Keynote Speakers  - May 22-23 On-Campus Conference

Michael Wesch

Michael Wesch, dubbed "the explainer" by Wired magazine, is a cultural anthropologist exploring the effects of new media on society and culture. His videos on culture, technology, education, and information have been viewed by millions, translated in over 15 languages, and are frequently featured at international film festivals and major academic conferences worldwide. Wesch has won several major awards for his work, including a Wired Magazine Rave Award, the John Culkin Award for Outstanding Praxis in Media Ecology, and he was recently named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic. He has also won several teaching awards, including the 2008 CASE/Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year for Doctoral and Research Universities.

Keynote Address: The World Remixed: Learning in the Digital Age

Description: It took tens of thousands of years for writing to emerge after humans spoke their first words. It took thousands more before the printing press and a few hundred again before the telegraph. Today a new medium of communication emerges every time somebody creates a new web application. A Flickr here, a Twitter there, and a new way of relating to others emerges. New types of conversation, argumentation, and collaboration are realized. Using examples from anthropological fieldwork in Papua New Guinea, YouTube, classrooms, and “the future,” this presentation will demonstrate the profound yet often unnoticed ways in which our culture is being remixed by new media.

We need to move from being simply knowledgeable to being knowledge-able.  We will explore what knowledge-ability needs to be, why it is important, and how we can create the learning environments that foster the forms of learning we need.

Michael Wesch Bio 

Karen Cator

Karen Cator is the Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. She has devoted her career to creating the best possible learning environments for this generation of students. Prior to joining the department, Cator directed Apple's leadership and advocacy efforts in education focusing on the intersection of education policy and research, emerging technologies, and the reality faced by teachers, students and administrators. Cator holds a Masters in school administration from the University of Oregon and Bachelors in early childhood education from Springfield College. She is the past chair of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills 

Keynote Address: Transforming American Education: Learning Powered by Technology

Description - The National Education Technology Plan articulates a vision for a 21st Century model of learning. Cator will provide an overview of the plan and conduct a discussion around the vision, recommendations, actions as well as the barriers to adoption.

Karen Cator Bio