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Listen and learn : Multi-presentation


Tuesday, December 1, 12:15–1:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Samantha Anton  
Heidi Baynes  
Kevin Brown  
Dr. Steven Hickman  
Kristan Morales  
Christopher Runcie  
Mark Synnott  

These inspirational talks about innovation in education focus on knowledge, learning and evidence-based practices that work. Presenters will share stories, concepts and ideas on important issues that impact teaching and learning..

1. CTE and E-Sports: Gaming Your Way to Work, Kevin Brown, Orange County Department of Education , Samantha Anton,North America Scholastic Esports Fed
2. Ready Player One: Esports in K-12, Heidi Baynes, Riverside County Office of Education; Steven Hickman, RCOE; Kristan Morales, Temecula Valley Unified School District; Christopher Runcie, Hemet Unified School District; Mark Synnott, Perris Union High School District

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Samantha Anton, North America Scholastic Esports Fed.
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Heidi Baynes, Riverside County Office of Education

Heidi Baynes is a Google Certified Trainer and Innovator and Raspberry Pi Certified Educator. She works as a Coordinator of Educational Technology for the Riverside County Office of Education. She specializes in the integration of technology into classroom instruction and is a strong advocate of computer science education and the #CSforALL movement. Her experience in K-12 education includes online, blended, and traditional classroom models where she has taught multiple subjects and grade levels. She is invested in the importance of the Maker Movement and ways to merge the maker mentality with lesson design to enhance the student learning experience.

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Kevin Brown, Orange County Department of Education

Kevin Brown is a licensed CTE instructor, mentor teacher and wears the mantle of “esports Program Specialist” in a joint position with the Orange County (CA) Department of Education and the North America Scholastic esports Federation (NASEF). As a life-long gamer, he sees his job as the perfect linkage between parents, educators and administrators, helping them cross the seemingly impossible divide between video game play and all of its inherent scholastic, health and social-emotional merits. Polyglot, inventor, monastic and beast-master round out his eclectic skill set.

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Kristan Morales, Temecula Valley Unified School District

HS Math Teacher, Tech TOSA & Esports Advisor, CUE Conference Volunteer Coordinator, CMC Liaison, TVEA IPD chair

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Christopher Runcie, Hemet Unified School District
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Mark Synnott, Perris Union High School District

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