Featured Speakers

We’re excited for this group of speakers that are educational technology experts and leaders!

Here’s our 2019 Featured Speakers lineup:

Kasey Bell
Kasey Bell
Shake Up Learning

Richard Byrne
Richard Byrne
Free Technology
for Teachers

Leslie Fisher
Leslie Fisher lesliefisher.com


Abbey FutrellAbbey Futrell
Pinky Geek

Ronen HabibRonen Habib
EQ Schools



Kasey Bell

Kasey is a disruptor of the boring. An engaging, innovative, from the heart sharer who inspires educators while transforming their teaching with original, timely and use-tomorrow ideas for student choice, differentiation, and technology integration.

Through teacher empowering publications and award-winning educational resources at ShakeUpLearning.com, learner-driven workshops and presentations and co-hosting Google Teacher Tribe weekly podcast, Kasey proves why we should never settle for the boring when it comes to bringing out the very best in our students, and we should always strive to Shake Up Learning!

To find out more about Kasey visit her website at shakeuplearning.com or follow her on Twitter @ShakeUpLearning 

Richard Byrne

Richard is a former high school social studies teacher best known for developing this blog. He taught for eight and a half years at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in South Paris, ME. His work is focused on sharing free web-based resources that educators can use to enhance their students’ learning experiences.

He is a five time winner of the Edublogs Award for Best Resource Sharing Blog. He became a Google Certified Teacher in 2009. In 2012 he received a Merlot Classics award from chancellor’s office of California State University.

In addition to writing Free Technology for Teachers, he also maintains iPadApps4School.comAndroid4Schools.com, and PracticalEdTech.com. His printed work includes a monthly column for School Library Journal, contributing author to What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media, and contributions to Teacher Librarian.

To find out more about Richard visit his website at https://www.freetech4teachers.com/ or follow him on Twitter @rmbyrne

Leslie Fisher

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.

To find out more about Leslie visit her website at http://lesliefisher.com/ or follow her on Twitter @lesliefisher.

Abbey Futrell

Abbey is a Digital Innovation Coach and Research Associate with the Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative at North Carolina State University’s William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. Her work with the Friday Institute encompasses a commitment to coaching teachers on how to create meaningful digital learning experiences for students, redefining professional development experiences, and serving as one of the lead facilitators for the North Carolina Digital Leaders Coaching Network. She frequently presents at national education conferences and has moderated Future Ready Summits sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.

To find out more about Abbey visit her website at https://www.abbeyfutrell.com/  or follow her on Twitter @AbbeyFutrell

Ronen Habib

Roni is the founder of EQSchools, an organization dedicated to providing Emotional Intelligence training to teachers, students, and parents nationally and abroad. He teaches Positive Psychology at Gunn High School in Palo Alto and is the director of the MERIT Institute at Foothill College.

Roni speaks and consults for schools and business organizations on the topics of Mindfulness, Creative Confidence, Emotional Intelligence, Positive Psychology, Design Thinking, and the importance of Play. He lived in Israel and Belgium before coming to the U.S. where he got his Masters of Education and teaching credential at Harvard.

To find out more about Roni visit his website at http://eqschools.com/ or follow him on Twitter @Roni_Habib