Experience the Magic and Mystery of Zach King!
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Dr. Desiree Alexander Zach King Tim Needles
Check out the real life magic of Zach King, Digital Illusionist! Wonder where do his ideas come from? How does he engineer his tricks? What can students learn by creating their own digital illusions? Ask the legend himself up close at this informal Q&A gathering as we unravel the mystery of his digital world….and maybe walk away with a trick or two that will blow your students' minds!
Dr. Desiree Alexander is an award-winning, multi-degreed educator. She is Founder CEO of Educator Alexander Consulting. She holds various teaching, administrative and technology certifications, including IC3 certification, Google Certified Trainer and Innovator, and Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer and Expert. She is a 2022 & 2021 Texas Computer Education Association Featured Thought Leader, 2020 International Society for Technology in Education Featured Voice, 2020 Future of Education Technology Conference Featured Presenter, 2019 Better Business Bureau Customer Commitment Award Honoree, 2017 40 Under 40 Awards Honoree, 2017 Center for Digital Education Top 30 Technologists, Transformers & Trailblazers among other honors. Learn more: www.educatoralexander.com.
Zach King, a filmmaker and illusionist known for his clever magic tricks and digital sleight of hand, is one of social media’s most prominent content creators. A believer in digital learning, King helps students and teachers become creative digital storytellers using the devices in their pockets. With a combined social reach of over 75 million followers, King’s magical content has delighted fans all over the world. He has been featured on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “Good Morning America,” and in Adweek and People. His company, King Studio, has partnered with Disney, Apple, Nike, Coca-Cola and many others. Recently, King expanded to TikTok and quickly became the third most followed account in the world.
Tim Needles is an art, media and STEAM teacher, the author of STEAM Power: Infusing Art Into Your STEM Curriculum and an artist. An educator for over two decades, Needles has taught AP art, digital media, filmmaking, photography, drawing, screenwriting, animation, game design, 3D printing, coding, animation, and augmented and virtual reality. He has also taught mass communication and emerging media at Five Towns College and Adelphi University. Needles trains teachers and students in edtech, creative and media arts integration curriculum, social-emotional learning, and provides professional development for the Lincoln Public Schools, Brigantine Schools, Cape May Schools, NYSCATE, School Library Journal, StoryCorps, Mid East Suffolk Teacher Center, Suffolk's Edge Teacher Center, Project Presence and Digital Media Academy. He’s an Adobe Education Leader and Master Teacher with the Adobe Youth Voices program, and a frequent conference presenter. Needles is the chair of the NAEA ArtEdTech interest group and an ISTE Community Leader. He’s a NASA Solar System Ambassador, a DEN Star and an Adobe Creative Educator, and is a certified educator for National Geographic, Adobe, Formative, PBS, Discovery, Kami, GoGuardian and Clever. He is the recipient of the 2021 NAEA Eastern Region Art Educator Award, 2019 ISTE Teacher Education Network's Technology In Action Award, 2018 ISTE Arts and Technology PLN Network Creativity Award, 2016 NAEA Art Education Technology Outstanding Teacher Award and the Robert Rauschenberg Power of Art award at The National Gallery of Art. As an artist and writer, Needles’ work has been featured on NPR, in The New York Times and at the Norman Rockwell Museum, Columbus Museum of Art, Photographer’s Forum, French Photo and SVA Gallery. He also writes for McGraw Hill’s The Art of Teaching, School Arts, NYSCATE’s News, TEAE’s Trends and Short and Sweet NYC.
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