Ian Jukes has been a teacher, an administrator, writer, consultant, university instructor and keynote speaker. He is the Co-Director of the 21st Century Fluency Project, an international consulting group that provides leadership and program development in the areas of assessment and evaluation, strategic alignment, curriculum design and publication, professional development, planning, change management, hardware and software acquisition, information services, customized research, media services, and on-line training as well as conference keynotes and workshop presentations.
Over the course of the past 10 years, Ian has worked with clients in more than 40 countries and made more than 9,000 presentations. He typically speaks to between 300,000 and 400,000 people a year. In August 2002 Consulting Magazine Online named him one of the top ten educational speakers in America.
Ian has written twelve books, 9 educational series and had more than 100 articles published in various journals. Ian is also the publisher and co-editor of the Committed Sardine Blog which is electronically distributed to more than 90,000 people in over 60 countries.
He is also the creator and co-developer of TechWorks, the internationally successful K-8 technology framework, and was the catalyst of the NetSavvy and InfoSavvy information literacy series. He has been a Contributing Editor for several journals and magazines, and is the author of the books "Teaching the Digital Generation: No More Cookie Cutter High Schools" with Ted McCain and Frank S. Kelly, "Windows on the Future" with Ted McCain, and "Net.Savvy: Building Information Literacy for the Classroom". His most recent publications include "Understanding the Digital Generation: Teaching and Learning in the New Digital Landscape", "The Digital Diet: Today's Digital Tools in Small Bytes", and "Living on the Future Edge: Windows on Tomorrow". He is also working on the upcoming books "Literacy Is Not Enough: 21st Century Fluencies for the Digital Age", and "Getting it Right: Aligning Technology for 21st Century Learning".
Ian has also worked for several years with architectural firms to help facilitate planning new learning environments by taking the groups through a visioning process to help them align the thinking of the community (school board, administration, parents, students, community) about what new facilities should look like and how their designing should align with the learning and instructional intentions of the school/district. Over the course of the past 20 years he has been involved in the design process for more than 60 new schools.
He also works with organizations and communities that have lost their market or economic base and wish to explore possibilities for preferred economic futures.
Ian is an educator first and foremost. His focus has consistently been on the compelling need to restructure our educational institutions so that they become relevant to the current and future needs of children. His rambunctious, irreverent and highly-charged presentations and articles emphasize many of the practical issues related to ensuring that change is meaningful. As a registered educational evangelist, his self-avowed mission in life is to ensure that children are properly prepared for the future rather than society's past. As a result, his material tends to focus on many of the pragmatic issues that provide the essential context for educational restructuring.
When Ian is not travelling and speaking, he spends his time sailing in the Gulf Islands on the west coast of British Columbia aboard his boat, appropriately named "The Committed Sardine".