Speakers, panelists and moderators at Technology & Learning's Tech Forum are innovators in the field of educational technology. With years of experience as conference presenters, educators, school leaders and Technology & Learning authors, they offer a unique perspective on technology challenges and solutions. Stay tuned for more about the speaker lineup for Tech Forum 2005, to take place in Itasca, Illinois, on April 29, 2005.
Speakers at Technology & Learning's Tech Forum are innovators in the field of educational technology. With years of experience as conference presenters, educators, school leaders and Technology & Learning authors, they offer a unique perspective on technology challenges and solutions. Read below about the presenters who spoke at Tech Forum Chicago on April 29, 2005.
Professor of Learning Technologies
Harvard's Graduate School of Education
Dr. Chris Dede is the Timothy E. Wirth Professor of Learning Technologies at Harvard's Graduate School of Education. His funded research includes a grant from the National Science Foundation to aid middle school students learning science via shared virtual environments with digitized museum artifacts, a grant from the Joyce Foundation to aid the Milwaukee Public Schools in implementing a knowledge portal for teacher professional development, and a grant from Harvard to explore applications of wireless handheld devices in higher education. Dede recently served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Foundations of Educational and Psychological Assessment, a member of the U.S. Department of Education's Expert Panel on Technology, and a member of the International Steering Committee for the Second International Technology in Education Study. In 1996-97, he served as a Senior Program Director at the National Science Foundation. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Boston Tech Academy, an experimental small high school in the Boston Public School system, funded by the Gates Foundation. He is completing a co-edited volume on Scaling Up Success: Lessons Learned from Technology-based Educational Innovation, to be published by Jossey-Bass in January, 2005.
Educational Technology Consulting
Branzburg Associates, Inc.
Jeffrey Branzburg, a technology consultant and president of Branzburg Associates, Inc., is a former supervisor of instructional technology for school districts in New York State, as well as for the New York City school system. He is a contributing editor and regular columnist for Technology & Learning Magazine.
Visual Literacy Facilitator
Niles Township HS District 219
Before becoming Visual Literacy Facilitator for the Niles Township High Schools, Joe Brennan served for 11 years as the AV/Media Coordinator at Niles West H.S. A former Spanish teacher who coached soccer and basketball for many years, Brennan first became interested in educational video and multimedia because of his visual approach to teaching and coaching. That interest led to collaborating on an interactive Spanish laser disc program for Encyclopaedia Britannica and then to leaving the classroom for the media position at Niles West. During his years in that job, the audio-visual department changed from a lending/consumption center to a creating/production area. Joe is an Apple Distinguished Educator and in 2003 was the Illinois Computing Educators' Technology Educator of the Year as well as a semifinalist in Technology & Learning magazine's Ed Tech Leader of the Year program.
Since 2001, Matt Brown has been a Director of Inquirium, a group of professional educators and technologists devoted to bringing the latest innovations in educational technology research to real world applications. He also helped launch (and served as Assistant Director of Research for) the Center for the Study of Learning, Instruction, and Teacher Development (LITD) at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Before that, Matt played a key role in the Center for Learning Technologies in Urban Schools (LeTUS), an NSF-funded partnership between Northwestern University and the Chicago Public Schools. A former teacher at both the high school and middle school levels, Brown has worked extensively in the areas of school reform, software design, and curriculum development. He specializes in designing tools that support inquiry by students and teachers and in integrating technology within urban classroom settings. His design portfolio includes work for a range of educational organizations, including the Chicago Public Schools, Northwestern University, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Chicago Zoological Society, and Intel Education. Matt earned his PhD in the Learning Sciences from Northwestern University.
Monadnock Community Connections School, NH
Kim Carter is the Director of Monadnock Community Connections School, an alternative public school choice for high school students in southwestern New Hampshire. She was the 1991 New Hampshire Teacher of the Year and the 1996 New Hampshire Media Educator of the Year. A contributing editor for Technology & Learning, Carter has been a co- conspirator in the SchoolTech Expos and Leadership Institutes since their inception. Her greatest love is her three sons, followed closely by a fascination with how people learn and how technology empowers learning and teaching for all.
Superintendent of Schools
Beaufort County School District, SC
For almost half a century, Herman K. Gaither has worked tirelessly to improve the teaching and learning in Beaufort County schools. He has served the Beaufort County School District in numerous capacities over the past 44 years and, since becoming superintendent nine years ago, has been largely responsible for the marked turnaround in the county's schools. Gaither and his schools have been recognized by CoSN and the Smithsonian Institute as a national leader in classroom technology and by Microsoft and Toshiba for finding new ways to use portable technology in the classroom. Gaither's school district just opened the new Bluffton High School, a $30 million technology school with virtual recording studios and wireless connectivity throughout the campus.
Founder and CEO
Bruce Goldberg has been with Co-nect since its inception, having been an original member of the Design Team and its Director during the period Co-nect was housed at BBN Systems and Technologies in Cambridge, MA. He is a former Division Scientist at BBN (now a subdivision of Verizon) and has served as a policy advisor to many organizations, including the US Department of Education, the Gates Foundation Education Initiative, the Grammy Foundation and the Education Commission of the States. Dr. Goldberg was Co-Director of The Center for Restructuring at the American Federation of Teachers in Washington, DC., where he served as editor and principal writer for the Centerýs newsletter; was principal designer of a multimedia program on the restructuring of schools, and directed the Urban District Leadership Consortium. He has written on issues relating to technology and education reform; has served as an education consultant to many organizations and is currently Project Director on a US Department of Education Grant designed to develop and implement a professional development system that ties together student data, instructional practice data and professional development data.
Regional Program Director
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.
Based in Chicago, David Irving is ASCD's regional program director. In this capacity, he markets and supports ASCD products and services to school districts; and state, regional, and local education agencies throughout the Midwest. This includes books, videos, online courses, and professional development workshops and institutes. He also develops specific and sustained staff development programs for districts with identifiable needs determined by the What Works in Schools tool.
Chief eLearning Officer
Chicago Public Schools
As the Chief eLearning Officer for the Chicago Public Schools' Office of Technology Services, Sharnell Jackson interprets and applies research for technology integration, best practices, and differentiation. She has served as an educator for more than thirty years and is passionate about improving technology literacy for students, teachers, and administrators of Chicago Public Schools.
Instructional Technology Coordinator
Community High School District 99, Downers Grove, IL
David Jakes serves as the Instructional Technology Coordinator for Community High School District 99 in Downers Grove, IL. His interest in technology developed from his 15 years as a classroom science teacher. In addition to speaking at many technology conferences, Jakes conducts technology staff development projects in his school district and throughout the United States. He currently manages two technology-related Web sites, Biopoint.com and myprojectpages.com that seek to help teachers use technology, and particularly the World Wide Web, to increase student achievement and performance. His other interests include digital storytelling, information literacy, effective professional development, and the creation of online learning communities.
Assistant Principal for Instruction and Technology
Hinsdale South H.S, Hinsdale District 86, IL
As assistant principal, Mark Pennington facilitates and oversees the infusion of instructional technologies into the classroom experience. He is a member of the District 86 Technology Committee and has shared responsibility for the implementation of the Tablet PC initiative at Hinsdale South high school. Pennington's interest in leveraging technology to improve student achievement originated in his science classroom many years ago and has evolved during his 25-year tenure as a science teacher, instructional technology coordinator and assistant principal. He has conducted technology staff development projects in his school district and throughout the United States and Europe and is part of a team that sponsors two technology-related Web sites for educators: Biopoint.com and myprojectpages.com.
Technology & Learning magazine
Amy Poftak worked as an educational specialist for Action for Boston Community Development prior to joining T&L. In addition to specializing in emerging technologies for the magazine, she coordinates the Ed Tech Leaders of the Year program, serves as a judge for the Association of Educational Publishers awards, and is the editorial director of T&L's School CIO newsletter. She was part of the Association of Computing Machinery task force that selected testimony and technologies to be presented to the Glenn Commission, and is the recipient of the 2001-2002 UCLA-CASE Media Fellowship, "Surveying the Digital Future: The Social, Political, and Economic Impact of the Internet."
Chief Information Officer
Cleveland Municipal School District, OH
Peter Robertson, CIO for the Cleveland Municipal School District, is on leave during the 2004-2005 school year so that he can complete his doctoral program. During his five years with the Cleveland schools, he has developed a data warehouse to support school improvement efforts, implemented an on-line standards-based report card system, shifted district focus on student assessment away from standardized tests towards classroom assessment, and led a 75% reduction in information technology support costs while maintaining service levels. Prior to his current job, Mr. Robertson was a consultant for the management consulting firm McKinsey & Company; an educational researcher at the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching; and a high school social studies teacher in Montgomery County, Maryland. He has a BA from Harvard College, an MBA from Columbia Business School, and is a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership and Management at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Robert W. Runcie
CIO, Chicago Public Schools
Robert Runcie is the chief information officer for the Board of Education of the City of Chicago. Prior to joining the Chicago Public Schools' Office of Technology Services in May, 2003, he served for seven years as the president of Advanced Data Concepts, a Chicago-based management consulting and technology services company. He has also worked with companies such as Computer Sciences Corporation and Andersen (now Accenture). Runcie, who graduated from Harvard University and Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, brings to CPS two decades of experience helping organizations improve their organizational effectiveness through redesigning business processes and strategically deploying information technology. He resides in the Hyde Park, South Shore area of Chicago with his wife and their three daughters, who attend the Chicago Public Schools.
Monique (Mo) Shorr
Teacher, Hartland Farms Intermediate School
For the past five years, Mo Shorr has been successfully integrating handhelds — using both the Palm OS and Pocket PC platforms — into her sixth grade classroom. She works collaboratively with the University of Michigan's Center for Highly Interactive Computing in Education (HICE) and GoKnow Inc., the premier provider of educational software, curriculum, and professional development for handheld computers. Her classroom is a research test-bed for the University of Michigan. In this capacity she has helped to improve and create a number of educational software titles such as the suite of programs that includes HLE (Handheld Learning Environment), PAAM ( Archive & Application Manager), FlingIt Pro, PiCo Map Pro, Sketchy Pro, EChem, Cooties, and more. Shorr also serves as a handheld specialist and certified trainer for GOKNOW and presents at many major technology conferences. She holds a degree in Elementary Education and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership.
Gwen Solomon is Director of techLEARNING.com, the web site of Technology & Learning magazine. Solomon has served as senior analyst in the U.S. Department of Education, coordinator of instructional technology planning for New York City Public Schools, and founding director of New York City's School of the Future. Her latest books are Connect Online: Web Learning Adventures and Toward Digital Equity: Bridging the Educational Digital Divide (edited book).
Technology & Learning Events
Judy Salpeter, an experienced educator and education technology specialist, is program chair for Technology & Learning Events. On the editorial staff of Technology & Learning magazine since 1985, Salpeter served as editor-in-chief from 1994 to 2000. In addition to overseeing content for Technology & Learning Events, she is now consulting editor to the magazine and works as a freelance writer, consultant and conference planner. Over the years, she has written for publications including Business Week and Newsweek, authored a software program (Mystery Sentences, Scholastic, 1984) and a book (Kids & Computers: A Parents' Handbook, SAMS, 1991), and edited a number of publications for the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN).
Consultant, Educator in Residence
Dr. Harry Tuttle was a director of technology and a technology integration teacher in public schools for over 16 years. Presently he focuses on assessing and improving technology integration at Syracuse University. His recent book, "Learning and Technology Assessments for Administrators," focuses on 54 different areas of technology integration in schools through data driven decision making. He has done data driven decision making in his own classroom and with other schools. He has worked with 3rd and 4th grade teachers to improve their students' inference reading through data driven decision making. His professional endeavors include serving as President of the New York State Association for Computers and Technology in Education (NYSCATE) and President of the Technology Coordinators Special Interest Group of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).
Landmark Project, NC
David Warlick is the Director of the Landmark Project based in Raleigh North Carolina. A former history teacher, district level administrator, and IT specialist with the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction, he is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in innovative applications of technology, especially the Internet. He has spoken at conferences, seminars and workshops in most states and many other countries; writes for a number of magazines and journals; and has developed numerous curriculum projects over the global network, including the second oldest continuing online project, the Global Grocery List. He is the author of three books, the latest of which is Redefining Literacy for the 21st Century, available through Linworth Publishing.
Assistant Superintendent, Instruction
SD 54, Schaumburg, IL
Marianne Zito heads the Instruction Department of the largest elementary district in the state of Illinois. As such, she actively participates in ASCD, IASCD, NSDC as well as NSTA. A former district Science Coordinator, she introduced probeware for data collection in all 27 of Schaumburgýs schools. In the last three years, she has directed the districtýs Technology Integration project which is designed to improve literacy skills by providing a laptop to each student in 4th, 5th and 6th grades. As a result of these efforts, District 54 has received national attention and won two Larry Stilgebauer Awards for technology innovation and an award of Excellence in the Illinois State Board of Education's Those Who Excel program.
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