They're all on Facebook; Now What? Engaging Students through Social Media

Time: 11/14/2012 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Viking Union 462A/B

Join special guest, Jeff Utecht,* educational technology consultant and author, for a 50-minute discussion about the changing nature of communication today, exploring ideas for using social networking tools to make learning activities more engaging and just plain fun. Please register for this event through WWU Training.

Over the past ten years there have been major shifts in how we communicate: phone calls continue to drop in favor of text messaging, and social networks continue to see growth rates that make us all scratch our heads. Educators are finding themselves teaching students who not only grew up with these changes but expect these new ways of communication to be integrated into the way we teach and communicate.

Jeff Utecht has taught for over 10 years at International Schools in the Middle East and Asia. During college at WSU, Jeff helped to pioneer a new approach to teaching math to elementary students and in 2001, in just his third year of teaching, Jeff received a Bill and Melinda Gates Grant for technology education. Based on his own experiences of using the Internet to connect with educators around the world, Jeff published his first book for educators titled "Reach" in June of 2010. Over the past five years, Jeff has consulted with Web 2.0 companies, educational organizations, and helped to develop a Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy program for international educators. Jeff is an Apple Distinguished Educator as well as a Google Apps Certified Educational Trainer. But most importantly it is Jeff’s belief in this current generation that drives his passion and his own learning.

For more information please contact: Justina Brown   650-7210