This just in! The first ever YPULSE Mash Up conference will be held on July 16-17 in San Francisco. The theme is "Reaching Today's Totally Wired Generation with Technology." At first glance, you might get the impression that this conference is primarily aimed at the youth marketing crowd.
But if you dig deeper you'll find panels focusing on social change, youth culture, and trends driving the totally wired world of Gen Y. And in another stunning stroke of genius, there will be a panel comprised of real teens. That's right folks--you'll have the opportunity to listen to real teens talk about what it means to be "like totally wired."
I was pleasantly surprised discover a panel discussion on how "technology is transforming teens at school and at home." I think it's a fantastic idea to have people outside the education
(technology) community engage in a conversation about social media,
education, and Gen Y. Why?
Among educators the topic of social media, Gen Y and education (reform) is a conversation that usually doesn't progress beyond "MySpace and Wikipedia are the root of all evil." Perhaps it's time for us, the education technology community, to step back and listen to different perspectives, ideas, and solutions.
Yahoo! Teachers, the soon-to-be released social networking and OER repository for educators, is filling most of my time, but YPULSE looks like a fantastic opportunity to take a break and get a deeper look into the world of "today's wired teen."