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ISTE Ignite Session

Colorado Convention Center, Mainstage

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Technology Teacher
Charter School for Applied Technologies
ISTE Certified Educator
Jenn Bialek is a kindergarten through third grade technology teacher at Charter School for Applied Technologies in Buffalo, NY. She has taught for 15 years, 8 in technology. She is an ISTE Certified Educator, Microsoft Certified Educator, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, AI Pioneer, and DonorsChoose Teacher Ambassador.
Technology Teacher
TeacherCast Educational Network
ISTE Certified Educator
ISTE award-winning educator, and educational strategist who uses Future Ready skills to promote digital innovation in the classroom with a focus on equity and diversity.
Technology Integration Specialist
Stark Portage Area Computer Consortium
Eric Curts is a veteran educator who currently serves as a Technology Integration Specialist for the Stark County Educational Service Center in Ohio where he oversees Google for Education implementation, training, and support, as well as other technology integration initiatives. Eric is an authorized Google for Education Trainer and Innovator, and provides training to schools, organizations, and conferences across the country. Eric runs the award-winning blog where all of his edtech resources can be found, and is the author of the book "Control Alt Achieve: Rebooting Your Classroom with Creative Google Projects".
Virtual School Network (ViSN) Coordinato
Catholic Education Western Australia
I am currently the Co-ordinator of Catholic Education Western Australia's innovative Virtual School Network (ViSN). Previously I have been head of Science in numerous states of Australia and in New Zealand. I am passionate about digital pedagogy and increasing student outcomes and engagement in our schools. I am a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.
Director of PPS
St. Joseph's School for the Deaf
With 13+ years working in the field of Deaf Education as a classroom teacher, Curriculum Coordinator, ESY Principal, and Pupil Personnel Services Director at a School for the Deaf in the Bronx, NY, Carly shares her passion for technology with her students and staff every chance she can. She strives to make STEM/STEAM accessible to all students, knowing that it is a key component to success for all students.
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.
Learning Specialist
Compass: Partners in Learning
Brady Licht is a learning facilitator, consultant, and designer. Before working as a Learning Specialist with TIE/BHSSC, Brady Licht taught personalized, competency-based courses in a secondary FLEX environment. He participated in South Dakota's Rethinking Educational Models program, and he holds an undergraduate degree in English Education, a master's degree in Technology for Education and Training, and a certificate in User Experience Design. He works with districts, organizations, and government departments to create engaging, flexible learning experiences for a variety of audiences.
Pocantico Hills Central School District
ISTE Certified Educator
Marina is an accomplished educator with a diverse set of qualifications. Holding certifications in NYS Childhood Education, Students with Disabilities, and Literacy, she excels in meeting the diverse needs of learners. Marina's ISTE certification showcases her adeptness in utilizing technology for transformative learning experiences. Currently pursuing National Board Certification and a master's in educational leadership, Marina's commitment to excellence in teaching and leadership is unwavering. Her expertise extends to presenting at the NYSCATE conference since 2020, covering various educational topics. Marina's passion for education and her dedication to staying at the forefront of educational technology make her a valuable asset to the educational community.
Instructional Lead Teacher
Prairie Rose Public Schools
Kelli-Ann Nixdorf is a District Instructional Coach at Prairie Rose Public Schools. With a rare blend of expertise, she stands as one of very few Canadian Canvassadors and one of Alberta's select few TimeSlips™ Certified Facilitators. As a certified trainer with Magic School AI and armed with over 15 years of classroom experience, primarily in Career and Technology Studies (CTS), and a Masters in Educational Leadership, Kelli-Ann is committed to public education. Passionate about effective classroom management, innovative instructional strategies, and the seamless integration of technology, she is dedicated to shaping a brighter future for learners and educators alike.
Director of Design and Innovation
Community Regional Charter School
Design thinker, improviser, and educator, Dan Ryder is Director of Design and Innovation and a learning facilitator at CRCS Overman in rural Skowhegan, Maine. Public charter school CRCS Overman provides a customized, project -based learning experience for learners of all abilities and backgrounds, grades 7-12. Dan also consults with the Office of English Language Programs at the US Department of State, creating content such as Panels and Perspectives: Creating Comics in the EFL Classroom and co-facilitating experiences such as the global PD, AE Comics VX. He's also co-author of Intention: Critical Creativity in the Classroom w Amy Burvall.

Session description

Join us for an ISTE Ignite session. Presenters will have just five minutes and 20 slides each to share their passions in a continuous rapid-fire presentation.

1. It's time to ask better questions - Melinda Kolk
2. Little Learners, Big Topics: K-2 Learners Can Do It All! - Jennifer Bialek
3. Timeless Tales: Intergenerational Story Writing - Kelli-Ann Nixdorf
4. Sci-Fi's Influence on Generative AI: Perception and Consequences - Brady Licht
5. Deaf Students’ Exploration of STEM/STEAM - Carly Jezik
6. Engage, Explore, Experience: A PLAYful Approach to Lesson Design - Marina Lombardo
7. It's just Geography! - Peggy Fitzgerald
8. Using the ISTE Standards to Create a Dynamic Instructional Coaching Department - Jeff Bradbury
9. The Bionic Educator - Eric Curts
10. Mindful Meeples: 5 Principles of Game-Based Thinking & Design - Dan Ryder

Session specifications

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Session will be simulcast live