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ISTE 2016 – Keynote – Michio Kaku

June 26, 2016

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These are my notes from the ISTE 2016 Conference in Denver.

Evening opened up with the Big City All Star Band from Winnipeg – who were fantastic! Absolutely amazing musicians, and entertaining as all get out! They started the evening with about 45 minutes of incredible music. Rendition of “Call me Al” was spectacular! Could listen to them for hours! Even had a couple of guest soloists and even an electric clarinet.

Big City All Star Band

Big City All Star Band

Brian Lewis and Kecia Ray

Brian Lewis and Kecia Ray

Brian Lewis and Kecia Ray opened the session with some thank yous, and introductions. Bellco theatre is packed and also a bit of overflow in the ballroom. President-elect Mila  is helping to host from the ballroom. Kind of funny, might have been better to have her in the main room, and Kecia in the overflow. Hmmm.

ISTE Standards for Students – refreshed for 2016. Kecia and Brian introduced a new video explaining the new standards.

New standards posters (free) are available at ISTE Central.

Introducing a special guest from Ignite Presentations

Kerry Gallagher – How to eliminate textbooks, paper and tests

I don’t just want my students to learn. I want them to WANT to learn.

Learning Goal is the destination, but the lesson is a “suggested” route. Start with a Question – the destination – it should inspire our students. Open Educational Resources – the supplies. Digital Resources are much more inspiring than textbooks. Learning Activity – the suggested route. Got to know students better by giving them choices in how they learn. Why not let unique methods happen if they are working towards the same learning goal. Students started using tools and furniture in ways she had never considered. Larry Cuban referenced her students work, and Literacy Love posted the details too. edSurge used some of the data in their presentations. Students were thrilled.

When students publish work they are proud of, they are actually recognized for it, rather than just getting a grade.

Let’s consider throwing out textbooks, tests, and paper. Replace them with inspiring questions, high quality multi-media resources from all over the planet.

Great job Kerry! Thanks for presenting!

Back to Brian and Kecia…

Don’t forget there are more Ignite sessions to come…

Brian and Kecia thanked the current ISTE Board members – all volunteers, who meet together only four times per year.

Another Announcement…
More than just an annual conference, also a “cause-based” organization. Cause is “changing the lives of learners around the world.” Formalizing this by sharing a new video.

Introduced Anthony Salcito, VP from Microsoft and had a brief conversation with him.

Anthony Salcito from Microsoft

Anthony Salcito from Microsoft

They talked about the partnership between ISTE and Microsoft. Anthony figures that we are facing the next digital divide. The next phase is how do we harness the energy of students to solve the problems facing the world. Collaboration includes resources for all education leaders. Supporting education leaders is important because amazing things happen in classrooms, but it’s not actually being shared between learners – in the same school, and around the world. What are some of the innovative things that Anthony has seen? Hard question to answer, seeing things all over, but excited about bringing some joint assets together – ISTE standards, Microsoft frameworks to create a common blueprint. Hoping to build a rubric for school leaders to drive transformation. Hoping to get education leaders training they need. New curriculum for school leaders available this Fall.

Another special guest: Julie Lindsay, from Australia, author

What’s new? Flat Connections supports educations and students across the world. Global projects that students can join. Online professional learning available. Book out called “The Global Educator” with ISTE. Julie has traveled to 63 countries. It’s been a great opportunity to connect students and teachers, and you become addicted to global collaboration – supporting the world understanding that comes with it. Advice for educators to help students go global? Find like-minded partners, people who will work with you, tools that work for you, design the learning – it doesn’t just happen. It’s hard, it takes time, but it’s worth it – so don’t give up!

Dr. Michio Kaku
Theoretical Physicist and Author
International Best Selling Author – The Future of the Mind

Dr. Michio Kaku

Dr. Michio Kaku

The Future of Education. Future of Science and Technology

What does a physicist have to say about education, the economy, jobs? Physicists invented the transistor, the laser, helped assemble the Internet, television, radio, microwaves, radar, x-ray machine, MRI, cat-scan, space program, GPS program, and LOVE to make predictions.

Dr. Kaku was super entertaining and tells stories incredibly well.

Books: Physics of the Future, Physics of the Impossible, Future of the Mind

Where does wealth come from? How to teach students the origin of wealth and jobs.

Machines, steam power, and the locomotive of the 1800s created the wealth of the industrial revolution, lifting millions out of poverty.

Second Wave – Electricity and Automobiles and Crash of 1929. Advances in electricity and automobiles created an even larger wave of fabulous wealth, ushering in the electric age.

Third Wave: High Tech – Tremendous wealth and jobs are created…

What is the Fourth Wave? Telecommunications and computers, biotechnology, Artificial Intelligence, Nanotechnology and the Quantum Era. One by one, industries will be “digitalized”

Top third takes off, bottom two thirds fall off.

Educators have a duty to teach our students who will take over the future. Suggests that others have said that our current education system adequately prepares students for the 1950’s.

Moore’s Law: Doubling Time for computer power is 18 months. By 2020, chips may cost a penny. Millions of chips will be scattered into our world. The computer will be everywhere and nowhere.

The Internet: The Magic Mirror – the Internet will be everywhere, including glasses.

Advances in pattern recognition will make possible recognizing people, and automatically translating their spoken language as subtitles. Already internet glasses are used in the operating room to show MRI scans, X-rays, patient histories, etc. In the future, astronauts, architects and others will be able to walk through their future designs. Future of the Internet will be in the contact lens.

Education will be changed, because you can blink and see information, rather than memorizing it. Educators will have to stress concepts, principles, rather than the drudgery of memorization. Students will need to learn how to use information, not just memorize it.

Augmented Reality – when unlimited virtual information is imposed on reality.

Where do jobs come from? Science. Educators must steer students to jobs of the future.

Cell phones with flexible intelligent screens – intelligent paper you scroll out, as big as you want, type, etc. and then fold it up and put it back. Access to information via your wallpaper, whatever screen you have. Call robo-doc or robo-lawyer.

Stockbrokers will no longer sell stock, you just do it on the Internet. Stockbrokers give you intellectual capital – experience, knowledge, know-how, savvy, etc. Nope, stockbroker will be around.

Jobs of the future require creativity, experience.

Digitalization of Capitalism, of media.

What’s next to be digitalized? Transportation, Medicine, Education.

Transparent screens and 3D-TV, without glasses.

Transportation: Car of the future – driverless cars, using GPS, radar – however still have to have a human teach a child how to drive.

Seamless transfer of information, and digitalization of manufacturing: 3D Printers. Celebrate Christmas by sending design of blueprint, and then print it yourself.

Perfect Capitalism – Supply and demand become perfect. We will have infinite knowledge of supply and demand. Result: More Competition.

Surrogates in the classroom, sick children will attend via their avatar.

Cyber-education. E-courses are fine, but drop out rate approaches 80 to 90%. What is needed is mentoring, career guidance, homework, timely advice, which is provided by teachers.

Children are Born Scientists. When we are children, we want to know why the sun shines and where we come from. We thirst for knowledge. Big source of jobs in the future are in medicine. Alzheimer’s will be the disease of the century. In many ways medicine is in the dark ages. Smart pills – chips and TV camera inside a pill you swallow – data analyzed by AI. Smart toilets will monitor your health three times a day. DNA chips: able to rapidly scan for cancer from your bathroom. The word tumor will disappear from the English language. This year liquid biopsy’s are available. MRI machines will be like “tricorders” of Star Trek. World’s smallest MRI machine is the size of a briefcase. In the future, they will be the size of a cell phone. Will be able to grow ears and bone, heart valves, skin, vessels, organs. The brain can be connected to an exoskeleton, guided by the brain alone. Eventually a complete exoskeleton will be possible. Last year a brain pace-maker, the first memory was recorded. Eventually we might have brain pace-makers for Alzheimer’s patients. One can record memories and upload them. Will we in the future upload education to our brains? One day, we may be able to upload memories, skills, sensations into the brain, just like in the Matrix. Computers photographing a dream, by placing the brain on an MRI and scanning 30,000 points of blood flow.

Library will have the Connectome Project, with digital  information about a person’s personality, history, digital footprint and even connectome. Libraries will come alive as you talk to historical figures of the past.

One of the important things you can impart to a child, is to inspire them, provide them a role model.

Very well done and thought-provoking presentation. Thank you Dr. Kaku!




One Comment
  1. Hi Todd

    Thanks for sharing your notes from Michio Kaku keynote at ISTE 2016. As someone who is participating via #NotAtISTE16 it makes a huge difference when we can read such an amazing summary of the keynote.

    I’ve added a link to your post to the Crowdsourced Notes for ISTE 2016. Hope that was okay?

    Sue Waters
    Perth Australia

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