Tech & Learning Live @ Chicago

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Friday May 6, 2016

Crowne Plaza O'Hare

5440 North River Road

Rosemont, IL 60018

What is Tech & Learning Live?

Tech & Learning is bringing back to Chicago on Friday, May 6 . 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

Network with friends while you enjoy breakfast in our “playground” area, where interactive exhibits include Winnetka Public Schools’ STEAM space and Summit Elementary’s makerspace.

Winnetka Public Schools Full STEAM Ahead Presentation 

Welcome and Opening Keynote: Chris Lehmann, founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy

What changes can edtech leaders make to move toward the next generation of “school?” Chris Lehmann, founding principal of Science Leadership Academy and co-author of Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need, will discuss not just why schools need to change to meet the evolving needs of technology-rich environments, but how schools can take these ideas from theory to practice. 

Refreshment and Networking Break: Playground 

Breakout # 1

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: R.J. Gravel, Director of Technology Services, Glenbrook High School District 225, Glenview, IL; Rico D'Amore, Director of Educational Technology, Warren Township High School District #121, Gurnee, IL; Phil Hintz, Director of Technology, Gurnee School District 56; Kim Knigge, Coordinator of Instructional Technology, Joliet Public School District 86, Joliet, IL
We Have the Devices: Now What? Presentation

Next-Gen PD (Future Ready Gear: Personalized Professional Learning)
Empower every teacher in your district through personalized PD. The session will cover a variety of successful PD models connected to: Blended Learning, the 4 Cs of PD (collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking), Google Apps for Education, Personalized Learning, and Differentiated Learning. Session will include time dedicated for participants to the explore a variety of different learner-centered professional development resources. PRESENTERS: Jarod Bormann, Technology Integration Specialist, Keystone AEA, Elkader, Iowa and Steve Wick, Technology Coordinator/Science Teacher, Neuqua Valley High School/IPSD 204, Naperville, IL

Next-Gen PD Agenda
Next-Gen PD Interactive
Next-Gen PD Presentation

Rethinking Academic Coaches (Future Ready Gear: Personalized Professional Learning)
(2 Sessions) 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.
NOTE: This will be divided into two sessions: one for K-8 schools; one for 9-12 schools.

COACHES SESSION ONE: K-8 (Presenters from Madison Metropolitan School District, Winnetka Public Schools, & Park Ridge Niles School District)
COACHES SESSION TWO: 9-12 (Presenters from Leyden High School District & Maine ISD)

Rethinking Academic Coaches Presentation 

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 (topics will be repeated at 2:15) 

These discussions provide a great opportunity for you to network with fellow technology leaders. Topics include:
1- Data Decision Making in a 1:1 Environment (John Hutton & Pete Helfers)
2- Digital Citizenship (Kevin Konsler)
3 - Gaining Community Support to Innovative (Todd Dugan)
4 - Using Design Thinking to Drive School Improvement (Mikkel Storaasli)
5 - 8 Education Innovations You Can Use Today (Elizabeth Freeman)
6- Journey into a Gamified Classroom (VIta Carnduff & Phil Hintz)
7 - Managing Change at Ludicrous Speed (Anne Truger, Rich Pattison and Mary Mlinar Stephens)
8 - Clone The Teacher (Krista Wyman)
9 - Maximizing the GAFE Environment (Deanna Nelson)
10 - Tech for Social and Emotional Learning (Jacquie Duginske)
11 - Student Data Privacy (Craig Williams)
12 - The Nuts & Bolts of a Successful 1:1 Rollout (Nancy Battaglia)
13 - Chromebooks: Tips & Tools (Mickey Chavannes)
14 - Anything Goes: you suggest the topics!


Dessert & Demos: Playground 

Breakout #2

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: Anne Truger, Charlene Chausis, Mary Mlinar-Stephens, Hank Thiele, Dan Rezac; Moderator: Michael Gorman

Cool Tool Smackdown Presentation

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: Beverly Berns, Technology Integration Specialist, Keystone Area Education Agency, Elkader, IA; Allison Gest, Maine 207; Phil Lacey, Director of Instructional Technology, NTHS 219

Blended Learning Presentation

Rethinking Learning Spaces (Future Ready Gear: Use of Space and Time)

Learn how to connect the right mix of interactive hardware solutions and mobile devices to improve upon traditional teaching methods, cross-curriculum content, resource-rich lessons to meet the individualized instructional needs of all students. PRESENTERS: Steven Baule, Superintendent, Muncie Community Schools, Muncie, IN; Kevin Ryan, Director, 21st Century Learning, Curriculum and Instruction, & Melissa Wilson, Kildeer Countryside School District 96, Buffalo Grove, IL; Tom Neff, Principal Architect Schmidt Associates, Indianapolis; Ed Kitchen, Big Walnut Local Schools; Moderator: Bob Hanrahan

Rethinking Learning Spaces Presentation #1

Rethinking Learning Spaces Presentation #2

Anything Goes #2 (these topics are repeated from the morning session) 

These discussions provide a great opportunity for you to network with fellow technology leaders. Topics include:
1- Data Decision Making in a 1:1 Environment (John Hutton & Pete Helfers)
2- Digital Citizenship (Kevin Konsler)
3 - Gaining Community Support to Innovative (Todd Dugan)
4 - Using Design Thinking to Drive School Improvement (Mikkel Storaasli)
5 - 8 Education Innovations You Can Use Today (Elizabeth Freeman)
6- Journey into a Gamified Classroom (VIta Carnduff & Phil Hintz)
7 - Managing Change at Ludicrous Speed (Anne Truger, Rich Pattison and Mary Mlinar Stephens)
8 - Clone The Teacher (Krista Wyman)
9 - Maximizing the GAFE Environment (Deanna Nelson)
10 - Tech for Social and Emotional Learning (Jacquie Duginske)
11 - Student Data Privacy (Craig Williams)
12 - The Nuts & Bolts of a Successful 1:1 Rollout (Nancy Battaglia)
13 - Chromebooks: Tips & Tools (Mickey Chavannes)
14 - Anything Goes: you suggest the topics!

Closing Session & Reception 

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

Chris Lehmann @chrislehmann

Chris Lehmann is the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy, a progressive science and technology high school in Philadelphia, PA. The Science Leadership Academy is an inquiry-driven, project-based, 1:1 laptop school that is considered to be one of the pioneers of the School 2.0 movement. Science Leadership Academy is the Dell Computing Center of Excellence for Technology in Education. In September 2013, Chris opened Science Leadership Academy @ Beeber campus, the second campus in the SLA model. In 2013, Chris co-founded the non-profit Inquiry Schools with Diana Laufenberg to help more schools create more empowering, modern learning experiences for students, and he serves as Superintendent and Chair of the Board. He is also the co-author Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need (Jossey-Bass, 2015).


Beverly Berns @b_berns

Technology Integration Specialist- Keystone Area Education Agency

Beverly is a Technology Integration Specialist for Keystone Area Education Agency in Iowa where she is part of a team of consultants providing professional development to Northeast Iowa schools. In 2013, she graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a masters in Teaching English in Secondary Schools and is currently working toward a degree in Educational Leadership. Her role includes supporting districts in competency-based education, standards based grading, technology integration, blended learning and personalized learning. Bev is an annual presenter at Keystone AEA’s KPEC conference as well as other national conferences. She is passionate about supporting student-centered, collaborative classrooms through purpose driven technology integration. Prior to joining the Keystone staff, she was a middle school/ high school English teacher in a 1:1 laptop district.

Jarod Bormann @jbormann3

Technology Integration Specialist - Keystone AEA

Masters in Instructional Technology through the University of Northern Iowa. An adjunct professor for the same Masters program. Formally taught MS/HS English for seven years in one of the first 1:1 iPad schools in Iowa. A contributing blogger and app reviewer at, as well as a contributing blogger at An annual presenter at the Keystone TIC Conference as well as other educational tech conferences throughout the midwest. Presenter at ISTE 2016. Recognized as the 2014 Iowa Safe Schools Educator of the Year. Passionate about #PersonalizedPD & #flipclass. I love to connect with educators and share ideas on how to integrate technology in order to reach the levels of all learners. Connect with me at

Vita Carnduff @QueenCarnduff

4th and 5th Grade Teacher- Gurnee School District 56

A 2014 Golden Apple Teacher of Distinction, Vita is very proud to be able to represent Gurnee District 56. As an original Apple Trainer for the district, Vita is constantly looking for new and exciting ways to incorporate technology into her classroom and with 1:1 iPads K-8, across the district, there is always something fun to learn. Last year, Vita embraced the concept of gamification and turned her classroom into a castle, and her students into questers and adventurers. With the students focused on earning XP and conquering the evil wizard, Bor-DOOM in order to save the queen, she has seen a dramatic improvement in student achievement, interest, engagement, responsibility and productivity. Remember, Gamification + Imagination = Transformation and Motivation! Vita earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University and her Masters in Educational Leadership from Northeastern Illinois University.

Charlene Chausis @@cchausis

CIS, Aptakisic-Tripp CCSD102

Charlene Chausis is a Creativity and Innovation Specialist at Aptakisic-Tripp District 102 in Buffalo Grove, IL, supporting teachers and students in the district's 1:1 iPad Personal Technology Initiative. Charlene is a frequent presenter at national, state and local education conferences, and serves on the Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) and Northern Illinois Computing Educators (NICE) executive boards. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Innovator, and Google Certified Trainer.

Mickey Chavannes @@mchavannes

Director of Instructional Technology

I am the Director of Instructional Technology for the School District of Cudahy, just south of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. As a small department of two, I oversee the management of 1200 Chromebooks and soon to be 1000 iPads. When that is running smoothly, I am found in different classrooms helping to coach teachers and students on the best ways to use technology in the classroom.

Rico D'Amore @@rico_damore

Director of Educational Technology, Warren Township HS District #121

Rico D'Amore has been the Director of Educational Technology at Warren Township High School, one of the largest high school districts in Illinois, for the past 9 years. His work over the years includes a successful transition from a school wide BYOD policy to a district wide 1:1 Chromebook initiative for 4500 students.

Todd Dugan @nhmesd

Superintendent: New Holland-Middletown Elementary District 88

Todd Dugan is the Superintendent of New Holland-Middletown Elementary District 88, a small (115 students; 72 square miles) remote, rural district of high-poverty (74% low-income). Four years ago, the District had no student software, hardware, nor functioning website. Now, NH-M #88 is one of the most innovative small PreK-8 feeder districts in central Illinois, utilizing Apple iPads, Google Chromebooks and Microsoft Surface technologies in a 1:1 atmosphere. What changed? The community was convinced of not only why technology is beneficial, but why it is crucial to disrupt the barriers of poverty.

Allison Gest @@MrsGest

Instructional Coach and Science Teacher

Allison Gest (@MrsGest) is a high school geosciences teacher and building instructional coach at Maine South High School in Park Ridge, IL. She is now supporting the district’s 1:1 Chromebook initiative and offering professional development to staff across the district in technology tools in the classroom, cooperative learning, and assessment. She was awarded one of the 2013 Innovative Chromebook Teacher for Science awards and was featured on the Google in Education YouTube Channel. She is also the founder of #SnowCampNS, a local EdCamp for educators, parents, students, and community members. She enjoys seeking out new ideas and providing opportunities for teachers and students to innovate education.

Michael Gorman


Michael Gorman, is a graduate of Western Michigan University, Indiana University, and Johns Hopkins University. Mike has overseen a one to one laptop program and digital professional development for Southwest Allen County Schools near Fort Wayne, Indiana. He has also served as a consultant for Discovery Education, ISTE, PBS Learning Media, and November Learning. Mike is on the National Faculty at BIE (BUCK Institute) and an Adviser for Tech & Learning Magazine. Mike has provided hundreds of professional development opportunities across the country at conferences and school districts. Mike maintains his award-winning blog at (

R.J. Gravel @rjgravel

Director of Technology Services, Glenbrook High School District 225

A native of the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, Dr. Gravel (@rjgravel) is the Director of Technology Services for Glenbrook High School District 225. As an educator and technologist for elementary, secondary, and higher education institutions, a SMART Exemplary Educator, and a Skyward Leader in Excellence recipient, R.J. advocates for effective technology integration in PreK-12 education at the local and national levels. As a contributor to the profession, Dr. Gravel contributes to a number of publications, and emphasizes the importance of school leaders working together in order to ensure student and staff success.

Wendy Harrop @@wkharrop

Learning Resource Teacher

Wendy is the Learning Resource Teacher at Summit Elementary in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin - this role includes technology and makerspace integration, gifted resource, and library/technology instruction. She was part of a team that designed, built and implemented a makerspace for her school in 2014. She holds a Master's Degree in Instructional Technology and has taught for 20 years in schools in Illinois, California and Wisconsin.

Phil Hintz @phintz

Director of Technology at Gurnee School District 56

Mary Mlinar-Stephens @mary_m_s

Director of Ed Tech Innovation

Mary is one of the Directors of Educational Technology Innovation in Waukegan Public School District #60 in Waukegan, Illinois. Mary works to build capacity for meaningful instructional technology integration by facilitating innovative ed tech professional development and by supporting professional growth in teacher leaders. Mary and the department are working to expand the district’s 1:1 learning initiative from grades 9-12 to include 6th grade next fall. She has co-presented on ed tech topics at ICE, MACUL, and ISTE, and co-presented at NASSP on the positive impact of collaborative leadership on school improvement. Mary co-chairs and works with the ITS department each year to run the Waukegan's own “Google n’ More” ed tech conference. She earned master’s degrees in both Elementary Education and in K-12 Instructional Technology, and is a graduate of the JHU/ISTE Administration and Supervision Cohort certification program. Mary is a former Waukegan middle school technology/multimedia teacher.

Jackie Moreno @jackiemmoreno

Instructional Coach and Library Media Technology Specialist

Jackie collaborates with colleagues to cultivate student creativity, learning, and leadership at Sandburg Elementary, a 1:1 school. She holds a MA in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and certifications in Bilingual Education, English as a Second Language, and Secondary Education. Jackie also blogs for the World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Consortium. Her work is driven by a commitment to the success of diverse learners.

Deanna Nelson @HiveJiver

Instructional Technology Trainer - Sheboygan Area School District

Deanna Nelson provides technology integration and instructional support to teachers and specialists at the Sheboygan Area School District (Wisconsin). The district of 10,000 students provides 1:1 ChromeBooks at the secondary level and 1:2 devices at the elementary level - iPad Mini's (K-2) and ChromeBooks (3-5). Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Deanna brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to her work including 10 years in corporate business, 19 years in small business, and 10 years in public education. She is passionate about learning and sharing with others - especially those who are new to or fearful of the technology whirlwind we are living in today. Education/Certifications: BS - Business: Management and Administration MS - Education: Curriculum and Instruction Google for Education Trainer Certified SMARTBoard Trainer

Ashley Painter @aacoblentz

Bilingual Resource Teacher

Ashley Painter, Bilingual Resource Teacher, Madison Metropolitan School District, WI Ashley Painter, is in her ninth year of teaching at Sandburg Elementary School in Madison, Wisconsin. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008, she began her teaching career in a Developmental Bilingual Program as a kindergarten teacher and then transitioned to a Bilingual Resource Teacher. She is a collaborative instructional technology leader in the Madison Metropolitan School District and a proven innovator with extensive experience in development of meaningful technology integration in education. She has worked with other teachers to create a path for educators and administrators to use technology transformatively. Her teaching practice now incorporates technology into all of the content areas, and has helped her students learn in transformational ways while addressing Common Core State Standards and World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment (WIDA) Standards.

Daniel Rezac @@drezac

Director of Academic Technology

Daniel Rezac is the Director of Academic Technology at Quest Academy, an independent school in Palatine, IL. In that role, he oversees Quest’s STEAM program, and is developing a STEAM curriculum that grows and develops young leaders of engineering and creativity. Quest is a 1:1 Chromebook environment, and supports students using myriad devices and platforms. Daniel is a Google Certified Innovator, also a founding organizer of EdCamp Illinois and the Palatine Mini Maker Faire. His mission is to provide students with possibilities, and to help students realize their unending potential.

Kevin Ryan @@KevinD_Ryan

Director of 21st Century Learning, Kildeer Countryside School District 96

Oversees Math and Science Curriculum, instructional technology and infrastructure, and classroom learning environments. Received a B.S. in Business from Florida Southern College and a M.Ed from DePaul University. Was a teacher in Cary School District 26 and served as a building administrator in both Cary District 26 and KCSD 96 before becoming the Director of 21st Century Learning.

Anne Truger @atruger

Director of Ed Tech Innovation - Waukegan Public Schools Dist 60

Anne Truger is a Director of Educational Technology Innovation at Waukegan Public Schools District 60. She is a Google Certified Innovator, DEN STAR, Tech4Learning Innovative Educator, former President of ICE (Illinois Computing Educators) and former co-chair for the ICE Conference. She is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University in partnership with ISTE: Supervision and Leadership program. She loves all things technology and isn't afraid of trying new things. In her current position she has co-facilitated a 1:1 Learning Initiative comprised of 5000+ Chromebooks. She is also the co-facilitator for the district’s Lighthouse Lead Learner program and co-chair of Waukegan’s annual Google n’ More Conference . Anne has presented at ISTE 2001-2015, ICE 1998-2015, TCEA 2015, Tech Learning Live Chicago 2015 and was a featured speaker at MACUL 2009-2012. She enjoys presenting and sharing her lifelong love of learning and technology passion with others.

Ken Wallace @@KenWallace207

Superintendent of Maine Township High School District 207 Park Ridge, Illinois

Dr. Ken Wallace is the Superintendent for Maine Township High School District 207 in Park Ridge, Illinois whose 3 comprehensive, diverse (73 languages other than English spoken in the homes of students) high schools have been recognized by the Washington Post, US News & World, and Newsweek to be among the nation’s best high schools. One of District 207’s signature features is its innovative teacher leadership program that includes instructional coaches in each building who provide support for teachers, each of whom has an annual instructional coaching plan to help improve classroom teaching.

Steve Wick @@rechargeedu

Technology Coordinator / Science Teacher

Steve is a High School Science Teacher and Technology Coordinator at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL. He has a Masters in Instructional Technology from National Louis University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Benedictine University. Steve has taught Science and Social Studies at the middle school and high school level for more than 20 years. His passions as a learner and leader include the 4Cs, personal learning networks, Google Apps for Education, Chromebooks, and student-centered classrooms. Steve has supported the implementation of EdTech and Google Apps for Education in K-12 settings. The foundation of his beliefs is that technology can facilitate pedagogical shifts to improve teaching and learning.

Brett Wilfrid @@BrettWilfrid


I have been a teacher, instructional coach, assistant principal, and now principal of the same school for 7 years. Our high rates of growth and strong climate survey results from parents, teachers, and students have less to do with the experts we have in coaching roles and more to do with a school culture which promotes de-personalization of the craft of teaching. We work in teams, study the art of offering and receiving feedback, and engage in organic non-evaluative peer observation. There are coaches - and there are some who benefit from their expertise - but creating a culture of ongoing inquiry, learning, collaboration, and safe exploration of the complex art of teaching is the major goal. This flattens the hierarchy, builds transparency, develops essential skills in collaboration, and bonds people together.

Melissa Wilson @@mrswilsonnv

IT Coordinator / English Teacher

Melissa is a high school English teacher and instructional technology coordinator at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL. This is her eighth year at Neuqua and in the English department and third year as an IT coordinator. Melissa is an avid user of Google Apps for Education and helps support teachers and students at the high school and within District 204. In addition, she believes that the collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking are essential to a successful classroom environment.

Krista Wyman @MrsKWyman

Gurnee School District 56 - Gifted Math & Language Arts Teacher

Krista Wyman is an educator at Prairie Trail School in Gurnee School District 56, an Apple Distinguished District in year four of 1:1 iPad initiative. Gifted Math and Language Arts for grades 3-5 and formerly was a 6th grade math teacher. Krista earned her undergraduate degrees from Carroll College in Elementary Education and is currently pursuing Masters of Education in Educational Technology from Lesley University. Krista has an additional Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University. Her co-presenter, Mary Lee Xenos, also works at Prairie Trail with me and have been friends for almost 30 years. When not working hard in D56, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, and cheering on her favorite Chicago teams. Go White Sox!

Mary Lee Xenos @MsXenos

Elementary Teacher - Gurnee School District 56

Mary Lee Xenos is an educator at Prairie Trail School in Gurnee School District 56, an Apple Distinguished School District. Mary Lee has an Elementary Education degree and Spanish minor from Carroll University (2003) and a Master of Arts in Teaching and Leadership from Saint Xavier University (2007). She is currently pursuing a Master of Education in Educational Technology from Lesley University. Mary Lee has experience teaching in regular education and bilingual classrooms, grades 3, 4, and 5. In addition to learning, sharing, and collaborating with other educators in her own school district, Mary Lee has been a speaker at the Waukegan Google 'n More Conference (2016), the D70 i3 Conference for K-8 Educators (2015), and the D211 1:1 Summit (2014).


Gold Level Sponsors

Burwood Group

Burwood Group is a consulting firm specializing in IT management and infrastructure solutions. We help forward-thinking technology leaders create solutions that enhance customer loyalty, increase profitability, and mitigate risk. Burwood Group approaches every engagement with the desired end-state in mind. Our consultants recognize the critical importance of tying technology investments to organizational priorities. Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, Burwood Group serves local, national, and international clients. We pride ourselves in being trusted business advisors to clients by providing smarter solutions that deliver better outcomes.


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!

Lightspeed Systems

Lightspeed Systems Inc. develops comprehensive network security and management solutions for the education market. We are committed to helping schools of all sizes operate their networks effectively and efficiently. Our innovative, comprehensive solutions for network security, internet filtering, monitoring, management, and optimization allow educators to provide safe online teaching and learning environments.


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.

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


CDW Government (CDW-G) is a leading provider of technology solutions to education, government and healthcare customers. The company features dedicated account managers who help customers choose the right technology products and services to meet their needs. The company’s solutions architects and engineers offer expertise in designing customized solutions, while its advanced technology engineers assist customers with the implementation and long-term management of those solutions. For more information about CDW-G product offerings, procurement options, service and solutions, call 1.800.808.4239, or visit


Albert J. Dremel was the inventive genius who, with an electric razor blade sharpener as his first product, founded the Dremel Company back in 1932. He then came up with perhaps his greatest invention ever in 1934: a high-speed rotary tool dubbed the Dremel Moto-Tool. Today the Dremel product line has grown to expand upon its core of rotary tools, attachments and accessories to include other versatile tool systems – Multi-Max oscillating tools, Saw-Max and Ultra-Saw multipurpose saws, the Versa-Tip and Versa-Flame butane tools and the newest addition, the Dremel 3D Idea Builder printer.


Pathway Innovations and Technologies, Inc. empowers teachers to use technology to teach at the speed of learning to better engage students. With document cameras in 150,000 classrooms, they developed the HoverCam Solo 8 and Ultra 8, the world’s first USB 3.0 document cameras with 8.0 MegaPixel resolution and 60 frames/second speed—providing greater performance at half the price of other document cameras. Record high-quality video, annotate, take high-resolution stills and scan documents. They recently debuted a digital note taking system that records class sessions so kids have interactive, video-based notes of their classes they can bookmark and review.


Kaspersky Lab is the world’s largest privately held vendor of endpoint protection solutions. The company is ranked among the world’s top four vendors of security solutions for endpoint users. Throughout its 15-year history Kaspersky Lab has remained an innovator in IT security and provides effective digital security solutions for consumers, SMBs and Enterprises. Named one of Fast Company Magazine’s Top 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World, Kaspersky Lab has over 2,500 employees, including more than 800 research and development specialists and operates in almost 200 countries and territories across the globe, providing protection for over 300 million users worldwide.For further information about the company:

McQueen Technology Group LLC

Based in Chicago, McQueen Technology Group LLC. assists organizations, institutions, and companies throughout North America and the world to maximize their technology investments. Our consultants apply cutting edge development, optimization, implementation, and operational strategies to fully support our clients and assure long term success. Our services and solutions reflect the depth and breadth of our experience and expertise. MTG has successfully grown its customer base by building long-term relationships with our customers and producing ever increasing value in our work


The Otus Student Performance Platform, designed specifically for K-12 school systems, is the first system that integrates student learning data from 3rd party assessment and content providers with real-time, in classroom data. This classroom data is captured through Otus’ award winning learning management system and behavior and engagement tracking tools.

Stirling Communications Supply

Stirling Communications is New Jersey based AV distributor and US importer of ConenMounts, Germany´s leading manufacturer of educational furniture and visual presentation equipment. Built on its 40 years of experience, Conen´s mounting solutions are designed around the educator and installer. They offer ease of installation and ease of use, provide flexibility and complement the technology they support. All products are designed to withstand intensive daily use and to offer perfect ergonomics. Our products include height adjustable mounts & carts for interactive whiteboards, flat panel displays as well as projection whiteboards, over-the-board mounts etc.

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.

Associate Partner

Illinois Educational Technology Leaders

Illinois Educational Technology Leaders Founded in August 2014, the Illinois Educational Technology Leaders is the premier professional association for school technology leaders in Illinois. IETL is committed to connecting members, supporting professional advancement, and promoting professionalism in school technology leadership. IETL was created through the combination of two professional organizations: Illinois Chief Technology Officers (ILCTO) and the Education Technology Council of Illinois (ETC-IL).



Max McGee

Speakers: Tech Forum Chicago 2010

  KEYNOTE SPEAKER   Dr. Glenn (“Max”) McGee President, Illlinois Mathematics and Science Academy Aurora, IL “Max” McGee is recognized as a dynamic leader, teacher, speaker and writer on critical issues in educational leadership and legislation. He is president of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy,