David Warlick

Learning and Literacy Expert

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Learning and Literacy Expert

David Warlick’s unique voice and message combine a wide range of experiences, both in and outside the education arena. He ran two businesses before graduating from high school and spent more than a year in manufacturing before completing his undergraduate work. Mr. Warlick worked for nearly ten years as a middle school social studies, math, and science teacher, during which he also wrote some of the earliest award-winning instructional software and introduced hundreds of teachers to the educational potentials of personal computers.

In 1984, David moved to a central office position, as Director of Technology and then on to the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction where he served as a technology integration consultant and built the nation’s first state department of education web site.

Since 1995, Mr. Warlick has been the owner and principal consultant of The Landmark Project, a professional development and innovations firm in Raleigh, North Carolina. During this time David has spoken at conferences and delivered workshops for educators throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and South America.

David Warlick has been an innovative and prolificin programmer. His classroom blogging site, Class Blogmeister, has served more than a quarter of a million teachers and students, and his attribution tool, Citation Machine, receives nearly a million page views a day. These and all of his other web tools for teachers are free.

David has also written four books about technology, contemporary literacy, and lifelong learning, including Redefining Literacy in the 21st Century, Redefining Literacy 2.0, and Classroom Blogging. David has contributed to other publications including Technology & Learning Magazine, ALA’s KnowledgeQuest, Education World, and CUE Online.  Mr. Warlick has been quoted in Education Week, The San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, Washington Post, and USA TODAY and was recently named one of the ten most influential people in edtech by Technology & Learning Magazine.

What makes David Warlick a highly effective and sought-after speaker is that, at heart, he is a teacher with a contagious passion and enthusiasm for helping people discover a brand new world of teaching and learning.

Literacy & Learning in the 21st Century

As little as we know about the future, for which we are preparing our children, it is clear that it will be a place that is governed by information. Accessing, processing, building with, and communicating that information will be a major part of our daily occupational, professional, and personal work and play. Being literate in this future will certainly involve the ability to read, write, and work with numbers. However, the concept of literacy — “the basics” — in an information-governed technology-rich world will be far richer and more comprehensive than the 3Rs that continue to define schooling for many. This enlightening and thought-provoking address will describe how our notions of literacy must expand to harness a rapidly changing information landscape where content and knowledge are increasingly networked, digital, and overwhelming. Join 33-year educator, David Warlick, as he explores this new information landscape and prepare to be on the edges of your seats.

Harnessing the Perfect Storm

For decades, education has been an easy institution to define. It consisted of acknowledged literacy skills, definable bodies of knowledge, and pedagogies for teaching willing students within information-scarce learning environments. Today, for the first time in decades, we are questioning our notions about teaching and learning as we adapt to a world that is changing faster than our ability to react. We are struggling to rethink what it is to be educated, to reinvent where and when it happens, and redefine our roles as educators — as the line between teacher and student blurs. There is a new story to be told about education today, one that is simple but complete and that can be described during a typical elevator ride. The story is a three bullet list that rises out of the perfect storm of converging conditions that are coming to define Learning 2.0.

Cracking the ‘Native’ Information Experience

We are teaching a brand new generation of learner. They have witnessed an emerging new information environment and have participated in shaping its landscape, seamlessly utilizing technologies that have come to define their culture. Their outside-the-classroom information experiences are deep, diverse, rich, and compelling — and understanding these experiences may be an important key to achieving more effective and relevant formal learning. What are the qualities of these experiences? What are their contexts? What might they look like if woven into the fabric of our schools, classrooms and libraries?

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