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Big Thinkers on Education

January 28, 2010

Some of the most compelling visionaries in the world -- from Sir Ken Robinson to Jane Goodall to Martin Scorsese -- are focusing their attention on how to improve education. From innovative classroom concepts to suggestions on how to foster creativity and collaboration, they share their valuable insights for teaching and learning and illuminate new solutions to old problems. Get inspired by their big ideas.

      Elyse Eidman-Aadahl
      Co-director of the National Writing Project Elyse Eidman-Aadahl describes how the craft of storytelling is evolving, as new digital tools and communications technologies enable connections for content creators around the globe.

                Mimi Ito
                Cultural anthropologist studying new media use, particularly among young people in Japan and the United States

                Henry Jenkins

                Salman Khan
                The founder of the Khan Academy, a free educational video library that features over two thousand titles

                              Nichole Pinkard
                              New media professor and founder of Chicago's Digital Youth Network

                                Diana Rhoten
                                Digital learning expert Diana Rhoten describes how out-of-school learning environments tap into kids' interests

                                    Katie Salen
                                    Executive Director of the Institute of Play

                                        John Seely Brown
                                        Innovative thinker, known for his ideas on merging digital culture and education

                                          Constance Steinkuehler
                                          Game-based learning scholar talks about her research on online role-playing video games and literacy

                                                Kurt Squire
                                                Game-based learning scholar explores young people's interest in gaming can create deeper connections to civic and political life

                                                  David Thornburg
                                                  Award-winning futurist, author, and founder and Director of Global Operations for the Thornburg Center.

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