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Engaging Digital Natives - by Mind Map: Engaging Digital Natives -
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Engaging Digital Natives -

Keynote speech given by Helen Baxter of Mohawk Media at the Inspired Impact education conference in Palmerston North, New Zealand in January 2011.

Published by Helen Baxter, Mohawk Media, NZ under a Creative Commons, Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike (BY-NC-SA) License. You can share, remix and republish this work for non commercial use, as long as you give attribution and publish using the same CC license.

Helen Baxter, Mohawk Media

Helen Baxter is MD of Mohawk Media, producer of the g33k show on Kiwi FM, Teaching Fellow at Victoria University and author of the MsBehaviour Files at the Big Idea.

Linked In:

Mohawk Media

Creative Commons NZ

Digital NZ

the g33k show


DJ / Creative ID

The MsBehaviour Files


New Ideas - write them down, process later

Batch process similar tasks

Book transition times for mental switching

Finish early?

Then play!, Book playtime into the schedule, Kinect games, Creative & technical experimentation, Kinect Hacks

Larks v Owls

Most creatives are owls, Quiet, No interruptions, Controllable light levels, Less distractions

Most managers are larks, Maker schedule v managers schedule

E-learning lets you choose the best time and place

Albany High School - Self study Wednesdays

Space / Time Continuum in the Classroom

Re-think the use of Physical Space, Delivery Methods & Time

Centres for Academic Excellence

Design Schools 2.0

Schools of Ambition


TED Talks, Technology, Entertainment & Design, Ideas Worth Spreading, Eva Vertes - Aged 19, TED Under 30, Alzheimers Breakthough Aged 14, Princeton - Cancer Stem Cells Research, Sir Ken Robinson

Online Text Books, Cafescribe

Open Source Science,

Teachertube, Pay Attention, "I don't have ADHD - I'm just not listening


Online Learning Resources

MIT Online Courses

Open Source Science -

Online textbooks, Cafescribe

Collaborative Tools, Wikis, Ed Research Wikis, Free Thinking LOOP, Shared Docs, Open Peer Review, Online Meetings, Audio / Text, Project Management, Re-use Material - Iterative, Podcasts, Blogs + Comments

"Don't expect me to go into school every day"

Study with the same tools as the workplace.

Digital Natives

No Wi-Fi

Ed Talks, Te Papa - 5 year old animatrix

Renaissance 2.0

"New Leonardos", Scientists & Artists

Creativity + Science + Technology = Renaissance 2.0

WANTED: Creative Thinkers & Innovators

Hackers, remixers, mashup artists, Using open data, Mix and Mash

Tinkering & inventing

3D printing revolution,, Shapeways

Two-way exchange across generations

Best person for Job, Age independent

Let Generation Y & Z teach Us

Tech Angels, Tech Crew & Tech Execs, Wellington Girls College, Mentoring Angels

Digital Opportunities Projects, NZ

Our first contracter was one of the first Tech Angels, Met her as a VJ, Creative / Technical balance

Augmented studying

The Einstein Approach

know where the knowledge is

Saves your processor & harddrive space

Step 1: Learn How YOU learn

Open Source Attitude






Remix, CC Licensing, Creative Commons Kiwi

Embrace new Spaces & Places for Education

Recommend they Read Sci-Fi

Encourage X Disciplinary X Pollination = Invention

BOSE suspension + Latop Batteries = cars of future

How do you teach an Inventor?

1. Teach can do, will try  attitude. Generation Why? 2.  Provide multidisiplinary foundation 3. Provide Pathways, and knowledge trails  4. Provide Tools & Spaces  5. Stand Well Back and Facilitate

Campus of Future?

Like Googleplex

Work + Play = Lifelong Learning


Multimedia production/publishing

Selling, Ideas, self, Presentation

Branding & ID

Scientific Method

Critical thinking

Time Management

Use the tools they are using in their daily lives

Banning phones is like asking them to sit with their hands over their ears


Social Media

Enagage through their networks

Don't take their PCs away - because they're not studying hard enough at Geography.

"Email is for Old People"

Gaming is training our future surgeons, telepresence ops, pilots

Coolest job on the planet?, Driving the Mars Pathfinder robot

MAKE, Instructable, DIY Everything

Claytronic & Catoms - Programmable Matter

Robots & Nano-technology

Coming soon...the Fab Lab Revolution,,



  "When participants were aware of the height, high ceilings activated abstract thinking and thoughts of freedom, whereas low ceilings activated concrete thinking and thoughts of confinement." Joan Myers-Levy  

Study from University of Minnesota

Ceiling height can affect the way we think

High ceilings are best for abstract blue sky thinking, and lower ceilings help with detailed, analytical thinking.

Learn in different places for maximum retention

Rework, Minimise interuptions, Minimise noise, Collaboration Rooms

Designing Your Optimal Creative Environment



Design (formal/informal)


Peers (solo/team)

Authority Figures (present/absent)


Intake (eating/drinking)

Time of Day

Stand Up

In the standing more mobile positions, both accuracy of thinking and idea innovation were higher than when sitting down,  

Study by Research Partnership Steelcase International and the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich

300 students observed in different layouts: (fixed, mobile, standing, sitting).

Both accuracy of thinking and idea innovation were higher than when sitting down

Five principles, • Plug and Play, • Fold and go, • Say and see, • Relate and reflect, • Inspire

Three types of learning spaces, Informal, Student lead, Teacher lead


Focused work




The Classroom of the future

Open Architecture Challenge: Classroom, Make kids aware of learning environment, Integrated classrooms, Mixed ages, Learn when you are ready, Work as a team, Communities of coaching, Respect, Able to communicate x age, Integrated green technologies, Primary Classrooms



Inspiration, Read widely

Initiative, Doers AND thinkers

Inventive, New approaches

Ideas, Lots of them

Integration, Context is key

Involvement, Willingly collaborate

Impact, Stand out


Number one key to innovation is scarcity, Look for ways to save, Time, Money, People, Skills, Want to get creative? Drop a 0 off the budget., Not hard in NZ

Lazily productive

Recognise, praise, encourage

Losada line - 2.9013 positive interactions needed to counteract one negative

6 to 1 for success

How you do it is important

Danish company - Order of the elephant


Hacking, Do the best you can with the resources you have, The g33k show: Half hour of Animated TV weekly using mobile phone tools, Google Earth, Google Sketchup, Elastic bands and Hacker mentality




Agile thinking

Adaptable to change

Prepared to Publish and iterate Fast, Nothing is perfect, It's good enough for rock & roll

Failure is part of the experimental process, Fail fast and move on

Creative, Appearance, style, approach

Professional, Time, comms, delivery

Personal perception, Where are the inventive girls?

First they called us crazy, then they called us stupid, now they call us pioneers

It takes about five years to become a pioneer

Teachers Toolkit







Diigo Groups, Digest of Internet information, groups & other stuff



Media Monitoring


Google Alerts



The Brain




Personalised News

Feedly, GReader + Firefox add on, Manage RSS feeds, Real Simple Syndication

Zotero, Collect, manage, cite, and share your research sources., Firefox plug in


Plan Hq




Social Media






Ustream TV


Google Chat




Basecamp, Free account

Team Work PM, Free plan - 2 projects, More sophisticated than Basecamp





Skype Beta

Dim Dim




Gdocs, Act as a Wiki


Freeware list of Educational technologies

Academic Software

Business Tools

Computer Assisted Drawing

Desktop Publishing

Editor Programs

Games Software

Internet Software

Languages Tools


Math Tools


Productivity Tools

Programming, AI

Science Tools

Security Tools

Special Education & Accessibility

62 Interesting Ways to use an iPad in the Classroom

101 Online resources Transforming education

50 Excellent Open courses for teaching with technology

50 Open Source Applications for Science & Technology Education

Albany High School Open Source e-learning tools

Creative Commons Kiwi

Mindmap address

Mohawk Media

Training, consultancy, animated infographics, streaming services


Editor of International community - KM, Creativity, Innovation

Research, scenarios, whitepapers on the future of business

European KM Scenarios, Trends and visions in KM

Influenced how we have structured our knowledge/creative business

Network of studios

Cloud Based Collaboration tools, Converted after the Great Hard-drive Crash of 2004

Manage projects not people

Manage the work, not the team, Assign, Discuss, Deliver

Telescopic in size

Work with freelancers, Offer mentoring, training & business support

Build flexible, lean & agile teams

Outsource to local SMEs, No employees

Hire hotdesks in co-location premises if needed

Look for attitude, train for skills

Work with 'T Shaped People'

One deep area, wide ranging interests and willingness to collaborate




Creative / Technical brains needed for:, animation, motiongraphics, webdesign, music production

You can't silo/specialise

It's all about context

Results not time or task based

R.esults O.nly W.ork E.nvironments

No schedules, Clear deadlines

How when where done? Doesn't matter, PJs & Chardonnay?, No problem, As long as you deliver on time and at professional quality

Self direction, Productivity, engagement goes up

Dyadic/two person project teams

We are smarter than me

Problem solving easier

Collaboration needs Trust

Creative process needs structure

You can herd cats

With the right tools

Earning OR Learning

Devote at least 20% or more of our time each week to upskilling, reading, planning, playing

What's our motivation?

Daniel Pink, intrinsic rewards, Bonus schemes have negative effect on knowledge & creative workers, Same across all cultures, Manual - bonus, Cerebral - praise & profile, Give credit where it's due




Know that happiness leads to success

Built business around creative flow time

Passion projects

Positive emotions expand peripheral vision

Choose the right projects

Happy to turn work down if the fit is wrong

Fun is our prime directive

Built business around time to play

Kinecting with our crew

It's got to be fun, rewarding, interesting or challenging

"Fun is the secret to the Virgin's Success" Richard Branson

Leads to bottom line results

Three Things

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin

“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Albert Einstein

"It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child." Pablo Picasso