During her speech, Padgett launched:
- the interactive learning area for teachers called ISTE Learning: http://istelearning.org/
- the launch of a new ISTE website (on ISTE.org) in September which will ensure easier access to resources and books and a better interface to navigate.
The keynote speaker tonight is from France, Jean François Rischard.
Rischard is a global leader in education. His book is called High Noon: Twenty Global Problems, 20 Years to solve them which has been published in 15 languages.
His presentation was a number of very wordy power point slides. The theme was: Navigating in Turbulant Times: The world's urgent need for an innovative approach to global problem-solving....and the crucial role of education in helping us get there.
Main 7 points of his presentation:
- A 1000 year perspective on what we are going through: spoken (mid-evil times), printed industrial revolution), digital (current day). The time we live in now (digital) is a period of Hyper-change where change is growing at an unmanageable rate. This is also referred to as "Hyper-Complexity". The period is so complex because of population increase and the new economy. Two big forces are producing this explosion in change and complexity and are testing the limits of our planet. This is creating a large gap between these forces and human institutions and mindsets.
- Global problems are left unresolved - these are problems that are too large for one nation to solve on its own. Ex: climate change, deforestation, biodiversity loss, water shortage, poverty, global financial stability, biotechnology research.
- We only have 20 years to act because of the global credit crisis, the ageing time bomb, convention oil depletion, ecological footprint, dangerous climate change.
- Sharing our Planet, Sharing our Humanity, Sharing our Humanity, Sharing our Footprint
- Traditional solutions or mechanisms are not working: treaties and conventions are too slow, Big UN summits are too off and on and confusing, G8, G-20 type groupings are too reactive and super ficial and some 45 international organizations cannot handle global problems alone.
- Global issues network as a solution: Proposed his plan for how this agency would work.
- Vertical and horizontal: a new interplay between legitimacy. - There is an urgent need for getting a critical mass ready to deal with these major world problem.
The very end was a bit redeeming as he spoke briefly about his 20 for 20 project with students from around the world. This is something that I would have loved to hear more about instead of it being an add on at the end of a rather dull keynote. I think that the Student News Action Ning is something I will visit for sure.
Finally, at the end of the keynote, his conclusion threw the challenge out to those who work in education to get young people the tools and knowledge required to deal with these problems.