Co-founder of TakingIT Global
A pioneer of the Net Generation, Michael Furdyk has turned his interest in technology into a series of successful online companies, co-founding MyDesktop.com and BuyBuddy.com (which raised $4.5-million of venture capital). For several years now, he has consulted for many Fortune 500 companies, and is a board member and advisor to numerous groups including Microsoft, Pollution Probe, the 'Anytime, Anywhere' Learning Foundation, and several other national and global organizations.
As one of Teen People's past "20 Teens That Will Change the World," Furdyk has shared his opinions about Youth Engagement and experiences as a member of the Net Generation by speaking at dozens of events, including the World Congress on IT, the US Government's National Youth Summit, and Microsoft's 'Anytime, Anywhere' Learning Summits.
Imagining Future Friendly Schools: Technology, Global Citizenship, and Student Voice
Michael Furdyk was one of the first to explore the transformative potential of applying technology to the classroom—and to our education system. In this talk, he draws on his decade-long journey with TakingITGlobal (TIG), creating an online network engaging millions of youth in taking action on the world’s greatest challenges. To properly educate the Net Generation (students born after 1980), a major overhaul of our schools is needed. How can we successfully integrate technology and teachers? How do we develop curriculum to engage students, who, as a fact of life, are always plugged-in, always looking at one type of screen or another? Furdyk explores blended learning—a hybrid between face-to-face and online—and explains how technology can be used to deeply engage students. He highlights the importance of project and problem-based learning, flexible environments, more fluid interdisciplinary studies, and increased engagement through inclusive education. Furdyk has already helped facilitate global education and civic engagement for millions of youth worldwide. The world has changed, he has learned firsthand. It's about time education caught up.
Social Networking for Social Good: Using Technology for Global Impact
During this information-packed and entertaining keynote, Michael Furdyk shares his entrepreneurial journey from growing up during the early days of the Internet to starting up three dot-com companies before even turning 18. He provides audiences with an in-depth look at the "Net Generation", and how their use of technology is influencing every aspect of society, and challenging business, government, and education to bridge the gap between how they live, work, and learn. He shares innovations from TakingITGlobal, the global charity he co-founded that engages millions of young people to understand and act on the world's biggest challenges, and insights into upcoming technology trends shaping our world.
The Future of Learning at Work
What’s the future of learning in the workplace? How can we use technology and social media to make employees more effective, more engaged, and happier? In this talk, Michael Furdyk explores the new frontier of employee training and development: where learning experiences are designed to make the most out of new technology and where social media is a valuable tool, not a distraction. He demonstrates how small steps—such as providing fitness trackers or participating in corporate social responsibility projects—can make a big difference. Employee engagement is one of our most valuable tools at work, he says: and it’s beneficial for the company, the customer, the employee, and the bottom line.
Social Networking, Virtual Worlds and Digital Kids
Furdyk has developed youth engagement strategies for some of the world's largest companies, and, in this talk, he shows you how to engage the next generation of consumers and employees using new technologies.
Thank you for expanding the horizons of Lambton College and our students. You demonstrated for us that it is not only the big established corporations that must facilitate a change. You resonated deeply with the College’s social justice focus. [...] Your contribution allowed us to create an even better event that provided educators with the resources and ability to engage and implement mobile learning into the classroom. You motivated our attendees and gave them confidence to be able to tackle mobile learning and use it to better the students’ education.
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