“The real virtue is not in the tools we create, it is in how we use the tools to create" - an interview with Sir Ken Robinson

Anthony Salcito (Vice President of Education for Microsoft Corp.'s Worldwide Public Sector organisation) recently spoke with Sir Ken Robinson about his thoughts on the explosion of technology in education and what this means for creativity and learning. For those that have not heard of Sir Ken Robinson, he is an author and speaker, and is world-renowned as an education & creativity expert. The videos of his famous 2006 and 2010 talks to the prestigious TED Conference have been viewed more than 25 million times and seen by an estimated 250 million people in over 150 countries. His 2006 talk is the most viewed in TED’s history!

Take a look at the video below where Anthony and Sir Ken Robinson sit down and chat about the future of technology in education. It's an insightful and interesting view into Robinson's beliefs about the potential technology holds for encouraging creativity and human growth.

So, what has the explosion in technology meant for imagination and learning? According to Robinson, the impact has been enormous. “Tools have extended our physical reach, allowing us to do things physically we couldn’t otherwise do, but they’ve also expanded our minds,” he says. “The relationship between tools and intellectual, physical and spiritual development is really powerful.”

But while Robinson believes that tools play an important role in creativity, he sees an even higher calling for technology. “The real virtue is not in the tools we create, it is in how we use the tools to create, how creative we become with the tools,” he says. “The challenge with technology is not a technological one, it’s a spiritual one.” The challenge education providers are facing is what to do with the technology and tools that are available. Robinson believes that there is unlimited potential for schools and that by unleashing students’ creativity, we can help them develop the kinds of skills that will serve them well in their careers, and as leaders of future generations.

Check out the full interview below!