NCETC in Greensboro.

I’m sitting here watching Jim Moulton’s keynote.  I’m also reading Jeff Whipple’s twittering of Zhao’s keynote in New Hampshire (where I was yesterday) — and still preparing for my three presentations and one workshop today.  …and I can’t multitask.

Here are some quotes from Moulton’s one lines.

  • We are teaching Screenagers.
  • For Kindergarten, the most important technology is the rug.
  • Talk to your children.  Speech Therapy is a growth industry in America. (applause)
  • We all have to know our multiplication tables (why do we have to say that? — I was almost applause for that line)

  • A = What one knows
    B = What one does with what one knows
    C = Who knows and cares what one knows and what one has done.
    (A x B)c


  • The world is going to be different at the other end of the depression.  America’s preeminence is over. (I suspect there is a lot of truth to this, especially the first part.)
  • Job interviewer is troubled by the lack of intellectual curiosity.
  • Perseverance trumps ability.
  • Yong Zhao – do the perceived “achievement gaps” between USA / Canada and rest of world really matter?
  • Zhao – purpose of education is definitely NOT test scores…other data is more important…
  • zhao – schools have been moving too far away from education, schools should be faith-based orgs…education is different from instruction
  • zhao – technology allows us to extend our world from local-physical to global-virtual…what new skills will we need?
  • zhao is showing two maps, sizes of countries based on pop and wealth…what differences…how will globalization change these…
  • zhao – now places map of education…now a royalty fees map…US is huge…we are knowledge economy
  • zhao – now a map of toy exports…china is huge…they hav e a making stuff economy
  • zhao – showing parts sourcing for Mini Cooper…if parts can move, so can people…yao ming and herbert hoover – global trade of talents…
  • zhao – “death of distance” ebay…a “global garage sale”…transformed garage sale…more access to people who want to buy your trash…
  • zhao – phenomena – some strange talents can be of value to others…web allows more opportunity to connect
  • zhao – creativity is not a skill, it’s a mindset, it’s innate and can be killed…
  • zhao – spirit of US (and canadian) education…belief in individual talents…YOU are responsible for success…adults have to respect kids
  • zhao – talking Dan Pink AWNM …GM says “we are not in transportation industry, we are in art industry”
  • Yong Zhao – do the perceived “achievement gaps” between USA / Canada and rest of world really matter?
Quotes from Yong Zhao’s keynote address at the NHCMTC conference in Manchester, New Hampshire — twittered by Jeff Whipple

I’ll add in here that I am becoming increasingly convinced that we need to much more frequently restructure our conference sessions as unconference in nature.  I’m finding that I am presenting in rooms with people who need to hear what I have to say and show.  But there are as many who know it already, and know many more things that I don’t know.  We can serve  everyone.

There are a lot of people attending ed tech conferences who don’t need to.  We need to tap into that capacity.

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Author: David Warlick

David Warlick has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.