About Denise Altobello
Co-Director of NOLA Travelwriters and NOLA Tweens; English Teacher, Trinity Episcopal School, New Orleans, LA
Denise Altobello, teacher, freelance travel writer and editor, is the Language Arts chairperson and 7th and 8th grade English teacher at Trinity Episcopal School in New Orleans. She and her co-worker, social studies teacher Jenny Velasquez, founded and direct NOLA Travel Writers and the New Orleans T(w)een Travel Writers Workshop.
The two long time classroom teachers have developed an integrated and project-based curriculum for Language Arts and U.S. History as …Read more
About John Anderson
Professor, Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
John Anderson is honorary professor of education at Queen’s University, Belfast.
Until recently he worked full-time as the strategic coordinator for information and communications technology policy in Northern Ireland schools and as an international consultant, evaluator and researcher on a wide range of projects on the pedagogic quality of e-learning in schools.
He is now a senior schools inspector in the areas of school inspection and improvement and teacher education.
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About Jeffrey Beard
Manager, International Baccalaureate Organization, Bethesda, MD
Jeffrey R Beard joined the International Baccalaureate® (IB) in September 2005 and became director general in January 2006, following the retirement of George Walker.
Born and educated in the United States, Jeffrey Beard graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1972 with a bachelor of science in analytical management, and has two graduate degrees, including an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, WI. His business career included roles of increasing responsibility in several multinational corporations wher…
About Valerie Becker
Teacher, West Tisbury School, Martha's Vineyard, MA
Valerie Becker teaches at the West Tisbury School on Martha's Vineyard, MA. Valerie is a lifelong educator with an unyielding passion for empowering students with new and emerging technologies to help them achieve today's learning goals while preparing them for future learning.
Jonathan Bergmann has been an educator for 25 years and holds a masters degree from the University of Colorado in Instructional Technology. In 2002 he was awarded the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence for Math and Science Teaching (http://www.paemst.org/). He is a national board certified teacher in Adolescent and Young Adult Science (http://www.nbpts.org/). He has taught many staff development courses, primarily in the area of technology integration. Jonathan has been training teachers in the US and Canada in the Flipped/Reverse Classroom model since 2007 and has been featured in …Read more
Jennifer Beine has been the director of November Learning’s BLC Professional Development Conference since 2008, while also serving as the technology coordinator for various school districts since 2003. In her director role she shows tremendous work ethic, excellent interpersonal skills and incredible proficiency in organizing over 55 presenters, 1000+ attendees and a staff of 25, which included 12 middle-school students. Teachers who have attended her workshops hold her in high esteem. In her role as a coordinator she was invaluable in building mutual respect by showing educators how to integr…Read more
About Joe Brennan
Instructor/Consultant, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA
Before retiring after 33 years in education and coaching, Joe Brennan taught Spanish and served as the AV/Media Coordinator at Niles West H.S. He first became interested in educational video and multimedia because of his visual approach to teaching and coaching. That interest led to collaborating on the development of an interactive Spanish laser disc program for Encyclopaedia Britannica and into the multimedia lab. During his years in that job, the audio-visual department changed from a lending/consumption center to …Read more
About Sarah Broas
Language Arts Specialist, Easton/Redding Public Schools, Trumbull, CT
Sarah Broas has taught fifth and sixth grade Integrated Language Arts for eight years in Easton, Connecticut. Sarah graduated from Penn and has a master’s degree from Southern Connecticut University in Remedial Reading. Sarah had used technology to inform her approaches to writing with great success as a classroom teacher. She currently serves as a literacy specialist at the Middle School level, and now supports many teachers as they explore approaches to “new literacy” and the advantages that effective use o…
Chris has been an 8th grade English and Reading teacher as well as Department Chairperson with the Mount Clemens Community Schools for 14 years. She has been involved with distance learning programs promoting authentic audiences since March 1999. Her blog “The Clem” www.theclem.org has been an avenue for her students to publish their writing to an authentic audience. Chris was awarded the Pioneering Partners Award for her programs She has also presented at state and national conferences.
Kathy Cassidy is an award-winning Canadian first grade teacher who is passionate about literacy and about connecting her classroom with the world. Her students regularly learn from and with people and classrooms from around the world.
Kathy has a classroom blog and her students each have their own blogs which are digital portfolios reflecting their learning in all subject areas. These portfolios include images, video, podcasts and other evidence of their learning.Read more
Tom Daccord is an educational technology speaker, instructor, and writer who has worked with schools, districts, colleges and educational organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Author of Best Ideas for Teaching with Technology: A Practical Guide for Teachers by Teachers and The Best of History Web Sites, Tom has presented on educational technology topics at national and international conferences, including ISTE (U.S.), ELMLE (Europe), and ICTLT (Asia). He has produced a series of online courses on Web 2.0 and iPad integration, as well as 21st century school leadership an…Read more
About Dr. Patrick Darfler-Sweeney
Superintendent of Schools, Hunter-Tannersville CSD, Tannersville, NY
Dr. Patrick Darfler-Sweeney is the Superintendent of Schools at Hunter-Tannersville CSD located in the northern Catskill Mountains of New York State. He earned his doctoral degree in Education Leadership from Seton Hall University. Using his experiences as a high school history teacher (18 years) and 10 years as a school administrator he now enjoys the assistance of an incredibly gifted administration, supervisory and teacher team that is leading their small, rural school in the Northern Cat…Read more
Liz B. Davis is the Director of Academic Technology at Belmont Hill School, an independent all boys day school in Belmont, MA where she also teaches 7th grade English in a 1 to 1 iPad setting. She has also been using Google Apps for Education in her classroom extensively for the last 5 years. Liz believes in the power of technology to transform learning, energize communities and inspire innovative thinking. Liz blogs at http://www.edtechpower.blogspot.com and Tweets as @lizbdavis.
About John Davitt
Digital Toolmaker and Director at WordRoutes, London, UK
John Davitt is a speaker, broadcaster and digital toolmaker. He has worked in the education sector for the last twenty-five years as an English teacher, senior manager and regional adviser with the EU Flexible Learning Project. As a journalist he wrote for the UK Guardian, The Times and The Observer, with a regular feature in the Education Guardian. John has worked extensively with teachers in schools in UK, USA, China and Africa and he is committed to levelling the playing field regarding access to new learning opportu…Read more
About Donna Deeds
Executive Director, Blue Valley School District, Overland Park, KS
Donna M. Deeds has a rich background in educational leadership. She has served as the executive director of the Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) in the Blue Valley School District in Overland Park, Kansas since 2008. CAPS is revolutionizing high school education through a nationally recognized, profession-based educational model. Created in partnership with seventy-four international business partners, hundreds of business professional mentors, six leading universities and education experts, CAPS …
About Howie DiBlasi
Educational Technology Trainer and Speaker, Austin, TX
Dr. Howie DiBlasi was recognized as “Vocational Teacher of the Year” for the State of Arizona and nominated as a finalist in the “Top Secondary Leaders in America”. He has been featured in several magazines as “A CIO that really thinks outside the box”. He is a published author , “Change Agent” , Educational Technology consultant and the Producer of the “DID YOU KNOW “ YouTube series, Versions 2-3-4-5-6. He was recently recognized by the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration with the “Pinnacle Award” for outst…
About Mike Dishman
Associate Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
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Mike Dishman, J.D., Ed.D., is a Professor of Education Policy and Leadership and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership at Kennesaw State University, and a practicing attorney representing school districts. Traci Redish, Ph.D., is a Professor of Instructional Technology and Chair of the Department of Instructional Technology. Individually and collectively, they have written and spoken extensively on issues relating to technology and educational policy and laws.
About Susan Erickson
Teacher, Thoreau School, Concord, MA
Susan Erickson has been a teacher in the Concord Public School system for the past 12 years.
About Rob Evans
Clinical and Organizational Psychologist and Executive Director, The Human Relations Service, Wellesley, MA
Rob Evans is a clinical and organizational psychologist and the Executive Director of The Human Relations Service in Wellesley, Massachusetts. A former high school and pre-school teacher, and a former child and family therapist, Rob has worked with schools and families for thirty years. He has consulted to more than 1,400 schools across the country, working with teachers, administrators, boards and parents. Rob’s interests have focused on change and the resistance to it i…Read more
About Shaelynn FarnsworthEnglish Teacher, BCLUW, Conrad, IAShaelynn Farnsworth is a high school English teacher at BCLUW, in Conrad, Iowa. BCLUW is a 1:1 Laptop School and Shaelynn creatively folds technology into her English curriculum to engage learners by creating authentic tasks aimed to challenge students. Shaelynn is passionate about connecting herself and her students through social media and has formed a blogging community, created a 1:1 Laptop Ning and co-developed the IOWAISH project which connected students in Iowa to an International School in Sweden. Shaelynn has a Master’s Degr…Read more
About Garret Ferguson
4th Grade Teacher, Lafayette Regional School, Franconia, NH
Garret Ferguson is the fourth grade teacher at Lafayette Regional School in Franconia, NH. From his first year of teaching where his students created a historical documentary about a local iron furnace to now where his students are creating animations to showcase the civil rights movement and energy source, Garret has been setting a high bar of excellence for his students. Technology is fully integrated into his classroom and for three years he has been teaching in a one to one environment. Each year, the students …
About Kelly Ford
Assistant Principal, Thompson Middle School, Middletown, NJ
Kelly Ford has brought her passion for true technology integration into every job she has had. As the former Director of Technology in Curriculum for a school district with 18 schools, she has inspired teachers K-12 to explore the "real purpose" for technology. As Kelly explains in her workshop, the real purpose for technology is to empower students to collaborate and explore "in real time" beyond the classroom walls. Currently an Assistant Principal for a middle school, Kelly has led the paradigm shift that has ha…Read more
About Bill Fowler
Director of Global Education, Cisco Systems, Inc., Orange County, CA
William Fowler is the Director of Cisco’s Global Education Group, developing strategies for higher education, education and commerce ministries and educational institutions worldwide. He is leading Cisco’s education development in the US, Canada and Emerging Markets, aligning the companies’ wide-ranging expertise and solutions for the education market and acting as Global Ambassador to education. He was Executive Director for Cisco’s largest and most comprehensive education programs including: the Mexico 3.0…Read more
About Camilla Gagliolo
Instructional Technology Coordinator, Arlington Public Schools, Washington, DC
Camilla Gagliolo holds a position as an Instructional Technology Coordinator in Arlington County Public Schools in Virginia, facilitating and leading technology integration to enhance teaching and learning for students and teachers. Her passion for innovation in education has made her one of the leaders in implementing new technologies in all curriculum areas internationally. Camilla works to improve education, for all learners, through innovative uses of modern multimedia technology and conte…Read more
About Geoff Gevalt
Executive Director and Founder, Young Writers Project, Inc., Burlington, VT
In 2006, Geoffrey Gevalt founded Young Writers Project (YWP), an independent nonprofit that uses digital technology to engage students to write, help them improve and provide them with authentic audiences for best work. YWP’s student-led Web site, youngwritersproject.org, has 4,000 active teen users in VT and NH. YWP’s Schools Project mentors nearly 300 teachers serving 8,000 students. YWP is completing pilots in San Francisco and Los Angeles and will, in 2011/12, be offering a limited number of pilo…Read more
Robert Goodman, the 2006 New Jersey Teacher of the Year, is the Director of the New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning. As the science chair and a teacher of physics, chemistry and environmental science at the Bergen County Technical High School in Teterboro from 1999 to 2009, he founded and led the development of the Progressive Science Initiative (PSI). Bob is a Content Expert Reviewer for Achieve, a Field Reader for the US DOE and a member of the Education Advisory Committee for the Liberty Science Center. In April, 2008 Bob co-authored the article, Squaring the Circle: A Mathematicall…Read more
Mike is a graduate of Western Michigan University, Indiana University, and Johns Hopkins University’s. He has partnered with ISTE and various educational, governmental, and business organizations and foundations. Past experience includes overseeing the Integrated Solutions Block, a 21st century program serving 1050 students integrating technology with core standards, at Woodside Middle School near Fort Wayne, Indiana. He currently serves as the One to One Laptop Initiative Coordinator in Southwest Allen County Schools in Fort Wayne.
Mike is also a consultant for Discovery Education and Novemb…Read more
About Pat Gould
Member Services Consultant, ERB, Trumbull, CT
Pat has recently completed forty years in public education in New Canaan and Wilton, Connecticut. Pat has exceptional experience as a classroom educator, writing resource teacher, literacy specialist and testing coordinator. A leader in her school district, Pat has written curriculum and conducted extensive staff development both in Wilton and in many schools across the region. Currently, Pat works as an Academic Professional for Educational Records Bureau (ERB).
About Ken Graham
Assistant Superintendent, Hauppauge Public Schools, Hauppauge, NY
Ken Graham has provided leadership in technology innovation for 25 years as Assistant Superintendent and Director of Educational Technology in several Long Island, New York school districts. He recently implemented a school-safe global collaboration platform for 21st Century learning, ePals LearningSpace, in the Hauppauge Public Schools in Long Island, New York. The truly remarkable results obtained inspired a school-industry partnership between Hauppauge, Dell, Intel and ePals to create an advanced “caching clo…Read more
About Stephanie Greenhut
Education Technology Specialist, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC
As a member of the Education Team at the National Archives, Stephanie helps educators and students from around the country learn about the vast holdings of the National Archives. She works with teachers and students in person and virtually on strategies for teaching with, and learning from, primary sources in the classroom.
As an Education Technology Specialist, Stephanie creates instructional materials and tools using educational technologies. Collaborating with fellow educa…Read more
About Kathy Hobbs
Technology Integration Specialist, Bradford County Schools, Starke, FL
Kathy Hobbs has been working with instructional technology for 17 years, with a focus on multimedia. This school year she partnered administering the district’s $1.1million EETT grant as Technology Integration Specialist, modeling best practices for teachers and students. Kathy embraces the role that empowers her to take learning outside the classroom walls to create a true, 21st century learning environment for her students.
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Garth Holman and Mike Pennington have a combined twenty-five years 7th grade social studies teaching experience. Garth currently teaches in Beachwood City Schools where he piloted their 1:1 initiative ten years ago. Mike teaches for Chardon Local Schools and is currently piloting a connected classroom. Their collaboration started six years ago and has expanded to include their students. Every year Mike and Garth connect their students from two districts nearly thirty miles apart. Collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and intrinsic learning are life-long skills that Mike and Garth’s stud…Read more
About Jeff Horwitz
Second Grade Teacher, MICDS, St. Louis, MO
Jeff presented at ISTE 2010 on Global Collaborations in the Elementary Classroom. He has also presented at the Midwest Educators of Technology Conference. Jeff has been using Voicethread and other Web 2.0 products for many years in his classroom. Jeff was recently published in the September issue of Language Arts Magazine on his use of Twitter in the Elementary Classroom.
About Sue Howard
Instructional Technology Specialist, Thoreau School, Concord, MA
Sue Howard has been an Instructional Technology Specialist in the Concord Public Schools for the past 13 years.
Kern Kelley has provided technology support for educators for over ten years. He is currently the Education Technologist in central Maine at R.S.U. #19. He has conducted professional development in technology at the state, national and international level. You can find out more about him at www.kernkelley.com
Douglas Kiang is a Curriculum Resource Teacher at Punahou School, specializing in technology and mobile devices. He has over twenty years of teaching experience in elementary, middle, and high schools. Douglas is the Co-Director of the Lab School@Punahou, a cohort-based professional development experience for teachers from around the world. He has been a featured speaker at local and national conferences including Alan November’s BLC and ISTE. He holds a Master’s Degree in Technology, Innovation, and Education from Harvard, and is an Apple Distinguished Educator.
About Maria Knee
Kindergarten Teacher, Deerfield Community School, Deerfield, NH
Maria Knee is an award winning New Hampshire educator who is passionate about teaching and learning. She continuously seeks ways to expand learning opportunities for her students and for herself. Maria teaches five and six year olds in her kindergarten classroom in Deerfield, New Hampshire. Through collaborative projects, a classroom blog, a class Twitter account and their our blogs, her students communicate with a global audience.
In addition to teaching, Maria is a frequent conference presenter and is a co-host…
About Beverly Knox-Pipes
Assistant Superintendent, Genesee Intermediate School District, Flint, MI
Beverly has been the Assistant Superintendent for the Genesee Intermediate School District for 15 years and is a Pioneer in Distance Learning at the K-12 level having received numerous awards both nationally and statewide for her work. She most recently received the Outstanding Leadership in Distance Learning Award from the United States Distance Learning Association. Beverly has a passion for serving students and has done this through her extensive work in telecommunications and distance learning,…
About Darren Kuropatwa
Curriculum Coordinator for Digital Learning with the St. James-Assiniboia School Division in Winnipeg, Canada
Darren was an early user of blogs as part of his senior Math classes. Darren has gained notoriety for his innovative use of visuals and exploration in using technology to enable students to do things they could not have otherwise done. Darren is a regular presenter at conferences both nationally and internationally. You'll find Darren's digital footprints at http://about.me/dkuropatwa Lately he has also been video blogging #WhileWalking http://j.mp/whilewalking…Read more
About Michael Lambert
Educator, Concordia International School Shanghai, Shanghai, PRC
Coupled with a heart for the Greater China community, Michael currently teaches middle school in Shanghai and previously taught at Hong Kong International School. He is an ADE, serves on the 2011 K12 Horizon Report Advisory Board and teaches workshops on media literacy throughout Asia. Michael has written several articles related to visual literacy. Along with his passion for teaching, he brings a background in cognitive science and project-based learning. Even after 25 years of teaching in Asia, Michael sti…
Julia Leong is a technology integration specialist who develops innovative teacher professional development programs for school districts internationally. She inspires technology infused learning that engages teachers to examine their practice and encourages students to demonstrate knowledge in multimodal ways. Julia’s sessions are highly creative and designed to make you question how your role as a teacher changes with technology. You will leave with practical ideas to teach and learn in new ways. She is one of approximately 100 Canadian Apple distinguished Educators and a November Learning A…Read more
About James Lerman
Director of Progressive Science Initiative, Kean University, Union, NJ
Learner, parent, teacher, teacher educator, prof. of ed. leadership, tech evangelist, author, speaker, Google Certified Teacher, LoTi certified trainer, certified Master Teacher Trainer, designer of new “schools” for the next generation, collaborator, visionary. Currently Director, Progressive Science Initiative at Kean Univ, author of Retool Your School and 3 other books for ISTE.
Angela Maiers is an award-winning educator, speaker, consultant and professional trainer known for her work in literacy, leadership and global communications.
She is an alumnus of The University of Iowa and has her masters degrees in educational supervision and reading from the University of Iowa and has spent 22 years working in elementary, middle and university settings as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, coach, special programs facilitator and university professor.
Today, Angela is at the forefront of New Literacy and Web 2.0 technologies. An active blogger and social media evange…Read more
Eric Marcos is a sixth grade mathematics teacher at Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica, CA. Eric integrates purposeful-technology with a “kids teaching kids” model. Using screencasting software, Eric’s students create math video lessons, called mathcasts, which are used in classroom instruction and for the class podcast. He created the Web site Mathtrain.com, where students actively collaborate on-line and the video site Mathtrain.TV. The site was recently featured on EuroNews to over 150 countries and in 11 languages. Recently, Eric launched the free student site, StudentCreated.TV. …Read more
After obtaining a Ph.D. degree in experimental physics at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands in 1981, Dr. Mazur came to Harvard University in 1982. In 1984 he joined the faculty and obtained tenure six years later. Dr. Mazur has made important contributions to spectroscopy, light scattering, the interaction of ultrashort laser pulses with materials, and nanophotonics.
In addition to his work in optical physics, Dr. Mazur is interested in education, science policy, outreach, and the public perception of science. He believes that better science education for all — not just science majo…Read more
Dave McCollom began at TechSmith as an IT specialist in 2006 before moving into his role as education evangelist in 2007.
Currently, he works closely with users around the globe, specifically focusing on the educational markets. In his position, he conducts ongoing and direct conversations with customers in order to influence continuous product improvement. Dave’s outreach to the educational community includes attending conferences both in the U.S. and abroad as well as visiting schools and classrooms for one-on-one and group training sessions with educators.
Prior to working for TechSmith, …Read more
Ewan McIntosh is CEO of NoTosh Limited, a startup that works with creative industries on the one hand, and then takes the processes, attitudes and research gained from working on those projects to the world of education, providing schools, districts and Governments all around the world with ideas, inspiration and research on how to better engage teens.
More information is available on the company website: http://www.notosh.com, and you can follow his take on current education trends on his regularly updated blog: http://edu.blogs.com.
Shannon McClintock Miller is the district teacher librarian and technology integrationist at Van Meter Community School in Van Meter, Iowa. She encourages her students to have a voice while learning, creating, collaborating and connecting to others within their school and around the world.
Shannon is the author of the award winning Van Meter Library voice blog and enjoys writing for ISTE's Leading & Learning journal, School Library Month, Teacher Librarian, various blogs and in other forums. She has had the opportunity to speak in Iowa and around the country about advocacy, technology, social…Read more
About Sue Miller
Teacher, West Tisbury School, Martha's Vineyard, MA
Sue Miller teaches at the West Tisbury School on Martha's Vineyard, MA. Sue is a lifelong educator with an unyielding passion for empowering students with new and emerging technologies to help them achieve today's learning goals while preparing them for future learning.
Described as having an infectious enthusiasm and incredible depth of knowledge, Brian shares a powerful vision for teaching and learning with administrators, teachers, parents and students. He focuses on critical thinking, motivating students through authentic tasks and developing collaborative partnerships. His varied experiences allow him to present this information in logical and thoughtful ways.
Brian prides himself in being an engaged, lifelong learner. He was named as one of Google’s first 200 certified educators, and he has developed a professional network of global peers who contin…Read more
About Ged Murphy
Head Teacher, Broughton Hall High School, Liverpool, England
Ged has been Head Teacher of Broughton Hall High School, an 11-18 all girls secondary school in Liverpool for 12 years.The school is part of the UK's Building Schools for the Future Programme and has designed and built a multi million dollar new school based on a skills based and thematic curriculum. He regularly speaks at International Baccalaureate conferences around the world on transformational learning and has published on approaches to 21st century learning.
Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant and university lecturer. He has helped schools, governments and industry leaders improve the quality of education through technology.
Often found urban exploring, hiking, skiing or sailing, he is always looking for a good adventure. As an enthusiast of soccer, he is almost always tracking scores, watching live matches or playing the game. Global travel has helped give him a better understanding of different cultures, grounding as well as motivating him to help improve the status quo.
Erin Olson is a high school English teacher in Sioux Rapids, Iowa-a small, rural community. Erin also serves as an English/Language Arts Teacher Consultant for Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency. Erin is a proponent of inquiry design and conceptual learning connecting her students’ voice to the world via technology. Erin views technology as an avenue to create, to collaborate, to share and to learn. Erin works to incorporate social issues into her classroom, and this led to her class taking part in an online fantasy Supreme Court League, Then Feed Just One, and World11Kids. She is a passion…Read more
Shelley Paul is the Coordinator of Teaching & Learning at Woodward Academy, where she provides professional development and collaborative support for teachers in the areas of curriculum, instructional design, 21st century learning and digital-age skills. She is inspired by the power of social media to connect people and ideas. Shelley is a recycler, an improvisor, a design thinker, a poet and a fan of libraries. Her online course, K12 Learning 2.0 (http://k12learning20.wikispaces.com) has introduced hundreds of participants from around the world to new web technologies and networked learning. …Read more
Mike Pennington and Garth Holman have a combined twenty-seven years 7th grade social studies teaching experience. Garth currently teaches in Beachwood City Schools where he piloted their 1:1 initiative eleven years ago. Mike teaches for Chardon Local Schools and is currently the only connected classroom. Their collaboration started seven years ago and has expanded to include their students. Every year Mike and Garth connect their students from two districts nearly thirty miles apart. Collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and intrinsic learning are life-long skills that Mike and Garth’…Read more
About Marc Prensky
Author, Speaker, Consultant, Games2Train, New York, NY
Marc Prensky is an internationally acclaimed speaker, writer, consultant, and game designer in the critical areas of education and learning. He is the author of three books: Digital Game-Based Learning (McGraw-Hill, 2001), Don’t Bother Me Mom – I’m Learning (Paragon House, 2006) and Teaching Digital Natives: Partnering for Real Learning (Corwin, 2010). Marc’s many articles on education and learning have been published in Educational Leadership, Educause, Edutopia, Educational Technology and other publications worldwide. …Read more
About Traci Redish
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Instructional Technology, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
Traci Redish, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Kennesaw State University and is an author of the forthcoming Educational Technology and the Law (Rowman Littlefield Education). Traci is the director of the Kennesaw Educational Technology Center and coordinator of the Ed.S./Ed.D. program in Instructional Technology. She is perhaps best known as the developer of the “InTech” staff development model for integrating technology…
Creativity champ, Peter H. Reynolds is a NY Times best-selling author/illustrator and founder of FableVision, an award-winning educational multi-media company co-located at the Boston Children’s Museum. Published in over 20 languages, Peter's books The Dot, Ish, Sky Color, Rose's Garden, I'm Here, So Few of Me and The North Star inspire children and “grown up children” with his messages about authentic learning, creativity, bravery, empathy, and courageous self-expression. Peter also illustrated the best selling Someday by Alison McGhee, Guyku by Bob Raczka, Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenth…Read more
About Cathleen Richardson
Chief Innovation Officer, Cre8tiv Educational Services, Atlanta, GA
Cathleen Richardson has been a pioneer educational technology specialist for over 15 years. Working closely with classroom teachers, principals and district administrators, Cathleen is deeply committed to helping educators understand the transformational power of technology. Her intimate knowledge of teaching and learning, Mobile Devices and New Media have made her a highly sought after keynote speaker. Cathleen has spoken at over 40 local, regional and national conferences and is a subject matter exper…
Elizabeth grew up in a multimedia rich environment. Having been a part of the world renown SFETT, a program created by media coach, Marco Torres, she benefited directly from the use of media in the classroom. Alas Media understands the importance of giving students multiple ways to express and evaluate their learning.
Schools and educators have embraced their unique approach to the use of multimedia and storytelling. Programs throughout the country as well as in Europe and Australia have discovered the benefits of their approach through their videos, workshops, trainings and online resources.… Read more
Rosa grew up in a multimedia rich environment. Having been a part of the world renown SFETT, a program created by media coach, Marco Torres, she benefited directly from the use of media in the classroom. Alas Media understands the importance of giving students multiple ways to express and evaluate their learning.
Schools and educators have embraced their unique approach to the use of multimedia and storytelling. Programs throughout the country as well as in Europe and Australia have discovered the benefits of their approach through their videos, workshops, trainings and online resources.
Aaron Sams has been an educator for 12 years. He currently teaches science at Woodland Park High School in Woodland Park, Colorado where his peers consider him to be an innovator in the implementation of technology in the classroom. He has taught many staff development courses, primarily in the area of technology integration. He was awarded the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence for Math and Science Teaching. Aaron recently served as co-chair of the Colorado State Science Standards Revision Committee.
About Devin Schoening
K12 Instructional Coach, Council Bluffs Community School District, Council Bluffs, IA
Devin Schoening is a K12 Instructional Technology Coach (2010-present); High School Journalism Adviser (2001-2010). Council Bluffs Community School District, Council Bluffs, Iowa.
About Erin Schoening
Primary Years Program Coordinator, Council Bluffs Community School District, Council Bluffs, IA
Erin Schoening is a International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme Coordinator (2011-present); 1st Grade teacher (2008-2011); Reading Recovery Teacher/Literacy Strategist (2004-2008); Kindergarten Teacher (2001-2004). Council Bluffs Community School District, Council Bluffs, Iowa.
About Annamaria Schrimpf
Director of Educational Technology, Winchester Public Schools, Winchester, MA
Annamaria Pisari Schrimpf has been the Director of Educational Technology for the Winchester Public Schools for twelve years and has been in the district for fifteen years. She has been an educator for more than 30 years, including teaching at the middle, high school and junior college level in the field of Business/Computer Education. Her undergraduate degree is from Suffolk University in Business Education and her graduate degree from Lesley University in Technology in Education. Ms. Schrim…Read more
Mark Schulte taught global issues-based journalism in Washington, DC for nearly ten years, most recently founding an international network of high school reporters online with members in more than 50 countries contributing daily to a web publication devoted to their stories.
Earlier he worked as a magazine writer and editor, covering politics and education in Virginia, and ultimately converted the magazine into a web journal of college life. That experience gave him a passion for the reach and dynamism of the web, and he has worked online ever since, experimenting with web technologies to fin…Read more
About Kate Seche
National Education Coordinator, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Washington, DC
Kate Seche is the National Education Coordinator for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington, D.C. In her career as an educator, she has worked as an elementary classroom teacher, a curriculum specialist focusing on the needs of English language learners and most recently, a middle school principal on the the southside of Chicago. Kate has a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in school leadership from George Mason Un…Read more
About James Sfayer
Senior Marine Instructor, Marine Corps JROTC Program, Abraham Clark High School, Roselle, NJ
Lieutenant Colonel Jim Sfayer was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY where he attended St. Francis College and received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies. He received an MBA in Business Administration from Long Island University. Jim was commissioned in November 1973 and upon completion of Basic School he served as a platoon commander and instructor for 360 US Naval Academy midshipmen. Jim taught leadership and military science during midshipman professional training. Upon completion…Read more
About Eryn Springer
First Grade Teacher, Armstrong Elementary School, Dallas, TX
Eryn is a first grade teacher at Armstrong Elementary in Dallas, Texas. She has created a classroom in which technology is used to enhance student learning on a daily basis. Students are engaged in whole-group and independent learning opportunities that connect them to the global community in an age-appropriate experience.
Eryn graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science in Education, focusing in elementary education, as well as a Master of Science in Education, focusing in educational psychology. Sh…
Carolyn is a curriculum and professional development designer for technology and Internet-based projects, including directing several projects funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Carolyn is especially intrigued with allowing students to collect real-time data with portable sensors and probes attached to handheld computers and microcomputer-based lab (MBL) systems. She has designed professional development that includes implementation of technology into the classroom curriculum, teacher and student utilization of existing software, design of tailored activities and manipulation of…Read more
Formerly a K-6 technology teacher, Lisa Thumann works with innovative learning technologies at the School for Global Education & Innovation at Kean University. Previously, Lisa was the Senior Specialist in Technology Education for Rutgers University's Center for Mathematics, Science and Computer Education where she worked on helping educators effectively integrate technology. Lisa focuses on her 21st Century Learning Initiative, developing personal learning communities and implementing Google Apps. She has presented at six of the Google Teacher Academies and is a Google Apps for Education Cert…Read more
Marco Antonio Torres has been an educator for ten years. He was a media coach and Director of Education Technology at San Fernando High School, one of the nation’s largest urban schools in Los Angeles. In addition to his work in the classroom, Marco Torres is a professional filmmaker and photographer who utilizes these digital storytelling tools to add value to his curriculum. He has been recognized locally and internationally. Marco Torres was honored as a California Teacher of the Year for his accomplishments in the classroom and for his use of technology to empower minority students. His wo…Read more
About Jeff Utecht
Elementary Technology and Learning Coordinator, International School, Bangkok, Thailand
Jeff Utecht is an international educator, educational technology consultant and author. Over the past 9 years, Jeff has been teaching at International Schools in the Middle East and Asia. From camels and cell phones in the deserts of Saudi Arabia, to the 21st century city of Shanghai, Jeff’s travels have allowed him to experience technology and globalization through the lens of education. Currently working as the High School Technology and Learning Coordinator for the International School B…
About Jenny Velasquez
Co-Director of NOLA Travelwriters and NOLA Tweens; History Teacher, Trinity Episcopal School, New Orleans, LA
Jenny Velasquez is the 7th and 8th grade history teacher at Trinity Episcopal School in New Orleans. She and her co-worker, English teacher Denise Altobello founded and direct NOLA Travel Writers and the New Orleans T(w)een Travel Writers Workshop.
The two long time classroom teachers have developed an integrated and project-based curriculum for Language Arts and U.S. History as well as for English and World Geography.
Recently, the NOLA Travel Writers conducted…Read more
Before joining the November Learning team, Jim was a teacher, Technology Director and Interactive Media Consultant at Macomb Intermediate School District in Michigan. As a consultant with our team, he works with districts in providing teacher and administrative trainings and conducts curriculum evaluations at a school and district level.
Jim has presented keynotes and workshops at local, state-wide and national conferences, including the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) and our annual Building Learning Communities Conference (BLC). He has also received awards for curriculum in…Read more
Sara was a Math, Science and Engage teacher at Birmingham Covington School for 13 years before adding the roles of Learning Mentor and Process Development Coach to her repertoire. Sara is a consultant for November Learning and a member of the EdLeader21 Advisory Team. In each capacity, Sara strives to connect the experiences of students, teachers and administrators to foster a critical understanding around the meaningful integration of technology, pedagogy and content. Sara has facilitated workshops at schools, educational conferences and professional development seminars, nationally and inter…Read more
About Stephen Wolfram
Founder and CEO, Wolfram Research, Boston, MA
Stephen Wolfram is a distinguished scientist, inventor, author and business leader. He is the creator of Mathematica, the author of A New Kind of Science, the creator of Wolfram|Alpha and the founder and CEO of Wolfram Research.
Wolfram has been president and CEO of Wolfram Research since its founding in 1987. In addition to his business leadership, Wolfram is deeply involved in the development of the company’s technology, and continues to be personally responsible for overseeing all aspects of the functional design of the co…Read more