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Tech & Learning Live @ Atlanta

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Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center

246 Perimeter Center Parkway NE

Atlanta, GA

Friday, February 26

What is Tech & Learning Live?

Tech & Learning is bringing Tech & Learning Live back to Atlanta on Friday, February 26 . This year’s program is all about professional development for tech lead learners—those edtech leaders who bridge the gaps between classroom and administration, curriculum and technology, school and home. This full day of workshops and discussions is specifically designed to “train the trainers” with shared best practices, workshops, and discussions that attendees can take back to their districts and put into action. This is your chance to network with others who care deeply about the future of education.

Who Should Attend:

"The most beneficial administration-level PD I have attended in a while!" - Director of Instructional Technology

You're the expert, the supervisor, the mentor — but who mentors you? Take advantage of this unique opportunity to learn with and from fellow ed tech leaders. Tech & Learning Live brings together visionaries of all sorts -- from district-level CIOs and administrators to building-level technology specialists to mentor teachers and professional development providers -- for an amazing day of networking and growth. Come share your challenges and successes. Or just come to listen. Either way, Tech & Learning Live offers you a rare chance to relax and connect with others who share your passion for technology as a tool to transform teaching and learning.

Bring your leadership team and make the most of your professional development budget! Sign up here to bring your leadership team at a highly discounted rate (up to 50% off, depending on numbers of people you are bringing).

Submit a Proposal

If you have valuable information to share with other edtech leaders, please submit a proposal to present (you will be notified by January 1, 2016, if your proposal is accepted). Tech & Learning Live is the ideal place to expand your professional learning network, to share your stories and to listen and learn with your peers. Use this short survey to submit your ideas.

"I've been to TCEA, ISTE, Regional events, etc. and feel I got the most from Tech & Learning Live! Will definitely be back next year!" – Instructional Technologist 


Registration and Breakfast: Playground

Network with friends while you enjoy breakfast in our “playground” area, where interactive exhibits including makerspaces, learning spaces, new gadgets, and more will be set up throughout the day. Come prepared to share your ideas and questions on our “Anything Goes” wall .

Playground stations include: Chanel Johnson’s STEM virtual rotation lab; David Lockhart’s maker space; Donna Teuber’s design thinking activities; and Chris Templar’s Robotics, including the opportunity to build your own bottle bot!

Welcome and Opening Keynote: Becoming an Agent of Change

We talk a lot about "changing education," but what does that look like in practice? How can you become an agent of change at the classroom, building, or district level? Keynote speaker Henry Thiele will examine these questions in his presentation. He believes change agents must spend time getting to know their students, their staff, their parents, their communities in order to make change—and today's technology tools can facilitate this goal. Henry will look at some of the ways technology can help edtech leaders change the future of education by connecting them with their school communities and closing what he calls the "investment gap" between attending and valuing.

Becoming an Agent of Change

Refreshment and Networking Break: Playground

Breakout Session # 1

Rethinking Academic Coaches (Future Ready Gear: Personalized Professional Learning)

Many schools have added academic “coaching” models that dedicate staff members to train teachers on the effective implementation of tech & learning. This session provides examples of these successful instructional coaching models and offers tips and guidelines you can use to replicate these best practices in your schools.
PRESENTERS: Donna Teuber, Richland School District Two, SC, Christine Horowitz and Wanda Greenfield, Spartanburg District 7, SC: Heather Cox, iTeach Center, GA; Christian Padgett, Fulton County Schools.

Rethinking Academic Coaches

We Have the Devices: Now What? (Future Ready Gear: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment)

Whether your schools are BYOD or 1:1, you have most likely moved past the “which hardware” conversation. Now what? In this session, hear how both sides of the device divide--instruction and tech--came together to provide the meaningful content, training, and buy-in needed to sustain a successful mobile device program.
PRESENTERS: Joani Kay, Mountain Brook Schools, AL; Janet Copenhaver & Monica Hatchett, Henry County Public Schools, Collinsville, VA; Trey Holladay, superintendent, Chris Hamilton, CTO, & Beth McKinney, Athens City Schools. Moderator: Tony Perez.

We Have the Devices: Now What?

Blended Learning: The Key to Personalized, Scalable Instruction? (Future Ready Gear: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment)

Blended instruction can create smaller class sizes, flexible schedules, and adaptive teaching that results in true personalized learning. These schools share their stories of how they used blended, online, and virtual learning to improve the learning experience for their students.
PRESENTERS: Brent Hollers, Blessed Trinity Catholic High School, Roswell, GA, Amanda Massie & Students, Henry County Schools

Blended Learning: The Key to Personalized, Scalable Instruction? 

Refreshment and Networking Break: Playground

Industry Spotlights 

Hear from the companies that are sponsoring this event and shaping the future of educational technology.

Anything Goes Discussions #1

These discussions, on topics suggested by attendees when you register, provide a great opportunity for you to network with fellow technology leaders. [NOTE: There will be two sessions of “Anything Goes” (topics will be repeated) at 11:25-12:05 and 2:15-2:45]. Topics include:

· Diversity in STEAM (Adam Phyall)

· iPad in the Elementary Classroom (Paula Stanbridge and Sharon Mumm)

· Drones in Education (Aaron Griffin)

· Creating an Efficient Help Desk (Rena Seals, Becky Faulkner, and Kelly Davis)

· Virtual Field Trips (Angie Foerster)

· Administrative Modeling: The Key to Teacher Buy-In (Kim Buice)

· Support Reading with Tech (Paul Barkley)

· Using Social Media Safely (Joel Colón)

· Considerations for Implementing an LMS (Lisa Dobbs, Jennifer Kaiser, Tony Perez, Chanel Johnson)

· Anything Goes: topics suggested by attendees the day of the conference

Administrative Modeling: The Key to Teacher Buy-In

iPad in the Elementary Classroom: RoundTableHintCards

iPad in the Elementary Classroom: Using the iPad as a Comprehension Tool


Dessert Reception

Breakout Session #2

Next-Gen PD (Future Ready Gear: Personalized Professional Learning)

Hear examples of PD programs that work. Bring your questions and your ideas.

PRESENTERS: Bryan Phillips, Hoover City Schools, AL Alabama; Melissa Jackson, Newton County Schools, GA; Suzan Brandt, Mountain Brook Junior High, AL: Susan Grigsby, Forsyth County Schools. Moderator: Beth Miller, president of GLMA (Georgia Library Media Association).

Next Generation PD

Cool Tool Smackdown (Future Ready Gear: Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment)

During this lightning-paced smackdown, presenters will make their cases for apps, add-ons, and other edtech tools while the audience votes on their favorites. Who will be left standing at the end of this battle?

PRESENTERS: Sharon Mumm, Mountain Brook Schools, AL; Kati Searcy, Fulton County Schools, GA; Staci Gelbaum, Cumberland Academy of Georgia; Jennifer Liang, Instructional Technology Specialist, Cumberland Academy of Georgia; Marcus Borders, Stonewall Tell Elementary, Cynthia Hardy, Fulton County Schools. Moderator: Stephanee Stephens.

Cool Tools Smackdown

BYOD: Supporting Device-Agnostic Learning (Future Ready Gear: Technology Infrastructure)

This session will discuss how to create a device-agnostic environment in your school, including infrastructure, professional development, classroom management, and financial recommendations.

PRESENTERS: Marty Bray, Chief Technology Officer, Forsyth County Schools; Jennifer Lamkins, Chief Technology Officer, The Bolles School, Jacksonville, FL; Joel Colón, Instructional Technology Specialist, McCracken Middle School, SC. Moderator: Kate Crawford.

Anything Goes Discussions #2

These discussions, on topics suggested by attendees when you register, provide a great opportunity for you to network with fellow technology leaders. [NOTE: There will be two sessions of “Anything Goes” (topics will be repeated) at 11:25-12:05 and 2:15-2:45]. Topics include:

· Diversity in STEAM (Adam Phyall)

· iPad in the Elementary Classroom (Paula Stanbridge and Sharon Mumm)

· Drones in Education (Aaron Griffin)

· Creating an Efficient Help Desk (Rena Seals, Becky Faulkner, and Kelly Davis)

· Virtual Field Trips (Angie Foerster)

· Administrative Modeling: The Key to Teacher Buy-In (Kim Buice)

· Support Reading with Tech (Paul Barkley)

· Using Social Media Safely (Joel Colón)

· Considerations for Implementing an LMS (Lisa Dobbs, Jennifer Kaiser, Tony Perez, Chanel Johnson)

· Anything Goes: topics suggested by attendees the day of the conference

Closing Session & Reception: Playground

Join the party!

T&L Live will close with a series of short presentations that offer specific takeaways/highlights from the day. These presentations will be followed by a reception where you can unwind and network with colleagues and industry partners—as well as participate in the end-of-day prize drawing!


Keynote Speaker

Henry Thiele @henrythiele

Assistant Superintendent for Technology and Learning

Dr. Henry (Hank) Thiele is the Assistant Superintendent for Technology and Learning in the Maine 207 Schools in Park Ridge, IL. In this role he serves students and teachers by providing resources and communication and its impact on personalizing education. Before moving into his current role, Hank was a high school science and music teacher for ten years while also serving in the role of technology coordinator. Hank has been a featured presenter at local and national conferences, for corporations, and for government agencies. He is one of the co-founders of the Illinois Google EDU K-12 user group, the Google Educator Group Chicagoland, and has supported many schools in Illinois as they transition to Google Apps for Education as a Google Certified Educator, Administrator and Trainer. His doctoral research was some of the first work investigating “Web 2.0” and its impact on communication, learning, and efficacy in the classroom. He serves his community as a school board member, baseball coach, parent volunteer, and scout leader. His favorite work is being a dad of two amazing kids.


Kate (Matthews) Crawford @GaTechTeach

Coordinator, Instructional Technology & Media, Fayette County Public Schools

Mrs. Kate Crawford (formerly Kate Matthews) is a 25-year veteran educator with 18 years of educational technology experience. Supported by a fantastic team, she is currently providing staff development in her district to support teacher use of digital curriculum resources and implementation of a new LMS. Kate serves as Program Committee Chair for GaETC (Georgia Educational Technology Conference), Tech & Learning Live Atlanta Planning Team member, Google Education Group of Georgia (GEGGA) member, Edcamp Fayette Founder, a part-time online instructor for KSU, and is the current Coordinator of Instructional Technology & Media for Fayette County Schools. Before her current position, Kate was a school-level instructional technology specialist for 14 years and classroom teacher.

Austin Anderson

Repair Technician, Piedmont City School District

Austin has been working in our Technology Department supporting our 1:1 MacBook initiative, mPower Piedmont, since the summer of 2012, when he was still a student here at Piedmont City School District. Austin has been continuously employed with us since 2012, even while completing his degree at Gadsden State Community College. Austin has worked his way up, by demonstrating excellence in his work as well as becoming an emerging technology leader in our school district. Austin will be co-presenting with Rena Seals during an "Anything Goes" session.

Marcus Borders @TeamBorders

Educational Technology Instructor | Fulton County Schools

Marcus Borders is extremely eager to enter a fresh school year as Stonewall Tell's Educational Technology Instructor. As he serves the K-5 community within his school, he also serves as a teacher leader on Fulton County Schools (ATL, Ga.) Vanguard Team. Within this collective group of self-proclaimed "techies", he's able to propel his district towards its personalized learning initiative as a coach/mentor. Marcus has many goals with regard to educational technology (Google Certification, anyone?), but he truly thrives as a servant to teachers and students. Marcus has a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and a M.S. in Urban Teacher Leadership from Georgia State University. The 2015-2016 school year will be his 8th year as an educator.

Suzan Brandt @suzanbrandt

Technology Coordinator, Mountain Brook Junior High, Birmingham, Alabama

Suzan Brandt is the technology coordinator at Mountain Brook Junior High where she provides technical support and training for teachers and staff. An advocate for student voice, Suzan is a facilitator for the MBJH TED-Ed Club and an organizer for TEDxYouth@MBJH. As a professional development leader, she is on the organizational team for edcamp Birmingham, edcamp Mountain Brook and CoSNCamp, CoSN's unconference. She is also the organizer for AETACamp, the unconference for the Alabama Educational Technology Association. Recently, Suzan was selected to attend TEDGlobal in Geneva, Switzerland where she attended workshops at CERN, the International Institute of Peace, as well as the TEDGlobal Conference. She enjoys collaborating with educators globally and discovering resources to share with other educators and students.

Kim Buice @Kcbuice

Technology Integration specialist

Kim is in her third year as Technology Integration Specilaitst at Chapman Elementary in Spartanburg District 7. She is one of the original TIS's in this district that went one-to-one in 2013. The district has since been made a member of the League of Innovative Schools and named an Apple Distinguished Program. Kim values the importance of integrating STEM activities, coding, and technology in grades k - 5.

Brandon Bullock

Help Desk Technician, Piedmont City School District

Brandon has been working in our Technology Department supporting our 1:1 MacBook initiative, mPower Piedmont, since the summer of 2012, when he was still a student here at Piedmont City School District. Brandon has been continuously employed with us since 2012, even while completing his degree at Gadsden State Community College. Brandon has worked his way up, by demonstrating excellence in his work as well as becoming an emerging technology leader in our school district. Brandon will be co-presenting with Rena Seals during an "Anything Goes" session.

Joel Colón @joel_colon

Technology Integration Specialist/Blogger

Blogger, teacher, and tech-coach, Joel Colón has over 12 years of classroom experience. He is a huge proponent for code in the classroom and for teachers as web developers. His blog, is for teachers who want a simple, common-sense way to implement technology in the classroom. He will be presenting on device-agnostic learning at T&L Live in Atlanta. Joel holds a Bachelor of Arts from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL and a Master of Arts in Education from North Park College in Chicago, IL.

Janet Copenhaver @jcopenhaver

Janet Copenhaver, Director of Instructional Technology and Professional Learning Contact Information Janet Copenhaver, Director of Technology and Innovation Henry County Public Schools @jcopenhaver 276-634-4731 Janet Copenhaver has been a public educator for twenty-five years. At the beginning of her career, she was a librarian but moved to her current position as Director of Technology and Innovation in 1995. In this role, she has secured numerous grants to support the technology in her school division and has always been a visionary leader in cutting-edge technology. Janet implemented the first 1:1 laptop initiative in Virginia, as well as the first 1:1 grade level tablet initiative in the state. She currently leads a pilot of the largest 1:1 digital textbooks initiative in the Commonwealth. Under Janet’s guidance, her school division has received several local, state and national awards, including the Smithsonian and Ohana innovative awards. The school division was recently selected by Apple as one of 47 districts across the nation to be awarded an Apple Distinguished District. Janet presents at many local, state and national conferences including VSTE, FETC, VEMA, ISTE, VSBA, and NSBA. She has served on many state and national committees and has been selected for several leadership awards from these organizations. She has been an Apple Distinguished Educator from Virginia since 2000.

Heather Cox @MrsHCox

Instructional Technology Specialist // Kennesaw State University iTeach

Heather is an Instructional Technology Specialist for Kennesaw State University iTeach. She earned her B.A. in Political Science, her Master's Degree in Elementary Education and is certified in Instructional Technology. This is Heather's twelfth year in education having taught third grade for two years and fourth grade for eight before stepping out of the day-to-day general education classroom to work as an Instructional Technology Specialist. In November 2013, Heather was recognized by President Obama as a White House Connected Educator, Champion of Change for her work using innovative strategies with technology in the classroom.

Kelly Davis

Technology Educational Support Manager

Kelly Davis is a Technology Educational Support Manager for Trinity Presbyterian School in Montgomery, Alabama. In 2007, Kelly began working for Jackson Thornton Technologies, a local IT firm. In 2010, Trinity employed the help of JTT to begin the implementation of their 1:1 program. Kelly was placed on site at the school to help roll-out the new program and to help students and teachers. In 2012, Kelly became a full-time employee with Trinity Presbyterian School.

Lisa Dobbs @lmdobbs3

District Instructional Technology Specialist, Fayette County Public Schools

Lisa Dobbs is an educator with 26 years experience as an Elementary teacher, school level Instructional Technology Specialist, and most recently as one of five District Instructional Technology Specialist for Fayette County Public Schools. For the past 9 years, she has facilitated professional learning classes that infuse technology into the curriculum, participated in the organization of EdCamp Fayette, and more recently, began developing online classes through Blackboard, the district-wide LMS. During the "Anything Goes" sessions, Jennifer Kaiser & Lisa Dobbs will discuss some of the lessons learned as Fayette County moves toward District-wide adoption of the Blackboard LMS.

Becky Faulkner

Assistant Principal/Tech Integrationist

Becky Faulkner is Assistant Principal the the Lower School at Trinity Presbyterian School in Montgomery, Alabama. She has presented at several conferences including Tech and Learning Live 2015. Trinity Presbyterian School is a 1:1 Apple school and in addition to her responsibilities as Assistant Principal, she also serves as a Tech Integrationist. In this capacity, she has assisted teachers and helped her school achieve Apple Distinguished School status for several years.

Angie Foerster @AngieFoerster

District Instructional Technology Specialist, Fayette County Public Schools

Angie Foerster is one of five instructional technology specialists for the Fayette County Schools in Fayetteville, GA and has been an educator for 16 years. Before accepting a role at the district level, Angie served as a school-level educational technology specialist for three years. For the past four years, she has worked with teachers across the district to create lessons that infuse technology and utilize online resources in an effort to promote critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication in the classroom. As a co-organizer of EdCamp Fayette, she strives to bring teachers together for professional learning that is meaningful, timely, and personalized. This past year, Angie organized the district's first Adventure ConnectED showcase that, in one day, connected over 25 different classrooms with virtual field trips across the globe. During her “Anything Goes” sessions, Angie will address how to leverage virtual field trips as a means of connecting students to experiences that reach far beyond the walls of a classroom.

Staci Gelbaum @stacigelbaum

Staci Gelbaum is a highly qualified Special Education teacher specializing in educational work with children with Autism and all other disabilities. She holds a masters degree in Special Education and a Specialist Degree in Educational Administration and Policy. Staci is a coach for her schools cheerleading squad and volunteers for the American Cancer Society. She has been recognized as SMART Exemplary Educator by SMART Technologies and as a SMART amp Champ.

Aaron Griffin @griffiaj2345

Principal of Digital Learning and Technology at The Epstein School

Aaron Griffin is Principal of Digital Learning and Technology for The Epstein School in Atlanta, Georgia. Aaron is passionate in finding ways to engage all students, make students and teachers find the answers themselves, and show teachers how technology can support learning in any classroom as a tool. Aaron has worked with teachers to find ways to integrate technology in classrooms as young as 18 months. He has focused on working with teachers and schools to develop strong blended learning programs, purposeful integrations of technology, and strengthening 21st Century Skills of students. Aaron currently serves on the Georgia Educational Technology Fair Steering Committee, TAG-Ed STEM Educator Awards Advisory Board, and The ATLIS 2016 Organizing Committee.

Chris Hamilton @ChristiHamilton

Dr. Hamilton holds a Bachelor of Science of Business Administration from Athens State University, a Master of Business Administration from The University of North Alabama, and a Doctor of Educational Administration from The University of Alabama. She worked at Calhoun Community College from 1983 – 1997, serving in various administrative positions from Director of Community Education to Associate Dean of Instruction. While at Calhoun she lead the creation of the first Distance Education Program offered in Alabama's community college system. She also wrote and managed numerous grant initiatives. Dr. Hamilton changed career paths in 1987 assuming the role of Coordinator of Technology for the Athens City School District. During her tenure in Athens City, she has overseen tremendous growth in the use of technology. When joining the staff of Athens, she helped install the first video-conferencing classroom in the area. Over the past several years, she and has led the implementation of the 1:1 initiative, PowerUp. Dr. Hamilton has been married for 32 years and has one daughter. She enjoys gardening, fishing and spending time on the river.

Cynthia Hardy @hardy_c2

School Technology Specialist | Fulton County Schools

Cynthia Hardy- School Technology Specialist, Fulton County School Vanguard Member, Certified K-12, Certificate of Computer Networking, and Masters of Instructional Technology. I severed 9 years as a middle school teacher. I transitioned to elementary school at the position of school technology specialist. I later became chair of the school technology committee (staff). In 2013 I became a vanguard member. Presently, I collaborate with teachers to promote the appropriate use of technology in the classroom as related to students. Additionally, I serve as Office 365 lead for the South Learning Community in Fulton County Schools.

Brent Hollers

Instructional Technologist and Teacher

I am an instructional technologist and teacher at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School. I enjoy creating innovative learning environments for students and teachers. I also develop and teach STEM related courses and programs.

Christine Horowitz @7Ignites

Director of Instructional Technology

Christine helped launch and leads the instructional technology side of Spartanburg School District 7's 1:1 digital immersion initiative, 7Ignites. The success of the program has led to the district being inducted into the League of Innovative Schools as well as being recognized as an Apple Distinguished Program for 2015-2017. Being blessed with a technology integration specialist (TIS) in every school in the district, Christine is passionate about working with coaches to empower teachers in using technology to not only enhance instruction and engage learners, but to also make it easier for teachers and administrators to learn, communicate and collaborate with their peers. Prior to her current role, Christine accumulated a wide array of teaching experiences over a ten year period teaching fifth grade, middle school social studies, high school history and economics, K-8 technology as well as serving as a instructional technology specialist. She earned a bachelors degree in elementary education from the State University of New York at Cortland, a masters in education from Le Moyne College and an advanced graduate certificate in instructional technology from the College of Saint Rose. She is currently enrolled in the curriculum and instruction doctoral program at the University of South Carolina and is researching how technology can support the face-to-face collaborative efforts of professional learning communities.

Jessica Jackson @ccesmediatech

Media and Educational Technology Instructor, Fulton County Schools

Jessica is the Media and Educational Technology Instructor at Crabapple Crossing Elementary School in Milton, GA. She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education, a Master's Degree in Media and Technology, and is certified in Instructional Technology. As a Media and Educational Technology Instructor, Jessica supports teachers and students as they incorporate technology to transform teaching and learning. She is one third of The Tech Triplets and a proud member of the Fulton County Schools Vanguard Team. She has presented at West Georgia RESA, Atlanta Tech & Learning Live, GaETC, and ISTE.

Jennifer Kaiser @JKjennkaiser

Instructional Technology Specialist, Fayette County Public Schools

Jennifer Kaiser has 22 years experience in Education as an English teacher, Yearbook Adviser, and most recently as one of five Instructional Technology Specialists at Fayette County Public Schools. Since the adoption of Blackboard as the District-wide LMS, Jennifer has been working to develop online training classes and train teachers to utilize Blackboard. During the "Anything Goes" sessions, Jennifer & Lisa Dobbs will discuss some of the lessons learned as Fayette County moves toward District-wide adoption of the Blackboard LMS.

Jennifer Lamkins @dr_jla

Chief Technology Officer at The Bolles School

I have worked at all levels in K-20 schools, private and public, brick and mortar and online for the past 25 years. I am a servant-leader, a teacher, an instructional designer, a faculty developer and a perennial student of the fields of teaching and educational technology. Currently, I am working on a 3-year technology initiative to improve the infrastructure and processes that allow for and support a BYOD environment at our school. I love my profession as I learn something new every day from a variety of sources.

David Lockhart @bigguyinabowtie

Education Technology Specialist Kennesaw State iTeach

David Lockhart is an edtech presenter, speaker, advocate, and coach. For over 10 years, that meant stepping into a High School Social Studies classroom, and delivering instruction in a way that was just different. By August of 2014, his students were learning history in a historical news room concept that saw students create everything from social media accounts to news broadcast . In October of 2014, David left the classroom to become an Education Technology Specialist with the Iteach Center at Kennesaw State University. As part of the Iteach team, David is working with a metro Atlanta school district in order to personalize learning for students with the aid of technology. David has also presented on numerous education technology topics throughout the Southeast including ISTE, FETC, GAETC, AETC, and more.You can learn more about David through his website or his twitter handle @bigguyinabowte

Beth McKinney @bethmckinney

Technology Coordinator, Athens City Schools

Dr. Beth McKinney is currently serving in Athens City Schools as the District Technology Coordinator. With over 20 years in education, she has also been a secondary math teacher and the district Instructional Technology Specialist. Beth has been a certified trainer for ALEX. She served on the ALEX Standards realignment committee for the Alabama State Technology Course of Study. She is also proud to be an Apple Foundations Trainer. Proving that she is a lifelong learner, Beth earned a Master’s degree in 1996, an Ed.S in Educational Leadership in 2009 and her Ph.D. in Instructional Leadership from the University of Alabama in May of 2012.

Sharon Mumm @mumms

Building Technology Coordinator, Mountain Brook Schools

Sharon Mumm is the Technology Coordinator at Brookwood Forest Elementary School in Mountain Brook, Alabama. Sharon has a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from Samford University and a bachelors degree from University of Alabama Birmingham. She has been recognized as an Outstanding Reading Teacher in Alabama during her classroom tenure. First hired in Mountain Brook Schools as a third grade classroom teacher, Sharon became a member of the technology team at its formation in 1994. As a local technology coordinator Sharon is the technology leader in her school and is an integral part of technology planning, implementation and support. Sharon has presented at numerous local, state and national conferences such as ISTE, AETC and ARA. She is presently a member of AETA, ISTE and COSN. She is passionate about learning, technology, professional development and growth mindset ideas. Sharon is married to Perry Mumm for over 20 years. They have 2 sons and a cat named Terabyte.

Christian Padgett @@SoonToBeEdD

Instructional Technology Coach/ Fulton County Schools

Christian is an Instructional Technology Coach at Brookview Elementary in Fulton County Schools. Prior to this position, Christian was a teacher and has experience teaching grades second, third, and fourth. He is a member of Fulton County Schools' Vanguard Team as well. Christian has earned his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Elementary Education from Georgia State University with a concentration in K-5 Mathematics and English to Speakers of Other Languages. It is his fundamental belief that educators and students should Never Stop Learning.

Tony Perez @tonyperez

Director of Information and Innovative Technology, The Children's School, Atlanta

Tony describes his professional journey as, "totally a straight line...looking backwards." From conservatory trained actor to film festival organizer, early Yahoo! (‘97), entrepreneur and finally, educator, it was while working with parents, students and schools around issues of Internet safety and privacy in 2006, he found his true passion in ed-tech evangelism. In 2009 he joined the Atlanta Girls' School as the Director of Technology and Media where he was drawn to the world of mobile devices, blended learning (because, face it, he is a geek) and cloud platforms. Joining Haiku Learning in 2013, Tony worked with schools throughout the Southeast exploring the digital classroom and blended learning. During his time at Haiku, he explored the opportunities that an LMS can provide; capturing student voice, making learning visible, and creating personal learning journeys. While Tony spent his time talking about the classroom, he missed being in a classroom, working with students and teachers. In 2015 he was given the opportunity to serve as Director of Information and Innovative Technology at The Children's School where he happily explores the ways in which technology can help foster play, collaboration, creativity, and community.

Bryan Phillips @bryanphillips

Bryan Phillips became the Chief Technology Officer for Hoover City Schools in 2010. As CTO, he provides visionary leadership and has the ability to articulate that vision in all areas of technology. Bryan successfully leads a team of network admins, technology integrationists and technicians in support of the district’s Engaged Learning Initiative. Bryan was an integral part of developing, implementing, and supporting the cutting-edge 1:1 computing initiative in Hoover City Schools.The Engaged Learning Initiative (ELI) is a 1 to 1 instructional technology project that aims to empower students with 21st century tools and skills for learning, creating, and collaborating. In an effort to increase access to those 21st century skills, Bryan and Hoover City Schools made it a goal to offer students 24/7 accessibility as a way to empower students to maximize their full potential and to prepare them for college and the workplace. In addition to his job as CTO, Bryan serves as a board member for the state’s technology coordinators’ organization, Alabama Education Technology Association. He was recently named as the recipient of the organization’s Making IT Happen Award which recognizes motivating leaders that move forward without looking back. Bryan is also a CoSN CETL (Certified Education Technology Leader).

Adam A. Phyall III @AskAdam3

Director of Instructional Technology, HIckman Mills C-1 School District

Mr. Adam Phyall is a former high school science teacher and the current Director of Instructional Technology for Hickman Mills C-1 School District in Kansas City, MO. Since Adam got his first laptop in college, he has been hooked on the amazing things that technology can add to instruction. Mr. Phyall began teaching as a science teacher and quickly saw the power technology had on classroom instruction. Very early on, he began having students create videos and podcasts to explain advanced science concepts. Mr. Phyall began to lead professional development sessions focusing on how teachers can keep students engaged with technology. When Mr. Phyall relocated to Covington, GA, he took a position with Newton County School System as the Technical Data Facilitator. In this position, Mr. Phyall worked with Newton County’s Title I schools to improve technology integration with economically disadvantaged students. In 2013, Mr. Phyall and his family relocated from Covington, GA to Kansas City, MO to take a position in HIckman Mill C-1 School District. In his current position as Director of Instructional Technology, Mr. Phyall works directly with teachers showing them fun and easy methods of incorporating technology into instruction. Over the years, Mr. Phyall has been a featured presenter at technology conferences across the country and is known for his fun and engaging presentation style and his humor. His philosophy on teaching is “if you’re having fun teaching it, then your students will have fun learning it.”

Rena Seals

Director of Technology, Piedmont City School District

Rena Seals currently serves as the Director of Technology for Piedmont City School District in Piedmont, Alabama. Rena's 30-year technology career spans assignments in the federal sector, higher education, and K-12 education. She began her career with the US Department of Army Chemical School as Computer Programmer Analyst leading to assignment as Operations Research Systems Analyst in support of nuclear, biological, and chemical reconnaissance. As the Senior Microcomputer Consultant with Jacksonville State her responsibilities included designing and maintaining departmental LANs, designing and conducting staff/faculty technology professional development, as well as providing consulting services for Calhoun County administrative offices and nearby K-12 institutions. Rena is a member of the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN), serving as Chair of the Small Schools Leadership Advisory Panel. Rena has achieved several certifications including Apple Certified System Administrator, Apple Certified Technology Coordinator, Apple Certified Specialist - Deployment/Directory Services/Mobility/Security, Apple Certified Support Professional, Apple MacBook Hardware Technician, and Novell Certified Network Administrator. She holds a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics from Jacksonville State University and a M.Ed. in Educational Technology Leadership from the American College of Education. Rena participated in the InnovNation Summer Program through the Rothberg International School, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel over the summer of 2013. The program consisted of two five-week graduate-level courses: Start Ups and Innovation - The Israeli Model; and Breakthrough Technologies. Both courses were presented many new technologies that are gaining traction in Israel and around the world. Classroom instruction as well as site visits to major corporations like Microsoft - Israel, IBM - Israel, Google - Israel, Stratasys (3D Printing Manufacturer), and Checkpoint (End-point Security) rounded out the Summer Program. Rena has been married for 40 years to Billy Seals, CEO, Foothills Tractor Company. They have one son, David who is COO for Foothills Tractors in Centre, Alabama and married to the former Lynden Curry of Centre, Alabama. David and Lynden are expecting their first child, and Billy and Rena's first grandchild in the Spring of 2016.

Kati Searcy @katisearcy

Kati Searcy has been an educator for 30 years. She began her career as a music specialist, but has taught gifted students for the past 18 years. Her highest degrees is an Ed.S. from Valdosta State University in Instructional Technology. She has earned endorsements in online teaching and gifted education. Kati is the 2013 Georgia Gifted Educator of The Year. In that same year, she received the National Best Practice Teaching Award from The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Kati is one of a handful of educators across the country who have been named as a Guru for the Discovery Educator Network. She consistently presents at numerous face-to-face and virtual conferences. She also teaches professiona learning courses in the areas of transformational technology and gifted endorsement. In the past year, Kati represented #NASA Social Media and covered the launch of Orion, presented two workshops and one session at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), presented a workshop at the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC), presented a session at the Georgia Educational Technology Conference (GaETC),and was selected as a Barringer Fellow which allowed her to learn and research at Jefferson's Monticello.

Paula Stanbridge @stanbridgep

Building Technology Coordinator, Mountain Brook Schools

Paula Stanbridge is the Technology Coordinator at Crestline Elementary. She is the building level technical expert, and as the technology leader in her school, she is an integral part of technology planning, implementation and support. Prior to this year, she served for 12 years as the Technology Coordinator at Mountain Brook Elementary. Paula graduated from Mobile College with a BA in Secondary English with Language Arts Certification and received a Masters in Educational Technology from Lesley University. Before becoming a member of the technology team in 2003, she enjoyed teaching English and Computer Literacy & Multimedia in Hoover City Schools. Paula is a member of AETA, ISTE and COSN and has been recognized with an Outstanding Performance Award while serving as a technology coordinator in Mountain Brook. She has a passion for helping teachers and loves the innovative, creative, and evolving world of technology in education.

Stephanee Stephens @StephSteph83

iTeach Director, Kennesaw State University

Stephanee had over 10 years of experience in Fulton County Schools in everything from 8th Grade Spanish Teacher, Instructional Technology Coach, District Administration and in her new role, is leading a group of 15 Ed Tech Specialists called iTeach, housed at Kennesaw State University. She is passionate about Personalized Learning and Professional Development, Emerging Augmented/Virtual Reality technologies, and Competency Education.

Chris Templar @ctemplar

Director Educational Technology and International Education.

I have worked at Johnson University for 38 years in educational technology. I taught the first required computer education course for teachers in Tennessee. Recently I have been working in the area of makerspace and am particularly interested in the use of robots with children. I will bring ozybots, dash and dot, a robot people can make with a toothbrush head, a motor and a battery. I will have these for people to make and take with them. I will also bring littleBits, and other items from our makerspace collection. I will need an outlet for a computer, a large table on which I can run robots and people can make their own robots. I will be spending the night before at the hotel as I live in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Donna Teuber @dteuber

Director of Technology Integration and Innovation/Richland School District Two

Donna Teuber is a respected leader in the field of educational technology with a passion for using design thinking to help schools and districts implement innovative practices that support engaged student learning. A former library media specialist and district level technology specialist, she currently serves as the Director of Technology Integration and Innovation in Richland School District Two, Columbia, SC. Donna's team has successfully deployed and implemented a large scale 1:1 student computing initiative with over 23,000 devices in grades 3-12. Technology leadership has been key to the success of the Richland Two initaitive, and Donna has created a Digital Leadership program which provides school administrators with the tools to bring about second order change at their schools. She is also leading the R2 Innovates innovation incubator which is providing teams of teachers with the training and resources that they need to implement innovative practices in Richland Two. She is equally passionate about digital equity and personalized learning. Donna is a National Board Certified Teacher, Intel Education Visionary, Google for Education Certified Innovator, and a Google for Education Certified Trainer. She received the 2014 Power to the People DILA Award from EdSurge and Digital Promise as well as the 2014 Columbia Chamber Palmetto Pillar Award for Leadership. She also serves on several advisory boards and conference planning committees. Her blog posts are featured each month in K12 Blueprint. She presents frequently at state and national conferences on design thinking and innovation, digital content, designing space for learning, innovative educational uses of technology including Google Apps and tools, digital leadership and 1:1 deployment.


Gold Level Sponsors


CASIO LampFree incorporates a HYBRID LIGHT source which combines Laser and LED lighting with DLP technology for amazingly high brightness and performance. With no mercury lamp to replace, Casio projectors are earth-friendly and have a significantly lower cost of ownership saving money and the environment. The full line of CASIO LampFree Projectors delivers up to 4000 lumen brightness and includes models with comprehensive connectivity. A full three year parts & labor warranty plus a 5 years or 10,000 hours light source warranty provides peace of mind and reliable low cost operation. Go LampFree and Save!


Promethean is a leading global education technology solutions company. We partner with districts, schools, and teachers to create dynamic learning environments that motivate students to learn. Promethean’s ActivClassroom solution facilitates active, engaging learning experiences by blending together a complete solution of consulting services, interactive digital surfaces for the front of the classroom, our comprehensive instructional delivery platform ClassFlow for Schools, and transformative professional development. Each year, Promethean’s interactive technology touches the lives of more than 2 million teachers and 20 million students around the world. For more information visit


Tales2go believes children must be good listeners before they can become great students. Repeated exposure to spoken sophisticated words drives vocabulary acquisition and retention, which is a key component of reading proficiency. Reading proficiency, in turn, is critical to academic success. Tales2go is your partner in the fight for better literacy, making it easier and more cost-effective to add a listening component to reading instruction. We stream over five thousand audio book titles from leading publishers to desktops, laptops and mobile devices in the classroom and beyond. Tales2go is used in a growing number of schools and districts across the U.S., including Los Angeles USD, Broward County Schools, Berkeley USD and Heartland AEA. More information is available at

Silver Level Sponsors

AG iRepair

AG iRepair has revolutionized the way 950+ of the most innovative school districts throughout the nation are maintaining their mobile technology initiatives, by performing elite screen repairs and parts procurement through exclusive networks. In addition, AG iRepair works with AASP’s, Apple Specialists, and insurance and warranty providers. AG iRepair accepts school PO’s and offers 1 – 3 day turnaround times on all repairs. AG iRepairs can help your school’s budget substantially compared to using any insurance or warranty services.


AGParts is the leading supplier of Chromebook Parts, supporting School 21st Century Learning and 1:1 Programs in 41 states. Their 14+ years of Laptop and Tablet knowledge combined with an 84,000 square foot cutting edge facility, experienced staff and advanced IT systems ensures they provide you with superior service. AGParts accept school PO’s and ship High-quality-OEM parts for numerous laptop and tablet models. Their maintained stock allows most orders to be shipped the day they are received.


AVer is an award-winning provider of visual collaboration and education technology solutions that improve productivity and enrich lives. From accelerating learning in the classroom to increasing competitive advantage for businesses, AVer solutions leverage the power of technology to help people connect with one another to achieve great things. Our product portfolio includes USB Video Conferencing Camera Systems, Document Cameras as well as Sync and Charge Solutions for Mobile Devices. We strive to provide industry leading service and support that exceeds our customer's expectations. We are also deeply committed to our community, the environment and employ stringent green processes in all we do. Learn more at and follow us @averinformation.


BOXLIGHT has been developing and providing projectors and interactive technology for schools and customers around the world since 1985 – in fact, we own the patent on interactive projector technology. Today we manufacture interactive learning technology and provide solutions for customers around the world.

Our product innovation is built on customer need and we offer a diverse product line of projectors, interactive products, and supporting accessories and strive to provide the best customer experience in the industry. Period.

Bump Armor

Founded in 2011 in sunny Sausalito, California, Bump Armor is now one of the most recognized brands in the K12 market. Bump Armor is a leader of unique, specially designed and constructed protective cases for Chromebooks, laptops, tablets and iPads. Bump Armor products are created through a collaboration with an experienced mechanical engineer, a young industrial designer and direct feedback from educators in the K12 market. All products are designed with 4 core principals: protection, style, quality and function. Bump Armor protective solutions provide the best protection from a world full of dangers including the rigors of the K12 classroom.


TabPilot is a cloud-based mobile device management management system for schools that puts teachers in control of classroom classroom devices, while providing IT administrators with the MDM tools required to secure and effectively manage apps and devices. Teachers can push content, restrict browsing, lock devices to a single app, freeze student screens. IT admins can enforce security policies, distribute apps, configure wifi and proxies, locate devices, track license compliance and take inventory. TabPilot is available for iOS, Android and Mac OS X.

Think Through Math

Think Through Math capitalizes on the power of the Web to bring students, resources and educational support together - any time, any place. TTM empowers educators to more effectively address expanding class sizes, increasing diversity, and changing standards, making TRUE 1:1 personalized instruction for EVERY child an affordable reality for schools. Used by millions of students across the country, Think Through Math’s award-winning program includes live, online math teachers who provide struggling students with real-time 1:1 tutoring. TTM’s customized motivation increases engagement and builds self-esteem. Multiple research studies have shown that Think Through Math significantly improves student math achievement.


Turnitin is revolutionizing the experience of writing to learn. The Company's cloud-based service for originality checking, online grading, and peer reviewing saves instructors time and provides valuable feedback to students. Turnitin is one of the most widely distributed educational applications in the world and is used by more than 15,000 institutions in 140 countries to manage the submission, tracking, and evaluation of student papers online.

Association Partners


AATE stands for Atlanta Area Technology Educators. AATE is the Georgia affiliate for ISTE and we meet to network and share ideas/best practices. Our meetings provide an opportunity for members to learn about administrative, instructional and infrastructure tools that enhance instruction or increase productivity. The organization began more than twenty years ago with six members. Current membership is over 220 members with 90 to over 100 attending meetings. The primary membership consists of technology leaders, classroom teachers, administrators from public and private schools, as well as a few consultants and a few vendors from across the state


Advocating Excellence. Facilitating Change. Developing Leaders.

GLMA is the largest professional organization serving school library media professionals in Georgia. Its members are dedicated to the advancement and empowerment of school library media specialists and to quality education in Georgia’s schools.