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 and meaningful strands in the 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. Check out sessions from different strands! Mix and match to meet your needs!
Keynote and Featured Speakers
Ayanna Howard, Ph.D., is the Linda J. and Mark C. Smith professor and chair of the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She also holds a faculty appointment in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Professor Howard’s career focus is on intelligent technologies that must adapt to and function within a human-centered world. Her work, which encompasses advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), assistive technologies and robotics, has resulted in more than 200 peer-reviewed publications in a number of projects – from healthcare robots in the home to AI-powered STEM applications for children with diverse learning needs.
Tom Daccord is CEO and Co-Founder of EdTechTeacher. An educational technology speaker, instructor, and author, Tom has worked with schools, districts, colleges and educational organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He has presented on educational technology topics at national and international conferences, including ISTE (U.S.), FETC (U.S.), ELMLE (Europe), EARCOS (Asia), and NESA (Asia).
Tom has been featured in the Boston Globe for his contributions to teaching with technology and invited to Singapore by the Ministry of Education as an “Outstanding Educator in Residence” in support of efforts to further 21st-century learning in schools. Tom is co-author of Best Ideas for Teaching with Technology: A Practical Guide for Teachers by Teachers and iPads in the Classroom: From Consumption and Curation to Creation.
A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Montreal, Tom has taught in Canada, France, Switzerland, and the United States. He currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.
Justin Reich is an educational researcher interested in the future of learning in a networked world. He is the executive director of the PK-12 Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a research scientist in the MIT Office of Digital Learning, and a lecturer in the Scheller Teacher Education Program. He is also a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and the co-founder of EdTechTeacher, a professional learning consultancy devoted to helping teachers leverage technology to create student-centered, inquiry-based learning environments.
Avra Robinson is the Director of Online Learning and an Instructor for EdTechTeacher, as well as an Adjunct Faculty member for Kishwaukee College in Malta, Illinois. An authorized Google Education Trainer and dedicated educational technologist, Avra has been working with teachers and students for over 20 years. Prior to joining EdTechTeacher, Avra was first a classroom teacher and later the Instructional Technology Coordinator and coach 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 towards 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, coaching teachers, Google Apps for Education, and more.
Ben began his career as a social studies teacher in Morrison, IL where he initiated and lead the district’s iPad pilot program and redesigned his own curriculum. After four years of teaching, Ben assumed the role of Director of Technology for the Morrison School District. In this capacity, he led the district’s technology committee through the process of implementing a 1:1 environment of iPads and Chromebooks in grades K-12.
As an EdTechTeacher Instructor, presenter, Apple Teacher, and Google for Education Certified Trainer, Ben possesses vast experience at all grade levels. He has presented at regional and national conferences such as: ISTE, FETC, RSAC (Raising Student Achievement Conference, 2013 featured speaker), Googlepalooza, NFI (Networking for Information), ICE and the EdTechTeacher Summits. He holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum Technology Education Reform from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor’s Degree in History Education from the University of Indianapolis.
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.
Mason was a Digital Instructional Coach Garland Independent School District Texas. His passion for helping teachers integrate technology into the classroom to improve teaching and learning drove his work in supporting Garland ISD’s Ready 1:1 Initiative. He helps teachers create student-centered classrooms through technology integration.
Tom is a Director of Digital Learning, 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 career in education began by teaching high school social studies for eight years in Connecticut. While teaching, he explored emerging instructional design models through his graduate research at Columbia University. As he applied the Flipped Classroom approach, Tom began writing and speaking nationally about his practical experiences teaching and iterating blended learning models. During this time, Tom authored chapters for several instructional technology books, including the ISTE publication “Flipped Learning: Gateway to Student Engagement.” He has also contributed to multiple articles on media outlets such as EdSurge, EdTech Digest, CUE Blog, and the New York Times.
Announcing an exciting Sphero challenge!
Boston Summit attendees will have the unique opportunity to participate in Sphero teacher and classroom challenges with prizes awarded during the November 5-7 Summit. Watch for details coming soon!
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!
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.
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.
Pre-Conference Workshops - Monday, November 5 - 8:30-3:30
Augmented, Virtual and Mixed Reality: Fostering Innovation and Engagement in EDU
Learn how to create your own immersive experiences and help foster student creativity with immersive technology.
Creative and Innovative Approaches to Google and G Suite in the Classroom.
From innovative uses of the core Google tools, to creating multimedia with new Chrome apps and extensions, we will explore powerful and innovative ways to empower students to demonstrate and share their learning.
Design Thinking & Making
Walk away with a thorough understanding of the Design Thinking model, practical application of the Design Thinking process as well as the ability to construct design challenges.
iPads in Elementary Classroom
This workshop will focus specifically on iPad innovation at the K-5 level, as we will explore apps and strategies specific to younger learners that empower them as creators of their own learning artifacts.
Leading Teachers From Monday to Someday
Join us and explore how innovative leaders in the U.S., Canada, and other countries think beyond a device or platform and promote conscientious innovation with learning technologies.
Playful Practice: Developing Games and Simulations for Teacher Learning with the MIT Teaching Systems Lab
We will play a variety of teacher learning games, from BalderMath to MetaRubric, and then develop prototypes for new playful learning experiences that you can take back to PD sessions at your own school.
Project Based Learning
In this intensive workshop, participants will learn the essential design elements of PBL, meaningful ways to integrate technology as an integral component in student engagement and motivation, and instructional strategies to support student learning.
Additional sessions will be added to the conference schedule when the Call for Proposals is closed in July.
Tuesday, November 6 – 8:00-4:15
Wednesday, November 7 – 8:00-3:45
Hosted at the Revere Hotel Boston
Revere Hotel – 200 Stuart Street Boston, MA 02116
The EdTechTeacher Summit Boston will be hosted at the Revere Hotel in the heart of Boston near the Commons.
Onsite self-parking or valet is available from $30 or $50/day.
Call 1-877-673-8373 by October 5 and tell them you are with the EdTechTeacher Summit block to receive the special $299 plus tax Summit rate.