Keynote and Featured Speakers


Keynote Speakers

Monday Keynote

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Ken Shelton currently holds an M.A. in Education with a specialization in Educational Technology as well as New Media Design and Production. He has worked as an Educator for over 14 years and most recently taught technology at the Middle School level. As a part of his active involvement within the Educational Technology community, Ken is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Innovator. Ken was also named to the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Education Technology Task Force. Ken regularly gives keynotes, presentations, and leads workshops, many of which are hands-on, covering a wide variety of Educational Technology, Technology Integration, Creative Expression, Visual Learning, Visual Storytelling, and Instructional Design topics. Ken is currently the Global Keynote Specialist and Educational Technology Strategist, for EdTechTeam.

Ken has had the privilege to speak at many major conferences and events around the world as well as schools and school districts. He brings a worldly breadth of experience knowledge, and perspective. Ken also had the privilege to speak at the TEDx Burnsville ED event as well as CRESSTCon16 at UCLA in front of a predominantly Higher Ed audience.

Tuesday Keynote

Jennie_Magiera_story

Jennie Magiera is the incoming Chief Program Officer for EdTechTeam. Currently, she is the Chief Innovation Officer Des Plaines Public School District 62 and previously the Digital Learning Coordinator for the Academy for Urban School Leadership and a Chicago Public Schools teacher. Jennie uses her classroom experiences to inform her work supporting educators to create new and better opportunities for their students. She believes that despite the many challenges facing schools today, every classroom can be a place for “edventures”: student-centered, passion-based experiential learning. Her work centers around acknowledging problems and finding innovative ways to navigate them so as to allow teachers and students dive into these classroom edventures.

Jennie is also passionate about reimagining professional learning to facilitate more relevant teacher support. She has served on the Technical Working Group for the US Department of Education’s National Educational Technology Plan and co-founded various new conference concepts such as PLAYDATE. She has been recognized for her work as a White House Champion for Change, Chicago Public Schools Innovator of the Year, TEDx Speaker, Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator, and featured on various programs such as NBC’s Education Nation, C-SPAN’s Reimagining Education and NPR.

Jennie shares her experiences taking risks in the classroom and helping others to feel comfortable doing the same in her book, Courageous Edventures. You can follow her on Twitter at @MsMagiera and learn more about her work and her book at bit.ly/edventuresbook.

 

Featured Speakers

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Kasey Bell is an award-winning digital learning consultant, national speaker, and blogger with a passion for technology and learning. Kasey offers engaging professional learning experiences for all levels of educators, specializing in training, presentations, keynote speaking engagements, and consulting. As a skillful facilitator, Google Certified Innovator, Google Certified Trainer, and Amazon Education Thought Leader, Kasey has led a variety of digital learning workshops, including presentations at ISTE, FETC, TCEA, Google Summits, and iPadpalooza. Kasey is the author of The Teacher’s Guide to Google Classroom, and co-host of The Google Teacher Tribe Podcast. Kasey received a Digital Innovation in Learning Award given by EdSurge and Digital Promise, in the “Sharing is Caring,” category, and she was recognized as one of 20 TrustED educational thought leaders, as well as the #3 EdTech and E-Learning Influencer on Twitter.

Kasey’s website and blog, ShakeUpLearning.com, provides teachers and educators with digital learning resources, tech tips and tricks, classroom technology integration ideas, as well as in-depth e-courses and e-books. Here you will find great resources for Google apps, including guides and cheat sheets, mobile learning and apps, iPad tips, and social media tips for educators. Shake Up Learning, was recognized as a Must Read EdTech Blog, and an Edublog Awards Finalist. As a blogger, Kasey uses her blog to create and share original technology integration ideas, resources, ebooks, online courses, cheat sheets, and more!

 


 

Sean_Beaverson_story

In education since the late 90’s, Sean Beaverson is a licensed Language Arts teacher and taught Middle School English for ten years. In 2007 Sean became a Google Certified Teacher based on early experiences with Google Docs, Maps and iGoogle. That experience, combined with his enthusiasm for learning and teaching lead him to a district level position helping to implement technology in learning and instruction for Bloomington Public Schools, and now is a Technology Integration Specialist at Armstrong High School for Robbinsdale Area Schools.

 


 

Dave_Burgess_story

Dave Burgess is the New York Times Best-Selling author of Teach Like a PIRATE, co-author of P is for PIRATE, and the president of Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. which delivers powerful, inspirational, and innovative books, keynotes, and professional development.

He specializes in teaching hard-to-reach, hard-to-motivate students with techniques that incorporate showmanship and creativity. At a recent ceremony in Washington, D.C., he was awarded the BAMMY for Secondary School Teacher of the Year by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences.

His presentations are a unique blend of outrageously energetic performance art and magic, mixed with an inspirational message of how and why to become more passionate in the classroom. All techniques and methods are modeled and fully explained so as to leave no doubt about how to apply the methods in the real-world. Participants will leave with a tool-box full of dynamic presentational ideas that they can immediately use to improve their lessons.

As a teacher in San Diego, California, he was a 2001 and 2012 Golden Apple winner in the Grossmont Union High School District and the 2007-2008 Teacher of the Year at West Hills High School. He was voted a faculty standout for 17 consecutive years in categories such as Most Entertaining, Most Energetic, and Most Dramatic.

 


 

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Paul Darvasi is an educator, game designer, speaker, and writer whose work looks at the intersection of games, culture and learning. His doctoral work explores how commercial video games can be used as texts for critical analysis by adolescents. The pervasive games he has designed include The Ward Game, based on Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Blind Protocol, a cyber warfare simulation that instructs on online security, privacy and surveillance. He consults, writes, presents and keynotes on the meaningful integration of digital and pervasive games in a variety of instructional environment. He has worked with the US Department of Education, UNESCO, foundry10, Consumers International, and has participated in several international research projects. He most recently wrote a working paper for UNESCO on how commercial video games can be used for peace education and conflict resolution. Paul’s work has been featured in CBC, PBS, NPR, the Huffington Post, Polygon, Killscreen, Endgadget, Edutopia and MindShift.

 


 

Leslie_Fisher_story

Leslie Fisher’s interest in technology began while studying music at the University of Southern California. She quickly realized the value of utilizing computers for music mixing and recording. She grabbed her 300 baud modem, jumped on the Internet (before anyone really called it the internet) and started looking for music resources. She soon realized she was spending more time discovering technology than playing music so she changed her major and tried to figure out what geeky thing she could do for the rest of her life.

After graduating from USC with a Business and Marketing degree in 1989 and a quick stint as a Trainer, Leslie joined Apple Computer in 1992. When the Internet took off in 1994, Leslie was one of the first Apple employees assigned to study Internet growth and implementation.

In 1997, Leslie was roadkill on Apple’s road to recovery and part of their massive lay off. Leslie planned to spend most of her huge severance package golfing and waiting a few months to look for a job. The day after her layoff, her phone began to ring with Apple customers requesting consulting, training and presentation services. Before she could say fore, Fisher Technologies Inc. was created to help educators with their technology implementations and decisions.

Fisher Technologies Inc. is now a worldwide company (meaning one employee named Leslie gets to travel the world teaching) specializing in presenting emerging and exciting technology solutions to educators all over the world.

 


 

Rebecca_Garcia_story

Rebecca Garcia is the Co-founder of CoderDojo NYC, a non-profit teaching youth to code. In 2013 she was awarded as a U.S. White House ‘Champion of Change’ for Tech Inclusion by President Obama for her work to bring STEM education to underrepresented groups, especially youth and women. In 2014 she was listed as one of Glamour Magazine’s ’35 Women Under 35 Who are Changing the Tech Industry’, in 2015 as one of AskMen’s ‘Top 99 Outstanding Women’. In 2016 as Hispanicize’s STEM Star and this year as one of Pacific Standard ‘30 Under 30’

Previously Rebecca was a Developer at Do Something, CTO of Greatist, a health, fitness and wellness media startup, a Developer Evangelist at Squarespace, empowering people to build their ideas on the web. Currently she is a Program Manager at Microsoft within Civic Tech & Innovation for Tech Jobs Academy. She has been featured in Forbes, NY Times, Glamour, NBC Latino, and Latina Magazine.

 


 

Scott_McLeod_story

An Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Colorado Denver, Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on P-12 school technology leadership issues. He is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only university center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and is the co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He also is the co-creator of the trudacot technology integration discussion protocol and the founder of both the annual Iowa 1:1 Institute and EdCampIowa, the nation’s largest EdCamp event.

Dr. McLeod has worked with several hundred schools, districts, universities, and other organizations and has received numerous awards for his technology leadership work, including the 2016 Award for Outstanding Leadership from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). In 2015 he was one of three finalists to be the next Director of the Iowa Department of Education. In 2011 he was a Visiting Faculty Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod was one of the pivotal figures in Iowa’s grass roots 1:1 computing movement, which has resulted in over 220 school districts providing their students with powerful learning devices.

Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at regional, state, national, and international conferences. He has written 170 articles and other publications and is one of the most visible education professors in the United States. He is the co-editor of the book, What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media. His new book, The Relevance Gap: 6 Arguments for Why Schools Need To Be Different, will be published this spring.

 


 

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Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, elearning specialist, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has trained teachers and taught language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, the IATEFL YLTSIG, and VenTESOL. She is the instructional designer for American TESOL’s Teaching with Technology certification course, the Instituto Nacional de Tecnologías Educativas y de Formación de Profesorado’s Digital Storytelling for Teachers certification course, ITDI’s Learning to Go course, and the TESOL EVO session, eTextbook Teachers.

She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, NPR, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and webinars. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and recognized by Tech & Learning as one of the Top 10 Most Influential Educator Entrepreneurs for 2015.

 


 

Sarah_Thomas_story

Sarah Thomas is a Regional Technology Coordinator in Prince George’s County Public Schools. Sarah is also a Google Certified Innovator, Google Education Trainer, and founder of the EduMatch project, which promotes connection and collaboration among educators around the world. Through EduMatch, Sarah has published two collaborative books, EduMatch Snapshot in Education (2016) and The #EduMatch Teacher’s Recipe Guide (2017).

Sarah holds a Master’s degree from Howard University in the field of Curriculum and Instruction. She is currently a doctoral candidate at George Mason University, with a major in Education. Her upcoming dissertation, Using Technology to Facilitate Language Acquisition of English Language Learners, is rooted heavily in student-created artifacts.

Sarah was designated an ASCD Emerging Leader in 2016, and was named Prince George’s County Public Schools Outstanding Educator Using Technology in 2015. She is also a winner of the 2014 Digital Innovation in Learning Award in the “Sharing is Caring” category, and was named by the National School Board Association as one of the “20 to Watch” in 2015. She was part of the Technical Working Group that refreshed the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Educators in 2016-2017, and in 2017, she won the ISTE “Making IT Happen” Award.

 


 

Lance_Yoder_story

Lance Yoder is the technology coordinator for MSD of Steuben County. His previous experience as a fourth grade teacher helps him understand the importance of utilizing technology as a creative and unique means to express learning. He is a Google Certified Educator, Trainer, and Admin. He has spoken at numerous conferences including: ISTE, MACUL, ICE, and Google Summits hosted by the EdTechTeam.

 


 

Ryan_Cloutier_story

Ryan Cloutier is Principal Security Architect at TIES. He is a seasoned IT Security professional with over 15 years of experience. He has held a variety of IT roles during his career, including multiple architect and security roles. Most recently Ryan worked on cloud security, Dev-Ops / Sec-Ops methodology and application security architecture for a fortune 500 health care company. Before his current role, Ryan worked on architecting and implementing secure application development using Agile methodology, Dev-Ops / Sec-Ops security process and controls for cloud based applications for the largest private multi-national company. Ryan’s approach of “Empowering security through user convenience” helps organizations adopt strong security practices with a minimal amount of disruption.

 


 

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