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News Education Educational tech expert to present 'Harnessing the Perfect Storm' at WCU

Educational technology expert David Warlick will deliver a free public presentation at Western Carolina University on Friday, Feb. 4, centered on how teachers can use today’s technology and information environment to improve student learning.

Warlick, an international consultant and published author who has been a classroom teacher, district administrator and technology director for the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, will present “Harnessing the Perfect Storm” at the A.K. Hinds University Center theater at 2 p.m.

“When I entered the classroom as a history teacher, the personal computer hadn’t been invented yet,” said Warlick, who earned a degree in education from Western Carolina in 1976. “Much has changed in the past three decades that affects what and how students learn, and how we conduct formal education. These changes are dramatic and complex, and a part of today’s ongoing conversations among educators around the world.”

Warlick operates The Landmark Project, a consulting and innovations firm in Raleigh. A website he designed called Citation Machine, which helps student researchers cite their information sources and give credit to professionals, logs about a million pageviews each day, and his classroom blogging tool has served more than a quarter of a million teachers and students. His books include “A Gardener’s Approach to Learning” and “Classroom Blogging.”

“Mr. Warlick is a seasoned educator who understands that 21st-century learning requires retooling 19th-century classroom practices and ideas,” said Heath Nettles, an academic adviser in WCU’s College of Education and Allied Professions. “His lectures, which include engaging discussion, include topics about instructional technology, 21st-century literacy and what it means to be educated in an age of rapid change.”

This lecture is sponsored by the provost’s visiting scholar program and the Office of the Dean of the College of Education and Allied Professions.

For more information, contact the College of Education and Allied Professions at (828)227-7311.





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