SCBE 2012 Keynote Speakers

The School and College Building Expo Programming Team announces the 2012 Conference Keynote Speakers:

W. Gardner Campbell Ph. D.
W. Gardner Campbell, Ph. D.: Director, Professional Development and Innovative Initiatives, Division of Learning Technologies and Associate Professor of English, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Schoolers and Yearners: Learning in the Digital Age

We stand at a crossroads comparable to the moment human beings learned to read and write. Interactive networked computing has helped us create a world of unprecedented speed, variety, and complexity. Our schools must transform themselves to empower learners of all ages to become productive, creative digital citizens within that world. Dr. Campbell will explore how awakening the digital imagination can catalyze that transformation.

Gardner Campbell is the Director of Professional Development and Innovative Initiatives in the Division of Learning Technologies at Virginia Tech, where he also serves as Associate Professor of English. He recently moved to Virginia Tech from a long-time position as the founding Director of the Academy for Teaching and Learning at Baylor University and an Associate Professor of Literature, Media, and Learning at Baylor's Honors College. Previous to that, he was a Professor of English at the University of Mary Washington, where he also served as the Assistant Vice President for Teaching and Learning Technologies. His work with technology for education has spanned two decades, including posts at the University of San Diego and the University of Richmond. He is a Fellow of the Frye Leadership Institute, past Chair of the Electronic Campus of Virginia, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the New Media Consortium and the Advisory Board for the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education. 

Michael Wesch
Michael Wesch: Cultural Anthropologist, Researcher in Digital Ethnography, and Associate Professor, Kansas State University
From Knowledgeable to Knowledge-able in New Media Environments

New media create new types of conversation, exchange, and collaboration. But the promise of such developments are not without disruption and peril. This presentation will explore what is at stake, what is possible, and how we need to create new learning environments that allow our students and ourselves as teachers and researchers to move beyond simply being knowledgeable to being knowledge-able (able to find, sort, analyze, criticize, create, and collaborate) in new media environments.

Michael Wesch is a cultural anthropologist exploring the effects of new media on society and culture. After two years studying the implications of writing on a remote indigenous culture in the rain forest of Papua New Guinea, he turned his attention to the effects of social media and digital technology on global society. His videos on culture, technology, education, and information have been viewed by millions. He was recently named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic and has won several awards, including the 2008 CASE/Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year for Doctoral and Research Universities.

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