Scott’s keynote address sparked controversy and heated discussion. We’ve posted four brief, provocative excerpts, any one of which could be a springboard for a serious faculty or parent discussion group. The audio quality is less than we’d like, but you can follow Scott and easily get the gist of his remarks.
ShiftED launched and is underway! 200 people attended the August 3rd send-off, and 20 teams of educators returned on August 4 to confront the question:
How can you leverage technology to create more meaningful, effective learning experiences to prepare your students for the 21st century?
Bernie Trilling, co-author of 21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times, will kick off our group design work on August 4. Bernie was global director of the Oracle Education Foundation, where he directed the development of education strategies, partnerships, and services for the Foundation and its ThinkQuest programs.
He has served as Board Member of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. Prior to joining the Oracle Education Foundation, Bernie was Director of the Technology In Education group at WestEd. August 4th participants will receive a complimentary copy of the book.
We’re excited to announce that Silicon Valley icon Scott McNealy has agreed to be our keynote speaker on August 3. A co-founder of Sun Microsystems, Scott went on to serve as Sun’s CEO and chairman of the board of directors. In his 28 years leading Sun, Scott gained a reputation for his foresight, candid comments, and self-deprecating sense of humor.
Since the completion of Oracle’s acquisition of Sun in 2010, Scott has busied himself with a number of projects. One to which he’s especially devoted is Curriki, an online environment created to support the development and free distribution of world-class educational materials to anyone who needs them. Scott founded Curriki at Sun in 2004, and it became an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2006. He continues to serve on its board of directors.
At Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) our vision is to transform Silicon Valley into a model for enhancing public education. Toward that end, will launch ShiftED—a vital movement to shift educational practice in Valley schools toward a new paradigm, one that truly takes full advantage of technology to improve teaching and learning.
- Pool the talent and expertise of teams of teachers and administrators in creative problem solving.
- Foster reflection and collaboration.
- Support teams to develop creative solutions to getting more value from the technology in their schools.