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Closing keynote: Why do I need a teacher when I've got Google?

23 November 2012 – 15.00 – 16.00 GMT

Drawing on ideas and themes from Ian’s best-selling book of this title along with his experience of working with young people and educators around the world, this interactive session will explore why world-class is the only standard for education, why the democratisation of knowledge has to be matched with the democratisation of learning and why lunging at the first question that comes into our heads will make us better learners.


Ian Gilbert

Image of Ian Gilbert.Since leaving languages teaching in 1993 – a job he was doing as a stepping stone to his work on motivation with young people and because his then mother-in-law told him he needed a trade and what good was a French degree from Durham if you couldn’t mend a leaking tap - Ian has built Independent Thinking into one of the most inspirational and effective educational organisations in the UK and beyond. He has also established himself as a leading educational speaker, practitioner, innovator and an award-winning writer, helping teachers teach so that children can think and learn. From motivation, neuroscience and enterprise skills to creativity, learning and thinking, he has developed tools and ideas that genuinely make a difference to what goes on in the classroom, at the same time directly influencing the approach that many school leaders take to bring out the best in young people and staff alike. The creator of widely used tools such as Thunks ™ and 8Way Thinking, author of several best-selling books including the ‘classic’ Essential Motivation in the Classroom, The Book of Thunks – winner of the first ever educational writing award from the Society of Authors - and his latest Why Do I Need a Teacher When I’ve Got Google? and the editor of the hugely popular Independent Thinking Series, Ian has worked tirelessly for nearly two decades to make a difference to the lives of young people in and beyond school.


Diane Brewster

Image of Diane Brewster.Diane currently works as a staff tutor in computing and technology for the Open University, based in East Grinstead. Prior to this she ran the Creativity Zone at the University of Sussex for four years (part of InQbate; the CETL in Creativity). As part of her work there she took the lead in working with school groups -in conjunction with the AimHigher programme. She has been a member of the JISC teaching and learning practice eperts group for the past seven years. Diane started her teaching career in the late 70's teaching humanities at secondary level, followed by four years cross curriculum teaching in a unit for children not in school and then eight years teaching adults for Birkbeck College (London). She was an early adopter of new technologies, which culminated in being asked to help 'kit out' and support the technology for a start up company in the City. During the six years working for this company she did a career change BSc with the OU. This was followed by an MSc in Human Centred Computer Systems at Sussex and then a DPhil. Her doctoral research looked at the issues of disruption and failure in technology enhanced learning in the light of Diana Laurillard's conversational framework.