ISTE Ignite Sessions -- Round 2

Location: Room Stars Ballroom 1 & 2

Listen and learn

[Listen and learn : Multi-presentation]

Monday, June 26, 10:00–11:00 am
Location: Room Stars Ballroom 1 & 2

Dr. John Closen   Michael Cohen   Sylvia Duckworth   Todd Flory   Ginann Franklin   Jen Giffen   Tod Lockard   Tara Martin   Mike McGowan   Fanny Passeport   Carrie Anne Philbin   Christine Pinto   Claudio Zavala  
Attend the second round in the series of ISTE Ignite sessions. Presenters will have just five minutes and 20 slides each to share their passions in a continuous rapid-fire presentation.
1: The Sketchnoting Revolution, Sylvia Duckworth
2: Google Apps for Littles #GAfE4Littles, Christine Pinto
3: How I Launched My First Video Game, A Sci-Fi Love Story, Judah Mantell
4: Developing Global Citizens in a Global Classroom, Todd Flory
5: #BookSnaps - Snapchat for Annotation, Digital Visualization and Ultimately, Improving Reading Comprehension, Tara Martin
6: 5 Elements To Increase Creativity In Your Classroom, Michael Cohen
7: Are you too old for ISTE? A Challenging T-Shirt Tale, Ginann Franklin
8: These ARE the droids we're looking for: Inspiring a generation with robotics, Carrie Anne Philbin
9: Fake News: created by Trump? New tech to find trusted news easily, Tod Lockard
10: We can all do better, Jen Giffen
11: What is stopping you from reaching the moon?, Fanny Passeport
12: #SingaSong: The Power of Singing, Claudio ZAvala

Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand, Session will be simulcast live, Leadership strand session

Digital tote resources


Dr. John Closen, Illinois Computing Educators

Dr. Closen served 19 years as the superintendent in the Rankin School District, and the North Pekin/Marquette Heights School District. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA). Dr. Closen was an Assistant Professor of Educational Administration at Western Illinois University. Since 2011 Dr. Closen has served as the Director of the Area III Learning Technology Center in west central Illinois. He is currently the Treasurer for the Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) and on the Executive Board. He also serves as the Co-Chair for the Illinois Education and Technology Conference.

Michael Cohen, YULA Boys High School

Sylvia Duckworth, Independent

Sylvia teaches French and technology in Toronto, Canada. She is particularly drawn to ways that technology can be used to empower student voice, facilitate collaboration and promote creativity in the classroom. She is a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer, ADE (2017) and author of the book “Sketchnotes for Educators”. She and her students love to doodle and sketchnote to enhance their learning. You can find her blog and resources at

Todd Flory, Wheatland Elementary School

Todd Flory is a 4th grade teacher at Wheatland Elementary School in Andover, Kansas. Todd is a Skype Master Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Buncee Ambassador, Sway Champion, Microsoft Certified Educator, Google Certified Educator, and the 2016 PBS Digital Innovator Kansas lead. As an educator, Todd focuses on providing global collaboration and real-life, passion-based learning experiences for his students. He has spoken on these topics at state, national, and international education conferences, including at ISTE and FETC. Todd believes that teachers need to create global citizens in a global classroom to empower students to shape their future and the world’s.

Ginann Franklin, Currey Ingram Academy

Ginann Franklin is the Director of Libraries & Educational Technology at Currey Ingram Academy. As part of the Currey Ingram LibTech team, she teaches information literacy skills, helps with planning and implementing CIA’s digital citizenship curriculum, and provides PD for teachers. She is a Digital Citizenship Certified Educator, a Common Sense Education Ambassador and winner of the Center for Digital Education’s 2016 Top 30 Technologists, Transformers & Trailblazers award. She’s passionate about empowering students to become critical thinkers and problem solvers.

Jen Giffen, York Region District School Board

Jen Giffen currently works as a Digital Literacy Resource Teacher with the York Region District School Board in Ontario, Canada She earned her B.Ed (English & Math) at Queen's University and her M.Ed (Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning) at OISE at the University of Toronto. She is a sketchnoter and Google for Education Certified Trainer. She has a keen interest in EdTech and is always looking for new tools to enhance the learning environment to engage students and hone critical thinking skills. She spends her free time playing with her three little boys and coaching and participating in competitive cheerleading.

Tod Lockard, Knowledgemotion

Tod has strong B2B, SaaS and enterprise client and product development experience obtained from nearly 20 years of high growth technology and commercial experience. His leadership for multi-national start-ups and blue-chip companies included senior roles with American Express, HSBC and Sabre and his track record in growing technology start-ups has seen an IPO and several successful mergers and acquisitions during his career.

Tara Martin, Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc.

Tara Martin, the founder of #BookSnaps, is an enthusiastic educator who thrives on change and refuses to settle for the status quo. Martin's mission is to invigorate educators to apply instructional practices that foster creativity and passion-led learning. Tara speaks at various conferences sharing unique ways to make learning fun, relevant and meaningful. Tara Martin is a connected administrator whose ambition is to lead a culture of innovative change and to motivate others to reach limitless potential, all while staying R.E.A.L.

Mike McGowan, Sunnybrook School District 171

Fanny Passeport, Mercedes-Benz International School

Fanny Passeport is the Whole-School EdTech Coach at Mercedes-Benz International School in Pune, India. She is a Google Certified Trainer, Educator, Innovator as well as a Common Sense Education Certified Educator / Digital Citizenship and EdTech Mentor. She is also a Google Innovator Mentor and a Seesaw Ambassador. She recently won two ISTE awards: ISTE 2016 Emerging Leader Award and ISTE EdTech Coaches Professional Learning Network Coach. She frequently presents at international summits, is full of energy and absolutely love to empower other educators and students in becoming the true agent of their own learning by daring to take risks!

Carrie Anne Philbin, Raspberry Pi Foundation

Carrie Anne Philbin is Director of Education at the Raspberry Pi Foundation and an award winning Computing teacher and Author of ‘Adventures in Raspberry Pi’ a physical computing book for teenagers wanting to get started with Raspberry Pi, Programming, and Digital Making. She is also the host of Crash Course Computer Science on YouTube and creator of a YouTube series for teenage girls called Geek Gurl Diaries. Carrie Anne is Chair of the Computing at Schools diversity and inclusion initiative ‘CAS #Include’, a CAS Board member.

Christine Pinto, Arcadia Unified School District

Claudio Zavala, I Am Claudius

Claudio Zavala currently works as an Instructional Technology Coordinator with Duncanville Independent School District in Duncanville, Texas. He earned his B.A (Spanish) and his M.A. (Education/Instructional Design) at San Diego State University. He is an Adobe Education Trainer, and ambassadors for Atomic Learning and Flipgrid. Claudio is passionate about fostering creative thought and applying tools to enrich learning and experiences in the classroom. In his spare time, he enjoys blogging (, mountain biking, photography, and creating music with his band mates.

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