This is a podcast recording of the closing keynote at NECC 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia. The conference description of the session was: Dr. Tim Tyson, principal of Mabry Middle School, has been called “the Pied Piper of Educational Technology” by the School Library Journal … and we agree! Sticking with our keynote theme on creativity and innovation, Tim wraps up NECC with concrete examples of how the creative process can enliven teaching and learning while investing community in student success. Tim will discuss how Mabry, in just over five years, has made learning irresistible by closing the gap between content and meaningfulness in the classroom. Students are both content-creators and standard-setting, world-wide publishers of digital media. Through, which serves up over 1.5 million files a month, and the iTunes store, digital media content created by Mabry students, teachers, and administrators is shared with viewers all over the world. Each May, Mabry students participate in the annual Mabry Film Festival, an “Oscar-like” gala celebration of the digital academic content they have created that attracts attendees from all over Atlanta. Students Josh Schwarz and Tia Riedlinger join Tim in this inspirational, can-do story of how technology, innovation, and creativity are transforming how an entire community thinks about the role of education in preparing students for the 21st century.

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7 Responses to Podcast164: Dr. Tim Tyson’s NECC 2007 Closing Keynote

  1. Gary Stager says:

    So, what do the kids at Mabry do?

    Is the work good?

    Enquiring minds want to know.

  2. Warren Dale says:

    This session was the highlight of NECC 2007 for me. Dr. Tyson showed how compelling education can happen!!!

    Maybe I missed it but where is the podcast of the keynote? I want to share this moment.

  3. Wesley Fryer says:

    Warren: Here is the direct link to the mp3 audio file. The link is at the bottom of the blog post, you can click the play button in the embedded flash player or you can click the graphical link that says “audio mp3.”

  4. […] the ability to teach others helped their learning. I encourage you to listen to the podcast of his keynote recorded and published by Wesley Fryer, and also to visit the podcasts to see some of the amazing films his middle school students have […]

  5. As someone sitting on the other side of the planet in New Zealand, I want to thank you Wes for making such quality keynotes available. I went on my morning run this morning and found myself wanting to add to the applause while listening to Dr Tyson. This was an inspirational keynote and in a way, added to my feeling of isolation. Why don’t more people understand how powerful all this stuff is? This is important people! I posted on my blog the euphoria my students felt when a book review podcast they produced received a comment from the author of the book! This is an experience that could never have happened without the power and connection of the web.

    Thanks again Wes and keep those keynotes coming 🙂

  6. […] understood this, or thought I did, until I heard a podcast by Dr Tim Tyson. He was talking about what he asked his students when they first ventured into publishing on the […]

  7. Thanks for sharing this speech and you comments. It was inspiring. I say what I have to say on the blogs and at

    I look forward to finding new ways and avenues to share what I have to say. You helped me do it better today!

    Thanks, Daniel

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