We all know that we have some remarkable examples of how students and teachers are leveraging the power of technology to empower and develop deep-sustained learning but how do we get these sparks of innovation to spread throughout our entire district to create and cultivate a new learning culture? This year’s TechFest is all about fanning the flame. We are coming together to be challenged, collaborate and share our visions and practices for moving forward in the digital learning frontier.

Thursday, May 30 • 8:45am - 9:15am
Embracing a New Culture of Learning

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In this talk, Doug Thomas presents “A New Culture of Learning,” challenging our assumptions about how learning occurs and laying out his own basic principles. Doug shows how our connected world can be a resource for learning, and he argues that the new culture of learning must leverage systems thinking as well as social and technical infrastructures in new ways. At the same time, it’s essential to cultivate innovation through imagination – and to understand the critical role of play, mentorship, and collaborative meaning making.

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Douglas Thomas

Associate Professor and Cyberculturist, USC, Annenberg School for Communication
Douglas Thomas is Associate Professor in the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. He received his Ph. D. from the University of Minnesota in Communication in 1992 and specializes in Critical Theory and Cultural Studies of Technology.  He is... Read More →

Thursday May 30, 2013 8:45am - 9:15am
Board Room

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