2017 Featured Speakers

Featured Speakers include Barbara Chamberlin, Hall Davidson, Steve Dembo, Leslie Fisher, Matt Miller, Tom Murray, Kyle Pace and Anthony Salcito!


Barbara Chamberlin, Ph.D.

Barbara Chamberlin has a unique job: she plays computer and video games and actively encourages those who work with her to do the same. It’s all part of the research and development they do at New Mexico State University, finding new and innovative ways to teach and help people learn. Previously a stand-up comic, Dr. Chamberlin now enjoys speaking to groups about technology and learning and sharing exciting research that is changing the way we think about games.

Dr. Chamberlin is currently working on a wide variety of projects, including gaming projects in math, science, health and safety. In the past few years, NMSU’s game development team has developed a wide array of games, apps, virtual labs, and other tools available online at learninggameslab.org.

For more information about Dr. Chamberlin, follow her on Twitter @bchamber or visit  http://aces.nmsu.edu/mediaproductions/bchamberlin/.

Hall Davidson

Hall Davidson

Hall Davidson is the Director of Global Learning Initiatives at Discovery Education. A former K-12 bilingual math teacher and college faculty member, he left the classroom to became part of an Emmy-winning team, creating math and technology integration programs.

For forty years, he has been an educational innovator in important waves of change, first in broadcasting, then computers, and now digital learning. His talks blend humor, deep insight, and data from both education and industry and illustrate the big picture with nuts and bolts examples.

For his complete bio and information visit Hall’s website at http://www.halldavidson.net/ or follow him on Twitter @HallDavidson or check out his information on Discovery Ed at http://discoveryeducation.com/.


Steve Dembo

Steve is a former kindergarten teacher, school Director of Technology, and Discovery Education’s Online Community Manager. He is a pioneer in the field of educational social networking, winning recognition from the Online Education Database, Technology and Learning Magazine, Association of Educational Publishers, and a recipient of the BESSIE Award. In 2009 his blog was recognized as one of 20 Must-Read Education Technology blogs by ACE Online Schools and was nominated for Best Individual Blog and Best EdTechSupport Blog at the Edublog Awards. In addition, Steve has been recognized as one of the top 50 educational bloggers by Social Media Explorer.

To find out more about Steve visit his website at http://www.teach42.com/ or connect with him on Twitter @Teach42.

Leslie Fisher

Leslie Fisher

After graduating from USC with a Business and Marketing degree in 1989 and a quick stint as a Trainer, Leslie joined Apple Computer in 1992. When the Internet took off in 1994, Leslie was one of the first Apple employees assigned to study Internet growth and implementation.

In 1997, Leslie was roadkill on Apple’s road to recovery and part of their massive lay off. Leslie planned to spend most of her huge severance package golfing and waiting a few months to look for a job. The day after her layoff, her phone began to ring with Apple customers requesting consulting, training and presentation services. Before she could say fore, Fisher Technologies Inc. was created to help educators with their technology implementations and decisions. Fisher Technologies Inc. is now a worldwide company (meaning one employee named Leslie gets to travel the world teaching) specializing in presenting emerging and exciting technology solutions to educators all over the world.

For her complete bio and more about Leslie visit her website at http://lesliefisher.com/ or follow her on Twitter @lesliefisher.


Matt Miller

Matt Miller is a teacher, blogger and presenter from West Central Indiana. He has infused technology and innovative teaching methods in his classes for more than 10 years. He is the author of the book Ditch That Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your Classroom and writes at the Ditch That Textbook blog about using technology and creative ideas in teaching. He is a Google Certified Innovator, Bammy! Top to Watch in 2016, and winner of the WTHI-TV Golden Apple Award.

After trying to do the traditional “teach by the textbook” for a few years, he launched into a textbook-less path where learning activities were often custom-produced for his students as well as infused with technology. He likes the results a lot, and his students do, too.

For more information about Matt visit his website at http://ditchthattextbook.com/ or follow him on Twitter @jmattmiller.

Tom Murray

Tom Murray

Tom serves at the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education. He has testified before the U.S. Congress and works alongside that body, the White House, the US Department of Education, and state departments of education, corporations, and school districts throughout the country to implement student-centered, personalized learning while helping to lead Future Ready Schools and Digital Learning Day.

Murray was named one of “20 to Watch” by NSBA, one of the top 20 thought leaders in education, and the “Education Policy Person of the Year” by the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015.

A former school principal and teacher, Murray is passionate about proper digital learning implementation and personalized professional learning. In 2015, Murray co-authored and released Leading Professional Learning: Tools to Connect and Empower Teachers (Corwin, 2015). He is also the cofounder of #edchat, a weekly educational technology Twitter forum where hundreds of educators from around the world discuss digital learning.

For complete information about Tom, visit his website at http://thomascmurray.com/ or follow him on twitter at @thomascmurray.

paceKyle Pace

Kyle Pace, an Instructional Technology Coach with the Grain Valley School District in Grain Valley, Missouri, has worked with K-12 teachers to provide instructional technology professional development and support since 2004. Kyle’s prior experience was teaching in the elementary classroom. Kyle holds a Master of Arts degree in Education with an emphasis in Educational Technology.

Kyle is a keynote speaker and presenter at education conferences such as EdTechTeam’s Google Apps for Education Summits, ISTE, TCEA, FETC, METC, ASCD, and individual school districts around North America.

For more information about Kyle visit his website at http://kylepace.com/ or follow him on Twitter @kylepace.

Anthony SalcitoAnthony Salcito

Anthony is Vice President of Worldwide Education at Microsoft. In his role leading the worldwide execution of Microsoft’s vision for education, Anthony Salcito works to help empower educators and inspire students to achieve more. He aims to transform the way we learn with the support of the best technology to help build critical skills for the modern, global workplace.

Prior to taking this role in 2009, Salcito was general manager of education in the United States, supporting schools and universities across the country. During this time, he helped launch the company’s cornerstone education programs. He was also at the center of Microsoft’s involvement in the creation of the School of the Future – a pioneering partnership with the School District of Philadelphia and now the first of many Microsoft Showcase Schools around the world.

With a belief that educators will forever be the heroes of the classroom, Salcito authors Daily Edventures (http://dailyedventures.com/), which highlights the inspiring stories of educators, students, education thought leaders and school leaders from around the world. You can engage with Salcito at @AnthonySalcito.


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