He's one of the pioneers in the seamless integration of technology and education -- and now, you can hear from prestigious Kansas State cultural anthropologist Michael Wesch as he makes this exclusive Bakersfield appearance! Wesch will present "The End of Wonder in the Age of Whatever," featuring highlights from his groundbreaking work on the convergence of social media and digital technology on global society and education. If you're an educator -- a teacher, a parent, a mentor or otherwise -- you'll be fascinated by Wesch's findings and learn valuable tips to become a better instructor -- as well as a better learner.
Dubbed “the prophet of an education revolution” by the Kansas City Star and “the explainer” by Wired Magazine, Wesch is a recipient of the highly coveted “US Professor of the Year” Award from the Carnegie Foundation. 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 and education. His videos on culture, technology, education, and information have been viewed over 20 million times, translated in over 20 languages, and are frequently featured at international film festivals and major academic conferences worldwide.
Wesch has won several major awards for his work, including a Wired Magazine Rave Award, the John Culkin Award for Outstanding Praxis in Media Ecology, and he was named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic. After years of experimenting with social media and assessing the learning potential of these tools, Wesch argues that they don’t automatically foster significant learning or establish genuine empathy or meaningful bonds between professors and students. Using social media is but one of the many possible ways to connect, but the message that Wesch’s experimentation brings is that only genuine connections may restore the sense of joy and curiosity that we hope to instill in our students.