of the CBS television show “The Big Bang Theory,” Bialik is a physics and chemistry teacher, an author and a passionate blogger about child development and parenting with a PhD in neuroscience.

"We are particularly excited for Sir Ken Robinson to frame Sunday evening’s conversation about expanding and redefining student horizons for learning,” said Donella Evoniuk, senior director of ISTE's conference services division and executive producer of the event. “ISTE believes that educators have a key role to play in boosting students’ innate passion for learning, and Sir Ken is just the voice we need to get this conversation going at ISTE 2012.”

Robinson has worked closely with governments, universities, global agencies and some of the world’s leading cultural organizations since beginning his career as a creativity specialist at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. His contributions to peace and education have been well recognized, and Robinson speaks to audiences throughout the world. In 2005, Robinson was named as one of Time/Fortune/CNN’s “Principal Voices” and he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the arts in 2003.

More than 200 million people in 150 countries have watched videos of Robinson’s presentations at prestigious TED Conferences. He speaks to audiences throughout the world on the creative challenges facing business and education in the new global economies. His latest book, “Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative,” is a 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation.

The conference also will feature a keynote session on preparing students for their future in the midst of globalization and rapid technological changes, from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. (PDT) on Tuesday, June 26, 2012. Titled “Global, Creative, and Entrepreneurial: Defining High Quality Education,” the session is hosted by Yong Zhao, PhD, the presidential chair and associate dean for global education at the University of Oregon College of Education. ISTE CEO Don Knezek, PhD, will provide opening remarks and ISTE Past President Helen Padgett, PhD, will honor Knezek, who will be stepping down as CEO in September, and ISTE Program Chair Anita McAnear, who will retire in July.

Conservationist Willie Smits from Borneo rainforest rehabilitation group DeforestACTION, with teacher Christopher Gauthier from New Cleveland State High School in Brisbane, Australia, will lead a keynote presentation, titled “A Time for Learning in ACTION” from 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. (PDT), on Wednesday, June 27, 2012.  The session details a collaborative project by a group of students and teachers from around the world to combat one of the most urgent man-made global problems on the planet using the power of social networking, collaborative online tools, and new pedagogies. ISTE Deputy CEO and Conference Chair Leslie S. Conery, PhD, will provide remarks, announce the winner of the 2013 conference package giveaway and kick off ISTE 2013.

Thousands of educators, technology coordinators, administrators, and technology industry representatives from school districts, government agencies, and companies around the world are expected to attend ISTE 2012, ISTE’s 33rd annual conference and exposition, June 24–27, at the San Diego Convention Center. “Expanding Horizons” is the theme of ISTE 2012, which is held in cooperation with California’s Computer Using Educators, Inc. (CUE).

The world's most comprehensive educational technology event, ISTE's annual conference and exposition attracts nearly 18,000 attendees and industry representatives.

About ISTE
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through the innovative and effective use of technology in PK–12 and teacher education. Home to ISTE’s annual conference and exposition, the ISTE leadership conference and the widely adopted NETS, ISTE represents more than 100,000 professionals worldwide.
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