Dr. Ruben Puentedura is the Founder and President of Hippasus, a consulting firm based in Western Massachusetts focusing on transformative applications of information technologies to education. He has implemented these approaches for over twenty-five years at a range of K-20 educational institutions, as well as health and arts organizations. He is the creator of the SAMR model for selecting, using, and evaluating technology in education, which currently guides the work of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, as well as projects in Vermont and Sweden. His current work explores new directions in mobile computing, digital storytelling, learning analytics, and educational gaming, focusing on applications in areas where they have not been traditionally employed.
Senior Researcher at the prestigious Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society, Co-Director of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, and a former Franklin Fellow at the United States State Department (2010-12), David Weinberger has written several books including Small Pieces Loosely Joined and Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder. He’s been a frequent commentator on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered, and has written for the “Fortune 500″ of business and tech journals, including The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, The Miami Herald, The Boston Globe, USA Today, The Guardian, and Wired. Journalists from The New York Times, Newsweek, The Boston Globe, The Los Angeles Times, InformationWeek, The Economist, Foreign Policy, the Wall Street Journal and many more turn to him for insight. He is a columnist for Knowledge Management World and has been a columnist for il sole 24 ore,. He writes a well-known weblog, Joho the Blog. David was a philosophy professor for six years, a gag writer for Woody Allen’s comic strip for seven years, ahumor columnist, a dot-com entrepreneur before most people knew what a home page was, and a strategic marketing consultant to household-name multinationals and the most innovative startups. He is also one of the most entertaining and acclaimed presenters around.
Dr. David Weinberger turns this remarkable range of experience and knowledge to the most important question facing every business today: How is technology changing the way my employees, partners and customers are putting themselves together, and how is that changing the basics of business, culture, education, politics, government…
Jon Bergmann is considered one of the pioneers in the Flipped Class Movement. He co-wrote the book on the Flipped Classroom. Jon believes educators should ask one guiding question: What is best for my students in my classroom? To the best of his abilities, he has done this in his twenty-four years as a high school science teacher. He received the Presidential Award for Excellence for Math and Science Teaching in 2002 and was named Semi-Finalist for Colorado Teacher of the Year in 2010. He is a co-founder of the Flipped Learning Network, a nonprofit organization which provides teachers the resources needed to implement flipped learning. He serves on the advisory board of TED Education. He hosts a “The Flip Side,” a radio show which tells the stories of Flipped Educators. Find out more at http://jonbergmann.com. He is the father of three and is happily married to the love of his life.
Kathy Schrock has been a school district Director of Technology, an instructional technology specialist, an adjunct education professor, and a middle school, academic, museum, and public library librarian. She is currently teaching online graduate courses for Wilkes University, as part of the Wilkes-Discovery masters program in instructional media, and for Arcadia University. Kathy is an Adobe Education Leader, a Google Certified Teacher, and a Discovery Education STAR and a DEN Guru.
In addition to teaching online, Kathy writes, speaks, blogs, tweets, and conducts professional development workshops, presentations, and keynotes throughout the world. She is known for her practical presentations dealing with pedagogically sound practices for the embedding of technology seamlessly into teaching and learning. Her passions are online tools to support classroom instruction, the role of emerging technologies in the classroom, iPads for teaching and learning, authentic learning practices, digital storytelling, copyright and intellectual property, and gadgets of any type!
Kathy has been an avid user of the Internet since November of 1993, and, in 1995, she created her award-winning site, Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators, to help teachers easily wade through the many resources on the Internet. In 1999, Kathy partnered with Discovery Education and she maintained that site until late 2012.
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Kathy has written hundreds of articles dealing with technology and education and has authored several books about edtech topics. In addition, she has received numerous awards for her work, including a People’s Choice Webby, the ISTE and MassCUE Making IT Happen Awards, the NCTIES Service Learning Award, has served on the ISTE Board of Directors twice and has worked with the US Department of Education on numerous educational technology initiatives.
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 and classroom assessment. A former social studies teacher who instructed in a laptop classroom for seven years, Tom has been featured in the Boston Globe for his contributions to teaching with technology and invited to Singapore by the Ministry of Education as an “Outstanding Educator in Residence.” In addition to leading EdTechTeacher, Tom currently serves as President of the National Council of Social Studies Technology Committee and was a featured speaker at the 2010 NCSS Conference. Tom is also an advisor to Massachusetts Computer Users in Education (MassCUE), and the Massachusetts Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (MASCD), and serves as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) project consultant. He is the creator of Best History Web Sites, an award-winning portal, and The Center for Teaching History with Technology, dedicated to helping K-12 history and social studies teachers effectively incorporate technology into their courses. Tom also created Teaching English with Technology, designed to guide K-12 English and Language Arts teachers in their use of technology in the classroom. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Montreal, Tom has taught in Quebec, France, Switzerland, and the United States.
Justin Reich is the co-founder of EdTechTeacher, a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and the director of Online Community, Practice and Research at Facing History and Ourselves, an organization devoted to combating bigotry and nurturing democracy through history education. His current research and work examines how online professional learning opportunities (both formal and informal) can support educators’ efforts to develop students’ historical thinking and moral reasoning skills. He is also developing research projects around family involvement in informal learning with high-poverty populations and around inventorying school-based approaches to cyber-bullying and online cruelty and meanness. Justin is a co-author of Best Ideas for Teaching with Technology: A Practical Guide for Teachers by Teachers, and his academic work has been published in Educational Researcher, Social Education,Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, and other venues. His opinion writings have been published in the Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, The Providence Journal, and other publications. He has been an Outstanding Educator in Residence for the Academy of Singapore Teachers, a Digital Media and Learning Summer Fellow with the MacArthur Foundation, and is among the 2012 class of Emerging Leaders for the International Society for Technology in Education. He also blogs for Education Week atEdTechResearcher.
Greg Kulowiec brings eight years of teaching experience as a Social Studies teacher and Technology Integration Specialist to EdTechTeacher. An award-winning history teacher who was recognized by the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies with the Aieta Promising Teacher Award in 2009, Greg’s expertise and influence in technology integration has grown to a national level. As a co-creator of #sschat on twitter, Greg has been featured in both the New York Times and theWashington Post regarding the impact of social media with educators. While in the classroom, Greg was a proponent of expanding the audience of his student’s work by having them publish text, audio and video online. His student’s video projects exploring the protests of the Arab Spring were featured on WBUR’s “Here and Now” program in 2011. Greg has also been an early adopter of iPads in the classroom. Student projects integrating iPads have included a student created digital math textbook, iPad podcasting, paperless iPad research and iPad screencasting across the curriculum. Greg presents at regional and national conferences on his teaching strategies and technology integration ideas including MassCue, The National Council for the Social Studies, The New England 1:1 Summitt, EdTechTeacher Winter Conference and multiple EdCamps. Greg has been at the forefront of integrating cell phones into the classroom and has been featured on Public Radio International’s, “The World Technology Podcast” in 2009 and contributed to the 2009 ISTE Fall Newsletter, both about cell phones in the classroom.
Holly Clark is a technology and innovation specialist from San Diego, California who has taught for over 16 years in San Francisco, Chicago, and San Diego. She has been helping teachers redefine instruction in their classrooms by overseeing a 1:1 iPad pilot and implementing digital literacy programs. Holly is both a Google Certified Teacher as well as a National Board Certified Teacher, and holds an MA in Technology in Education from Columbia University. Since 2003, she has been working with technology integration and 1:1 environments. Holly has consulted with schools internationally on improving their iPad integration and using Google Apps for Education to empower learning.
Beth Holland coordinates all of the communications for EdTechTeacher – web sites, social media, and newsletters – as well as instructs at workshops. Bringing expertise in mobile learning, elementary education and assistive technologies to the team, she has presented at the 2011 Global Education Conference, the EdTechTeacher Winter Conference, the Massachusetts Assistive Technology Expo, the MassCUE Technology Conference, Edscape, and previous EdTechTeacher iPad Summits. Bringing over 12 years of education experience, she most recently served as the Director of Academic Technology at St. Michael’s Country Day School in Newport, Rhode Island where she implemented professional development programs, designed interdisciplinary, technology-rich projects, taught students in grades 2-8 during technology classes, coordinated with the Student Services Director to facilitate the integration of assistive technologies to support students, and helped to design their iPad pilot program. Before St. Michael’s, Beth worked as a researcher at the Naval War College in the Innovation Lab where she designed knowledge management plans to support blended communication environments and researched the potential to create an online environment to streamline training and education which she presented at I/ITSEC. She has also taught 9th grade English at the Rocky Hill School in East Greenwich, RI, and led adventure learning programs for ActionQuest in the Caribbean and Polynesia. Beth holds an Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a B.S. in Communications from Northwestern University.
Carl Hooker comes to EdTechTeacher as an instructor and presenter. Currently, he serves as the Director for Instructional Technology in the Eanes Independent School District in Austin, TX where he has been a part of a strong educational shift with technology integration since becoming an educator. His unique blend of educational background, technical expertise, and humor make him a successful driving force for this change. As Director, he has helped spearhead the launch the LEAP program (Learning & Engaging through Access and Personalization) which put 1:1 iPads in the hands of all K-12 students at Eanes. He is also the founder of iPadpalooza – a learning festival showcasing the use of iPads in education. Over 1000 people from 20 states will attend this year’s iPadpalooza which also includes live music and food trailers. Carl is a member of the Apple Distinguished Educator class of 2013. Connect with him on twitter: @mrhooker.
Patrick Larkin is the newly appointed Assistant Superintendent for Learning for Burlington Public Schools in Massachusetts. Prior to this, Patrick served 15 years as a building level administrator at the high school level. He was recently selected as one of three national Digital Principal Award winner by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). In addition, he was recently featured in an article in T.H.E. Journal titled 7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-Leading Principals.
Patrick’s school has recently made the transition to a 1:1 environment for the 2011-2012 school year after distributing over 1,000 iPads to staff and students. He is actively presenting to colleagues on the power of social media for administrators, teachers, and students.
An avid blogger and a proponent of social media to better engage teachers, students, and parents in the education process, Patrick is one of the founders of the Connected Principals Blog and #cpchat on Twitter. He is one of the authors of the Super Book of Web Tools for Educators, and his article, Getting Connected, was published in September’s issue of Principal Leadership. Most recently (June 2012), he was featured in an article in Technological Horizons in Education’s THE Journal entitled 7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-leading Principals.
Prior to serving as a school administrator, Patrick was a high school English teacher. As an Assistant Principal, Patrick was named Assistant Principal of the Year in the state of Massachusetts. He also is a former Executive Board member in the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Administrators Association (MSSAA), and recently completed a two year term as a member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Commission on Public Secondary Schools (NEASC). Patrick is a graduate of Assumption College, and received his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Framingham State College. You can find Patrick’s blog at PatrickMLarkin.com and follow him on Twitter @patrickmlarkin.
Shawn McCusker has 18 years of experience as a middle school and high school teacher. He has taught in public, private and alternative schools. In 2006, he was recognized as a finalist for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. He earned his B.A. in history from Northern Illinois University and an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, Chicago. On Twitter, Shawn is the co-leader of #sschat, an online social studies community, and the creator of #1to1techat, which conducts discussions of effective leadership and teaching practices for 1:1 programs. He is also an organizer of both EdCampChicago and EdCampSocialStudies. He has presented at national and local conferences such as the National Council for Social Studies, and the ILCHE/IMSA Conference. Shawn is currently an American Studies and World History teacher at William Fremd High School in Palatine, Illinois where he teaches in a 1:1 iPad pilot.
Samantha Morra is an educator with 20 years experience in K-12 schools. She started her teaching career as a kindergarten, first and second grade teacher. She has worked as an elementary school technology coordinator, a middle school technology coordinator and an assistant principal. She is a Google Certified Teacher, has presented throughout the state of New Jersey, and is an advisor for the New Jersey Educational Computing Cooperative (NJECC). She has also presented at a number of conferences including the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE) Conference, EduCon, and Tech Forum NY and Boston. She has been published in ISTE’s Learning & Leading With Technology magazine, quoted on education and learning in a variety of newspapers including the New York Times and Star Ledger and appeared on television on NJN’s Classroom Close Up and the ABC network special issues in education. She also contributed to Web 2.0 How-To for Educators by Gwen Solomon and Lynne Schrum and published by ISTE. She believes that technology has the power to transform education and build deeper understanding for students and teachers.
Don Orth, Director of Technology at Hillbrook School in Los Gatos, California, joins EdTechTeacher as an instructor and presenter. He received his BA from Tufts University and EdM from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Don has been working in public and private schools, both in the US and Europe, for over a decade as a teacher and administrator. In the last few years, Don has focused on bringing meaningful innovation into education, not simply in the form of technology, but by way of better understanding student needs, learning styles, and the shifting landscape of our world. Hillbrook School was one of the first schools to initiate a 1:1 iPad program, which has become one of the platforms they use to help transform teaching and learning. Don is also coordinating the Hillbrook iLab project to study how agile learning environments affect engagement, confidence, and performance of students. Don co-authored an article on digital citizenship published in Independent School Magazine, summer 2013. Hillbrook School was recently selected as an Apple Distinguished School for the 2012-2013 school year, and Don was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2013.
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