In an engaging, thought-provoking, and often amusing keynote speech, futurist and author Andrew Zolli captured the attention of educators at the opening of the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in Atlanta on June 24.

His speech had two parts. In the first half, he explained why it's "imperative" for educators to encourage students' innate creativity.

"You are shifting our whole civilization onto a new platform," he told attendees, using a metaphor the audience was familiar with to describe the changes in society brought on by advancements in technology. "We're watching an exponential curve ......

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