The 2018 Featured Speakers lineup includes:
Eric is an Authorized Google Education Trainer and a Google Certified Innovator who has provided training and consulting for schools and organizations all across Ohio and around the country for more than twenty years. He also works as a Technology Integration Specialist for SPARCC in Canton, Ohio.
He provides a wide range of services including training, presentations, and consulting with a focus on all things related to Google Apps.
After graduating from USC with a Business and Marketing degree in 1989 and a quick stint as a Trainer, Leslie joined Apple Computer in 1992. When the Internet took off in 1994, Leslie was one of the first Apple employees assigned to study Internet growth and implementation.
In 1997, Leslie was roadkill on Apple’s road to recovery and part of their massive lay off. Leslie planned to spend most of her huge severance package golfing and waiting a few months to look for a job. The day after her layoff, her phone began to ring with Apple customers requesting consulting, training and presentation services. Before she could say fore, Fisher Technologies Inc. was created to help educators with their technology implementations and decisions. Fisher Technologies Inc. is now a worldwide company (meaning one employee named Leslie gets to travel the world teaching) specializing in presenting emerging and exciting technology solutions to educators all over the world.
Jennifer Gonzalez, NBCT
Jennifer Gonzalez has over 10 years of classroom experience teaching middle school language arts and college-level teaching methodology.
In 2013, she created Cult of Pedagogy, where she works full-time to help teachers of all subjects and grade levels practice and perfect the art of teaching.
Liz Kolb, Ph.D.
She’s a clinical associate professor at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. Author of Learning First, Technology Second (published by ISTE, 2017), Toys to Tools: Connecting Student Cell Phones to Education (published by ISTE in 2008), Cell Phones in the Classroom: A Practical Guide for the K-12 Educator (published by ISTE in 2011), and Help Your Child Learn with Cell Phones and Web 2.0 (published by ISTE, 2013). In addition, she has published numerous articles and book chapters on new technologies and education in prominent publications such as Education Leadership, Scholastic.com, and Learning and Leading with Technology. She is a member of COSN’s advisory committees on mobile learning and emerging technologies.
She is the inventor and coordinator of the 4T Virtual Conference, which is a free conference for practitioners that occurs every May. She is also the creator of the Triple E Framework for effective teaching with digital technologies.
Tom serves at the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education. He has testified before the U.S. Congress and works alongside that body, the White House, the US Department of Education, and state departments of education, corporations, and school districts throughout the country to implement student-centered, personalized learning while helping to lead Future Ready Schools and Digital Learning Day.
Murray was named one of “20 to Watch” by NSBA, one of the top 20 thought leaders in education, and the “Education Policy Person of the Year” by the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2015.
A former school principal and teacher, Murray is passionate about proper digital learning implementation and personalized professional learning. In 2015, Murray co-authored and released Leading Professional Learning: Tools to Connect and Empower Teachers (Corwin, 2015). He is also the cofounder of #edchat, a weekly educational technology Twitter forum where hundreds of educators from around the world discuss digital learning.
Eric is a Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership and Learning with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE). Prior to this he was the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School. Under his leadership his school became a globally recognized model for innovative practices. Eric oversaw the successful implementation of several sustainable change initiatives that radically transformed the learning culture at his school while increasing achievement.
His work focuses on leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving schools and districts forward. This has led to the formation of the Pillars of Digital Leadership, a framework for all educators to initiate sustainable change to transform school cultures. As a result Eric has emerged as an innovative leader, best selling author, and sought after speaker. His main focus is purposeful integration of technology to facilitate student learning, improve communications with stakeholders, enhance public relations, create a positive brand presence, discover opportunity, transform learning spaces, and help educators grow professionally.