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Keystones Technology Innovators in PA

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Regional Playground

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Vice President
FableVision/Reynolds Center
With a background in storytelling and a focus on education, Andrea works closely with schools to customize programs that weave in the special magic found in the books by Peter H. Reynolds, ensuring that all learners have the tools to succeed. She has been on the forefront of the product launch and classroom-implementation of FabMaker Studio, the first digital fabrication software tool developed specifically for use in the classroom. She speaks nationally and runs workshops on the importance of STEM and story.
K-12 Instructional Coach
Abington School District
K-12 Instructional Coach in the Abington School District & author of Scrappy Circuits.
5th grade teacher
I have my Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Peace Education, and I also have a graduate certificate in trauma-informed practice. I have presented on trauma, SEL, and self-care for my school and my district. I also have a passion for classroom engagement, and strive to make the classroom a fun place to be, while also being very rigorous and learning a lot.
Elementary Library Media Specialist
Kutztown Area School District
PA K-5 Library Media Specialist for the Kutztown Area School District. Former K-5 Digital Literacy Department Head/Instructional Coach for the Bethlehem Area School District. Former Director of Academic Technology for the Swain School in Allentown. Taught PK-12 for 20+ years as an English teacher, technology instructor, or library media specialist. Achievements: Level 1 Google Certified Educator, Common Sense Ambassador, 2018 Keystone Technology Innovator and Star, NE PAECT Board Member. Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction Certification. Published in a 2021 Popular Mechanics STEAM book (
Technology Director
School District of Springfield Township
Brandon Lutz is the Director of Innovation in Abington School District, Past President of ISTE affiliate PAECT, Past Program chair of Pennsylvania Technology Conference and Expo, founder of 60in60 and a 2007 Keystone Technology Integrator. Brandon has dedicated his life working with students, teachers, and parents on a variety of topics around educational technology.
Spanish/ELD Teacher and Tech Mentor
Abington SHS
Giovanna Salas-Wert is a Spanish teacher, English Language Development Specialist, a Technology Mentor at Abington Senior High School and a member of the Superintendent's Committee for Innovation. Some of her accomplishments include being a Google for Education Certified Trainer, an Applied Digital Skills Ambassador, a Mote Ambassador and a Kami Certified Educator.
Instructional Specialist
Commonwealth Charter Academy
K-12 Technology Integration Coach
Considered passionate about ed tech, Samantha Smith (@EdTechSmith) helps support 300+ teachers in South Central Pennsylvania. Always willing to share, presenting in various venues including state & international technology conferences over the past 15 yrs. Sam covers topics ranging from differentiation with ed tech, blended learning, personalized learning, getting started right with technology, everything & anything web tools, coding, digital citizenship & Google Apps for Education. Google for Education Certified Trainer - April 2015. Apple Teacher. CodeSpark Ambassador. KTI 2011/2016. 24 years in Education.
Educational Consultant
Capital Area Intermediate Unit
Scott is a 30-year educator. He began his career teaching high school students as an ELA teacher. He's spent the last 8 years as a consultant for a regional service agency (CAIU #15), focusing on coaching, blended learning, technology integration, and diagnostic testing.

Session description

Playground participants will learn about the long-running Keystones Technology Innovator program in PA. We'll explore how this program has impacted teachers, administrators, schools and districts.

Purpose & objective

Participants will learn about the work PA's Keystones are doing to transform education.

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Activities will include these participants' options: posters, table presentations, and small group presentations. Participants will be able to rotate between the stations throughout the playground session.

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Session specifications

Professional learning
Grade level:
Skill level:
Coaches, Library media specialists, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices useful
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
ISTE Standards:
For Educators:
  • Shape, advance and accelerate a shared vision for empowered learning with technology by engaging with education stakeholders.
  • Advocate for equitable access to educational technology, digital content and learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of all students.
  • Model for colleagues the identification, exploration, evaluation, curation and adoption of new digital resources and tools for learning.