Learning 2.0 Keynote Speakers


See the recordings on the Learning 2.0 YouTube channel!

Gina Bianchini
Gina Bianchini is the founder of Mightybell. She is also the co-founder and former CEO of Ning, an online platform for creating your own social network for anything. Previously, Gina was the Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Harmonic Communications. She has also worked as a Director of Business Development and Investor Relations at CKS Group and as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs.

Blackboard Collaborate Recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2012-08-23.0631.M.91EFE274AA1A678FA476D2430569A3.vcr&sid=2008350


Julie Evans
Project Tomorrow
Connecting the Dots with Digital Learning - Speak UP 2011 National Results
Julie Evans is the CEO of the national education nonprofit organization, Project Tomorrow, whose mission is to ensure that today's students are well prepared to become tomorrow's leaders, innovators and engaged citizens of the world. Under her leadership, Project Tomorrow has emerged as a national leader promoting the use of innovative and research based science, math and technology resources in our K-12 schools to develop critical thinking, problem solving and creativity skills in students. Noteworthy recent organizational accomplishments include the expansion of Project Tomorrow's nationally recognized YouthTEACH2Learn Program to increase the teacher pipeline and help students prepare for jobs and careers of the 21st century, the development of a Youth Leadership Summit for Math and Science model to build community collaborations around STEM education, a partnership with the NSF-funded National Science Digital Library and grant award to study the digital readiness of middle school science and math teachers, and the extension of the heralded Speak Up National Research Project to include over 2.2 million students, parents and educators. Since 2003 the Speak Up data findings have annually impacted federal, state and local policies, programs and funding on education and technology and has fueled a national movement on the importance of including stakeholder views in education planning & decisions.

Blackboard Collaborate Recording Link: https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2012-08-22.1218.M.869226A58D6855D86E77B3982260F8.vcr&sid=2008350


Lucy Gray
Lucy Gray Consulting
Lucy Gray brings eighteen years of experience and a passion for excellence to any endeavor. Known for her work ethic and professional generosity, she views technology and new media as essentials in facilitating educational and societal change.

She began her career in the Chicago Public Schools as an elementary school teacher and more recently, she worked at the University of Chicago in a variety of roles related to educational technology. Lucy served as a middle school computer science teacher at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and as a technology coach at the Urban Education Institute. Her most recent position has been at the University’s Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education as an education technology specialist, and she continues to consult with this group on an ongoing science curriculum project.

Currently an independent consultant, Lucy enjoys advising a variety of non-profit institutions and businesses on 21st century learning initiatives. Projects include facilitating a global education online community and conference for educators, speaking at state and national education conferences, conducting workshops for professional development organizations, developing content for an inquiry-based science program and leading a mobile learning initiative sponsored by the Consortium for School Networking.

Blackboard Collaborate Recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2012-08-21.1528.M.B2CE1DE6E59FA761A238DB22824E19.vcr&sid=2008350

Heidi Hayes Jacobs
Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs, President of curriculum21, is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of curriculum and instruction having consulted nationally and internationally on issues and practices pertaining to: curriculum mapping, dynamic instruction, and 21st century strategic planning. She is the author of six books, most recently, The Curriculum Mapping Planner: Templates and Tools for Effective Professional Development, co-authored with Ann Johnson, and Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World, which was selected as the worldwide member book by ASCD.

Blackboard Collaborate Recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2012-08-24.1313.M.9FD5CD2D98178738DCE2D3D9FFBE1C.vcr&sid=2008350


Angela Maiers
Angela Maiers Educational Services, Inc. 
Angela Maiers is an award-winning educator, speaker, consultant and professional trainer known for her work in literacy, leadership and global communications. She is a consistently energized and recognized worldwide speaker greatly impacting leadership through not only the education field, but the international business community as well. Challenging educational philosophies and business ethics, Angela strives to achieve total synergy and unstoppable energy by reconstructing the thought process of many dated ideologies.

Today, Angela is at the forefront of New Literacy and Web 2.0 technologies. She is the author of the recently revised Classroom Habitudes: Teaching Habits and Attitudes for 21st Century Learning and co-author of The Passion-Driven Classroom: A Framework for Teaching & Learning. An active blogger and social media evangelist, Angela is deeply committed to helping learners understand the transformational power of technology. Her intimate knowledge of teaching and learning, down-to-earth style, and powerful message of personal empowerment have made her a highly sought after keynote speaker and a vibrant courageous voice in both the business and education space.

Blackboard Collaborate Recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2012-08-24.0553.M.5A3C673AE0D5C3570514283B1C9D4A.vcr&sid=2008350


Sugata Mitra
MIT Media Lab
and Newcastle University (http://sugatam.wikispaces.com)
Dr. Sugata Mitra is a visiting professor at MIT Media Lab in the US and Professor of Educational Technology, School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, at Newcastle University in the UK. His biography from his now-famous TED talks reads: "In 1999, Sugata Mitra and his colleagues dug a hole in a wall bordering an urban slum in New Delhi, installed an Internet-connected PC, and left it there (with a hidden camera filming the area). What they saw was kids from the slum playing around with the computer and in the process learning how to use itand how to go online, and then teaching each other.

"In the following years they replicated the experiment in other parts of India, urban and rural, with similar results, challenging some of the key assumptions of formal education. The "Hole in the Wall" project demonstrates that, even in the absence of any direct input from a teacher, an environment that stimulates curiosity can cause learning through self-instruction and peer-shared knowledge. Mitra, who's now a professor of educational technology at Newcastle University (UK), calls it 'minimally invasive education.'"

He details his experiments in education and technology in the Kindle book Beyond the Hole in the Wall: Discover the Power of Self-Organized Learning.

Blackboard Collaborate Recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2012-08-24.1052.M.6ED3F7FF7B149768AA33D37E4D510B.vcr&sid=2008350


Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
Powerful Learning Practice
Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice, where she works with schools and districts from across the US, Canada, New Zealand, Norway and Australia to re-envision their learning cultures and communities through the Connected Learner Experience.

During a 25-year education career, Sheryl has been a classroom teacher, technology coach, charter school principal, district administrator, university instructor and digital learning consultant. She is the author (with Lani Ritter Hall) of The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age (Solution Tree, 2012) and is in the dissertation phase of completing her doctorate in Educational Planning, Policy and Leadership at the College of William and Mary.

Sheryl is a sought-after presenter at national and international events, speaking on topics of 21st Century reform, teacher and educational leadership, community building, and educational issues impacting marginalized populations such as the homeless. She is an advisor to the U.S. Department of Education’s Connected Educators initiative and a leader in the development of USDOE’s first Connected Educators Month in August 2012. She also serves on the New Media Consortium’s 2012 Horizon.K12 Report Advisory Board.

Blackboard Collaborate Recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2012-08-24.1011.M.8DE64EFDD305EFD21D62D49E2553C9.vcr&sid=2008350


Michelle Pacansky-Brock
Mt. San Jacinto College
and @One (http://www.teachingwithoutwalls.com)
"Can't You Just Lecture to Me?" Strategies for Transforming Reluctant Learners when Teaching with Emerging Technologies
Have you heard that line before? Teaching with emerging technologies requires not only a new technical toolkit but also a new set of skills for transforming reluctant students from passive into participatory learners.  In this presentation, I will share stories and strategies from my own classes, showcased in my new book Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies, to assist college instructors with supporting students who are reluctant to embrace new forms of learning, use social media for learning activities, and play an active role in a learning community.  Links to handy PDF guides will be shared to assist you with building a foundation for student success in your Learning 2.0 classroom.

Blackboard Collaborate Recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2012-08-21.1307.M.6A18F7E7EE5E4750A5C9AC666897AF.vcr&sid=2008350


Marc Prensky
Marc Prensky, author of BRAIN GAIN: Technology and the Quest for Digital Wisdom, is an internationally acclaimed speaker, writer, consultant, and innovator in the fields of business, education and learning. Considered one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between learning and technology, Marc’s professional focus is on designing better pedagogy and curriculum for the digital generation and on helping people understand how to thrive in the digital age. Known for his original, innovative ideas, he is also practical: Strategy+Businessmagazine calls Prensky “That rare visionary who implements.”

Marc has published five books and scores of essays and articles, including the seminal Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants in 2001. His books include Digital Game-Based Learning (McGraw-Hill, 2001), Don’t Bother Me Mom – I’m Learning (Paragon House, 2006), Teaching Digital Natives: Partnering for Real Learning (Corwin, 2010) and From Digital Natives to Digital Wisdom (Corwin 2012) and BRAIN GAIN: Technology and the Quest for Digital Wisdom (Palgrave Macmillan 2012). He was graduated cum laude from Oberlin College, holds Master’s degrees from Yale University, Middlebury College, and from The Harvard Business School with distinction, ran a charter school in East Harlem, NY, and has taught at all levels, from elementary to college.

Blackboard Collaborate Recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2012-08-21.1013.M.BC3281AAF7EE0C1A889E683140D19F.vcr&sid=2008350

Lee Rainie
Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project
Lee Rainie is the Director of the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project, a non-profit, non–partisan "fact tank" that studies the social impact of the internet. The Project has issued more than 350 reports based on its surveys that examine people's online activities and the internet's role in their lives. Lee is a co-author of the new book Networked: The New Social Operating System, a book about the social impact of technology that was written with Barry Wellman. He also is a co-author of Up for GrabsHopes and FearsUbiquity, Mobility, Security, and Challenges and Opportunities – a series of books about the future of the internet. Prior to launching the Pew Internet Project, Lee was managing editor of U.S. News & World Report. He is a graduate of Harvard University and has a master's degree in political science from Long Island University.

Blackboard Collaborate Recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2012-08-22.0808.M.3C588A6A2792490CC73E2A61F37FC2.vcr&sid=2008350


David Warlick
The Landmark Project
The Memory Lane of a 30-Year Connected Teacher and Learner. Join educator, author, and public speaker, David Warlick, as he talks candidly about some of the critical and revelatory moments of his long career. His stories may be funny or sad or maybe even boring. But each will reveal some fundamental quality of teaching and learning today, connecting ourselves to the world we are learning and teaching about.

David Warlick is a 35 year educator. He has been a classroom teacher, district administrator and staff consultant with the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction. For the past fifteen years, Mr. Warlick has operated The Landmark Project, a consulting and innovations firm in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Mr. Warlick is the author of four books about instructional technology and contemporary literacy and has spoken to audiences throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and South America. He was recently named one of the ten most influential people in educational technology by Technology & Learning Magazine.

Blackboard Collaborate Recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2012-08-21.0647.M.D4D806A15860351B259A585F17EC47.vcr&sid=2008350


Audrey Watters
Hack Education
Audrey Watters is a journalist specializing in education technology news and analysis. She has worked in the education field for the past 15 years: as a graduate student, college instructor, and program manager for an ed-tech non-profit. Although she was two chapters into a dissertation in Comparative Literature, she decided to eschew the professor track for a different path, and she now happily fulfills the one job recommended to her by a junior high aptitude test: freelance writer. She has written for Edutopia, MindShift, Inside Higher Ed, The School Library Journal, O'Reilly Radar, ReadWriteWeb, and The Huffington Post, in addition to her own blog Hack Education. Really want to get to know Audrey? Read more HERE.

Blackboard Collaborate Recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2012-08-24.0824.M.2E59F419CF00ED90767F156BE0F9A9.vcr&sid=2008350

Esther Wojcicki
Palo Alto High School and Creative Commons

Teaching 21st Century Skills Through Journalism
Journalism/English teacher at Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA for the past 27 years. Built the journalism program from a small group of 20 students in 1985 to one of the largest in the nation including 500 students, four additional journalism teachers, and five award-winning journalism electives: newspaper (The Campanile), magazine (Verde), online (www.voice.paly.net), television (InFocus), and Viking, a sports magazine. Selected by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing as 2002 California Teacher of the Year. Over the past 20 years, the publications have won Gold and Silver Crowns from Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the PaceMaker Award and Hall of Fame Award from National Scholastic Press, and best in nation from Time Magazine in 2003. The website was honored with two Webby Awards in 2005. She is V. Chair of the Board of Directors of Creative Commons focusing on education and learning. She is also President of the Friends of the Lurdes Mutola Foundation to support girls' education in Mozambique. She is also a consultant for Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Hewlett Foundation. She is on the Advisory Board for University of the People. She is married to Stanford University Physics Professor Stanley Wojcicki, and mother of three grown daughters, Susan, Janet and Anne, and seven grandchildren. Her daughter Anne is the co-founder of 23andMe, a personal genetics company.

Blackboard Collaborate Recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2012-08-22.0852.M.A5A5DCECC938D94E16A9A31F773B3D.vcr&sid=2008350


Yong Zhao
University of Oregon
World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students

The world needs creative and entrepreneurial talents who are globally competent to take advantage of the opportunities brought about technology and globalization and tackle the tough challenges facing human beings. But our schools are being pushed to produce homogenous, compliant, and employee-minded test-takers, as a result of seductive power of the traditional education paradigm. In this presentation, Dr. Yong Zhao challenges the traditional paradigm, debunks the myth of international tests such as PISA and TIMSS, and proposes a new paradigm of education aimed to cultivate diverse, creative, and
entrepreneurial talents.

Dr. Zhao’s presentations is based on the massive amount of evidence from a variety of sources he gathered for his new book World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students (Corwin, 2012) and his Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization (ASCD, 2009).

Dr. Yong Zhao is an internationally known scholar, author, and speaker. His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He has designed schools that cultivate global competence, developed computer games for language learning, and founded research and development institutions to explore innovative education models. He has published over 100 articles and 20 books, including Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization and World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students. He is a recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association and was named one of the 2012 10 most influential people in educational technology by the Tech & LearnMagazine. He is an elected fellow of the International Academy for Education.

He currently serves as the Presidential Chair and Associate Dean for Global Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he is also Weinman Professor of Technology and Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership.

Blackboard Collaborate Recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2012-08-23.0801.M.99845DB997E5284E523F0FC6B9E52A.vcr&sid=2008350


Gordon Dryden
The Learning Web (http://www.thelearningweb.net)
Gordon Dryden is a New Zealand author, researcher, publisher and broadcaster who has spent many of the last 30 years searching out new methods of learning. During the last seven years he has produced 22 television programs on the same subject. Gordon is also the co-founder of the Pacific Foundation, a New Zealand-based charitable trust, which has put many early-childhood learning methods into practice. He will discuss his most recent book, Unlimited: The New Learning Revolution and the Seven Keys to Unlock It (not available in the US yet), a follow-up the his immensely successful The New Learning Revolution books.

5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern Thursday, August 23rd (international time conversion)
Blackboard Collaborate Recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2012-08-23.1646.M.9E9FE58134BE68C3B413F24B3586CF.vcr&sid=2008350

Blackboard Collaborate Recording:


Gwyneth Anne Bronwynne Jones
THE DARING LIBRARIAN (http://www.thedaringlibrarian.com)
Gwyneth is a middle school teacher librarian, a blogger, a Tweeter, a public speaker, a citizen of Social Media, and a resident of Second Life. Gwyneth is a member of the ISTE Board of Directors, was named an Innovator and one of Library Journal’s Movers & Shakers 2011, and is the author of the award winning Daring Librarian blog. Admittedly, she’s also a goofball & a geek.

David Loertscher
Hi Willow Research & Publishing
David V. Loertscher has degrees from the University of Utah, the University of Washington and a Ph.D. from Indiana University. He has been a school library media specialist in Nevada and Idaho at both the elementary and secondary school levels. He has taught at Purdue University, The University of Arkansas, The University of Oklahoma, and is presently a professor at the School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University. He served as head of the editorial department at Libraries Unlimited for ten years and is President of Hi Willow Research & Publishing (distributed by LMC Source at www.lmcsource.com). He has been a president of the American Association of School Librarians.

Michelle Luhtala
Library Department Chair at New Canaan (CT) High School since 2004, but librarian there since 2001, where we use emerging technologies to embed 21st century and core content learning across disciplines. Taught social studies in NYC and Bridgeport, CT from 1990 until 2001. Facilitate online learning community for school librarians at edweb.net/emergingtech. Member of Connecticut Digital Library Advisory board and its database subcommittee. Co-chair CoSN Awards Committee. Elected AASL Region 1 Director-elect in April 2011.


Shannon Miller
Van Meter Library 
Teacher Librarian & Technology Integrationist who loves connecting, creating, change, advocacy & NOISE. Teacher Librarian Educational Consultant for Mackin Educational Resources. Presenter & Blogger. Connecting People Shorty Award Recipient.

Joyce Valenza
Springfield Township High School & School Library Journal
Joyce is the teacher-librarian at Springfield Township High School, a technology writer, and a blogger


Mightybell Link
Monday, August 20
SocialEdCon is an "unconference." That means that those who are attending brainstorm the topics to talk about, and the schedule for the day is constructed by those in attendance. Sessions are scheduled for each hour, and are discussions or conversations, not presentations. Recordings are embedded in the schedule at the Mightybell link above.


Virtual Pitchfire
We open the microphone and webcam for educators (and others)--prepared in advance or not!--will get a short amount of time to make a passionate appeal for a product or service that they would like to propose, or would like to see offered, to educators. This is rough-draft stuff, just something you really think you could do or needs to be done to help support or improve teaching and learning.
Blackboard Collaborate Recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2012-08-22.0104.M.9ABB88F582021613CB68CD9C3B26BD.vcr&sid=2008350

Closing Celebration
Blackboard Collaborate Recording: https://sas.elluminate.com/p.jnlp?psid=2012-08-24.0638.M.07655C368799107149A3FFE3527C93.vcr&sid=2008350



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Monday (August 20):

Tuesday (August 21):

  • Conference Sessions - US Eastern Daylight Time 9:00am - Midnight
  • 11am Eastern:  Keynote with David Warlick
  • 2pm Eastern: Keynote with Marc Prensky
  • 4pm Eastern:  Keynote with Michelle Pacansky-Brock
  • 6pm Eastern:  Keynote with Lucy Gray
  • 8pm Eastern: Interview with Rob Fried on Passion in Education

Wednesday (August 22):

Thursday (August 23):

  • Conference Sessions - US Eastern Daylight Time 9:00am - Midnight
  • 11am Eastern:  Keynote with Gina Bianchini
  • 1pm Eastern: Keynote with Yong Zhou
  • 5pm Eastern: Keynote Panel on Technology and Librarians with Gwyneth Jones, David Loertscher, Michelle Luhtala, Shannon Miller, and Joyce Valenza.
  • 8pm Eastern: Interview with Gordon Dryden on The New Learning Revolution

Friday (August 24):

  • Conference Sessions - US Eastern Daylight Time 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • 9am Eastern:  Keynote with Angela Meiers
  • 11am Eastern:  Keynote with Audrey Watters
  • 1pm Eastern: Keynote with Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
  • 4pm Eastern: Keynote with Sugata Mitra
  • 5pm Eastern:  Keynote with Heidi Hayes Jacobs


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