This report documents the experiences of the authors as part of an International Specialised Skills Institute (ISS)/TAFE Fellowship study program arising from their interest in the growing and documented gap between the social networking, mobile and other networked collaboration tools that young people are already using as part of their everyday lives, and the lack of use of these tools by, and within, Australian education. The program involved attendance and participation at two technology and community related conferences in Washington DC and was designed to provide the participants with cutting edge knowledge about trends in online sociable media. The aim was to generate new ways of engaging students using the technologies they themselves use every day, and thereby fostering new skill levels in the next generation of the workforce. The report also provides a series of recommendations for government, industry, the business sector, professional associations, education and training providers, and the ISS Institute. These recommendations also include suggestions for engaging in knowledge transfer activities.