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ISTE Ignite Sessions -- Round 1

[Listen and learn : Multi-presentation]

Sunday, June 26, 1:30–2:45 pm
CCC Bellco Theatre

favoritesKasey Bell  favoritesBarbara Bray  favoritesJaime Donally  favoritesBrad Flickinger  favoritesKerry Gallagher  favoritesAl Pajak  favoritesBonnie Palmer  favoritesMichael Roush  favoritesBill Selak  favoritesBen Smith  favoritesDonna Teuber  favoritesLaura Thomas  favoritesDelna Weil  
Kick off your ISTE 2016 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!

1: Storytelling can Change Teaching and Inspire Learning, Barbara Bray
2: I Think I Figured Out How to Use Snapchat as an Educator!, Bill Selak
3: Blending Virtual Reality and Virtual Exchange for Global Education, Delna Weil
4: How to Eliminate Textbooks, Paper, and Tests, Kerry Gallagher
5: Five Rules of Design Thinking to Reach All Students, Michael Roush
6: Becoming Badass, Laura Thomas
7: The Culture and Climate of an Authentic STEM Classroom, Ben Smith
8: From Ideas to Innovation: Find and Follow Your Must, Donna Teuber
9: Reward Learning with Badges, Brad Flickinger
10: Designing in the Classroom: Using The Design Process to Develop Critical Skills., Bonnie Palmer
11: Living in 360, Jaime Donally
12: The Rise of the Entrepreneur, Kasey Bell
13: Have you Herd? The Purple Cow is Loose in the Classroom, Al Pajak

Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand, Featured session

Digital tote resources

Description: 360 Lesson Plans
Description: Reimagine: Syria Curriculum PDF
Description: Website with my badges resources.
Description: R2 Innovates blog. Learn more about the work of innovation teams.
Description: Learn more about design thinking and the design process at
Description: Kerry Gallagher's website includes her blog, bio, and publications.
Description: Short video of Kerry explaining what a paperless classroom feels like.
Description: Article from EdTech K-12 Magazine featuring Kerry's paperless pedagogy.
Description: The Educator's Guide to Social Media
Description: The Educator's Guide to Student Data Privacy
Description: Webmix of 360 and VR Apps
Description: Virtual Reality Blog
Description: GNG Virtual Reality Lab
Description: GNG Website
Description: I Think I Figured Out How To Use Snapchat as an Educator: blog post
Description: Speakers website
Description: A curated list of free resources pertaining to the Five Rules.
Description: This is where I'll be sharing stories, design thinking, makerspaces, and PBL.


favorites Kasey Bell, Shake Up Learning/Region 10 ESC

Kasey Bell is a digital learning consultant with a passion for technology and learning. Kasey offers engaging staff development for all levels of educators, specializing in digital learning presentations and keynote speaking engagements. As a Google Certified Innovator, Google Certified Trainer, and Amazon Education Thought Leader, she has led presentations across the US. Kasey was the recipient of the 2015 DILA, “Sharing is Caring” award. She has also been recognized as a Top Ten EdTech and e-learning Influencer. Kasey’s blog,, was awarded an Edublog Finalist and Must Read EdTech Blog, and go-to for edtech tips.

favorites Barbara Bray, Rethinking Learning

Barbara is a writer, speaker, instructional designer, and coach who enjoys connecting people and ideas around transforming teaching and learning around design thinking, personalized learning, and project-based learning. Barbara is co-founder of Personalize Learning (, co-author of Make Learning Personal, posts often on Rethinking Learning ( and is founder/owner of My eCoach ( Barbara is passionate about sharing inspiring stories about learners being innovative, creative, and pursuing challenges that stretch their minds and imagination. Look for her new book, How to Personalize Learning this Fall 2016.

favorites Jaime Donally, Hoonuit / ARVRinEDU

Jaime is a passionate technology enthusiast. She began her career as a math teacher using multiple technology resources to engage students and improve learning. As an Instructional Technology Coordinator, she provides staff development and training on all areas of technology integration. Her recent adventures include the startup of edcamp Global, edcamp Global Classrooms and Global Makerspaces. These virtual events brought together educators and classes across the world. She enjoys encouraging teachers to step out of the bounds of the classroom walls, and embrace new ways of engaging the students.

favorites Brad Flickinger, The Metropolitan School of Panama

I am the Technology Resource Facilitator at The Metropolitan School of Panama that is located in Panama City, Panama. I consult with schools all over Latin America about the use of technology in the classroom. I specialize in elementary school technology, showing teachers how to get their students to use tech devices as tools for change, and not just for entertainment.

favorites Kerry Gallagher, St. John's Prep

Kerry Gallagher is Digital Learning Specialist at St. John's Prep in Danvers, MA and Director of of K-12 Education for A middle and high school history teacher for 13 years, she is know for her paperless, textbook free, and test free teaching method. She writes for EdSurge, Corwin-Connect, and others and is a TEDx speaker. She is the co-author of the Educator's Guide to Social Media and the Educator's Guide to Student Data Privacy. Find her award-winning Must Read K-12 IT blog at and @KerryHawk02.

favorites Al Pajak, Arizona Science Center

Al has a broad range of interests. As a professional development facilitator for the Arizona Science Center, he works with both teachers and students to discover STEM through integration and project based learning. In a previous career iteration, he was a vertebrate paleontologist with several museums and the National Park Service. In 2009, he was one of 120 teachers in Nevada to begin using 1:1 technology in the classroom. Today, he develops Integrated STEM curriculum around 3D printing. Don't miss an example of this Tuesday with his poster "18th Century America: An Integrated STEAM Social Studies Curriculum." @stemnation

favorites Bonnie Palmer, Erie Middle School/St. Vrain Valley

I've been an educator for 23 years and counting! I am endorsed in Special Education, Elementary Education, Gifted and Talented Education, Library Media, and Technology. I am proud to say I have taught at every grade level, K-12! I am currently a technology teacher and instructional technology coach at Erie Middle School, where I provide my fellow teachers with weekly professional development. I have a master's degree in instructional technology and am beginning a doctorate program in educational leadership. I feel so lucky to be in a profession I am so passionate about!

favorites Michael Roush, Forward Edge

Michael Roush is a Technology Integration Specialist, specializing in educational technology, assistive technology, and Universal Design for Learning. Michael previously worked for over 10 years providing technology support, school improvement, and special education consulting with the Hopewell Center and Ohio Region 14 State Support Team Michael and his wife, Angie, live in rural southwestern Ohio. They have four adult children, and two in elementary school. Michael’s passion in education is helping every student learn to be able to define and achieve what the highest level of success means for them. His high score on Words With Friends is 395.

favorites Bill Selak, Hillbrook School

Bill Selak is the Director of Technology at Hillbrook School in Silicon Valley, and adjunct faculty member at Concordia University and Krause Center for Innovation. He is an ISTE 2014 Kay L. Bitter Vision Award recipient, ISTE 2013 Emerging Leader, Google Certified Innovator, and served on the California State Superintendent’s Education Technology Task Force. Bill has been on the planning teams of EdCampSFBay and EdCampLA. Bill has presented on music in the classroom, taking risks in education, visual literacy, video in the classroom, flipped classrooms, online professional development, publishing with iBooks, and photography in the classroom. #eduawesome

favorites Ben Smith, Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12

Ben is a physics teacher at Red Lion Area High School in Pennsylvania with 27 years of experience. He teaches AP Physics and Engineering and serves as Science Chair. He is the Technology Resource Teacher working with technology related professional development in the district. Ben has started an education technology consulting business with Jared Mader called EdTechInnovators ( Together, Ben and Jared have presented on topics of technology integration, science education, and 21st century education across the globe. Ben and Jared also write for the NSTA’s Science Teacher. Ben was awarded the Making IT Happen! Award in 2011.

favorites Donna Teuber, Richland School District Two

I'm the Director of Technology Integration and Innovation in Richland School District Two in Columbia, SC. I lead our R2 Innovates innovation incubator which is providing teams of teachers and staff members with human-centered design training, mentorship and resources to implement innovative practices in our school district and beyond. Richland Two is a Project RED Signature District with 1:1 computing in grades 3-12 impacting over 23,000 students. Leadership is key to the success of these programs, and we have a digital leadership program which provides school administrators with tools to lead the initiative at their schools.

favorites Laura Thomas, Antioch University New England

Laura Thomas, MEd. has been an educator, school coach and staff developer since 1995, following a career as a high school English, speech and theatre educator. She is currently the Director of the Center for School Renewal at Antioch University New England and a library media specialist at Harrisville Wells Memorial School. She is a community facilitator for Edutopia, and is affiliated with the Coalition of Essential Schools and the School Reform Initiative. She is the author of multiple articles as well as Facilitating Authentic Learning (Corwin, 2011) and currently writes for The Critical Skills Classroom (

favorites Delna Weil, Global Nomads Group

Having lived in Chicago, Buenos Aires, rural France, Silicon Valley, and New York City, Delna is fascinated by cultural diversity and driven by a desire to explore. Her belief in the value of cultural exchange and passion for finding data-driven solutions to global problems brings her to Global Nomads Group (GNG). As Assessment Manager at GNG, Delna works to align GNG curriculum with stakeholder needs and educational standards at the school, district, state, and federal level. By developing relevant metrics to demonstrate program impact, she leads efforts to develop data-oriented strategies for improving programs and building key partnerships.