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.

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Douglas Thomas

USC, Annenberg School for Communication
Associate Professor and Cyberculturist
Los Angeles, CA

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 the co-author of A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2011) and the founding editor of Games & Culture: A Journal of Interactive Media, a quarterly international journal that aims to publish innovative theoretical and empirical research about games and culture within the context of interactive media.

He is also the author of Reading Nietzsche Rhetorically (Guilford Press, 1998), an examination of the role of representation in the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche, and Hacker Culture (University of Minnesota Press, 2003), a study of the cultural, social, and political dimensions of computer hacking.

He is co-editor of Technological Visions: The Hopes and Fears that Shape New Technologies(with Marita Sturken and Sandra Ball-Rokeach, Temple UP, 2004) and Cybercrime: Law Enforcement, Security and Surveillance in the Information Age (with Brian D. Loader; Routledge, 2000). He has testified before the U.S. Congress on issues of computer hacking, cyberterrorism, and critical infrastructrure protection.

Professor Thomas is a founding member of the Critical and Cultural Studies division of the National Communication Association and has served as Chair of the division, and serves on the advisory board for the Research Center for Cyberculture Studies at the University of Washington.


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Thursday, May 30