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The EdTechTeacher Boston Summit is a unique learning experience that brings together tested and practical edtech strategies for the classroom, as well as thought leaders to explore what is next in education and edtech. From iPads & Chromebooks to Project Based Learning, Gamification, Virtual Reality and Coding, the EdTechTeacher Boston Summit is the ideal event to learn, connect and share.

There are three unique strands in this year’s event, edtechNOW, edtechNEXT and edTHOUGHT. Each strand is focused on addressing a certain aspect of education and edtech. Whether you are interested in and focused on learning more about specific edtech tools and strategies or want to explore bigger ideas and approaches to edtech, the EdTechTeacher Boston Summit is the ideal event.

Keynote and Featured Speakers

Kerry Gallagher Keynote Speaker

A sought-after speaker and writer, Kerry Gallagher’s full-time job is as Digital Learning Specialist at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Massachusetts. She’s also the Director of K-12 Education for ConnectSafely.org and an EdSurge Columnist. Kerry’s passions and the focus of her work include empowering teachers, students and parents to learn with open education resources; educating school communities about the power and privacy concerns that come with social media use, and diving headfirst into learning more about new and effective practices in education. Kerry received the 2014 Yale-Lynn Hall Teacher Action Research Prize for her submission on the use of mobile devices for a paperless public school classroom. In 2015, she was a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator, the Family Online Safety Institute recognized her with the Outstanding Achievement Award, and she was a MassCUE Featured Educator. In 2016, she was an ASCD Emerging Leader and received the MassCUE Pathfinder Award. Kerry speaks and presents often at conference locations that have included Harvard Law School, Yale School of Management, and Stanford University. She holds a B.A. in Politics from Saint Anselm College and J.D. from Massachusetts School of Law. Her multi-award winning blog can be found at www.KerryHawk02.com.

Kerry’s sessions:  This is Your Brain on Technology &  How to Talk and Teach about Fake News

Tom Daccord EdTechTeacher Director & Co-Founder

Tom Daccord has worked with schools, colleges and educational organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East as an educational technology speaker and instructor. He has authored three books and writes regularly for eSchool News.

Tom’s Sessions: Google Add-Ons & Chrome Extensions for Research, Writing & Feedback & iPads & Video AppSmashing

Greg Kulowiec Senior Instructor & Presenter

An early adopter of mobile devices, Greg first integrated cell phones, and then iPads, into his high school history curricula. As an EdTechTeacher instructor, he works with schools across the country, presents at national conferences, and blogs regularly about the creative capabilities afforded by mobile devices. He officially coined the phrase “App Smashing,” is an authorized Google Education Trainer, and attended St. Anselm college in Manchester, NH.

Greg’s Sessions: Virtual Reality In EDU &  Artificial Intelligence & EdTech

Dan Ryder English Teacher & Author

Improviser, design thinker, educator, co-author of upcoming “Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom” from EdTech Books

Learning, thinking, doing, creating, laughing, dading, husbanding, podcasting, blogging, Tweeting, improvising, directing, exploding, imploding and www.wickeddecentlearning.com -ing

Dan’s Session: How Might We K-12: Empathy Fueled Problem Solving in Schools

Douglas Kiang Instructor & Teacher at Punahou

Douglas Kiang is a dynamic speaker, teacher, and workshop presenter with over twenty years of teaching experience in independent schools at every grade level. He currently teaches computer science and heads the technology resource teachers group at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii. Douglas holds a Master’s Degree in Technology, Innovation, and Education from Harvard and is an Apple Distinguished Educator as well as an authorized Google Education Trainer. He is the author of five bestselling game strategy guides, and his latest book on Minecraft in Education is soon to be published by Peachpit Press.

Douglas’s Sessions: Teaching Coding for the Non-Coding Teacher & The Wearable Classroom: How Wearable Technology is Transforming Learning

Kathy Schrock Educational Technologist & Author

Kathy Schrock has been a school district Director of Technology, an instructional technology specialist, and a middle school, academic, museum, and public library librarian. She is currently an online adjunct graduate-level professor for Wilkes University (PA) and an independent educational technologist.

She has been involved with technology to support teaching and learning since the early 1990’s, and is an Adobe Education Leader, a Google Certified Teacher, an Amazon Teacher Innovator, an Alpha Squirrel, and a Discovery Education STAR and Guru. In 1995, Kathy created the award-winning site, Kathy Schrock’s Guide for Educators, to help teachers easily wade through the many resources on the Web. In 1999, she partnered with Discovery Education and maintained the site until late 2012 when the site was retired. Kathy’s current online resources may be found on Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything!

Kathy’s Sessions: Sketchnoting in the Classroom It’s Time to Find Your Ed Tech Passion

Patrick Larkin Assistant Superintendent & Award Winning Principal

Assistant Superintendent for Learning in Burlington Public Schools (MA), NASSP National Digital Principal Award Winner (2012), Former MA Assistant Principal of the Year, Led First 1:1 iPad High School Implementation In MA, Passionate about school reform and technology integration.

Patrick’s Session: A Concrete Look At Personalized Learning

Beth Holland Instructor & Doctoral Student

Beth Holland combines over 18 years of experience in mobile learning, K-12 education, differentiated instruction, design thinking, and Project-Based Learning to help teachers create innovative learning environments. She blogs regularly for Edutopia and EdTech Researcher at Education Week, presents nationally and internationally, and is an authorized Google Education Trainer. She holds a Master’s degree from Harvard University as well as a Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University. In addition to being an EdTechTeacher instructor, she is a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University.

Beth’s Sessions: Looking for Knowledge? Google Your Brain! &  Using Improvement Science to Build a Roadmap for Innovation

Tom Driscoll EdTechTeacher Instructor & Director of Digital Learning

As aDirector of Digital Learning at Bristol Warren Regional School District RI, EdTechTeacher Instructor, authorized Google for Education Trainer, author and speaker, Tom is recognized nationally as a leader in helping teachers, schools and districts transform teaching and learning with technology.

Tom’s Sessions: Scaling Innovation: Action Steps for School and District Leaders &  Level Up With Gamification & Game-Based Learning

Sabba Quidwai Instructor & Director of Innovative Learning at USC

As Director of Innovative Learning at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) and an Apple Distinguished Educator, Sabba works with faculty to redesign curriculum and supports students with developing digital literacy skills. Prior to joining USC, Sabba led the technology-enhanced curriculum initiative for grades 6-12 at Fairmont Private Schools in Orange County, California. In 2010, she deployed iPads and created professional development for teachers, administrators and parents to support the initiative. Sabba taught a variety of Social Science courses for eight years and was featured by the Gates Foundation for her use of technology to support students in developing historical thinking skills.

Sabba’s Session: Looking for Knowledge? Google Your Brain!

Alice Gentili Visual Art Educator & Maker Advocate

Mendon-Upton Schools BFA (Painting) Mass College of Art, Post Bacc (Elem Ed), MEd (Art) Framingham State, Instructional Tech Certificate, Google Certified Educator, Lifelong MakerUsing iPads in the art classroom for design for 3D printing, digital art, media art, and Google Classroom. Authored the Every Day Drawing Challenge to create 365 paintings on the iPad. Developing middle level STEAM curriculum for the Maker Centered Classroom. Blog: www.monalisaliveshere.me

Alice’s Session: Project Based Learning with 3D Printing in the Classroom

Avra Robinson Online Learning Director & Instructor

Avra Robinson is an authorized Google Education Trainer and dedicated educational technologist who has been working with teachers and students for over 15 years. Prior to joining EdTechTeacher, Avra was the Instructional Technology Coordinator, coach and teacher for a K-8 school district in Northern Illinois. During that time, she worked with teachers and students on a daily basis as they worked toward total Common Core State Standards integration in a 1:1 program that included Chromebooks, iPads, and Windows laptops. Avra has presented at local and regional conferences sharing ideas about digital publishing, Google Apps for Education, and more.

Avra’s Sessions: Creating Interactive Learning Experiences for Elementary Classrooms with G Suite ED & Introduction to Utilizing G Suite EDU in the Classroom

Ben Sondgeroth EdTechTeacher Instructor & Presenter

A Google for Education Certified Trainer, former Director of Technology, and high school social studies classroom teacher, Ben has a passion for bringing creative technology integration into the classroom. Throughout his career, Ben has been able to work with teachers and administrators in bringing best technology practices into their schools and classrooms using iPads and Google Apps for Education.

Ben’s Sessions: The Art of Reflection in the Classroom: Using Technology to Help Students Reflect and Build on their Learning &  Foster Creativity in your Classroom using Chrome Apps and Extensions

Marialice Curran Digital Citizenship Institute Founder

Dr. Marialice B.F.X. Curran is the founder of the Digital Citizenship Institute. As a mother and a connected educator she has served as an associate professor, middle school teacher, principal and library media specialist. As a pioneer in digital citizenship, she developed and created the first 3-credit digital citizenship course for teachers in the country. She also co-founded the digital citizenship chat in Twitter (2011) and the Digital Citizenship Summit (2015). She is a researcher, keynote and TEDxYouth speaker who is passionate about student voice and student leaders. She has partnered with her ten-year old son and the two are a mother and son digital citizenship team, the dynamic duo model best practices while working with parents, educators and students.

Maralice’s Sessions: Local, Global & Digital: Digital Citizenship in Your Community

Tim Hebda Classroom Teacher & Dean of Professional Growth

Tim has been teaching third, fourth, and fifth graders in Connecticut and Maine for 19 years. He is a leader in technology integration focusing on creativity, documentation, and empowering students. In addition to his classroom work, Tim is Dean of Professional Growth at Waynflete School, an organizer of EdCamp Maine, Technology Liaison for Southern Maine Writing Project, and an adjunct at the University of New England, facilitating a course for pre-service teachers called Supporting 21st Century Learning through Technology.

Tim’s Session: How Might We K-12: Empathy Fueled Problem Solving in Schools

Check out all the Speakers for Boston.

New speakers added on an ongoing basis so check back again soon!

Become a Speaker

Call for Proposals is open until June 30.

SESSION STRAND

Designed specifically for the classroom teacher that is getting started in a 1:1 environment or is in the early stages of thoughtful technology integration and implementation. The sessions in the edtechNOW strand will focus specifically on best practices, apps, extensions, tools and resources to build proficiency. Devices and platforms include iPads, Chromebooks, GSuite and more!

Sessions include:

Sketchnoting in the Classroom

Teaching Coding for the non-coding Teacher

iPads & Video App-Smashing

SESSION STRAND

Designed for the technology savvy educator that is looking for next steps, advanced strategies and creative approaches to technology integration. Sessions in this strand may emphasize approaches such as fostering creativity with edtech, enhancing student reflection, publishing & collaboration. The edtechNEXT strand is also built to provide educators with a glimpse of the future of edtech that will include ideas such as Virtual Reality, Coding, Wearable Tech & Gamification.

Sessions include: 

Project Based Learning with 3D Printing Virtual

Virtual Reality in EDU

Using Improvement Science to Build a Roadmap for Innovation

SESSION STRAND

Designed for educational leaders, administrators, and educators that want to explore innovation in education. The strand is for those specifically interested in big picture ideas such as Project Based Learning and Design Thinking as approaches to foster creativity, innovation, and collaboration. Emphasizing the concept of innovation, the strand is built for the attendee that is looking for deep conversations, ideas, a roadmap and inspiration for the future.

Sessions include: 

Empathy Fueled Problem Solving in Schools

How to Talk & Teach About Fake News

Artificial Intelligence & EdTech

Summit Schedule

Please note sessions times and locations are subject to change.

EdTechTeacher Summit Boston 2017 Schedule

Pre-Conference Workshops

Full Day Workshops

Google Level 1 Certification Workshop

Join us for this full day hands-on workshop for to prepare for the Google Level 1 Certification exam.

Google Level 2 Certification Workshop

Join us for this full day exploration of advanced uses of G Suite in Education for preparation to take the Google Level 2 Certification Exam.

Morning Half Day Workshops

Elementary iPads

Innovate with iPads in the K-8 classroom and explore ideas ranging from purposeful play to reading fluency and creativity.

Virtual Reality in Education

From consumption to creation, explore virtual reality in in the classroom and begin creating customized, immersive virtual reality content.

Design Thinking

Join this half-day deep dive into Design Thinking to explore the process and implementation in the classroom.

Digital Learning Leadership

Move beyond pockets of excellence and explore proven strategies to foster innovation to transform schools.

Learning Through Game Dynamics

Gamification 101: Explore the structures of games & game dynamics and begin the process of implementing gamification in your classroom & school.

Afternoon Half Day Workshops

Digital Portfolios in the Elementary Classroom

Explore the Why, What and How of digital portfolios and implement the process in your elementary classroom.

Project Based Learning

Join this intensive, hands-on workshop where we will explore the fundamental components and process of transitioning to PBL in the classroom.

Social Media: Best Practices & Innovative Storytelling

Investigate the ever-changing landscape of social media and how emerging social media platforms can be leveraged to share school stories and build an education community.

Personalized Professional Learning

Begin the process of innovating professional learning through and explore multiple tested strategies to foster personalized learning in your district.

Makerspaces

From paper to code, this half-day workshop explores the DIY Maker Movement and how to bring it to your classroom.

Hosted at the Revere Hotel Boston

Revere Hotel – 200 Stuart Street Boston, MA 02116

The EdTechTeacher Summit Boston will be hosted at the NEWLY renovated Revere Hotel in the heart of Boston near the Commons.

For hotel stays, rates are $279 per night and include complimentary wifi.

For Parking at the hotel, Overnight self-parking is $40 or Valet is $51. Daily Parking rates are $24/ day.

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