Featured Speakers.

 Vicki Davis | Wesley Fryer | Carl HookerLisa JohnsonErin Klein | Todd Nesloney | Kyle Pace | Nerissa RaschelleDean Shareski | John Spencer | Sarah Thomas | Silvia Tolisano | Tony Vincent

Dr. Wesley Fryer

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Dr. Wesley Fryer - Featured SpeakerDr. Wesley Fryer is a classroom STEM teacher, digital learning consultant, author, digital storyteller, and change agent. He teaches 4th and 5th grade STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) at Independence Elementary in Yukon Public Schools in Oklahoma. Wesley earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Tech University in 2011. He is the author of three books on using multimedia to support learning. Wes became a Google Certified Teacher in 2009, was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2005, and is a 2014 PBS Digital Innovator. He helps organize free EdCamp and PLAYDATE professional development events in Oklahoma, as well as the free, annual K-12 Online Conference each year.

Lisa Johnson

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Lisa JohnsonLisa has 15+ years of educational experience ranging from teaching HS English & MS Math to international curriculum development, creating and presenting workshops, and even running technology integration camps across the state. Currently, Lisa serves as an Educational Technologist for Eanes ISD which proudly supports an 1:1 iPad initiative from K-12. Additionally, she has been recognized and selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator.
Her love for “cooking up” technology integrated lessons and the need for a creative & productive outlet led her to create the TechChef4u blog in early May of 2011. Lisa continues to share her app-thusiasm for iLearning and purposeful integration of mobile devices in schools districts and conferences worldwide. She feels very strongly about providing authentic and engaging professional development resources across multiple platforms (e.g. Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Google+, Thinglink, iTunes U, MailChimp… ) to meet the needs of a diverse population of educators.
Other TechChef4u delectable digital delights are the TechChef4u app, “Hot Apps 4 HOTS” iBook, “Appy Hours 4 U” podcast, and the TechChef Techucation Gazette. Recently, Lisa has expanded her interests in technology integration to include a Chic Geek iJewelry line to fully support those that enjoy dressing the part… 😉

Todd Nesloney

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ToddNesloneyTodd Nesloney is TCEA’s Teacher of the Year for 2014 and the new Principal at Navasota Intermediate School in Navasota, Texas.  He is a White House Champion of Change, a National School Board Association “20 to Watch” for 2013, Center for Digital Education “Top 40 Innovators in Education” for 2013, SMART Exemplary Educator, Discovery Star Educator, Classroom Champions Teacher, Ron Clark Academy Slide Certified, part of the Remind Teacher Advisory Board, a Flipped Classroom Certification Instructor for Sophia.org.  Todd also is the co-founder of The 3 Tech Ninjas education technology training company, the author of children’s book “Spruce & Lucy” and the co-author of “Flipping 2.0”. He is also the co-host of the education podcast series “EduAllStars.” In addition to his passion for working with kids and teaching, Todd travels around the country speaking and presenting at different conferences.  You can learn more about Todd, by visiting his website www.toddnesloney.com.

Nerissa Raschelle

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Nerissa Rachelle

Fueled by her passion for education and social equity, Nerissa Raschelle always knew she wanted to be an educator. Early in her career, she worked as a peer and youth educator with the Breakthrough Collaborative, an educational enrichment program serving at risk students. After graduating from Mount Holyoke College with a BA in African American and Gender Studies, Nerissa taught on the West Side of Chicago for two years. It was during her time in Chicago that she was introduced to the world of educational technology and she has not looked back since.

Nerissa currently works as a Technology Integrator at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School. She plans and implements lessons with Preschool students (ages 3-5), and collaborates with special area teachers to effectively integrate technology into their classrooms as well.

Talk to Nerissa about: technology integration in early education, educational technology and student voice, educational technology and social justice, women’s education.

John Spencer

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John Spencer is a middle school photojournalism and computer teacher in urban Phoenix, Arizona. Over the last eleven years, he has taught social studies, language arts, language acquisition and technology, along with his experience in professional development and teacher coaching. He is a frequent keynote and conference speaker who recently delivered an address at the White House Future Ready Summit. His research experience includes writing a chapter in The Nature of Technology textbook and winning the NAU Education Technology Graduate Award for his work around transforming professional development. He is an avid writer whose work has been featured in Kappan Magazine, The Answer Sheet, and Edutopia. He is the author of Wendell the World’s Worst Wizard and co-founder of Write About. He blogs regularly at spencerideas.org.

Silvia Tolisano

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Silvia Tolisano

Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano is a Third Culture Kid (TCK). Born in Germany, raised in Argentina, having lived shortly in Brazil, is now planted in the United States. Her multicultural upbringing fueled her passion for languages, travel, global awareness and global competencies. Silvia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish with a Minor in International Studies and a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Instructional Technology. She has worked as a World Language teacher, Technology Integration Facilitator, 21st Century Learning Specialist, Social Media Coordinator, Professional Development and Educational Consultant.

Her passions include globally connected learning, technology integration, contemporary upgrades and amplification of the curriculum, documenting for learning (from digital portfolios, digital storytelling, new forms of teacher observations, to building institutional memory), blogging as pedagogy, visualize learning and developing & maintaining a Personal Learning Network. Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano is available for national and international conference presentations, consultations, and teacher training sessions. She is able to work with you and present in English, Spanish and German. Silvia is known in the international bloggersphere under the name of “Langwitches.”

Read more at: http://langwitches.org/blog/about/

Tony Vincent

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Tony Vincent

Tony Vincent’s interest in using technology for learning started while he was teaching fifth grade in Nebraska fifteen years ago, where he created one of the first classroom websites dedicated to providing opportunities for students to publish their work online. Tony has been a Technology Specialist, integrating technology for students and teachers in grades kindergarten through five, and developed the first podcast from an American elementary school. Tony is now an independent consultant and has worked in 38 states and on three continents. He is currently based in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and continues his mission to empower teachers and students through thoughtful use of technology. Visit his website at learninginhand.com and follow him on Twitter.

Vicki Davis

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Vicki Davis coolcatteacherVicki Davis will help you teach with better results, lead with a positive impact and live with greater purpose. If you want to know what 21st century teaching looks like, many – including Thomas Friedman in the World is Flat and Don Tapscott in Grown Up Digital – mention Vicki as an example. The ISTE Online Learning Award, pioneer in Open Source Virtual World Technology, and Edublog Award for the Best Teacher Blog are three of the many honors she has earned.

Vicki Davis is a full time classroom teacher known for her sense of humor, practical classroom examples, and knowledge of education technology.

Vicki’s two books: Reinventing Writing and Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds, empower teachers to connect their students to technology and the world. The Cool Cat Teacher Blog, is consistently among the top 50 blogs in education worldwide. In 2013, Mashable named her one of “Twitter’s Top 10 Rockstar teachers.” She has created more than 20 global collaborative projects connecting students from more than 20 countries.

Carl Hooker

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Carl Hooker - Miami Device Featured SpeakerCarl 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 of Innovation and Digital Learning at Eanes ISD, he has helped spearhead the launch the LEAP program (Learning & Engaging through Access and Personalization), which put one-to-one iPads in the hands of all K-12 students in his 8000-student district. He is also the founder of “iPadpalooza” – a three-day “learning festival” in celebration of the shift iPads have brought about in education and beyond. This year began the first of many future spin-off iPadpalooza events in various states across the country. He’s been named Tech & Learning Magazine’s 2014 Leader of the Year and is a member of the Apple Distinguished Educator class of 2013.

Follow him on twitter @mrhooker and his blog: hookedoninnovation.com

Erin Klein

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Erin Klein - KleinspirationErin Klein
 is a teacher, author, and parent who has earned her Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and currently teaches second grade at Cranbrook Schools in Bloomfield Hills, MI. She has previously taught first, sixth, and seventh grade. She is certified in Brain Gym, Educational Kinesiology, and has studied under consultants from The Center for Effective Learning to understand how design affects cognition and learning. Some of her articles and interviews on design for education can be found on Smartblogs for Education, MindShift, Scholastic, and EdReach.

Erin is also the technology chairperson for the Michigan Reading Association, a national A Plus Workshop Presenter, SDE National Presenter, SMART Technologies Exemplary Educator, former Really Good Stuff Monthly Blogger, Edutopia Guest Blogger, Edudemic Guest Blogger and Magazine Contributor, National Writing Project member, and award-winning EduTech Blogger.

Klein has most recently appeared in the Scholastic Instructor Magazine and co-authored Amazing Grades with experts from 13 countries around the world. Klein joined the elite team of Scholastic Top Teaching Bloggers this summer in New York. She was also accepted into the Teachers College at Columbia University where she studied this past summer. Her work can be seen on her own site, Kleinspiration.com, and on the Top Teaching Blog through Scholastic.com.

Kyle Pace

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Kyle Pace

Kyle Pace is an Instructional Technology Specialist for a K-12 district near Kansas City, Missouri. He has worked with K-12 teachers in his district to provide instructional technology professional development for the last 10 years with 4 years prior to that teaching elementary school.

Kyle has spoken at education conferences such as Learning Forward, ISTE, FETC, Educon, and various Edcamps. Kyle also has presented virtually for the Simple K12 Teacher Learning Community, The Reform Symposium online conference, and Education Week.

In January 2009, Kyle co-authored a book titled Integrating Technology With Music Instruction. In April 2010, Kyle participated on a panel about Education And The Real-Time Web at the 140 Conference in New York City. Kyle has organized all three annual EdCampKC unconferences in 2010, 2011, and 2012 respectively.

In July 2011, Kyle was chosen to participate in the Google Teacher Academy in Seattle, Washington to become a Google Certified Teacher.  In January 2013, Kyle was named as one of Education Week’s 2013 “Leaders to Learn From” and joined the other honorees this past April in Washington, D.C. to receive special recognition from Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.

Kyle has a strong passion for sharing with teachers and administrators about the impact that educational technology can have on student learning.
Find out more about Kyle by visiting his website and blog at kylepace.com.

Dean Shareski

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Dean ShareskiDean Shareski is a teacher, speaker and consultant who works with schools and teachers looking to leverage technology for learning. Dean has been in education for the past 26 years. His role the past several years has centered around supporting teachers transition classrooms to leverage technology to transform and enhance learning.

Dean is the Community Manager for Discovery Education Canada. He taught grades 1-8 for 14 years and spent 9 as a digital learning consultant for Prairie South School Division in Moose Jaw, SK. In addition he teaches pre-service teachers at the University of Regina. He also has written and taught Masters courses at Wilkes University. His blog consistently ranks among the top educational blogs. Dean also blogs for Tech Learning and the Huffington Post. In 2010 he won the ISTE Award for Outstanding Leader of the Year. Dean has had the opportunity to speak to a variety of education audiences both nationally and internationally. His passion remains helping teachers explore the affordances of technology for learning. Dean believes humor and humility go a long way in supporting and advocating transformational practices in teaching and learning.

Sarah Thomas

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Sarah Thomas is a Google Certified Teacher and Edmodo Certified Teacher, as well as a leader of the Washington, DC Google Educator Group and founder of the EduMatch project. She is the Technology Liaison at John Hanson French Immersion School in Oxon Hill, MD. In addition to this role, she also teaches Technology Integration and English Language Arts at the middle school level. She has served on the School Leadership Team, advising administrators and teachers on technology-related matters.

Outside of her work at John Hanson, she also conducts professional development for teacher recertification hours at the county level, on topics such as Google Drive and Google Sites, and Using PowerPoint in the Teaching and Learning Process. Sarah has presented on various technology topics at the local, regional, state, and national levels. She also presents free interactive tutorials for teachers on various educational technology topics.

Sarah holds a Masters 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 through the use of project-based learning.

Sarah is 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. In addition, she received the honor of the Prince Georges County Public Schools Outstanding Educator Using Technology in 2015.

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