Friday, August 22, 2008

Our favorite Quotes

As the new school year begins (at least here in the Northeast U.S.), many of us are putting together faculty presentations. I am presenting on Thursday at Belmont Hill as their new Director of Academic Technology. I am both excited and terrified about the event. In an effort to spice up my presentation, I've been looking for some good quotes. I went to my network and they did not let me down.

Here are a few of my favorites and the quotes that people have shared so far. I created a wiki to collect more quotes. If you have one to add to the list please share it here: http://edquotes.wikispaces.com/

"Technology is anything invented after you were born, everything else is just stuff"
-Alan Kay

"It's not what the software does it's what the user does" -hugh

"History will say, “They had WHAT tools? And they did WHAT with them?” - John Davitt
Shared by h011y via Twitter

“The technology itself is not transformative. It’s the school, the pedagogy, that is transformative.” - Tanya Byron
Shared by @h011y via Twitter

"We shape our tools and afterwards our tools shape us." Marshall McLuhan (1964)
Shared by @craigr via Twitter

"Any smoothly functioning technology will have the appearance of magic." Arthur C. Clarke (1984)
Shared by @craigr via Twitter

"Fish don't know they live in water." Zen Saying
Shared by @craigr via Twitter

"Our system of education is locked in a time capsule. You want to say to the people in charge. . ."
Shared by @craigr via Twitter

"Have you tried turning it off and on again?" - Roy from 'The IT Crowd' http://tinyurl.com/y75xbx
Shared by @jarruzza via Twitter

@cshirky 's "communications tools don't get socially interesting until they get technologically boring"
Shared by @ehelfant via Twitter

“Indeed, the role I give the computer is that of a carrier of cultural 'germs' or 'seeds' whose intellectual products will not need technological support once they take root in an actively growing mind.” Seymour Papert
Shared by @georgygrrl via Twitter

"The illiterate of the 21st century won't be those who can't read & write but those who can't learn unlearn & relearn" - Alvin Toffler
Shared by @jepcke and @rrodrigo via Twitter

"The B.E.S.T. conversations I have had with the people who know THE MOST about TECH has never been about TECH." ~Jen Wagner
Shared by @jepcke via Twitter

"Blogging is vandalism" - Alan Kay :-)
Shared by @garystager via Twitter

"We already knew that kids learned computer technology more easily than adults, It is as if children were waiting all these centuries for someone to invent their native language." - Jaron Lanier
Shared by @edtechworkshop via Twitter

"Why shouldn't we give our teachers a license to obtain software, all software, any software, for nothing? Does anyone demand a licensing fee, each time a child is taught the alphabet? - William Gibson
Shared by @Bmuench via Plurk

"You must be the change you want to see in the world" -Gandhi
Shared by @LoriB via Plurk

image source: From define23's photostream on Flickr.
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