WiscNet Future Technologies Conference 2014


Scratch 004WiscNet Future Technologies Conference 2014 was Thursday, May 1, 2014 and Friday, May 2, 2014 at the Monona Terrace and Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

Keynote Speakers

This year we had two awesome keynote speakers. Doug Johnson, Director of Libraries and Technology for the Mankato Area Public Schools in Mankato, Minnesota will be joining us on Thursday with a keynote, Changing the One-Right Answer Mentality: the Subversive Educator’s Guide to Creativity. Doug is very well known in K12 education and library communities as a leader, author, and all around awesome guy. Most of what you need to know is wrapped into the “My Biases” section of his website. http://doug-johnson.squarespace.com/my-biases/.

On Friday we were joined by Constance Steinkuehler. Constance is an Associate Professor in Digital Media at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and co-directs the Games+Learning+Society (GLS) center at the Wisconsin Institute of Discovery and chairs their annual GLS Conference. Her research is on cognition and learning in commercial entertainment games and games designed for impact. In 2011-2012, she served as Senior Policy Analyst in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) where she advised on national initiatives related to games. Policy work there included the coordination of cross-agency efforts to leverage games toward national priority areas (e.g. childhood obesity, early literacy, STEM education) and the creation of new partnerships to support an ecosystem for more diversified innovation in commercial and non-commercial games. She also played a central role in recent meetings through the Vice President’s office on videogames and violence.

Sessions & Events

Thursday, May 1, 2014

State of WiscNet Address – 9:00am
Keynote: Doug Johnson, Director of Libraries and Technology – 10:45am
Lunch – 11:45am
Concurrent Session #1 – 12:45p – 1:45p
Concurrent Session #2 – 2:00pm – 3:00pm
The Future of the Internet – Digital Life in 2025 – 3:15pm – 4:15pm
Reception in the Grand Terrace – 4:15pm – 5:45pm

Friday, May 2, 2014

Annual Business Meeting & Breakfast – 8:15am – 9:00am
Keynote: Constance Steinkuehler, Associate Professor in Digital Media – UW-Madison – 9:00am
Concurrent Session #3 – 10:45am
Lunch – 11:45am
Concurrent Session #4 – 12:45pm