Monday, August 27, 2012

Tuesday - Tony Wagner on Creating Innovators

Join me Tuesday, August 28th, for another live and interactive webinar with Tony Wagner, this time on his latest book, Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World. Tony recently accepted a position as the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard. Prior to this, he was the founder and co-director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for more than a decade. Creating Innovators is a "provocative look at why innovation is today’s most essential real-world skill and what young people need from parents, teachers, and employers to become the innovators of America’s future" (from the publisher catalog).

Date: Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page.
Recordings: The full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at and a portable .mp3 audio recording is at
Mightybell Discussion and Resource Space: (includes links to Tony's website and the main book website, as well as the ability to add or comment on other resources).

"IN THIS GROUNDBREAKING BOOK, education expert Tony Wagner provides a powerful rationale for developing an innovation-driven economy. He explores what parents, teachers, and employers must do to develop the capacities of young people to become innovators. In profiling compelling young American innovators such as Kirk Phelps, product manager for Apple’s first iPhone, and Jodie Wu, who founded a company that builds bicycle-powered maize shellers in Tanzania, Wagner reveals how the adults in their lives nurtured their creativity and sparked their imaginations, while teaching them to learn from failures and persevere. Wagner identifies a pattern—a childhood of creative play leads to deep-seated interests, which in adolescence and adulthood blossom into a deeper purpose for career and life goals. Play, passion, and purpose: these are the forces that drive young innovators.

"Wagner then looks more widely at the education system and shows how we can apply this knowledge as educators and what parents can do to compensate for poor schooling. He takes readers into the most forward-thinking  schools, colleges, and workplaces in the country, where teachers and employers are developing cultures of innovation based on collabora- tion, interdisciplinary problem-solving, and intrinsic motivation. The result  is a timely, provocative and inspiring manifesto that will change how we look at our schools and workplaces, and provide us with a road map to creating the change makers of tomorrow.

"Creating Innovators [is] not just be a book about innovation. It [is] innovative in its format, as well.  Noted filmmaker Bob Compton, who teamed up with Tony to make “The Finland Phenomenon,” has produced more than 60 original videos that expand on key ideas and passages in the book through interviews with young innovators, their parents, teachers, mentors, and senior executives from some of the world’s most innovative companies; footage taken in highly innovative schools and companies, like IDEO, is also included in the book. These short 1-2 minute videos will be embedded in the e-book and also accessible in the print version by scanning QR codes that will be placed throughout the book." (From the publisher catalog.)

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