I had a great phone conversation with STEM Educator Fredi Lajvardi about his teaching, future projects, and ideas of making Science engaging for students. Recently his work has been highlighted in a documentary, Underwater Dreams, a Movie Starring George Lopez, called Spare Parts, and an upcoming iMax release. I was really impressed with Fredi's body of work, his ideas on the future of education and his inspirational students.
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I had a great chance to interview Keynote Speaker Cable Green. Cable is the Director of Open Education,Creative Commons. In this interview he highlights all the amazing work the Open Education Movement can offer educators and learners. I really found that Open Education Projects are about empowering knowledge across the the world.
Cable's #OETC17 Presentation will be on Thursday, February 16th, from 9-10:30am He will also be a part of a Creative Commons Forum on Wednesday. Don't miss this great opportunity to learn about OER, #GOpenEd, and Creative Commons Licensing.
I had a great opportunity to catch up with Leslie Fisher. Leslie will be a featured presenter at #OETC17. The title of her presentation is: "Struggle to Learn" She will also be doing several hands on sessions including "Tech Tools You Can Use Tomorrow". She assured me that she will be around the conference and very approachable so if you see her make sure you connect with her and share thoughts and ideas. For this interview I asked her about her unique journey to Edtech, her thoughts on future of education, and a little about her presentations. You won't want to miss them!
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When a colleague of mine recommended I look at Eric's professional development site, http://controlAltAchieve.com I was really blown away with how well developed, organized, and powerful this site is. Eric provides a treasure trove of information and helpful hints to empower your teaching and your students' learning. While he primarily discusses Google Apps for Education #GAFE his ideas and suggestions can be certainly applied across technologies and platforms. What's more, Eric has a really fantastic presentation style that makes his videos and tutorials easy to watch and very relevant.
I highly recommend checking this site out on a daily basis and following Eric on Twitter, and Google Plus.
Eric on Twitter @ericcurts
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My interview with Dr. Wilkomm was a true learning experience. She has an amazing body of work that I only scratched the surface of. She is the Director of New Hampshire’s State Assistive Technology Program with the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) and is an associate professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy. She will have two sessions at OETC16. Her first session will be a make and take offering entitled, "Creating Reading and Writing Solutions in Minutes for Students with Disabilities" Her more formal session is: "101 Solutions for Easier Living, Learning and Working" She gives a nice overview of these sessions plus talks about her vast experiences and innovations to help people with disabilities. Fascinating!
One of the hottest topics in edtech circles is coding and the much larger framework of Computer Science. Code.org is an organization that has a vision "that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science." Hadi Pardovi is the Co-Founder of Code.org and has a lengthy list of accomplishments in the Technology sphere. His TED-Talk has garnered tremendous attention and is worth watching by every educator and parent who seeks to understand Coding and Computer Science and their powerful impact in today's society. I had a great opportunity to chat with Hadi about Code.org, Computer Science and More!
For those attending Hadi's talk at OETC16 he will be speaking, Wednesday February 10th, from 2:30-3:30pm.
Jaime Casap has a lot of titles, but his most highlighted title is: Google's Global Educational Evangelist. In this interview I ask Jaime to talk about his role at Google, how Google is powering education, his inspirations, and his favorite tablet!
Jaime is a wealth of knowledge and a true pioneer!
If you are attending the conference, make sure you stop out at Wednesday February 10th, at 9am to hear his pioneering thoughts and ideas.
Are you going to the Ohio Educational Technology Conference 2016? Are you curious about the Keynote presenters? Are you a presenter yourself and want to highlight your session to build interest? OR are you a a participant wanting to learn more from the amazing people at the conference? This is the site for you. I will be interviewing Keynote Speakers, presenters, and participants before, during, and after the Conference. Please stay tuned to this site as well as my Youtube Channel to keep track of all the innovative people I will meet!