|Anissa Labrador||As an elementary classroom teacher and K-12 Instructional Technology Coordinator Anissa has been honored to work with students and teachers for over 20 years. She was responsible for executing the training for a three year technology plan to prepare the faculty, students, and parents for a 1:1 iPad environment. Her ability to relate to teachers creates an authentic training environment because she of her ability to relate to the challenges of a modern classroom.
Currently she is an EdTechTeacher instructor for both onsite and online learning. She has presented at FCIS, FKC, Superior Tech for Teachers, and EdTechTeacher Summits. She has a Master Degree in BrainSmart- applied neuroscience to education and a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education.
|Avra Robinson||Avra Robinson is the Director of Online Learning and an Instructor for EdTechTeacher, as well as an Adjunct Faculty member for Kishwaukee College in Malta, Illinois. An authorized Google Education Trainer and dedicated educational technologist, Avra has been working with teachers and students for over 20 years. Prior to joining EdTechTeacher, Avra was first a classroom teacher and later the Instructional Technology Coordinator and coach for a K-8 school district in Northern Illinois. During that time, she worked with teachers and students on a daily basis as they worked towards total Common Core State Standards integration in a 1:1 program that included Chromebooks, iPads, and Windows laptops. Avra has presented at local and regional conferences sharing ideas about digital publishing, coaching teachers, Google Apps for Education, and more.||AvraRachel||@AvraRachel|
|Ben Sondgeroth||Ben began his career as a social studies teacher in Morrison, IL where he initiated and lead the district’s iPad pilot program and redesigned his own curriculum. After four years of teaching, Ben assumed the role of Director of Technology for the Morrison School District. In this capacity, he led the district’s technology committee through the process of implementing a 1:1 environment of iPads and Chromebooks in grades K-12.
As an EdTechTeacher Instructor, presenter, Apple Teacher, and Google for Education Certified Trainer, Ben possesses vast experience at all grade levels. He has presented at regional and national conferences such as: ISTE, FETC, RSAC (Raising Student Achievement Conference, 2013 featured speaker), Googlepalooza, NFI (Networking for Information), ICE and the EdTechTeacher Summits. He holds a Master’s Degree in Curriculum Technology Education Reform from the University of Illinois and a Bachelor’s Degree in History Education from the University of Indianapolis.
|Brenda Doucette||Brenda is an Instructional Technology Specialist and authorized Google Education Trainer with over 25 years of teaching experience at all grade levels. She is an adjunct professor at Simmons College in the Assistive Technology Graduate Program and regularly leads EdTechTeacher workshops. In her role with Newton Public Schools, she works directly with students and supports teachers as they plan and implement effective technology integrations into their curricula.
Brenda holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts and a Master’s Degree in Technology in Education from Lesley University. Since 2011, she has been the technology advisor for 3 Teaching American History grants, facilitating the implementation of blogs, Google apps, and social bookmarking tools. Brenda has also been a facilitator for several online, blended and face-to-face courses for the Newton Public Schools, EDCO and TEC collaboratives.
|Greg Kulowiec||Prior to joining EdTechTeacher, Greg Kulowiec spent eight years as a high school history teacher and one year as a technology integration specialist. He began integrating technology into his classroom with early mobile devices including iPods and cell phones. Those initial efforts focused on building capacity for students to create dynamic content with mobile devices to demonstrate their understanding of complex ideas. In his last year as a classroom teacher, Greg began the process of exploring how mobile devices and iPads could be effectively integrated into the classroom to support student learning and creativity. He has used that experience as the foundation for numerous blog posts and presentations as well as to develop the concept of "App Smashing."
As an instructor and presenter, Greg brings a dynamic and thoughtful approach to technology integration with an emphasis on the powerful nature of how these devices can be used in the hands of students to reveal unique perspectives, understanding, and capabilities. Greg is an authorized Google Education Trainer and has presented at Google's Global Education Summit, ISTE, MassCue, NCSS, MASCD, and the EdTechTeacher iPad Summits on topics ranging from the integration of social media in the classroom to collaboration with mobile devices. He blogs regularly at The History 2.0 Classroom as well as Free Technology for Teachers. Greg holds a degree in Sociology from St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH where he was also a four year scholarship basketball player and team captain.
|John Umekubo||John Umekubo is an Educational Technology Consultant in Los Angeles, California, who works with schools around the country on topics ranging from design thinking, personalized learning and maker education, to project-based learning and the integration of mobile devices in the classroom. When not consulting, he is the Director of Social Entrepreneurship at Westside Neighborhood School, in Los Angeles, where he teaches classes at the middle school level called "Design, Code, Make." He also serves as a board member at the reDiscover Center, whose mission is to promote resource conservation, creativity, and community engagement through material reuse. John was formerly the Director of Technology at St. Matthew’s Parish School in Pacific Palisades, CA, where he oversaw all technology initiatives at the school, including the 1:1 iPad program and two new innovation spaces. There he taught 7th grade technology and a 7th/8th elective course called Creator’s Studio (http://creatorsstudio.org).
Prior to St. Matthew’s, John taught middle school math and science and served as Director of Technology for the Lennox School District, and worked as adjunct professor at Pepperdine University and California State University, Dominguez Hills in the Masters in Education programs. During this time, John also served as Executive Director for ADTECH, a local non-profit consortium supporting public schools with technology initiatives. John has been working with EdTechTeacher for a few years in schools looking to promote personalized learning, Design Thinking and has also been involved in the EdTEchTeacher/ Digital Promise initiative with the Verizon Foundation.
|Justin Reich||Justin Reich is an educational researcher interested in the future of learning in a networked world. He is the executive director of the PK-12 Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a research scientist in the MIT Office of Digital Learning, and a lecturer in the Scheller Teacher Education Program. He is also a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and the co-founder of EdTechTeacher, a professional learning consultancy devoted to helping teachers leverage technology to create student-centered, inquiry-based learning environments.
He was previously the Richard L. Menschel HarvardX Research Fellow, where he led the initiative to study large-scale open online learning through the HarvardX Initiative, and a lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He earned his doctorate from Harvard University, where he created the Distributed Collaborative Learning Communities project, a Hewlett Foundation funded initiative to examine how social media are used in K-12 classrooms. He writes the EdTechResearcher blog for Education Week, and his writings have appeared in Science, The New Yorker, The Atlantic,Educational Researcher, the Washington Post, Inside Higher Ed, the Christian Science Monitor, and other publications. His forthcoming book, Massive: The Future of Learning at Scale, is under contract with Harvard University Press. Justin started his career teaching wilderness medicine, and later taught high school world history and history electives, and coached wrestling and outdoor activities.
|Mason Mason||Mason, an enthusiastic educator that is passionate about helping educators transform teaching and learning through technology joins EdTechTeacher. His background as a Digital Instructional Coach, Apple Employee and English Teacher coupled with his accomplishments as a Google for Education Certified Trainer, Nearpod PionNEAR and Apple Teacher will add to already talented EdTechTeacher staff. Prior to joining EdTechTeacher, Mason worked in supporting Garland ISD's Ready 1:1 Initiative. He helped teachers create student-centered classrooms through technology integration. Mason also taught in Plano and Dallas Texas. He is a frequent presenter in many Texas conferences. Mason holds a Master’s Degree in Southern Methodist University and a B.A. in English from The Ohio State University. He is a current doctoral student at Southern Methodist University.||EdTechMason||@EdTechMason|
|Rosey McQuillan||Rosey McQUillan is an assistive and educational consultant whose career combines over 25 years of experience with a focus on the use of technology to provide differentiated instruction. As an instructor, she has extensive experience working with teachers across all grade levels and curriculum strands to support learners in gaining access to the curriculum. Rosey works with teachers on techniques to expand learning opportunities for students through Universal Design for Learning. She has facilitated and co-facilitated for several on-line, blended learning and face- to- face courses for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in conjunction with Lesley University and the TEC Collaborative. Rosey is a Program Supervisor for student teachers in the area of Special Education for Lesley University. She holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Boston College.and also an Ed.S. in Assistive and Special Education Technology from Simmons College.||romcquill||@romcquill|
|Tom Daccord||Tom Daccord is CEO and Co-Founder of EdTechTeacher. An educational technology speaker, instructor, and author, Tom has worked with schools, districts, colleges and educational organizations in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He has presented on educational technology topics at national and international conferences, including ISTE (U.S.), FETC (U.S.), ELMLE (Europe), EARCOS (Asia), and NESA (Asia), as well as organized the international EdTechTeacher Summits in the United States. A former social studies teacher who instructed in a 1:1 laptop classroom for seven years, Tom has been featured in the Boston Globe for his contributions to teaching with technology and invited to Singapore by the Ministry of Education as an “Outstanding Educator in Residence” in support of efforts to further 21st century learning in schools.
Tom is co-author of Best Ideas for Teaching with Technology: A Practical Guide for Teachers by Teachers and iPads in the Classroom: From Consumption and Curation to Creation. His articles on educational technology have appeared in various educational publications such as eSchool News and ASCD’s Educational Leadership. A graduate of Princeton University and the University of Montreal, Tom speaks four languages and has taught in Canada, France, Switzerland, and the United States. He currently resides in Boston, Massachusetts.
|Tom Driscoll||As a Director of Digital Learning (BWRSD), EdTechTeacher Instructor, authorized Google for Education Trainer, author and speaker, Tom is recognized nationally as a leader in helping teachers, schools and districts transform teaching and learning with technology. Tom’s career in education began by teaching high school social studies for eight years in Connecticut. While teaching, he explored emerging instructional design models through his graduate research at Columbia University. As he applied the Flipped Classroom approach, Tom began writing and speaking nationally about his practical experiences teaching and iterating blended learning models. During this time, Tom authored chapters for several instructional technology books, including the ISTE publication "Flipped Learning: Gateway to Student Engagement.” He has also contributed to multiple articles on media outlets such as EdSurge, EdTech Digest, CUE Blog, and the New York Times.
In 2015, Tom became Digital Learning Director for the Bristol Warren Regional School District in Rhode Island where he has helped lead several key aspects of the district’s digital learning transformation. As an instructor, Tom has extensive experience working with educators across all grade levels and content areas. Topics of particular interest and expertise include peronalized learning and digital learning leadership. As an authorized Google for Education Trainer, Tom also has experience helping educators leverage G Suite for Education to amplify effective teaching strategies. Tom holds a Master’s Degree in Computing in Education from Teachers’ College, Columbia University and a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Vassar College, where he was a Captain of their NCAA basketball team.