Erin 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.
Todd 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.
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 the Washington 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. She has been helping teachers redefine instruction in their classrooms by overseeing a 1:1 iPad and Chromebook pilot and helping schools implement digital literacy programs. She is a Google Certified Teacher and National Board Certified Teacher, Holly has been working with technology integration and 1:1 environments since 2003. She presents internationally on helping schools improve iPad integration and using Google Apps for Education to empower learning. You can follow her on twitter @HollyClarkEdu and blog: hollyclark.org
Dr. Wesley Fryer
Dr. 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.
Tanya Avrith is a technology and innovation specialist in South Florida helping lead change by working with educators, parents, K-12 and college students. She works with EdTechTeacher as a full time instructor and presenter. Tanya previously served as the Lead Educational Technology and Digital Citizenship Teacher at the Lester B. Pearson School Board in Montreal, Canada. While there, Tanya was instrumental in the vision and execution of the district wide Digital Citizenship Program which resulted in her being invited to Facebook headquarters to discuss Digital Citizenship education. Tanya has presented to thousands of educators, students, and parents from all over Canada and the United States addressing strategies for learning how to harness the power of social media.
She facilitated the deployment and professional development of 1:1 initiatives including Macbooks, iPads and Chromebooks as well as the adoption of Google Apps for Education for her district. Tanya’s passion stems from a strong desire to effect change and inspire others to explore how they can use the technology to help differentiate individual students’ needs, provide a vehicle for collaboration and allow for deeper purpose and voice in student learning. Tanya holds a M.A. in Educational Technology and a B.A in Communication Studies from Concordia University in Montreal as well as a B.Ed from the University of Ottawa. Tanya is a connected educator with strong ties to her PLN. She is a Google Certified Teacher and an Apple Distinguished Educator as well as the co-host of the EduSlam.me show along with Holly Clark.
Lisa has 14+ 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… 😉
Andrew Miller currently serves on the National Faculty for the Buck Institute for Education and ASCD. He travels internationally, working with educators in his many areas of expertise. He is an experience online, blended, and brick and mortar teachers and has taught many course from the Humanities to Game Design. He has given presentations and workshops at many conferences including the National Association for Multicultural Education, ISTE, ASCD, the International Reading Association, the National Council for Teachers of English, and iNACOL’s Virtual Schools Symposium. Andrew is an avid blogger and writer for a variety of organizations including ASCD, Edutopia and the Huffington Post. Andrew is also a certified Literacy Design Collaborative Trainer, and works with teachers of all content areas to build literacy skills for students.
Jeremy Macdonald is the Director of Technology and Innovation for Redmond School District in Central Oregon. In addition to leading the district’s IT department, Jeremy is also an instructional leader, sharing his years of classroom experience and vision of practical and effective instructional technology with students and staff.
Jeremy has helped multiple districts implement 1:1 device initiatives in Oregon and continues to push for change in his new role. He is also works for the State of Oregon as a member of the Oregon Virtual School District (ORVSD), providing professional development to public K-12 institutions around the state. He, his wife, and four children currently live in the heart of Central Oregon.
Jeremy’s website is MrMacnology.com
Brad Waid is an energetic and passionate educator, national speaker and blogger who inspires educational change through educational technology and Augmented Reality. He is one of the co-founders of AR Detroit, co-host of the “2 Guys Show”, co-founder of Two Guys and Some iPads blog (twoguysandsomeipads.com), National School Board Association’s 20 to Watch, featured on best-keynote.com and sits on the Advisory boards of two Educational Technology companies.
Drew Minock is a rising star in the world of educational technology and motivational speaking. Drew is the Co-Founder of the educational blog Two Guys and Some iPads and augmented reality meet up AR Detroit. Minock has launched the popular educational podcast “The Two Guys Show” to inspire educators to reach new heights. Drew is currently serving on the Teacher Advisory Board for edtech startups Remind 101 (Miami Device Sponsor), and Three Ring. He is also currently serving as an educational advisor for Daqri, the world’s leading augmented reality developer who creates educational experiences that allows students to absorb and retain ideas like never before.
As a child, I wanted to grow up to become a Ninja Turtle. Unfortunately, I realized that I had too many fingers to fit in, so I turned to the next best thing, teaching. Ironically, I had no idea that educational technology was even a thing when I graduated from my undergraduate program. Now, in my fourth year as a teacher, it has become my passion. I owe my relationship with ed tech to signing up for a Twitter account while sitting in the Las Vegas airport with nothing better to do. Since that serendipitous moment, my career, life, and family have taken on new meaning. I am very excited to share my love of educational technology and teaching in general with each of you in Miami this November.