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The 'Chopped' Playground — Edtech Kitchen

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Playground A: Level 2, Grand Hall

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ACTEM Conference Co-Chair
I have been involved in the educational technology field for over 20 years and have worked with all ages of students and adults in a variety of settings. I enjoy leading the charge for innovative and creative ways to impact student learning and am passionate about how technology can positively impact our classrooms.
Distance Learning Coordinator
Administrative Office of PA Courts
Dr. Beeghley is an educational technologist, blogger, podcaster, and expert in using technology to teach history with a particular interest in the American Civil War. He has over 25 years of experience in providing educational technology leadership to schools. He is the author of the Teaching the Civil War with Technology website and frequently gives keynotes, and presentations on numerous topics including digital citizenship, cyberbullying, Google Workspace, educational technology, social media, and most especially uses of technology to teach social studies.
5th Grade Teacher
Alpine School District
Kelli Cannon is an upper grade elementary teacher who loves incorporating technology in her classroom. Kelli is an Apple Teacher, a Nearpod Certified Educator, and a Google Trainer. Kelli has endorsements in Teaching English as a Second Language, Educational Technology and Instructional Coaching. She is a co-leader of the Google Educator Group in Utah. She is interested in incorporating 3D printing in elementary curriculum and finding new ways to engage students through the use of technology.
Technology Staff Developer
Garden City School District
Mike Davola is one of the Technology Staff Developers K-12 in the Garden City School District. Mike holds a Master's Degree in Technology for Learning and a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics Education with a minor in Music from Hofstra University. He is an ISTE Certified Educator, Google Certified Trainer and Apple Teacher.
Instructional Coach
Upper Merion Area High School
Laura Ebersole is a high school instructional coach at Upper Merion Area High School in King of Prussia, PA. Her work focuses on how to improve student voice and choice in the curriculum and create learning environments responsive to student needs. She is a Google Certified Trainer and Coach, has been recognized as TOY by KOP Rotary, been a finalist for the Voices of Inspiration and received a service award for the Greater Philadelphia Cappies. She has presented for ISTE in 2020, PCTELA in 2021, and the past several years at Pete&C. She is an avid reader and enjoys hiking in National Parks.
Teacher Coach
Freehold Regional HS District
I’m a Technology Teacher Coach and Google Trainer for a high school in a large suburban district in Monmouth County, NJ. In that role, I am part of a Curriculum & Instruction Department team that creates and supports professional development as well as curriculum development and implementation for our large regional district. Previously, I was an AP and ELL History teacher for over 25 years. I have a Masters Degree in Information Science from Rutgers and a BA from Clemson University in Secondary Ed and History.
Computer Science Coordinator
California Department of Education
Katherine Goyette is EdTech Consultant for Tulare COE and co-author of The Complete EdTech Coach: An Organic Approach to Supporting Digital Learning.
Educational Technology Consultant
InTECHgrated Professional Development
Lindy Hockenbary is an educator whose strength is helping other educators utilize technology to enhance learning experiences. She has spent her career in various roles in the education field. As someone who loves to learn, her spare time is spent pondering how to make learning better. She uses these skills to facilitate hands-on trainings for teachers, engage educators through speaking engagements, and provide product feedback and training solutions to educational technology companies. She is the author of "A Teacher's Guide to Online Learning" and holds several edtech certifications, including Google for Education Certified Trainer and Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert.
Instructional Technology Coach
Pickerington Local School District
Stephanie is the CEO of Gold EDU, Control the Chaos EDU, and is also the EdTech Lead for the Pickerington Local Schools District. Stephanie has spoken at conferences around the world. Her most recent achievements are being apart of the team named ISTE’s Distinguished District, WOSU Leadership Award, a Google Innovator, and PLSD’s Innovative Leader award. Stephanie is one of the founding members of Global GEG and Gold EDU. Stephanie has a masters in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership. Stephanie is a co host on two post Get Inspired and Innovative and Control the Chaos EDU.
EdTech IConsultant
Tulare County Office of Education
Adam Juarez is a Technology Integration Coach and Consultant for AdaKat EdTech Consulting . He supports teachers through individualized coaching, demo lessons and professional development. Adam is a Google Certified Trainer and Innovator, CUE Board Member, Leroy Finkel Fellowship Finalist, co-founder of #CVTechTalk, 2020 30 K-12 IT Influencers Worth a Follow (EdTech Magazine), co-author of The Complete EdTech Coach: A Organic Approach to Supporting Digital Learning, and a 2022 ISTE Featured Speaker.
Technology Training Specialist
Penn Manor School District
Judy Keller is a passionate Technology Training Specialist for K-6 at Penn Manor School District in Lancaster, PA. She is Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2, a Google Certified Trainer, Global GEG Leader, PAECT member, Seesaw Ambassador, Applied Digital Skills Ambassador and 2022 Keystone Technology Innovator. She enjoys assisting teachers with technology to help create engaging lessons. Her passion in STEM is noted by many in her district. Each summer she holds multiple coding camps in her district for children K-6 at no cost to students.
Founder & CEO
Project Recess Inc
After moonlighting as a DJ in New York, Santi went on to help start a school, launch a digital portfolio app, and create Project Recess, an ed tech consultancy focused on supporting schools in using new and emerging technologies. Santi is a Google for Education Certified Innovator and Our Voice Academy fellow.
Editor, Creative Educator
Tech4Learning, Inc
Melinda is the Editor of Creative Educator magazine and the Deputy Director of the Constructivist Consortium. Melinda is also one of the founders of Tech4Learning. For the past 20 years, Melinda has led workshops at schools around the world and made hundreds of presentations at education conferences, such as ASCD and ISTE, on the topics of creativity, project-based learning, and open-ended technologies. She has been a featured speaker or keynote at MACUL, VSTE, MICCA, and ISTE.
Instructional Technology Coach
Garden City Public Schools
Innovative educator and teacher-leader with twenty years of experience across K-12 settings. Currently in an Instructional Technology Coach & Staff Developer role. Recognized as an open-minded, creative ideator that fosters collaboration with teachers, administrators, and community members. Key strengths include relationship-building and growing a team's creative capacity rooted in the design thinking mindsets. Described as self-motivated and highly organized. Focused on designing project-based learning units with an interdisciplinary approach.
Instructional Technology Content Leader
Wentzville School District
Amanda (Certified Innovator & Trainer), Mike (Innovator), and Sam (Trainer) are Instructional Technology Content Leaders from Wentzville, Missouri (near St. Louis). Join them as they travel with you to the Pyramids of Giza, scuba dive in the Great Barrier Reef, and sculpt pottery with the Ancient Incas. They'll take you on a digital journey around the world brought to you by Google Arts and Culture and Google Earth. In this immersive environment, you will explore geography and cultures around the world while creating digital artifacts. You'll leave with premade passport stations ready to lead your own journeys.
Technology Innovator
Davenport Community School District
ISTE Certified Educator
Evan Mosier is a Technology Innovator (coach) from Davenport, Iowa who is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and an ISTE Certified Educator. In addition to his work with teachers and Google, Evan is also a Flipgrid Ambassador, Wakelet Ambassador, and #ditchbook Ambassador having worked with and presented alongside Matt Miller on various occasions.
Instructional Tech. Resource Teacher
Mobile County Public Schools
Director of Learning Design
Maggie Muldoon is the Director of Learning Design at Mouse, and is passionate about making STEM and computer science pathways as inclusive and accessible as possible by developing fun, hands on learning experiences that invite curiosity, creative investigation and play.
K-5 Humanities/Technology Teacher
Dr C Owen Roundy Elementary School
Mrs. Osborn-Preston is a Google Certified Innovator and a National Board Certified Teacher as an Early Childhood Generalist. She is a proud graduate of the University of Texas with a BA in Dance and a BA in Psychology and she earned a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from UNLV. As an educator for twenty-five years, she has served as a kindergarten teacher, technology teacher, instructional coach, and curriculum coordinator. When she is not teaching students to create and innovate with technology, she coaches teachers to reflect on their professional practice and advance their craft for the benefit of their students.
Workshop Facilitator, Teacher of English
The Learning Doctor Consulting LLC
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.
Melissa Summerford has been in education for 16 years and has taught Pre-K, 2nd, 3rd, and Advanced Academics. Melissa is always looking for ways to innovate, improve her practices, and believes that it takes a team to build success. Melissa Summerford is Google Certified Trainer & Innovator and currently serves as a Teacher Success Champion at Kami. She is passionate about creating significant learning environments built on student choice and voice. Melissa believes that incorporating student voice and choice are the elements that lead to student ownership and engagement.
Instructional Technology Coach
Woodridge School District 68
Tarah Tesmer is the Instructional Technology Specialist and Tech Coach for Woodridge School District 68 in Woodridge, IL. She has a decade of experience in EdTech and is a Google Certified Coach & Trainer, Kami Hero, and Wakelet Ambassador.
Teacher/ Trainer/ Technology Specialist
Mohonasen CSD
Tara is a current 5th grade teacher in the Mohonasen CSD in Upstate, NY. She is currently pursuing her certification in School Building and District Administration. Passionate about technology education she is a Google Certified Trainer and District Contact for their Trusted Tester Program. You may have seen her on Google's Anywhere School 2022!
Learning and Innovation Coach
Sheboygan Area School District
Jenny has been a Technology Learning and Innovation Coach for the Sheboygan Area School District for the last 9 years. Prior to this role she taught classes from 5th through 10th grade with a focus on math. Jenny is a Google Certified Trainer, a Seesaw Certified Educator, and a Book Creator Ambassador.

Session description

Come check out what the Edtech Chefs have cooking! Spice up your lessons with new recipes and elevate your seasoned practices. Recipes for creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, classroom culture and character development will all be available for you to taste.
Grade level: PK-12
Skill level: Beginner

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Session specifications

Project-, problem- & challenge-based learning
Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Attendee devices:
Devices not needed
Subject area:
Language arts
ISTE Standards:
For Coaches:
Change Agent
  • Create a shared vision and culture for using technology to learn and accelerate transformation through the coaching process.
For Education Leaders:
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have skilled teachers who actively use technology to meet student learning needs.
For Educators:
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.

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