The theme of Pedagogy, Methodology, Technology was eagerly embraced by the plenary speakers; if anything, they added humanity to their talks. All four speakers discussed technology and the importance of the human factor.
Matt Richtel opened Wednesday’s activities with an inspiring talk about how man embraces technology so totally that human intuition often runs contrary to its good. Richard Katz spoke at the CIO dinner and on Thursday forecasting what technology will be in 2020. James Hilton, who was the second speaker on Thursday, addressed technology as a disruptive force. Will Richardson was a great hit because as a parent and a teacher he was able to bring into discussion on how the proliferation of technology in teaching affects our children in school and at home.
Jaron Lanier, the visionary technologist, took the audience through the course of where the first digital instrument, the Khaen (a musical instrument from Southeast Asia, developed 7000 years ago) was first computer to his innovative research at Microsoft with Kinect. Jaron suggests that we all read the short story by EM Forster, The Machine Stops http://archive.ncsa.illinois.edu/prajlich/forster.html
We are grateful to our attendees’ enthusiasm, the exhibitors’ generosity with sponsorship, and the NJEDge staff for excellent coordination.
Matt Richtel, Pluitzer Prize winner of the NY Times adds the human factor to our understanding of technology
Richard Katz, dinner speaker and opening plenary speaker, shares a moment with Sheri Prupis
James Hilton speaks to NJEDge about the disruptive nature..