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Tuesday Keynote with Andy Weir, Katie Martin, Ph.D. and Michael Cohen

Location: W375/Skyline

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Listen and learn : Keynote


Tuesday, June 26, 8:15–9:45 am
Location: W375/Skyline

Michael Cohen   Gillian King-Cargile   Dr. Katie Martin   Luis Perez   Dr. Joseph South   Dr. Mila Thomas Fuller   Andy Weir  
Join us for an exciting keynote session featuring three talented speakers:

Andy Weir, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Martian (also a major motion picture starring Matt Damon) and the bestselling novel, Artemis, knows the power of STEM subjects. The Martian, which The Wall Street Journal called “the best pure sci-fi novel in years,” delves into orbital mechanics, botany and conditions on Mars. A software engineer for more than two decades, Weir encourages students to be more creative and envision a colorful future through the power of science.

Katie Martin, Ph.D., is the former director of district leadership for the Buck Institute for Education. A leader, teacher and speaker, Martin’s experience continues to guide her belief that if we want to change how students learn, we must change how educators learn. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in middle school education, and her doctoral studies focused on new teacher induction.

Michael Cohen, also known as The Tech Rabbi, is a designer, educator and creativity instigator. His mission is to help educators around the world reveal their own creative abilities so they can empower students to solve interesting problems and become positive contributors to our global society. When he isn’t traveling the world sharing his message, he serves as the director of innovation for Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Boys School (YULA).

This keynote session also includes appearances by:
ISTE Chief Learning Officer Joseph South
ISTE Board President Mila Thomas Fuller
ISTE Inclusive Learning Network Leader Luis Perez

Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand, Session will be simulcast live

Presenters

Michael Cohen, YULA Boys High School

Michael Cohen, The Tech Rabbi, is a designer, educator and creativity instigator. His mission is to help educators around the world reveal their own creative abilities so they can empower students to solve interesting problems and become positive contributors to our global society. When he isn’t traveling the world sharing his message, he serves as the director of innovation for Yeshiva University of Los Angeles Boys School (YULA).

Gillian King-Cargile, Northern Illinois University

Gillian King-Cargile is the founder and director of NIU’s STEM Read, a program that introduces young readers to the science, technology, engineering, and math concepts behind popular fiction books. She earned her B.A. in film production and M.F.A. in creative writing from SIU. She also coordinates the Science Fiction Writing Competition and directs NIU’s Creative Writing summer day camp for middle school students. Gillian is interested in developing and nurturing local and national literary communities and creating connections between university experts, community professionals, and learners of all ages.

Dr. Katie Martin, AltSchool

Katie Martin, Ph.D., is an education leader, teacher and author whose experience guides her belief that if we want to change how students learn, we must first change how educators learn. The former director of district leadership for the Buck Institute for Education, Martin holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in middle school education, and her doctoral studies focused on new teacher induction.

Luis Perez, National AEM Center, CAST

Luis Perez, Ph. D., is a technical assistance specialist at the National Center on Accessible Educational Materials at CAST. He is the incoming president of the ISTE Inclusive Learning Network and has published two books on inclusive learning and technology: Dive into UDL (ISTE, 2018) and Learning on the Go (CAST Publishing, 2018). Luis has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator and as a Google in Education Certified Innovator.

Dr. Joseph South, ISTE

Joseph South, chief learning officer, is a strategic national educational technology leader focused on evidence-based learning transformation. He formerly served as the director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. In his role at the department, he was an adviser to the Secretary of Education and developed national educational technology policy, formed public-private partnerships to assist state and local education leaders in transitioning to digital learning, helped school districts expand the use of openly licensed educational resources (OERs), and collaborated with stakeholders to nurture a robust ecosystem of edtech entrepreneurs and innovators. He also worked on a cross-governmental team to bring high-speed broadband, interactive devices, professional development for educators and leaders, and high-quality affordable digital content to U.S. classrooms. He is a strong proponent of the active use of technology by learners. South has led learning product development teams at startups, museums, nonprofits, corporations and higher education institutions. He has also directed a host of learning programs and consulted on projects in China, Korea, Mexico, South America and the Middle East. He holds a doctorate in instructional psychology and technology from Brigham Young University.

Dr. Mila Thomas Fuller, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Mila Fuller, Ed.D., is an innovative edtech leader with expertise in instructional technology from strategy through to implementation. She has nearly two decades of experience in learning and teaching with technology through her work with associations, districts, schools and universities. In her current role as assistant director of online learning for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Education, Mila works to develop strategy, and promote and coordinate the delivery of online, distance and blended education offerings. Additionally, she collaborates with the college’s online learning stakeholders and service providers. Mila is also an adjunct professor in the University of Maryland at University College instructional technology master’s degree program. Her higher education work also includes developing and teaching an education technology specialization course titled “Digital Age Technology and Instruction” for Johns Hopkins University’s education doctoral degree program. She previously worked as an independent education consultant, specializing in course development and implementation, technology planning and program development. Mila also has expertise in the strategic and operational aspects of leadership in edtech and affiliate governance. As an association executive, Mila served as the deputy executive director of a content association, for eight years, where she assisted with the oversight and implementation of organizational goals and supervised senior-level teams. For five years, Mila also served as director of strategic initiatives for ISTE and was responsible for establishing and maintaining strategic alliances. She also assisted with identifying and exploring partnerships with institutions, agencies and other organizations to further the ISTE mission and to address technology in teacher quality. During her tenure at ISTE, Mila was a frequent national and international presenter on digital age learning and teaching and digital equity. She began her career in education as a fourth grade teacher in Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS) and later served as an education associate for the district’s Office of Technology, Library & Media Services. Mila went on to become the coordinator of technology leadership for the Learning Technologies Support Group at BCPSS. Mila holds a doctoral degree in instructional technology from Towson University; a master’s in leadership in teaching, with a specialty in administration and supervision, from Notre Dame University of Maryland; and a bachelor's degree in advertising from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the impact of digital and paper-based graphic organizers on students’ persuasive writing process. She’s also done research into the impact of school administrator support on the integration of technology into schools, relationships between community and student success in online learning, and addressing digital equity. Mila is a current governing board member for the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP), past president of the Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation Board, serves on the District Technology Planning Committee for Champaign Unit Four School District, is the technology task for chair for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Champaign-Urbana Alumnae Chapter, and is a member of the EdNET Advisory Board. She is also a past president of ISTE affiliate Maryland Society of Educational Technology (MSET). In 2008, she received ISTE’s Making IT Happen Award. Long active in the association community and association leadership, Mila is a member of the American Society for Association Executives (ASAE), is a Certified Association Executive (CAE), and has been recognized as a Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) scholar.

Andy Weir, The Martian and Artemis

Andy Weir, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Martian (also a major motion picture starring Matt Damon) and the bestselling novel, Artemis, knows the power of STEM subjects. The Martian, which The Wall Street Journal called “the best pure sci-fi novel in years,” delves into orbital mechanics, botany and conditions on Mars. A software engineer for more than two decades, Weir encourages students to be more creative and envision a colorful future through the power of science.

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