David PuttnamDavid Puttnam (pictured) painted a positive backdrop of the creative, collaborative lifestyles many young people are developing with support from their digital technologies to foreground the alarming gap between those experiences and the ones they endure at many schools.

Speaking at Handheld Learning 2008 in London, he found common ground with conference organiser Graham Brown-Martin in questioning the absence of major producers of mobile and gaming technologies from important initiatives like the Government’s home task force.

“Knowledge and understanding” are the two pillars on which everything else stands, he said. “The future is a race between education and catastrophe,” he added, and there must only be one winner, “education”.

You can view Lord Puttnam’s closing keynote, impressive in its breadth and critical insights, along with the other HHL2008 keynotes at

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