Five Symposium delegates described political, economic,
and educational views of initiatives in the Unites States:
Professor Emeritus, co-founder of the MIT
Caperton, (President, College
(Chief Science Officer, Sun
Gendron, (Commissioner, Education, State
of Maine), and
Manchester (Special Projects, Maine
Learning Technology Initiative).
Supreme Court�Justice O�Connor�said, �In order to cultivate a sea of leaders with legitimacies in the eyes of the citizenry, it is necessary that the path to leadership be visible, visibly open to talented and qualified individuals of every race and every ethnicity.� - Gaston Caperton
We paid attention to � the technical network and the human network, and we�ve given equal if not more towards developing the human network. - Bette Manchester
We don�t like the word teacher training: you train tigers! But Bette did not teach them to use ICT or computers, she encouraged or empowered them to be leaders and to take the initiative in finding their own way to use these new tools. - Seymour Papert
You don�t have some outside force arrive, install the technology and leave � you involve the family, the parents and the community in it. And so much more important then any momentary technology change is that feeling of building community. - John Gage
We believe that in order to assess students you need to look at multiple measures� each of our school systems designs a local assessment system. - Susan Gendron
Teacher and student meet in the middle as learners� For us to prepare the leaders of the future it is not enough to create a learning, we need to create learners. - Jim Moulton
Transcript of the panel discussion, 18 May 2004
'Give every student a computer�'
"A much-derided programme to equip 33,000 secondary students with laptops in the US state of Maine has now become one of the most celebrated IT initiatives for education. Could it work here?"
John Kennedy, Knowledge Ireland, June 2004