Speakers

Anne Truger is an Instructional Technology Specialist at the Special Education District of Lake County in Illinois. She is a Google Certified Teacher, DEN STAR, Tech4Learning Innovative Educator, host of EdReach's EdCeptional Podcast, Promethean enthusiast and a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University in partnership with ISTE: Supervision and Leadership program. She loves all things technology and isn't afraid of trying new things. Anne has presented at ISTE 2001-2012, ICE 1998-2012, and has been a featured speaker at MACUL 2009-present. Anne is the 2011-2012 President Elect for ICE (Illinois Computing for Educators). She enjoys presenting and sharing her lifelong love of learning and technology passion with others.

Chad Kafka enjoys being able to speak "teacher" and "tech" and brings those worlds together in his role as an educator and technology coach. He enjoys leading presentations that challenge the audience to think differently about how technology can transform education. Chad finds networking with other like minded technology leaders very rewarding through his roles as a Google Certified Teacher, Apple Distinguished Educator and EdReach contributor. Chad has presented on various topics including Google Apps, mobile devices, SMART products, Apple technologies, and web tools for the classroom.

Chris Atkinson is a passionate educational leader who currently serves as principal of Cherry Tree Elementary in one of the leading school districts in Indiana: Carmel Clay Schools. Chris is a long time elementary teacher and technology coordinator, Google Certified Teacher, STAR Discovery Educator, blogger, podcaster, HECC board member, and presenter. Chris has presented at several venues; most notably ISTE, ICE, and HECC. Chris speaks on a variety of topics including: Google Apps in Education, Web 2.0 Tools For The Classroom, Social Networking for Educators, Educational Leadership for the 21st Century, and much more. His presentations are research based and are focused on best practices that bring education forward.

Daniel Rezac is Co-Founder and Editor-in-Chief of EdReach. Daniel often speaks about Education in the Media, 21st Century Learning Environments, YouTube in the classroom, and the Flipped Classroom, and has made it his focus to give teachers a platform for which they can discuss the critical issues of education. There are so many amazing things happening in education today. Unfortunately, most of the world doesn't know about it. EdReach stands to change that.

Involved in education since 1999, James believes in promoting independent learners that will work in a flexible environment, that is inquiry-driven, thoughtful and empowering - not bound by disability or socio-economics. He believes that technology should transform pedagogy. More importantly, James believes in raising the level of expectation for student performance and teacher innovation. He has served in a variety of capacities including teacher (self-contained and special education), technology integration specialist, and director. Currently serving as the Director of Instructional Technology for Forrestville Valley School District 221 in Forreston, Illinois, James oversees district iPad 1:1 initiative for students in grades six through twelve as well as technology for the entire district.

Jay Blackman is a Co-Founder and Technical Coordinator of EdReach and by day the Director of Information and Educational Technology for Tri-Creek School Corporation in Lowell, Indiana, a K-12 school system. As a third-generation educator Jay focuses on creating support systems for teachers, developing learning communities, and learning spaces. Jay is a Google Certified Teacher and a frequent presenter on Google tools, location-based learning, mobile learning, and professional development.

John is passionate about educational technology. Many of the lessons he has learned and shared come from his personal experiences as a high school biology teacher outside of Detroit, Michigan.

John is now the Director of Online Learning for his school and blogs regularly about distance learning and related trends in education.

John has led professional development workshops and sessions all around the country. He specializes in collaborative projects for STEM classrooms, online learning, the Flipped Classroom, and Google Apps for Education.

Judith Epcke is an EdReach co-founder and weekly contributor to the EdReach and Mobile Reach shows. She works as a Technology Facilitator in Northbrook, IL. In this role, it is Judith's passion to show teachers how technology can transform their teaching and their students’ learning. Working with adult learners, assisting them with their personal technology learning and helping them integrate technology into their teaching, is a true delight for Judith.

Prior to her current position, Judith ran a K-5 school computer lab and spent many years as a 4th grade teacher. She has presented at national and local education conferences on topics such as: the use of Web 2.0 tools, Google Apps for Education, iPads and iPod Touches, Personal Learning Networks, and technology integration. Recently, Judith co-authored a book for teachers on using the software application, Comic Life.

Kelly Dumont is an Educational Technology Team Lead for Canyons School District in Sandy, UT. He has worked in Educational Technology for over 12 years after being an elementary teacher for 11 years. He started one of the earliest educational podcasts, "The Educational Mac," in 2005 and currently cohosts the MacReach podcast. He has served on the board of UCET (ISTE Affilliate) for 11 years; serving as president in 2005-2006. He is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Teacher. Kelly speaks on many topics pertaining to educational technology. One of his current passions is developing ePub documents with and for students for mobile devices.

Meg Wilson has a passion for educating others on the importance of using mobile learning devices to individualize instruction for all students. She is the founder of iPodsibilities.com, and often presents at local, statewide, and national conferences in order to offer professional development opportunities for other educators to learn about using iPods, iPhones, and iPads in the classroom. She blogs and podcasts regularly at EdReach.us about mobile learning, special education, and all things Apple-related in the world of education.

A special education teacher for 11 years, Patrick currently teaches students with significant cognitive disabilities in a self-contained classroom in Mt. Prospect, IL. He is a "geek" who loves to share all things technology, and has worked to integrate technology into his classroom to assist with communication, cognition, and socialization. He has been presenting my ideas at local schools and non-profit organizations as well at the Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference in both Schaumburg and Orlando.

Scott Weidig, became a teacher in order to help students get what they want out of their education and to help them to embrace the joy learning can evoke in life. In addition to working with administrators, teachers, and students, at Schaumburg High School, Scott can be found presenting at local and regional conferences on a variety of topics from the integration of technology in the classroom to student achievement and learning in the 21st century. He blogs regularly at EdReach.us about mobile learning, media literacy, and educational change.

Tammy Lind is currently a Technology Integration Coach in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She believes that teachers need a supportive environment to learn new technologies and strives to be a partner in her work with educators. Tammy worked as an elementary classroom and special education teacher. It was during her time in special education that Tammy became passionate about finding technologies that make the curriculum accessible to all learners. Tammy has presented on a variety of topics including Mobile Learning, Emerging Technologies for Struggling Learners, Google Tools, and Digital Storytelling.

Tricia Fuglestad, NBCT 07, is a K-5 Art Teacher in Arlington Heights with a masters in K-12 Technology Integration. She loves to infuse technology into art instruction and art production to create an engaging learning environment for her young artists. She was recognized as a Teacher of Distinction in 2012 by Golden Apple, IAEA Art Teacher of the Year in 2011, and one of 10 national-wide winners of a PBS Teachers Innovation Award in 2010. Her classroom has been featured in chapter 10, New Media in Art Education, of the 9th edition of the college textbook; Children and Their Art.
Her students have won numerous awards for their artwork and art-related, student-created movies known as Fugleflicks. View her student videos and online art galleries on Drydenart.weebly.com

Troy Cockrum is an innovative educator, a recognized leader in Flipped Learning, and is currently a Middle School Language Arts teacher in Indianapolis. Troy is also a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer and Google Certified Teacher. He has presented on the Flipped Classroom and Google Apps at several conferences across the country, including ISTE and NCTE, and is part of the Flipped Learning Network. As well as presenting onsite, Troy has created a series of webinars for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis to provide for their faculty and staff in 71 schools.

Zack Gilbert is currently a 6th grade social studies/language arts teacher in Normal, IL. He is a building technologist and an advocate for educational technology in central Illinois. Zack often presents on topics such as mobile devices, SMART, web resources, and educational gaming. He believes that games and learning helps students learn a broader spectrum of knowledge when compared to traditional teaching.