21st Century Technology Conference - September 16, 2013

2013 Conference - September 16, 2013

Morning Keynote

The Multiple Pathways Model: Using Brain Research to Orchestrate Learning

Presented by: Dr. Zadina 

At educational neuroscientist who sees her research through the eyes of a teacher! In this exciting presentation, loaded with real brain images and scattered with interactive experiences, attendees 

will actually see how learning takes place in the brain through powerful images and discover what is required for that to happen. Neuroscience indicates that the more modalities by which students encode information, the easier that information is to learn and recall. In this presentation, attendees will experience new pathways to energize instruction to reach diverse and struggling learners. Come prepared to laugh, learn, experience, and engage.

audiences say they feel…

  • “…fired up to start a new year with new ideas”
  • “…inspired to put more excitement into my teaching”
  • “…empowered as an educator as well as a human being”
  • “…enlightened, energized”
  • “…aware of students’ needs”
  • “…excited about being part of the educational process”
  • “…compassionate toward my ELL learners”
  • “…inspired, as if I had a revelation”

teachers leave ready to…

  • “…incorporate more strategies that foster student success”
  • “…use more activities to stimulate the brains of my students”
  • “…bring more diversity to my teaching methodology”
  • “…reach all my students”
  • “…motivate more”
  • “…change some things about my delivery and practice”
  • “…take my students’ differences into account more often and encourage various learning styles”

Janet N. Zadina, Ph.D. is an experienced high school and community college instructor and reading specialist now engaged in neuroscience research. She received her doctorate in the College of Education at the University of New Orleans, conducting her award-winning dissertation research on the neuroanatomy of dyslexia through collaboration with Tulane University School of Medicine. She continued her postdoctoral education with a Fellowship in Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology at Tulane University School of Medicine where she researched neuroanatomical risk factors for developmental language disorders through MRI brain scans. She is currently an Assistant Professor in Cognitive Neuroscience in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurology at Tulane and in Psychology at the University of South Florida engaged in neuroscience research. Dr. Zadina has presented internationally.

Afternoon Keynote

Leadership in the Digital Age: Getting Technology R.I.G.H.T

Presented by: Angela Maiers

Whether she is addressing an auditorium full of educators or sitting on the floor helping first graders find their way into the pages of a great book, Angela Maiers’ message is the same. Literacy changes lives. As a teacher educator, author and consultant, Angela has spent the past twenty-two years working diligently to help learners of all ages succeed by recognizing their power as readers, writers, and global communicators.

Today, Angela is at the forefront of Web 2.0 technologies and keeping her eye toward Web 3.0. An active blogger and social media evangelist, she is deeply committed to helping learners of all ages understand the transformational power of literacy and the potential of technology as 

a vehicle and platform for their success in school and beyond. Concerned that nearly a billion people in the world lack basic literacy, she believes the time is now to lay the groundwork for a new vision literacy education; one with world changing implications.

Her outspoken and passionate advocacy for innovative education, has made her a featured contributor and author in the Employee Engagement Handbook, The Age of Conversations 1, 2, and 3, The Social Media Explorer Forum and Blog, and a top contributor on Education Week’s LeaderTalk. Her latest books, The Habitudes and The Passion Driven Classroom, have inspired readers everywhere with lessons and ideas necessary to find their way on the social web and this newly flattened world.

Angela’s intimate knowledge of teaching and learning, down-to-earth style, and powerful message of literacy as change have made her a highly sought-after keynote speaker and a vibrant, courageous voice in both the business and education space. 

Angela earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and a minor in Biology from the University of Iowa and completed her graduate and post graduate work at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. As owner and lead consultant at Maiers Educational Services, she uses her passion for literacy and technology to discover creative ways to assist schools and organizations in meeting their learning and productivity goals.

When she is not at home in Clive, Iowa, spending time with her husband and two teenage children, you will find her on blog or on Twitter at @angelamaiers, her favorite space for thinking, creating, and pushing the scope of her imagination and learning.

Nancy Lockett will be back for the entire day!

Last year, Nancy received fantastic reviews for her two presentations, “The New American ‘Learnture’” and “Make Teaching for Learning Easier; Give Learners a Chance to Showcase Often.”  Nancy, a self-employed educational consultant, will be back to present, entertain and enlighten with more interesting topics for educators at any level.

Professor Gordon Sanson

Monash University (Australia) and Academic Liaison at Pearson eCollege (US).

Gordon Sanson is a biologist and has been a research and teaching academic for over 40 years. He has had a long but often frustrated interest in how to educate for deep understanding and sustained learning. Over the last 20 years he has had a special interest in the development of innovative and flexible teaching and learning practices and spaces that integrate pedagogy, space and emerging technologies, particularly in large classes of around a thousand students in first year biology. As Head of the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia’s largest university, he led the redevelopment of more advanced laboratories that integrated collaborative technologies into the teaching space.  This resulted in a Business and Higher Education Round Table Award for Outstanding Achievement in Collaboration in Research in Education and Training in 2006. He was awarded a national Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2007. As the Founding Director of the eEducation Centre at Monash University he deliberately focused on the integration of pedagogy, space and technology and among other achievements the team he led received an eLearning Industry Association of Victoria Excellence Award for 'myLearningSpace' in 2010 and again in 2011 for the ‘Simple Pens’ application. He is a Founding Father of the John Monash Science School, a public secondary school on the university campus that is embedded in the Science Faculty and is a lighthouse for professional development in science education, and is perhaps his proudest achievement.

He believes that education is undergoing transformational change, but is concerned that much of the technological change being seen in the education sector is being driven by what can be done, rather than by what needs to be done. He believes that, in time, technology has the power to give each individual learner a voice that will contribute to enabling each of them to engage in and take responsibility for their own learning and reach their individual potential. However, he also acknowledges that the biggest challenge is the human condition and the willingness to take risks and adopt new practices in both teachers and learners and that effectively embracing the emerging opportunities requires cultural change in education.

Kari Webb

Kari Webb currently serves as the Regional Manager for the Governor’s STEM Initiative in Northwest Iowa, with offices located at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville.   Prior to her position with the Governor’s STEM Initiative, Webb worked in the areas of academic innovation and technology integration, spearheading pilot programs in project-based learning, 1:1 teaching and learning, blended course delivery, and project-based student internships. Webb began her career as a classroom chemistry and Advanced Placement Chemistry teacher with the Spirit Lake School District.  Webb holds a Master’s degree in the field of inorganic chemistry from the University of South Dakota, and is continuing her graduate work with the University of Iowa’s Educational Leadership program.

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