Chris Dede is a Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. His fields of scholarship include emerging technologies, policy, and leadership. He has served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Foundations of Educational and Psychological Assessment, the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Expert Panel on Technology, and the Steering Committee for the 2nd International Technology in Education Study. In 2007, Harvard University honored him as an outstanding teacher.
Howie DiBlasi is a retired C.I.O and educator. During his 30-year career in education, he was recognized as “Vocational Teacher of the Year” and nominated as a finalist in the “Top Secondary Leaders in America”. He provides interactive seminars on 21st Century Learning and is known as a highly energetic and compassionate speaker that blends humor, stories of best practice and high levels of audience involvement.
Bruce Ellis has been in education for 18 years. After teaching for nine years, he became an instructional specialist with the Instructional Technology Department in Dallas ISD. He has been the director of the Instructional Technology Department for the past three years and enjoys working with teachers and administrators. He is passionate about being an advocate for students needing 21st century skills and finds it motivating in helping teachers advance their technology skills in order to increase student engagement through technology integration. He also is an adjunct instructor for Texas A&M University - Commerce where he teaches graduate technology courses. When not at work, he enjoys being with his family and participating in soccer, band, and church activities.
Julie Evans is the CEO of Project Tomorrow (www.tomorrow.org), a national education nonprofit. Her background includes 10 years as a nonprofit CEO and 17 years in technology sales/marketing management. Julie is a frequent speaker, writer & commentator on children, education, and technology issues. In April 2008, she was named one of the “Top Ten Most Influential People in Education Technology” by eSchool News.
Rick German has been the Company’s President and CEO since inception. Prior to founding Stoneware in 2000, Rick held systems engineering and management roles at Novell, Inc. and Cornerstone Systems. Rick was one of the architects of the Company’s flagship product, webNetwork, and is an industry proponent of “cloud computing” leveraging web operating system technologies. He has a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems from University of Iowa.
Kate Kemker is the Bureau Chief for the Bureau of Instruction and Innovation at the Florida Department of Education in Tallahassee, Florida. The Bureau houses the offices for Curriculum & Instruction, Instructional Technology, Instructional Materials, and Coordinated School Health. Kate is a life-long educator who views technology as a tool that can level the learning field and enrich all students' lives.
Jennifer Brown King received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Graphic Design from New York University in 1992. She completed a master's degree in English Education in 1999 and her doctorate in Instructional Technology and Educational Measurement and Research in 2003 at the University of South Florida. Currently, Ms. King is an Assistant Professor of Education at Florida Southern College where she also serves as the Program Director of Educational Technology for the Teacher Preparation Program. Ms. King resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and two sons.
John Kuglin is currently CIO for Eagle County Schools in Vail, Colorado, and is an internationally recognized keynote speaker. Prior to Eagle, John retired as an Associate Dean at the University of Montana. He was featured on CNN, and USA Today selected him as one of ten “Power Teachers” nationwide. He was named one of the Top 25 Education Technology Advocates in the United States by District Administrator magazine.
Ann McMullan is Executive Director for Educational Technology in the Klein Independent School District near Houston, Texas. Klein ISD serves 44,000 students and employs 2700 teachers. The hallmark of Klein ISD’s technology program is the focus on having students master technology skills within the context of learning core content curriculum. Ann leads a team of instructional technology specialists and media and library services staff that work closely with both the district’s curriculum office and the IT staff to assure that all instructional support systems are aligned to maximize the use of technology for teaching and learning.
John Orbaugh is the Director of Technology for the Tyler Independent School District in Tyler, TX. John joined TISD after working for seven years for Aetna Life and Casualty and has been with the district for fourteen years. John has focused his career on making technology that is stable, and sometimes cutting edge, available to Tyler’s students and staff. John and his wife Brenda, who has been teaching elementary school children for 26 years, just celebrated their 21st anniversary. Their daughter Rachel is a Freshman at Texas A&M University.
Mel Pace is a former elementary teacher and library media specialist. He also served for 6 years as the Associate Director of the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Florida before coming to his current position in July of 2007. He has led a significant change movement in his district to infuse 21st century technologies since his arrival.
Kathy Rains is the Director of Technology for Madison City Schools and has served in this capacity since the inception of the school system ten years ago. She holds a master's degree from Georgia State University and is currently completing her coursework for a doctorate in Instructional Technology and Distance Education. She is a past recipient of Alabama's Technology Coordinator of the Year award and the "Making it Happen Award" from ISTE.
Anju Visen-Singh is senior manager, education marketing, for SMART Technologies. In a career spanning 20 years, Anju has worked in the fields of education, marketing, public relations and media in several parts of the world including Canada and India.
Mark E. Weston is the national education strategist for Dell, Inc. Profound change in education—educating all students to dramatically higher levels of learning—is the enduring theme of Mark’s work. In support of that goal, during his career Mark has served in key positions in the private, public, and education sectors that resulted in large, groundbreaking educational technology initiatives in Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and several other states and districts. Mark, resides in Atlanta, Georgia where he lives with wife Kay and bulldog Petunia.
Brent Williams is a well known speaker, instructor, and consultant in many areas of educational technology. He has over 25 years of experience in private and public sector technology analysis, management, and training. He is ranked one of the best of the best, presenting and conducting workshops nationally on a wide range of topics including Computer Forensics, Wireless Network Management and Security, Windows Operating Systems, Windows Group Policies, and more. Brent has a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering Technology and a Masters degree in Technology Management and is a PhD candidate in Educational Leadership at the University of Nebraska. He currently serves as an Educational Technology Specialist at Kennesaw State University and as a State Technical Trainer for the Georgia Department of Education. Brent and his wife, Madge, reside in Marietta, Georgia.
Mary Ann Wolf is the Executive Director of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA). In this position, Mary Ann works with state educational technology directors in all 50 states and DC and works with policy-makers in other educational organizations, the U.S. Department of Education, and on the Hill. SETDA provides national leadership on educational technology, ensures members have meaningful professional development opportunities, and engages in partnerships with the public and private sector to collaborate on how educational technology supports teaching and learning.