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favorites ISTE Ignite Sessions -- Round 1

[Listen and Learn : Multi-Presentation]
Sunday, June 28, 1:30–3:00 pm
PCC Hall A
favoritesBrittany BanisterfavoritesBill BassfavoritesShirley CampbellfavoritesMarilyn CarrfavoritesRafranz DavisfavoritesRobert DillonfavoritesChristy FennewaldfavoritesBen GallagherfavoritesKaren LirenmanfavoritesMichael LuetjenfavoritesPernille RippfavoritesJonathan SpikefavoritesDoug TimmfavoritesChris TurnbullfavoritesHannah Weitzer

Kick off your ISTE 2015 experience by attending an ISTE Ignite session. Fourteen presenters will have just five minutes and 20 slides each to share their passions in a continuous rapid-fire presentation!

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favorites Brittany Banister, Scott County School District 2

Brittany is a kindergarten teacher at Vienna-Finley Elementary School in Scottsburg, Indiana. Brittany is an advocate for student centered classroom. Her 1:1 classroom is a place of student voice and choice, with student engagement at the center of it all. In her school district, Brittany serves as an LMS coach and a leader in technology integration. Brittany blogs at and You can connect with Brittany on Twitter (@kindergartenvf), Instagram (@mrsbanisterskindergartenkids), or Facebook (Mrs. Banister's Kindergarten Kids).

favorites Bill Bass, Parkway School District

Bill Bass is an Innovation Coordinator for Instructional Technology and Library Media in the Parkway School District in St. Louis, MO and an adjunct professor of educational technology for Missouri Baptist University. As a speaker, writer and professional developer, he focuses on systemic and sustainable integration of technology into classrooms at all grade levels. He is the President of the ISTE Innovative Learning Network, a Google Certified Innovator, Google for Education Certified Trainer and DEN Star Educator, and author of the books, "From Inspiration to Red Carpet" and "Digital Literacy, What’s Essential Grades 3-8".

favorites Shirley Campbell, PDLSS

Dr. Campbell has an earned doctorate in Instructional Design and Technology from the University of Pittsburgh. She has taught students from preK to doctoral level, and has taught online, in person, and blended, synchronous and asynchronous. She is a pioneer in using computers in the classroom, beginning in 1981, as well as a researcher in coaching and ed tech PD, and a consultant in educational technology.

favorites Marilyn Carr, Harold Bishop Elementary

I am a passionate Grade 5 teacher from Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. I believe that Anything is Possible when you give students choice, opportunity and believe they can do it.

favorites Rafranz Davis, Lufkin ISD

Rafranz Davis is an instructional technology specialist for a Dallas/Fort Worth area school district. As an advocate for passion-based learning, Rafranz uses her experience as a secondary math educator to help teachers integrate technology using innovative teaching strategies aimed at empowering students to be autonomous learners. As a writer and speaker, Davis frequently draws upon her background as a parent and woman of color to offer ideas and insight into how technology can be used in schools to not only break barriers but to provide opportunities and instruments for diverse learners’ voices.

favorites Robert Dillon, School District of University City

Dr. Robert Dillon serves the students and community of the Affton School District as Director of Technology and Innovation. Prior to this position, he served as a teacher and administrator in public schools throughout the Saint Louis area. Dr. Dillon has a passion to change the educational landscape by building excellent engaging schools for all students. Dr. Dillon has had the opportunity to speak throughout the country at local, state, and national conferences as well as share his thoughts and ideas in a variety of publications. His first book, Engage, Empower, Energize: Leading Tomorrow's Schools Today, is now available.

favorites Christy Fennewald, St. Stephen's Episcopal School

Christy is a former high school English teacher, K-12 district technology coordinator, and GAFE administrator. Currently, she is an instructional technologist at Round Rock ISD where she helped transition over 60,000 students and faculty to GAFE. She is a Google Education Trainer, Google Educator Group (Texas) Leader, Google Certified Teacher, Edmodo Certified Trainer, flipped certified teacher, an avid blogger, and learner--looking to improve education, enhance digital literacy, and change the educational framework. She has presented Googleness across the U.S. to various school districts and conferences. This year, she co-organized the second annual RRISD Ninja Academy.

favorites Ben Gallagher, Melton Primary School

favorites Karen Lirenman, Surrey Schools

Karen is an ISTE award winning primary teacher who is transforming education by connecting her students with the world using Twitter, blogs, and video conferencing. In her 1:1 iPad classroom Karen's students have choice in how to learn, show, and share their knowledge. Karen is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Teacher. Her blog can be found at .

favorites Michael Luetjen, Pine Crest School

Michael Luetjen will begin the next school year at Pine Crest School in Ft Lauderdale, Florida as the Lower School Computer Science Specialist. Currently he is the technology instructor/trainer/integrator at Donna Klein Jewish Academy in Boca Raton, Florida. Michael is a catalyst for technology's potential to enhance teaching and learning. He most recently presented at Miami Device on 'The Mobile Disconnect'. He has been in education technology for 20 years .

favorites Pernille Ripp, Oregon School District

Pernille Ripp helps students discover their superpower as a seventh grade teacher in Oregon, Wisconsin. She opens up her educational practices and beliefs to the world on her blog and is also the creator of the Global Read Aloud Project, a global literacy initiative that since 2010 has connected more than 600,000 students. She is the author of two books, Passionate Learners: How to Engage and Empower Students and Empowered Schools, Empowered Students. Her work has been featured by Edutopia, School Library Journal, MiddleWeb, Learning & Leading magazine, as well as in many podcasts and interviews. She is a Skype Master Teacher, as well as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert for 2015, and she is this year’s winner of the ISTE PLN Innovation in Online Global Collaboration Award! Follow her on Twitter @pernilleripp.

favorites Jonathan Spike, University of Wisconsin - Whitewater

As a passionate educator and horrible guitar player, Jon Spike hopes to inspire educators and students to embrace their creativity and fearlessness through creating authentic products and embracing game-based learning. Jon has presented at venues such as ISTE, WEMTA, Discovery Education's Day of Discovery, Wisconsin's SITA Conference, and many more. Contemporary critics have said that Jon "is tolerable in very small doses" and "might someday regain his dignity." During his time in education, Jon has earned such accolades as Discovery Education DENStar, Google Certified Educator, and Most Likely to Write a Poor ISTE Bio.

favorites Doug Timm, Colonial School District, Carrie Downie

favorites Chris Turnbull, SPPS Office of Teaching and Learning

Chris Turnbull is a Personalized Learning Specialist in the Office of Personalized Learning in Saint Paul Public Schools. She has worked with teachers and schools for the past thirteen years on integrating technology in the classroom to tap into students’ enthusiasm for devices, video, multimedia, and visual learning in order to engage students and increase academic achievement. She has also been an advocate for empowering teachers with at-the-elbow coaching and access to the technology that they need for the classroom as well as to engage in new forms of professional learning, such as online professional development and building global professional learning networks.

favorites Hannah Weitzer, Global Nomads Group

Hannah Weitzer is Program Director at Global Nomads Group (GNG), where she develops and implements virtual exchange programs and partnerships in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Middle East, the US, and beyond. She is passionate about providing opportunities for young people to learn about each other and with each other, changing the way they see themselves and the world, and creating spaces for them to be agents of change in their local and global communities. Prior to GNG, Hannah spent five years working with local, bi-national, Palestinian-Israeli nonprofit organizations that run youth educational and empowerment programs.