Keynote Speaker



Presidential Chair and Associate Dean for Global Education University of Oregon College of Education

Dr. Yong Zhao is an internationally known scholar, author, and speaker. His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He has designed schools that cultivate global competence, developed computer games for language learning, and founded research and development institutions to explore innovative education models. He has published over 100 articles and 20 books, including Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization and World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students. He is a recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association and was named one of the 2012 10 most influential people in educational technology by Tech & Learning magazine He is an elected fellow of the International Academy for Education.

Zhao currently serves as the presidential chair and associate dean for global education at the University of Oregon, where he is also Weinman Professor of Technology and a professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership. Until December, 2010, he was a University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, where he also served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, executive director of the Confucius Institute, as well as the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence. Born in China’s Sichuan Province, Zhao received his B.A. in English Language Education from Sichuan Institute and taught English in China for six years before coming to the United States as a visiting scholar in 1992 and then going on to earn an A.M. and Ph.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.



Matthew Barry


Social Studies Teacher, The Davis Academy, Atlanta, GA.

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Stacy Brown


21st Century Learning Coordinator, The Davis Academy, Atlanta, GA.

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Wendy Cope


Librarian Woodstock Middle School, Kennesaw, GA

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Heather Cox


Instructional Technology Coach, Fulton County Schools, Canton, GA.

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Dr. Jill Earman


Coordinator of Instructional Technology Forsyth County Schools, Cumming, GA

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Becky Faulkner


Assistant Principal/Tech Integrationist, Trinity Presbyterian School, Montgomery. AL

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Cat Flippen


Educational Technology Training Coordinator, Georgia Gwinnett College, Lawrenceville, GA.

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Angie Foerster


District Instructional Technology Specialist , Fayette County Board of Education, Fayetteville, GA

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Dan Gagnon


Social Studies Department Chair, Cherokee High School, Canton, GA

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Lee Green


Instructional Technologist, Floyd County Schools, Rome, GA

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Eva Harvell


Technology Integration Specialist, Pascagoula School District, Pascagoula, MS

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Brian Hayes


IT Coordinator The Davis Acacdemy, Atlanta, GA

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Jessica Jackson


Media and Educational Technology Instructor, Fulton County Schools, Canton, GA

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Matt Jackson


Instructional Technology Specialist, Fayette County Board of Education, Fayetteville, GA

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Melissa Jackson


Instructional Technology Coordinator, Newton County Schools, Covington, GA

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David Lockhart


Education Technology Specialist, Kennesaw State ITeach Center, Marietta, GA

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Kate Matthews


Lead, Instructional Technology Department Fayette County Public Schools, Fayetteville, GA

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Nishant Mehta


Head of School The Children's School, Atlanta, GA

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Adam Phyall


Director of Instructional Technology, Hickman Mill C-1 School District, Kansas City , MO

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Arvin Ross


Director of Professional Development, iSchool Initiative, Atlanta, GA

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Gary Shattuck


Director of Technology, Newton County Schools, Covington, GA

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Stephanee Stephens


Program Specialist-Instructional Technology, Fulton County Schools, Canton, GA

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Donna Teuber


Team Leader for Technology Integration, Richland School District Two, Columbia, SC

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Jaime Vandergrift


Instructional Technology Specialist, Sara Harp Minter Elementary, Fayetteville, GA

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Connie White


Director of Technology & Learning, Lakeview Academy, Gainesville, GA

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