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  • Minneapolis - Saint Paul, MN and Kitchener-Waterloo, ON

Ian Jukes Speaks to Desire2Learn Conference Attendees

Press Release

Keynote speaker at FUSION 2009 shares perspective on understanding kids in the digital era

Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn), a leading provider of mission-critical enterprise eLearning solutions, welcomes international speaker and author Ian Jukes as a keynote speaker today at FUSION 2009: The Art of Learning, their annual Users’ Conference, in Minneapolis – Saint Paul, Minnesota. Jukes has been listed amongst the top ten educational speakers in America.

Jukes’ presentation, Understanding Digital Kids, considers the difference between digital kids and teachers and the impact that this difference has on teaching and learning. Jukes argues that it is educators’ role to properly prepare all students for the future which will require them learning to speak to the kids of today in a new language: digital.

In his presentation, Jukes describes digital as students’ language of choice; it is their “native language.” They have grown up in the new digital landscape, undergoing digital bombardment. Jukes indicates that educators need to assist students to learn effectively to use a “whole new mind” in order to enable students to thrive.

“Ian is thought-provoking, even thought-altering. He states that his job is to help children be better prepared for the future by helping educators develop knowledge on how learning patterns have changed,” said John McLeod, Director of Marketing, Desire2Learn. “We know that he will challenge, inspire and engage the conference attendees.”

Jukes is the Executive Director, The infoSavvy Group. He has been a teacher, an administrator, writer, consultant, university instructor and keynote speaker. As the Director of the InfoSavvy Group, he works extensively with school districts, businesses, community organizations and other institutions to help shape preferred futures. He is the creator and co-developer of TechWorks, the internationally acclaimed K-8 technology framework; together with Anita Dosaj was the catalyst behind the NetSavvy and InfoSavvy information literacy series; and is a Contributing Editor for both the Audio Education Journal and Technology and Learning Magazine. His two most recently published books are Net.Savvy: Building Information Literacy for the Classroom, co-authored with Anita Dosaj and Bruce MacDonald, and Windows on the Future, co-authored with Ted McCain.

For more information regarding the address or to register for FUSION 2009, please visit www.Desire2Learn.com/Fusion or e-mail FUSION2009@Desire2Learn.com. Day passes, or registration for the Post-Conference Program, can be obtained by visiting the FUSION Registration Desk on the second floor of the Saint Paul RiverCentre.

About Desire2Learn Incorporated

Desire2Learn Incorporated is a world-leading provider of enterprise eLearning solutions that enable institutions and other organizations to create teaching and learning environments that reflect their vision, values, goals, pedagogical approaches and branding. Desire2Learn and its subsidiaries support more than five million learners worldwide and clients include higher education, K-12, as well as associations, government and other leading organizations. Founded in 1999, Desire2Learn is headquartered in Kitchener, ON, Canada with personnel located in North America, the U.K. and Australia. For more information, visit: www.Desire2Learn.com, call 1.519.772.0325 or toll-free 1.888.772.0325 (within North America), 0808.234.6744 (U.K.) and +61 412 067 308 (Australia).

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John McLeod
Director of Marketing
Desire2Learn Incorporated
519.772.0325 ext. 378
PR@Desire2Learn.com