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Listen and learn : Panel

Friday, December 4, 12:45–1:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Rich Boettner  
Oyin Idowu  
Dr. Adam Phyall  
Brian Seymour  
Jeremy Shorr  

The expectations of CTOs are changing. Do you find yourself wondering how to manage it all? Technology coordinators, IT directors, CTOs or anyone who leads a technology program is invited to join this panel of experts to hear best practices in IT/EdTech management. Come early to grab a seat!

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Coaches, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Leadership
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows the time and space to explore and experiment with digital tools.
Visionary Planner
  • Engage education stakeholders in developing and adopting a shared vision for using technology to improve student success, informed by the learning sciences.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of our panel of experts is to provide new or even seasoned CTOs information to help them continue to lead a successful technology program in their own districts.


We will have a moderator and four or five panelists. We will follow a Q/A format. We will allow questions from the audience if time allows. We will spend at least an hour with discussions.

Supporting research

All of our panelists will be vetted by ISTE's Technology Coordinators PLN leadership group to make sure we are providing the best panelists for this session.

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Rich Boettner, Hilliard City Schools

Rich has been the Chief Technology Officer for Hilliard City Schools since 2010. Prior to that, he spent 10 years as the Instructional Technology Coordinator for Hilliard and 10 years as a teacher in two different school districts teaching music, technology and gifted education. Over the past six years, Rich has helped lead the district through a One2One rollout involving all 16,500 students. In 2019, Hilliard Schools received the WOSU Distinguished District Award for exceptional technology integration.

Oyin Idowu, Niles Township High School D219
Dr. Adam Phyall, Newton County School System

Dr. Adam Phyall is a former high school science teacher and currently serving as the Director of Technology and Media Services for Newton County School System in Covington, GA. Throughout his professional career, Dr. Phyall worked extensively with Title I and Urban schools to improve technology integration with economically disadvantaged students. He has planned and developed Mobile Learning plans for school districts in Georgia and Missouri that have led to 1:1 device initiatives.

Brian Seymour, Whitehall City Schools
ISTE Certified Educator

Brian is the EdTech Director for Pickerington Schools (Ohio). Brian is leading Pickerington through 1:1 process, through a change in pedagogy of blended learning they have termed “Tradigital Learning.” Under Brian’s leadership, Pickerington has been named the 2018 ISTE Distinguished District of the Year. Pickerington was named a distinguished district by The Center for Digital Education, The Learning Counsel, District Administrator Magazine. Brian was named the 2019 EdTech Leadership School Leader of the Year, 2017 ITIPOhio Tech Admin, 2017 ISTE’s Ohio Making It Happen. Pickerington Schools has been named the model school district for the national Future Ready initiative.

Jeremy Shorr, Jeremy Shorr Educational Consulting

Jeremy is an education futurist who is passionate about innovating the instructional experience for learners of all ages. Jeremy supports schools around the world through to redesign instruction. Jeremy is the past chair of ISTETC. Jeremy was recognized as one of the NSBA's “20 to Watch”, Ohio Educational Leader Innovator, Center for Digital Education’s “Top 30", Crain’s “Forty under 40”, and ISTE’s Making It Happen award. Jeremy is a Certified Educational Technology Leader, Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE), RaspberryPi Certified Educator, and received his MBA in Executive Leadership. Jeremy was an Educational Policy Fellow with Institute for Educational Leadership in 2016.

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