Blogs, Wikis, MMORPGs, and YASNS: Shaking Up Traditional Education
Tuesday, April 25, 2006 / 3:35 pm - 4:50 pm


John Kruper, Chief Learning Officer, Cardean Learning Group

Adrian Chan, Web and Social Interaction Designer, Gravity7
Elizabeth Lawley, Director, Lab for Social Computing, Rochester Institute of Technology; Visiting Researcher, Microsoft Research Social Computing Group
William Richardson, Author, Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms; Supervisor, Instructional Technology and Communication, Hunterdon Central Regional High School
George Siemens, Instructor, Red River College, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada; Author, Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age
Douglas Thomas, Associate Professor, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California; Editor, Games & Culture
David Weinberger, Author, Small Pieces Loosely Joined and The Cluetrain Manifesto; Fellow, Berkman Institute for Internet and Society, Harvard University

Do you need a secret decoder ring to decipher this session's title? The students and new young workers collectively called "digital natives" certainly don't. For the millions of children and adults weaned on cell phones, video games and the World Wide Web, digital tools like weblogs (blogs), massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs), community-authored websites (wikis) and social networking services (YASNS) are an integral part of their daily lives. The implications of this sea change in how users relate to technology go beyond the "technology as friend, not foe" level. These tools are providing fundamentally new ways for people to connect and learn. This roundtable session brings together a collection of leading researchers and opinion leaders to explain and discuss the new "web-2.0" world that is shaking up the traditional education and corporate-training establishments. Copies of David Weinberger's book, "The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual," will be provided to session attendees.