Keynote Speakers Include Jaime Casap, Eric Marcos, and Graham Brown-Martin
Jaime Casap, Google
Wednesday Dinner Keynote
Jaime Casap is a Senior Education Evangelist at Google, Inc. He is responsible for working with K12 educational institutions and organizations to bring current and future technological innovations into the education environment. In his role, he evangelizes the power of technology and the use of Google tools, such as Google Apps and Chromebooks, to help students build the skills needed to succeed, close the digital divide, and help level the playing field. He has worked with hundreds of school districts, charter schools, and has created partnerships with organizations in states such as Oregon, Iowa, New York, Missouri, and Rhode Island, to build the capability to bring Google tools to millions of administrators, teachers, and students.
Born and raised as a first generation American to a single mother on welfare in Hell’s Kitchen, New York, Jaime understands and appreciates the power of education in changing the destiny of a family in just one generation. He wants to make sure that education continues to be the silver bullet it was for him.
In addition to his work at Google, Jaime is a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University, where he teaches graduate classes in leadership, organizational behavior, innovation, and public policy.
Jaime also serves on Arizona’s STEM Education Advisory Board, Harvard’s Unleashing Innovation in Education Committee, Arizona State University’s School of Engineering Advisory Board, New Global Citizen’s Board of Directors, and is a member of Jeb Bush and Bob Wise’s Digital Learning Council.
Eric Marcos, Mathtrain.TV
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 website Mathtrain.com, where students actively collaborate on-line and the video site Mathtrain.TV.
Eric attended Boston College and earned his Master of Education degree in the MidCareer Math and Science Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has taught in East Boston and San Diego public middle schools.
Eric will be joined by students Tiana “Paul” Kadkhoda and Andrew Rothman.
Graham Brown-Martin, Learning Without Frontiers
Graham Brown-Martin is the founder of Learning Without Frontiers (LWF) a global platform for thinkers and practitioners from the education, digital media, technology and entertainment sectors to explore how affordable disruptive technologies are radically improving learning and equality of access.
Prior to this Graham has enjoyed a career spanning the education and entertainment software industries, having built a number of creatively and technologically innovative enterprises that were sold to larger corporations including Philips Electronics and Virgin Interactive. Before starting his own companies Graham worked with the Open University and Research Machines. Graham has also worked in several developing nations.
Aside from his work and entrepreneurship in technology, Graham has also directed music videos for The Fall, Malcolm McLaren, Salt Tank and Future Sound of London amongst others and with artist, Buggy G Riphead, he designed the ship’s computer for the feature film, Lost in Space.
Graham has also appeared in a variety of media including The TES, The Assignment, Trace, Transculturalism, the BBC Money Programme, The Guardian, Management Today and The Times.
Graham has four children and lives in a leafy enclave between Peckham and Deptford in South-East London, UK.
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We have incredible breakout session speakers lined up for Mobile Learning Experience 2012. The event features presenters from around the globe! You can tell how amazing these speakers are by reading their biographies.
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Travis Allen - Kennesaw, Georgia
Travis Allen is a young visionary for Digital Learning in the classroom. Before graduating high school, Travis created a viral YouTube video on revolutionizing education in America through mobile learning. Today, Travis is a junior at Kennesaw State University (KSU), where he operates his growing non-profit organization, the iSchool Initiative. Working closely with the Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) organization at KSU he has been able to turn his vision into a full blown movement with schools all over the world adopting the iSchool Initiative’s concept. Travis manages a team of thirty people who are touring the country providing seminars, workshops, publications, and a network for students and educators, to motivate them to embrace becoming life-long digital learners in the Information Age. Travis is quickly becoming one of the top leaders in the emerging digital learning revolution movement.
Jenny Ashby - Australia
Jenny has been using iPods for four years and iPads for the last 18 months at a class level and has now implemented idevices across all school levels in her school, Epsom Primary School. Jenny presents on a State, national and international level and received the ICTEV Teacher of the Year Award in 2011. Jenny is also a founding member of Slide to Learn. Jenny is a life long learner and says, “The best part of learning is sharing.”
Jamey Boelhower - Kearney, Nebraska
Educational Service Unit 10
Jamey Boelhower is a Remote Learning Specialist for Educational Service Unit 10 in Kearney, Nebraska. He continues to teach early entry college courses for Central Community College Grand Island and a technology class (TECHS) developed by ESU 10 to high school students across the state of Nebraska through Distance Learning. Jamey spent 12 years in the classroom, the last nine at Centura Public School as an English teacher.
Kevin Burden - Hull, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
The University of Hull
Kevin Burden is a lecturer and researcher at the University of Hull who has worked extensively with teachers and developers around the world to integrate technology into their practice. He has run several major technology projects in the UK and Europe and is currently supporting a group of five primary teachers to develop and research their practice in implementing a handheld learning project across each of their schools. He has researched and published extensively in the area of Web 2.0 and mobile learning and is currently working with several project partners to develop middleware for use on the iPhone, iPod and iPad which can be used by teachers and students to create their own apps.
Katherine Burdick - Tucson, Arizona
Katherine Burdick has worked in the education sector for over thirty years. Using her experiences as a teacher and a school administrator, she has developed a strong track record of creating innovative leading educational products while holding marketing and editorial positions within companies such as Pearson Education and Scholastic Inc. For the last seven years she has worked at Learning A-Z – a company that delivers educational resources in reading, writing, and science, over the Internet and through the iTunes store. Currently reviews apps through her blog www.mobileieducator.com.
Alice Christie - Flagstaff, Arizona
Arizona State University
Dr. Alice Christie is an exemplary teacher with forty-five years of experience in K-12 university classrooms. She is a frequent presenter and keynote speaker at regional, national and international educational technology conferences. She is one of nine Arizona State University President’s Professors. Her NECC workshops were named BEST OF THE BEST Workshops of NECC 2007, 2008, and 2009. She is also a Google Certified Teacher.
Her experience providing professional development is extensive. Her humor, high energy, ability to inspire teachers, and her deep understanding of the learning process make her an indispensable workshop facilitator for educators seeking to integrate technology, improve instructional strategies, and deepen student learning.
Sara Crawford - Phoenix, Arizona
Cartwright School District
Dr. Sara Crawford has taught in both first and fifth grade Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) classrooms where her students used handhelds on a daily basis. Sara currently works as an Instructional Technology Specialist for the Cartwright School District where they are piloting eleven 21st Century SEI classrooms this year. She assisted in the development of the AZ K12 Center’s Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) by developing lessons and starring in the accompanying video lessons.
Sally Critchley - North East Lincolnshire, England
Waltham Leas Primary Academy
Sally Critchley is the ICT Coordinator and Year 5 teacher at Waltham Leas Primary Academy, North East Lincolnshire. England. Sally started investigating the possibilities that mobile devices could offer in 2009 with a small scale project in a Year 3 class. She now manages the introduction of mobile learning across Key Stage 2 at the school.
Sally is an Apple Distinguished Educator and is conducting research into the impact on teaching and learning of mobile devices in conjunction with Kevin Burden at Hull University.
Diane Darrow - Navato, California
Reed Union School District
Diane Darrow is the Information Media Specialist at Bel Aire Elementary School in Tiburon, CA. She is constantly entertaining innovative ways the iPad can improve curriculum and instruction for schools. Her classroom instruction experiences include teaching at the preschool, elementary and University level. Her educational training is in, Early Childhood Education, Montessori, Reading Recovery, Gifted and Talented Education, Fine Arts, and Online Teaching. In her spare time, she writes reviews for TeachersFirst.com and occasionally contributes blogs about mobile technology for Edutopia. In 2011, she was named an Apple Distinguished Educator.
Linda Dinsdale - Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
Brandon School Division
Linda Dinsdale is a Grade 1 French Immersion teacher at Ecole New Era School. She has been teaching for over 30 years in the Brandon School Division. Linda loves the enthusiasm of Early Years students as they are beginning to learn to read and write. She especially loves one-on one-computing using the school’s iPad cart.
Sharon Ewers - Phoenix, Arizona
Arcadia High School, Scottsdale Unified School District
A team of teachers will be presenters for this session, led by librarian Sharon Ewers. Sharon has been the librarian and technology experimenter at Arcadia for over 20 years. Classroom teachers Katie Assali, Rony Assali, Cheryl Dunham, Shawn Huffman, Jason Lobdell, Steve Geislinger, Jill Gabriele, and Mary Walther bring experience and expertise from a wide variety of fields, including IT, marketing, engineering, and health care.
Matt Federoff - Vail, Arizona
Vail School District
Matt Federoff is the Chief Information Officer for the Vail School District in Vail, Arizona. Matt has been with Vail since 1999. Before Vail, Matt taught high school science for eight years. Matt was the 2005 Arizona Technology Director of the Year, and in 2007 was named one of the National School Board Association’s “20 to Watch.” Matt lives with his wife and children in the wilds of the Empire Mountains south of Vail.
Betty Ann Fish - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Betty Ann is the Chair of Physical Education at SCH Academy in Philadelphia, PA. She received her BS from the University of Delaware and her MS from Saint Joseph’s University. Currently, she is the vice-president elect to the PSAHPERD (Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance) board. She has been teaching elementary, middle and upper school physical education and coaching at the middle and upper school level for 25 years. Betty Ann has presented at a variety of conferences on physical education and technology and the connection between physical education and the classroom and other disciplines.
Wesley Fryer - Oklahoma CIty, Oklahoma
Story Chasers Inc.
Wesley Fryer is a digital learning consultant, author, digital storyteller, educator and change agent. With respect to school change, he describes himself as a “catalyst for creative engagement and collaborative learning.” Wesley is the executive director of the nonprofit Story Chasers Inc., the lead partner in the Celebrate Oklahoma Voices, Celebrate Kansas Voices, and Celebrate Texas Voices digital storytelling projects. His blog, “Moving at the Speed of Creativity” (www.speedofcreativity.org) was selected as the 2006 “Best Learning Theory Blog” by eSchoolnews and Discovery Education, and is utilized regularly by thousands of educators worldwide. He teaches technology integration courses for pre-service teachers as an adjunct instructor at the University of Central Oklahoma, and has served as a co-convener for the annual K-12 Online Conference since it began in 2006. Wesley became a Google Certified Teacher in 2009, was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2005, is a 1992 graduate of the US Air Force Academy, and a Fulbright Scholar. He is an active member of the education committee of the Oklahoma Creativity Project. His educational background includes service as an elementary classroom teacher, campus technology integration specialist, college director of distance learning, state director for education advocacy for AT&T, and director of technology for a state historical association. Wesley is the author of the 2011 eBook, “Playing with Media: simple ideas for powerful sharing.”
Gerald Gannod - Oxford, Ohio
Gerald (Jerry) Gannod is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering and Director of the Mobile Learning Center at Miami University. He received the M.S. (’94) and Ph.D. (’98) degrees in Computer Science from Michigan State University. Dr. Gannod’s research interests include mobile computing, software engineering, enterprise systems, digital humanities, communication across the curriculum, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. Dr. Gannod was a recipient of a 2002 National Science Foundation Career Award (NSF), and has received research funding from NSF, NASA, and Procter & Gamble.
Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/107758504117604772538/about
Andrew Gardner - New York City, New York
Andrew Gardner has more than a decade of experience teaching and integrating technology with young children. Most recently, he worked at The School at Columbia University, where he served as curriculum designer and founding faculty member. An Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Teacher, Andrew has presented internationally from Manhattan to Mumbai on a range of timely education topics, and led intensive Professional Development workshops for Apple, Inc. Now, as Senior Manager of BrainPOP Educators, Andrew helps facilitate and build an online community of nearly 200,000 teachers, sharing his insight and guiding conversations about best practices, perspectives, and creative technology integration. He lives in New York City with his wife, Vanessa.
Jackie Gerstein - Boise, Idaho
Boise State, Argosy, AIU, and Western Governors’ Universities
Dr. Jackie Gerstein’s byline is, “I don’t do teaching for a living. I live teaching as my doing… and technology has increased my passion for doing so.” She has been teaching face-to-face and online for several decades. Currently, she teaches Master’s level online courses in Educational Technology for Boise State, Argosy, American Intercontinental, and Western’s Governors’ Universities. Her background includes a strong focus on experiential and adventure learning which she brings into her online teaching. She has several books published on the subject: Metaphors for Living: Stories & Related Experiential Exercises for Individual, Group & Family Growth, Sticking Together: Experiential Activities For Family Counseling, and Work in Progress: Facilitating the Human Side of Experience-Based Training.
Nancy Goodnight - Salisbury, North Carolina
Rowan Salisbury Schools
Nancy Goodnight, a facilitator for the academically and intellectually gifted program, currently teaches kindergarten through fifth grade, with a focus on fourth and fifth grade reading and math. She holds a bachelor’s degree from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in Teaching from UNC-Charlotte. She is trained in Writer’s Workshop, Singapore Math, Junior Great Books, RTI, and the William and Mary models of Language Arts instruction. Technology experience, in addition to being a 21st Century Model Classroom Teacher, includes Apple training, member of IMPACT model implementation team, and successful completion of QUEST training, the district wide technology integration model. She has presented various staff development workshops for the general faculty, as well as to other district AIG facilitators and county teachers and administrators. She is a past presenter at the North Carolina Association of Gifted Conference, as well as a Promethean highlighted presenter at ISTE 2010 & 2011. In addition, she has been featured as keynote presenter at Wilmington Friends School in 2011.
Noburo Hagiwara - Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Kolbe Catholic College
Noburo is Head of Languages at Kolbe Catholic College, Western Australia. He began his career as a primary school teacher in Japan then moved into secondary and tertiary institutions in Australia.
Lynne Herr - Lincoln, Nebraska
Educational Service Unit 6
Dr. Lynne Herr has worked as the technology integration specialist for 16 rural Nebraska school districts through Educational Service Unit 6 (ESU 6) in Milford, Nebraska for five years. Prior to her work at ESU 6, Lynne served as a school district technology director for 10 years. Lynne has served on the Nebraska Educational Technology Association (NETA) ISTE affiliate board for many years and coordinates the many statewide “model project” contests NETA offers for students and teachers every year. Lynne also is an adjunct professor for the University of Nebraska, and she teaches in Lesley University’s national graduate program, offering courses in digital media, Web 2.0 tools and technology leadership across the country. Lynne co-led a series of successful statewide technology bootcamp sessions for school administrators, and she regularly presents at state and regional events.
Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/u/0/101151022369325927660/posts
Shawn Huffman - Scottsdale, Arizona
Arcadia High School
Shawn has been an English and social studies teacher at Arcadia for 10 years. He taught in two other districts in Arizona for an additional 5 years. He is lucky enough to be included in a cadre of extraordinarily lucky teachers chosen to implement a mobile learning shift in his classroom. An extraordinary team of administrators, teachers, and parents came together to fund the project in the hopes that learning in the classroom could be revolutionized. A native of Arizona, Shawn has taught here for his entire career. Prior to teaching, however, he was lucky enough to be a WAN designer for companies all over the world and carried CCNP, CCDA, MCSE, MCDBA, and A+ certifications in the IT field. This love of hardware, networking, and a master’s degree in Educational Technology has Shawn extremely excited about the future of mobile education and the paradigm shift happening all over the globe.
Felix Jacomino - Coconut Grove, Florida
St. Stephen’s Episcopal Day School
Felix Jacomino is the Director of Technology in a private, 1:1 iPad, school in Coconut Grove, FL. Felix has a great passion for teaching that authentically engages students. He graduated with a degree in Education and also studied computer networking and is a certified network engineer. The combination of his education background and technological skills has proven to be ideal in guiding his current school and technology integration team to be technological leaders in the South Florida community. Most common hashtags you will see Felix use are #edtech, #edchat, #mlearning, #ipad, #edapp, #pbl and, of course, #mobile2012!
Lisa Johnson - San Antonio, Texas
Instructional Technology Specialist & Techchef4u
Appaholic, Apptivity Author, Social Geek, iPad Evangelist, WordPress Addict, MOPS Mom, Caffeine Dependent. After graduating with a degree in elementary education with an English certification, Lisa taught secondary mathematics and began writing technology-infused curriculum for Computer Explorers. She then completed her master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction & Technology Integration and was “appy” to take an an Instructional Technology Position with North East ISD. Her love for “cooking up” technology integrated lessons, the need for a creative & productive outlet, and a social and collaborative venue led her to create the techchef4u blog in early May of 2011. As a tech chef, she wants to share these dishes with the world. The Mumford & Sons song, “Awake Your Soul,” says it best, “Where you invest your love, you invest your life.”
Nevin Katz - Newton, Massechusetts
EdTech Leaders Online
Nevin Katz is an online learning specialist at EdTech Leaders Online (ETLO) , a group within the Education Development Center (EDC) in Newton, MA. Nevin’s role involves developing math and science courses, as well as designing the graphics and multimedia that appear in the online courses ETLO develops. Past and current multimedia projects include an interactive model that depicts the causes of the seasons, animated timelines of Ancient and Modern China, an interactive case study simulation for guidance counselors, and a phonemic awareness applet that combines audio, text, and photographs. Nevin has also worked on several multimedia projects for EDC’s T4 India project, including an interactive Physics CD for single-computer classrooms, as well as audio and video programs for science and geometry. Currently, Nevin chairs ETLO’s mobile learning committee and works with the team on adapting online courses for delivery on mobile devices.
Nevin is a graduate of Swarthmore College, where he majored in Biology. After graduating, he earned his Ed. M. in Teaching and Curriculum at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. While teaching, Nevin wrote and illustrated the Dr. Birdley Teaches Science series, a nationally published set of teacher resource books for secondary school classrooms.
Google Plus: nevkatz
Derek Keenan - Airdrie, Alberta, Canada
Rocky View Schools
Derek Keenan is a 21st century teacher, researcher, blogger and learner from Airdrie, Alberta, Canada. He is a Technology Learning Lead in his school, bringing new and innovative ideas for learning into the classroom. He has taught with class sets of iPod Touches and iPads, and has seen some amazing developments in blending mobile learning with engaging student activities. His newest learning focus is the development and implementation of virtual learning environments and educational gaming, having received a technology grant to explore this emerging field. Derek is excited to bring even more experience and research in mobile learning back to MobiLE after his appearance last year at this powerful event!
Shannon Kirkland - Texarkana, Texas
District Elementary Instructional Technology Specialist
TCEA Instructional Technology Specialist Certification
TCEA Lego Robotics Trainer & District Facilitator Certification
District Robotics Facilitator & Trainer K-12
Texas Middle School Robotics Club Facilitator
Mimio Certified Trainer
Early Childhood Education, Special Education PK-12, GT, and Integrated Science
Pam Krambeck - Omaha, Nebraska
Educational Service Unit 3
Pam Krambeck has worked in the education sector for over 25 years and is a past boardmember and president of the Nebraska Educational Technology Association (NETA). Using her experiences as a teacher, technology facilitator and regional area trainer, Pam enjoys sharing ideas on how mobile technology fits in a 21st century classroom. For the last four years, Pam has served as an instructional technology facilitator at Educational Service Unit 3 where she delivers and facilitates training to administrators, teachers and students.
Jason Lobdell - Phoenix, Arizona
Arcadia High School
Jason has taught English at Arcadia High School in Phoenix, Arizona, since 2006. Arcadia is a pilot school for Scottsdale Unified School District’s mobile learning efforts, and Jason has been a part of the team of teachers, administrators, district personnel, and generous parents who have made mobile learning possible at Arcadia. He has taught courses for students in all four years of high school and at a variety of levels, from regular to honors to dual enrollment/community college courses. He’s from Chicago, Illinois, where he taught briefly before moving to Arizona. Prior to his career as an educator, he worked in advertising for over a decade at agencies in both San Francisco and Chicago. Jason is excited about the potential that mobilized learning has to help his students become lifelong learners, truly learning anywhere, anytime they want to. And his two cats are annoyed at their frequent appearances in the examples Jason creates for his students.
Scott McQuiggan - Cary, North Carolina
SAS Institute Inc.
Dr. Scott W. McQuiggan leads a mobile research and development team at SAS Institute Inc. focused on innovative educational tools and business intelligence solutions. He received his B.S. degree in Computer Science from Susquehanna University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from North Carolina State University. Scott has published his research with collaborators in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings such as Educational Technology & Society, International Journal of Learning Technology, and User-Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction. His primary interests lie in the areas of mobile learning, intelligent tutoring systems, and affective computing.
Google Plus: https://plus.google.com/106577027851050941810/posts
Karen Mensing - Phoenix, Arizona
Sonoran Sky Elementary – Paradise Valley Unified School District
Karen Mensing has a bachelor’s degree in Communications and English and a master’s degree in Elementary Education. She worked in the radio industry for eight years before becoming a teacher. She has a K-12 endorsement in gifted education and has extensive practical knowledge and field experience. Karen is an advocate for gifted ed in public schools and a gifted specialist. She thoroughly enjoys teaching and is always eager to bring new and innovative ideas into the classroom. She recently became a Google Certified Teacher, attending GTAWA 2011 and was also a member of the first inaugural YouTube Teacher Studio and became one of the very first “YouTube Star Teachers.” She also recently completed the Google Certified Trainer program. In 2011 she was named AAGT’s Gifted Teacher of the Year.
Wes Molyneaux - Winnetka, Illinois
New Trier High School
Wesley Molyneaux is a science teacher and technology staff developer at New Trier High School in Winnetka, IL. As an Anatomy and Physiology teacher Wes prides himself on finding new and innovative ways to present material to his students. As the Technology Staff Developer for the Science and Math departments, Wes leads professional development programs on topics such as Voicethreads, student response systems, iOS devices in education, using digital cameras in the science classroom, tablet computing and much more. His work the last two years has focused on implementing eBooks in Physics, Anatomy and Geoscience and incorporating iPads / iPod Touches into the science curriculum.
Adam Phyall - Covington, Georgia
Newton County School System
Adam Phyall is a former high school science teacher and current technical data facilitator for Newton County Schools in Covington, GA. Ever since his Adam got his iBook Blueberry in college, he has been hooked on the amazing things that technology can add to education. Adam began teaching in Riverdale, Georgia as a science teacher and quickly saw the power technology had on classroom instruction. Very early on Adam Phyall began having student create videos and podcast to explain advanced science concepts.
Shortly after, Adam began to have afternoon training sessions showing teachers how to keep students engaged with technology. When Adam relocated to Covington, GA he began to teach afternoon classes on movie making, podcasting, and Promethean ActivBoard.
For the past two years Adam has served as Newton County School Systems Technical Data Facilitator. In this position Adam works with Newton County’s Title I schools to improve technology integration with economically disadvantage students. In this position Adam works directly with teachers showing them fun and easy methods of incorporating technology into instruction.
Adam is known for his fun and engaging presentation style and his humor. Adam’s philosophy on teaching is “if you’re having fun teaching it, then your students will have fun learning it.”
Tisha Poncio - Celina, Texas
Tisha Poncio taught at the high school level for eight years before becoming the district’s instructional technologist. She taught many different classes including programming, yearbook, broadcasting, and business computers.
In the spring of 2011, Tisha was moved from supporting all four of the district’s campuses to focus only on the high school campus after Celina High School received the Texas Title 1 Priority Schools Grant from the Texas Education Agency.
Months into her new job title, she sat down and wrote a blog called iDream for BrainPop and was one of the five winners of the Mobile Learning Experience Contest. After her eye-opening experience at Mobile 2011, she went back to her district and began sharing her vision for mobile devices in classrooms. Gradually, teachers and students began to “buy into” this thought of mobile education.
In less than a year’s time, Celina High School rolled out 180 iPads into classrooms and 30 iPads to teachers/administrators. In addition, a Bring Your Own Technology policy was implemented for the first time ever.
Tisha’s passion for mobile education and being a lifelong learner continues and her goal is to continue to teach both teachers and students to learn to use technology responsibly for a lifetime.
Amy Pruitt - China Grove, North Carolina
Rowan-Salisbury School System
Amy Pruitt currently teaches fifth grade Math and Social Studies in rural North Carolina. She holds her National Board Certification in Early Adolescent English Language Arts and a master’s degree in Elementary Education. During her career she has served as a teacher of Academically and Intellectually Gifted children at the middle school level, an upper grades elementary teacher in an Inclusion/Co-Teaching setting, and a Lead Elementary Teacher for Rowan County. Pruitt serves as one of Rowan-Salisbury’s 21st Century Model Classroom Teachers assigned to Enochville Elementary. She has served as a mentor for the past 12 years and is currently participating in the Rowan County Math and Science Partnership. In addition, she is a past presenter at the North Carolina Technology Conference, North Carolina Middle School Conference, and ISTE Conference 2010.
Suren Ramasubbi - Newbury Park, California
Suren is a passionate advocate for mobile learning and Internet safety, and speaks or hosts panels at conferences and seminars on these topics for parents and educators. He also serves as a consultant for educational technology projects in K-12 schools and school districts. Before launching Mobicip, Suren was an operating manager at Agilent Technologies, responsible for a division’s enterprise web strategy. In prior roles in Agilent, Suren has led the quality strategy, evangelized software engineering methods, and developed complex software products or features used to design IC chips for mobile devices. He holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.
Lesley Reilly - Sugar Hill, Georgia
EDC/ EdTech Leaders Online
Lesley Reilly is a Technology Assistant for EdTech Leaders Online (ETLO) which is a capacity-building online program for K-12 school districts, state departments of education, regional service centers, teacher training institutions and other educational organizations to enable them to provide effective online learning programs for teachers, administrators and students. Her work with ETLO includes providing support to participants and future facilitators in running ETLO workshops, updating current online courses, and contributing to the design of new courses to add to the ETLO catalogue. She was the lead developer on several of the technology focused workshops including, “Cell Phones as Learning Tools.” Prior to joining EDC, Lesley taught fourth grade for three years in Fairfax County, VA before moving to Boston to pursue her Master’s Degree in Technology in Education from Harvard. After graduating, she returned to the elementary classroom to teach fifth grade in Wellesley, MA where she focused on using technology to enhance the curriculum.
In 2005 she moved to Georgia to be closer to some family and for a more affordable quality of life. She currently lives about 45 minutes north of Atlanta with her husband and two kids and works from home.
Meri Robinson - Bowie, Maryland
Prince George’s County
Meri Robinson is a Title I Instructional Technology Specialist for Prince George’s County Public Schools. Meri has over 15 years of experience with developing, implementing and facilitating systemic professional development workshops in computer literacy, computer-assisted instruction and computer software to Principals, teachers, students, and parents.
Over the last year Meri has served as the Project Manager for one of the largest 1:1 mobile device implementations expanding across 4 middle schools. As the lead of the project, Meri Robinson is entrusted to ensure a smooth and successful implementation. To successfully bring together a cutting edge, fast changing, continuous evolving technology such as the iPad and an established educational system all ready in progress on such a large scale requires patience, persistence, vision, discipline, dedication, and commitment. Meri has a dynamic unique leadership style that showcases the creative talents of others and provides an opportunity for them to excel.
Jon Samuelson - Austin, Texas
Eanes ISD/Cedar Creek Elementary
Jon Samuelson has been teaching for sixteen years in districts including the Chicago Public Schools, District 97 in Oak Park, Illinois, Clark Country School District in Las Vegas, Nevada, Anchorage School District, and, presently, Eanes ISD at Cedar Creek Elementary where he teaches fourth grade although his experience includes grades two though six. A graduate of Eastern Illinois University, Jon has a wide range of classroom experience with technology integration and has long been a resource for the schools and districts in which he has taught.
In 2005 in Anchorage, Alaska, he took extra training and was named a Technology Teacher Leader in his district. At Muldoon Elementary in 2006, Jon led an Intel Teach to the Future program and taught fellow teachers technology-based programs for which they were given professional development credit.
In Texas, in 2008, Jon presented “Tech Integration in the Classroom” to the ISTE Conference. In 2009 he presented “Twitter for Educators” at the TCEA Conference, returning to the conference in 2010 to participate in Edubloggercon, a project to increase awareness of educational innovations and opportunities on the internet.
In 2011 Jon presented two programs at the Mobile Learning Symposium, “Educational Gaming,” and “iLearning Innovation.” He presented a program titled “45 Apps in 45 Minutes” exclusively to school administrators at the Eanes ISD Administrators Retreat, and Jon’s professional plans for 2012 include a presentation at the TCA Conference, “Twitter for Educators 2012,” and at the TCEA Conference he will present “Creative Lessons for the iPad.”
Jon is committed to making use of the innovations in technology that are exploding onto the educational front and everywhere else. Jon believes that technology is here to stay and that it is no longer a matter of individual choice as to whether or not teachers make use of it, but, rather, it is how effectively they make use of it.
Google Plus: https://profiles.google.com/u/0/100969468659358785988
Chad Segersten - Phoenix, Arizona
Cartwright School District
Charles “Chad” Segersten has presented at various conferences on mobile learning including the Mobile Learning Conference and MEC Conferences. Chad is currently the Director of Instructional Technology for over 18,000 students in the Cartwright Elementary School District.
Dierdre Shetler - Phoenix, Arizona
Cartwright School District
Dierdre Shetler has taught grades 5-8 for seven years in the Cartwright School District in Phoenix. She has taught everything from a regular classroom to resource to junior high computer courses. Throughout this time, she has used technology as an occasional tool, to a near 1:1 environment, to a base for curriculum. These experiences spurred her to complete a master’s degree in Educational Technology from Northern Arizona University. Additionally, she is an interactive whiteboard trainer and frequently teaches technology-related professional development courses within the district. Dierdre is passionate about helping teachers take the fear out of using technology in the classroom and discovering the right combination of digital tools and classroom resources to help students learn the most.
Paul Shuster - Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Paul Shuster, a technology evangelist, was a classroom teacher for 31 years, a Trainer in Adult Education for 15 years and an Education Instruction Specialist for IBM before joining Media-X. He has a B.S. degree from the University of Manitoba, Teaching Certification from Queens University, and additional qualifications in Computer Science from the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, the University of Waterloo and Sheridan College.
Chris Thompson - Atlanta, Georgia
Mr. Thompson has been involved in transformational Instructional Technology and Evaluation projects for over 20 years. Since the early 90’s he has been primarily involved in the application and evaluation of computer related technologies applied to instructional applications. Currently, Mr. Thompson manages the Technology and Evaluation group at CEISMC@Georgia Tech focused on K-12 STEM learning, serving an Associate Director. He pioneered the use of wearable computers for learning and is currently studying mobile learning in K-12 environments.
Charlene Turman - Tucson, Arizona
Arizona Schools for the Deaf and Blind
Charlene Turman has been teaching Career and Technical Education courses for over 13 years to various populations. Charlene has a master’s degree in Special Education and Rehabilitation as well as a master’s degree in Management Information Systems. She is currently teaching both deaf and blind students to use computers in both PC and Mac environments. She has incorporated iPads into courses for the School for the Deaf, using them in Kindergarden to 12th grade classes.
Tony Vincent - Phoenix, Arizona
Tony Vincent, Inc.
Tony Vincent started teaching fifth grade fourteen years ago when it wasn’t so easy to publish online. Knowing that students were motivated to see their work on the Web, Tony first had students write their book reviews on Amazon.com. Later, his students spent each school year adding to their classroom site, Planet 5th. They published writing, photos, journals, art, videos, and more.
Planet 5th became so popular that it received thousands of hits from around the world. In 2001 his students began using Palm handhelds, and ever since Tony has been an advocate for mobile learning. He developed Radio WillowWeb in 2005, making it one of the first podcasts by students. Tony left classroom teaching to become a consultant in 2006. While he misses his former school, he’s had amazing experiences as a consultant. Currently based in Phoenix, Arizona, Tony has worked with teachers and students from around the world.
Jennifer Waldron - Phoenix, Arizona
Cartwright School District
Jennifer Waldron as served as a Gifted Resource Teacher as well as Gifted Facilitator for the Cartwright Elementary School District. In her current role as Special Services Technology Integration Specialist, she works with teachers to implement the use of technology including apps in Special Education.
Mary Walther - Scottsdale, Arizona
Arcadia High School, SUSD
Mary Walther is a high school world language teacher. She speaks English, Spanish, German, French and some Italian. She is also fluent in both PC and Apple/Mac. She enjoys finding new ways to use technology to enhance student interactivity and foster a hands-on/student centered approach to learning. From very early on she has engaged students in online learning activities such as using online radio, television and newspapers to bring real world publications into the language learning environment. Her students communicate with online pen-pals around the world, chat on a webcam with classrooms around the world and she spends her free time finding new approaches to motivate students to want to learn. She has been teaching for 18 years, in four different languages, from the very basics of beginning a new language to Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses. She has also taught digital photography.
Heather Zeigler - Flagstaff, Arizona
Flagstaff Unified School District
Heather is currently the 21st Century Digital Literacy Specialist for Flagstaff Unified School District (FUSD). She coordinates and implements a number of professional development initiatives. She has been a part of the FUSD Instructional Technology Department since 2003. Heather facilitates technology peer coaches within FUSD, assists classroom teachers with technology integration, and supports school and district administrators with technology productivity. Heather is currently providing both technical and instructional support for eight one-to-one mobile learning classrooms within FUSD.
Heather has 14 years of experience in public education and is passionate about expanding the impact of classroom practice and student learning through the integration and of mobile learning devices.