Keynote & Featured Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Ken Shelton

Ken Shelton, Keynote Speaker
Tuesday, February 12, 8:00-9:15 am

Ken currently holds an M.A. in Education with a specialization in Educational Technology as well as New Media Design and Production. As a part of his active involvement within the Educational Technology community, Ken is an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Google Certified Teacher, a Discovery STAR Educator, and serves on the Board of Directors for Computer Using Educators "CUE". Ken was also named to the State Superintendent of Public Instruction's Educational Technology Task Force. Ken regularly gives keynotes, presentations, and leads workshops, many of which are hands-on, covering a wide variety of Educational Technology, Technology Storytelling, and Instructional Design topics. He has worked as an Educator for over 10 years and currently teaches technology at the Middle School level. Follow Ken on Twitter @k_shelton.

CJ Huff

Dr. C.J. Huff, Leadership Lunch Keynote Speaker
Tuesday, February 12, 12:00-2:00
Pre-registration Required 

As Superintendent of Joplin Schools, Dr. C.J. Huff’s experiences as a classroom teacher, building principal, superintendent and a family farmer prepared him to lead his district through the recovery effort following the devastating Sunday, May 22, 2011 tornado that ripped through the heart of Joplin destroying or damaging 10 of the 19 buildings including the high school and leaving over half of his students without a school to return to on the following Monday. Huff’s declaration that “We will start school on time” is credited with being a key factor that drew the community of Joplin together just days after the tornado and provided a positive light for the country to rally around in the midst of such tragedy and destruction. On August 17, 2011 Joplin’s 7,700 students started the new school year as scheduled.  Dr. Huff’s recognitions include: People Magazine's “2011 Heroes Among Us”,  eSchool News 2012 Tech-Savvy Superintendent Award, Missouri Association of School Administrators 2012 Pearce Award.

Lucy Gray

Lucy Gray, Keynote Speaker
Wednesday, February 13, 8:00-9:15 am

As an education consultant, Lucy works with a variety of institutions on 21st century learning initiatives, including directing the Consortium for School Networking’s Leadership for Mobile Learning initiative. She began her career as a primary grade teacher in Chicago Public Schools, and has served in various capacities related to educational technology at the University of Chicago's Laboratory Schools, Urban Education Institute, and Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education. In 2007, Lucy founded the Global Education Collaborative, a network for educators interested in project-based learning which has been expanded into the Global Education Conference. She has also been awarded the Google Certified Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator distinctions. For further information, visit her web site at Follow Lucy on Twitter @elemenous.

Featured Speakers

Jerry Blumengarten

Jerry Blumengarten taught grades 6-9 for 32 years in the NYC school system. He was a licensed Social Studies teacher but taught more subjects. He also wrote curriculum for his school district, NYC and Open Doors, a school-business partnership. His website, Cybrary Man's Educational Web Sites, began as his school's library website when he served as teacher/librarian. He served two terms on his town's library board of trustees. Jerry also wrote educational materials for the utility industry. He enjoys presenting on writing and skyping into classrooms. On Twitter Jerry is a member of the #edchat team and originator of #engsschat. He has given multiple presentations (in person and over Skype) at EdCamps and national conferences. Jerry is the proud grandparent of 5 grandchildren. Follow Jerry on Twitter @cybraryman1.

Howie DiBlasi Dr. Howie DiBlasi was recognized as Vocational Teacher of the Year and nominated as a finalist in the Top Secondary Leaders in America. He has extensive experience in education (20 years), business (10 years) and as a C.I.O. (14 years). He was recently recognized by the C.I.L.C. with the Pinnacle Award for outstanding Professional Development programs and an ISTE award for the BEST of the Best presentations. His emphasis is on Digital Technology, 21st Century Learning and Projects Based Learning and S.T.E.M. He has presented to thousands of educational leaders, administrators and teachers from Bangkok to Boston. Follow Howie on Twitter @hdiblasi.
Matt Monjan Matt Monjan has blended technology and education for more than 15 years in the worlds of K-12 education and business. Prior to joining the Discovery Education team in 2004, Matt designed, developed, and implemented adult education and certification programs for two of the largest trade associations in the country. At Discovery, Matt has worked with classroom teachers ont he nuts and bolts of implementing technology and with administrators on using data management to develop the effective strategies for technologies such as closed captioning. Matt speaks across the United States and Canada. He has been featured and keynote speaker at lcoal, state, and regional conferences including CUE, eTech Ohio, FETC, MASSCUE, MSET, PETE&C, and VSTE. 
Ferdi Serim

Ferdi Serim is the Executive Director of the New Mexico Society for Technology in Education (NMSTE). Ferdi pioneered the use of the Internet to improve learning, developing one of the first online professional development projects funded by the National Science Foundation. He has worked with leading national experts, including Dr. Robert Marzano, to develop online courses that advance understanding of standards-based assessment, instruction, and grading, to help educators prepare for adoption of the CCSS. 

Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a trainer, author, and international speaker. She has co-founded and organized the educational projects  Edchat, The Reform Symposium E-Conferencethe Elton nominated ELTChat and  Virtual Round Table language and technology conference. Her prolific presence in the educator community through social media has been recognized by several notable entities, such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Edweek, the 140 Conference, Mashable, Smart Blogs, and T/H/E JOURNAL. Shelly holds an Honours BA in English and a minor in Communication with a specialization in Electronic Media from the University of Texas in San Antonio, an Honours MA in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from CELT Athens in Greece. She was recognized as one of the top 20 educators in social media by The Bammy Awards. Find her on Twitter, @ShellTerrell where she is connected to over 27,000 educators, and visit her blog, Teacher Reboot Camp, for resources for effective technology integration. 

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