The problems that exist in the world today cannot be solved by the level of thinking that created them.
- Albert Einstein

Don't let those tests defeat you. Don't let those tests define you.
-- First Lady Michelle Obama, speaking to students at Denver's South High School, November 16, 2009 Mrs. Obama related that she herself was not a great standardized-test-taker.

Computing is not about computers anymore. It is about living."
- Nicholas Negroponte, architect and computer scientist

All learning begins when our comfortable ideas turn out to be inadequate.
- John Dewey

Social tools don’t create collective action – they merely remove the obstacles to it
-Clay Shirky

Technology is anything invented after you were born, everything else is just stuff.
- Alan Kay

The task of leadership is not to put greatness into people, but to elicit it, for the greatness is there already.
- John Buchan

Learners are encouraged to discover facts and relationships for themselves.
- Jerome Bruner

Wisdom is not a product of schooling, but of the life- long attempt to acquire it.
- Albert Einstein

Never interrupt someone doing something you said couldn't be done.
- Amelia Earhart

We are living in a time that is marked by “the death of education, but the dawn of learning.”
- Stephen Heppell, CEO, Heppell.Net Ltd., UK

For any given organization, the important questions are 'When will the change happen?" and "What will change?" The only two answers we can rule out are never, and nothing.
-Clay Shirky

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
- George Bernard Shaw

Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.
- John Cotton Dana

To fly, we have to have resistance.
- Maya Lin

The achievements of an organization are the results of the combined effort of each individual.
- Vince Lombardi

In education, however, the product - the grade, the final draft, the test mark - still often takes precedence over the process of learning - the sense of personal journey without which the final destination is meaningless. What is even worse is that many of our students are very comfortable with that idea. To them, school is often about “playing the game.” They follow along, raise hands, submit assignments, study for tests. Of course, there is nothing wrong with these activities as long as they do not impede their progress as independent thinkers, researchers, and writers. Unfortunately, most of the time, “playing the game” means following the rules that we’ve set up for the students. We bring in the hoops, and the students jump through them. It’s an easy process for everyone involved.

- Konrad Glogowski


Only connect! That was the whole of her sermon. 

Only connect the prose and the passion, and both will be exalted,
And human love will be seen at its height. 

Live in fragments no longer. 

Only connect…
– E.M. Forster, Howards End

We need to build strong relationships with these children, using the Human Network of hyperconnectivity, so that each of us can infect the other. We need their passion to move forward without fear in a world where the human universe has shifted beneath our feet. They desperately need our wisdom to guide them into healthy and stable relationships throughout the Human Network. To do this, we need to bring these kids inside our heads, and we need to get ourselves into theirs, so that, together, we can make sense of a world so new, and so different, that we all seem but little children in a big world.
-Mark Pesce

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
- Albert Einstein

The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths to it are not found, but made, and the activity of making them changes both the maker and the destination.
- John Schaartest

The future is here, it's just not evenly distributed.
- William Gibson
Pattern Recognition

The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind - creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers,
and meaning makers. These people - artists, inventors, designers, storytellers, caregivers, consolers, big picture thinkers will now reap society's richest rewards and share its greatest joys.
- Daniel Pink A Whole New Mind

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically...Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

We must prepare students for their future, not our past, and their future will increasingly be wireless.
- Wesley A. Fryer

The rate that content is being created in today's world simply outpaces our ability to learn it in twelve short years---which requires a different approach to "mastery" on the part of tomorrow's teachers and students. Mastery in the 21st Century is primarily about learning to use technology to retrieve, evaluate, synthesize and manage information---and (more importantly) to network with other learners. "Digitally prepared children" will know how to use web-based tools to create, communicate and collaborate around areas of personal and professional interest. They will be creators--rather than simply consumers---of information.
- Bill Ferriter

“Any educator worth their salt knows that today’s kids are fundamentally different from the way we were when we were kids. These differences have little to do with their clothing, hairstyles, body parts they pierce, tattoo, and/or expose, or even the music they listen to. These differences have everything to do with the fact that many of today’s kids, part and parcel of the Instant Messenger (IM) Generation, are growing up in a global, digitally-networked landscape filled with innovative, interactive, and powerful communication technologies. For most of this generation, there’s never been a time when such technologies haven’t existed. They are ‘digital natives’ operating at ‘twitch speed.’ In fact, the younger they are, the more digitally fluent they are.”
- Ian Jukes

Students will use engaging technologies in collaborative, inquiry-based learning enviroments with teachers who are willing and able to use technology's power to assist them in transforming knowledge and skills into products, solutions, and new information.
- A Vision for K-12 Students Today [Click here to watch the video]

You have a generation faced with a society with fundamentally different properties thanks to the Internet. We can turn our backs and say, ‘This is bad,’ or, ‘We don’t want a world like this.’ It’s not going away. So instead of saying that this is terrible, instead of saying, ‘Stop MySpace; stop Facebook; stop the Internet,’ it’s a question for us of how we teach ourselves and our children to live in a society where these properties are fundamentally a way of life. This is public life today.
- Danah Boyd, Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School
Read her blog post on The Economist Debate on Social "Networking"

The curriculum is the key—not the media. We’ve fallen into this trap of considering that the use of technology is going to be an automatic silver bullet that’s going to make kids learn more, be more motivated. But we forget that it’s not the technology, not the media. It’s the content, and it’s the way those media are used. In other words, it’s the pedagogy, it’s the message, it’s the design—it’s the approach—that is the critical element.
- Michael Simonson, Professor, Instructional Technology and Distance Education, Nova Southeastern University//

Teaching young people how to develop a public voice through the use of digital media links their natural interest in identity formation with civic engagement practices: learning to use blogs, wikis, and virtual communities as media of self expression within a context of public voice should be part of 21st century civic curriculum.
- Howard Rheingold

As society and the world of work change, the skills that students need to live and thrive in it also change. The competition will be fierce and can come from anywhere in this flat world. In some ways, students today are ahead of their elders. Technology is second nature to them and they accept and use it without question. Schools lag behind.
- Gwen Solomon and Lynne Schrum
From Web 2.0: New Tools, New Schools

The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.
- Alvin Toffler

Education is a social process.
Education is growth.
Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself.
- John Dewey

In times of rapid change, the learners inherit the earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
- Eric Hoffer

The Internet is not a fire hose. It’s a bean stalk.
- David Warlick

We are moving from:
“do your own work” to “work with others”
“just in case” to “just in time” learning
“hand it in” to “publish it.”
- Will Richardson

The object of teaching a child is to enable them to get along without a teacher.
- Elbert Hubbard

Our students are facing an unpredictable future, much more so than any of us faced. Yes, we didn’t know exactly what our future would hold, but this generation is the first generation in history to really have no idea what the world is going to look like when they are adults. They need to be continual learners, to be able to teach themselves, to seek out and refine their own learning networks so that their learning doesn’t end when they walk across the stage at graduation.
- Carl Fisch

The computer is the primary instrument for intellectual and creative work in our society.
- Gary Stager

These are just technologies. Using them does not make you modern, smart, moral, wise, fair, or decent. It just makes you able to communicate, compete, and collaborate farther and faster.
- Thomas Friedman

We need to be forward looking in order to adapt our educational system to the evolving needs of the economy and the realities of our changing society. Those efforts will require the collaboration of policymakers, education experts, and--importantly--our citizens. It is an effort that should not be postponed.
- Alan Greenspan

Education is key to building the sense of global citizenship that global problem-solving requires.
- J.F. Rischard

The best companies are the best collaborators. In the flat world, more and more business will be done through collaborations within and between companies, for a very simple reason: The next layers of value creation – whether in technology, marketing, biomedicine, or manufacturing – are becoming so complex that no single firm or department is going to be able to master them alone.
- Thomas Friedman

United States economic growth in the 21st century will be driven by our nation's ability to innovate.
- Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano
National Governors Association Chair, 2006-2007

A successful creative economy is one of the government's priorities, and a key source of jobs of the future. The only way that we will compete in
these new sectors is through the talents of our people.
- The Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon Tony Blair MP in 1999

The kind of questioning, collaborative, active, lateral rather than hierarchical pedagogy that participatory media both forces and enables is not the kind of change that takes place quickly or at all in public schools.
-Howard Rheingold

“The future arrives too soon and in the wrong order.”
-Alvin Toffler, American author

I hope that I die in a workshop...because the transition between life and death will be so subtle.
Quote from an educator

Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.
-Unknown