Tony Vincent's interest in using technology for learning started while he was teaching fifth grade in Nebraska fifteen years ago, where he created one of the first classroom websites dedicated to providing opportunities for students to publish their work online. His students were each equipped with Palm handhelds in 2001 and since then Tony has been a tireless evangelist for the power of mobile learning. Tony has been a Technology Specialist, integrating technology for students and teachers in grades kindergarten through five, and developed the very first podcast from an American elementary school. Tony is now an author and independent consultant. He has worked in 37 states and on three continents. He is currently based in sunny Phoenix, Arizona, and continues his mission to empower teachers and students through thoughtful use of technology. Visit his website at learninginhand.com read his updates at twitter.com/tonyvincent.
Born in PA, Lisa has experiences on the east & south coasts of the USA attending private K-8 & public 9-12. She has supported low-socioeconomic & affluent districts & has been an advocate for student-focused tech in both. She works tirelessly to impact tech integration at home by delivering preschool Appy Hours to local parents & writing guest blogs for mom-centered sites. Her passion for literacy, tech, social networking, & curriculum fuel Lisa's innovative & caffeinated approach to global iLearning.
Lisa has 12 years of educational experience ranging from teaching HS English & MS Math to international curriculum development and creating and presenting workshops. Author of the TechChef4u blog & app, Lisa shared her app-thusiasm for iLearning at multiple conferences including Mobile 2012, TCEA, ISTE, FETC, iPad Palooza, iPad Summit, & Australia's Slide2Learn.
"I am a teacher, author, keynote and workshop presenter and ICT enthusiast. I believe that to prepare our students for the future, we must prepare them for change, teach them to question and think, to adapt and modify, to sift and sort. Our students are born into a world where the only constant is change, they are immersed in technology and yet are unaware of how ubiquitous this technology is.
I am fortunate to teach at a school with a technology program that encompasses iPads in the classrooms through out the younger years and a comprehensive BYOD program in the senior years. This reflects the future our students and children will be entering into with ubiquitous portable computing. The use of these technologies has been an inspiration for the books I have written.
Outside of school, I am a family man and when I can get a spare moment I am an outdoor instructor and an adventure enthusiast."
In 2009 Andrew was a finalist in the Microsoft Distinguished educators awards. In 2009, 2010 & 2011, he has been a member of the advisory board for the Australia and New Zealand Edition of the Horizon report and the only secondary or primary school teacher on the advisory board of 32 educational experts.
Andrew is an Apple Distingished Educator. In 2012, he was named a Learning Commons Visionary for 2012 by the editors of Teacher Librarian: the Journal for School Library Professionals.
Jane Ross is a Grade 4 teacher at Sinarmas World Academy in Indonesia. She has taught with both MacBooks and iPads in 1:1 programs. Jane's passion is to help students create and publish enhanced eBooks. Her book 'Challenge Based Learning in Indonesia' https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/challenge-based-learning-in/id544022048?mt=11 was jointly written by her Grade 5 class and demonstrates challenge based learning in action. Jane has created/helped to publish a further 26 books to the Apple iBookstore. These books range from Kindergarten students to Grade 12. One of Jane's personal projects has been to work with children of the Tambunan village at Lake Toba, North Sumatra to create and publish books made on iPads in the local language. You can download her book called 'Inspiring Young Authors' The Story Behind the Backpack Classroom - here https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/inspiring-young-authors/id625049743?mt=11
Jane is an Apple Distinguished Educator 2008, an Apple Professional Developer and an ADE South Asia Board member. She has 22 years teaching experience, including 16 years in Indonesia. You can find Jane's blog here http://1to1inpractice.blogspot.com or follow her on Twitter @janeinjava
Ben is the Director of Information Learning Technologies at MLC, a role which sees him work with students, parents and teachers to expand the opportunities for implementing learning technologies in education. Ben’s focus is for developing systems that streamline access to information and resources for all members of the community empowering engaging conversations about student outcomes. In 2009 Ben led Scotch College to adapting mobile technology by providing iPods to all senior school students, and developing the Scotch / PLC iTunes U store to house and share rich education content.
Ben is an Apple Distinguished Educator and regularly presents to teachers and the wider community on implementing contemporary learning technology into the classroom experience.