#JISCEL12: Why do I need a teacher when I've got Google? @thatiangilbert

Drawing on ideas and themes from Ian’s best-selling book of this title along with his experience of working with young people and educators around the world, this interactive session will explore why world-class is the only standard for education, why the democratisation of knowledge has to be matched with the democratisation of learning and why lunging at the first question that comes into our heads will make us better learners. Bring out the best in…

Digital Creativity Required?

A strategy to link research with media and digital industries is crucial, Elizabeth Gibney hears Creative, digital and information technology (CDIT) industries must be just as important a policy focus for the government as science and engineering. That is the view of David Docherty, chief executive of the Council for Industry and Higher Education, who said the digital field alone represented a $3 trillion (£1.9 trillion) marketplace globally. "What's needed is for CDIT to stand…

Can we take the creative industries seriously?

Working in the creative industries... where most of us work because "we love it", but end up with long houses, poor pay, lack of benefits, 'sacrificial ethos' ... recognising that. Here Professor Rosalind Gill calls for a more sustainable model: Society needs to look beyond the images of "cool", "unconventional" creative workers and find better ways for them, and for academics, to lead "liveable lives", a speaker at the British Academy argued last week. Rosalind…

An Evening With Sir Ken Robinson (16th March 2011)

"Asking if there's enough creativity in schools is like asking if there's enough education in schools.  Promoting creativity in all its forms should be one of the fundamental purposes of all schools. Ten years ago in All Our Futures we made a distinction between 'teaching creatively' and 'teaching for creativity'. The first is about teachers using their own creative abilities to inspire and engage pupils in what they're teaching. The second is about developing pupils'…

Random Wanderings Around the Net…

Barbara SherMy random wanderings around the web tonight started with an email from Barbara Sher... I picked up her "What do I do if I want to do everything?" before I went travelling, and it was a great revelation (I need to do the activities, although I read the book cover to cover!)... scanners are not diletantes, but exceptionally intelligent with a lively sense of curiosity! Listen to Barbara Sher (geniuspress) talking about ideas she's…