Director Of Technology And Media Services, Newton County School System
Bio: Mr. Adam Phyall is a former high school science teacher and the current Director of Instructional Technology for your Hickman Mills C-1 School District. Since Adam got his first laptop in college, he has been hooked on the amazing things that technology can add to instruction. Mr. Phyall began teaching as a science teacher and quickly saw the power technology had on classroom instruction. Very early on, he began having students create videos and podcasts to explain advanced science concepts. Mr. Phyall began to lead professional development sessions focusing on how teachers can keep students engaged with technology. In 2013, Mr. Phyall and his family relocated from Covington, GA to Kansas City, MO to take a position in Hickman Mill C-1 School District. In his current position as Director of Instructional Technology, Mr. Phyall works directly with teachers showing them fun and easy methods of incorporating technology into instruction. Over the years, Mr. Phyall has been a featured presenter at technology conferences across the country and is known for his fun and engaging presentation style and his humor. His philosophy on teaching is “if you’re having fun teaching it, then your students will have fun learning it.”
Teacher, USD 497
Bio: This is my third year teaching at Hillcrest Elementary. I taught first grade at Hillcrest the last two years and I am excited to move to second grade this year! Before moving to Lawrence I taught second, third and fifth grade in Lincoln, Nebraska. This summer I finished my Master's degree in Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education and my Reading Specialist endorsement at the University of Nebraska.
My family moved to Lawrence in August 2013. I have two children, Ethan and Ella. When I am not at school I enjoy reading, baking and spending time with my family and friends.
Assistant Research Professor, University of Kansas ALTEC The Center for Research on Learning
Bio: Amber Rowland, PhD, is an Assistant Research Professor with the Center for Research on Learning and Assistant Director of Professional Learning for the Advanced Learning Technologies (ALTEC) Division. She specializes in collaborative, practical and engaging adult professional learning with an emphasis on current instructional practices and the powerful integration of technology. She is particularly interested in the power of conversation in teacher learning and is constantly pursuing methods for tapping into the collaborative capacity of local faculty and staff.
Her experiences range from Kindergarten to the college classroom where she has taught at multiple levels, both face-to-face and online. She has served as an instructional coach, technology integration specialist, media and online course developer, project manager for the Technology Rich Classroom, Title IID initiative in Kansas, and an instructor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas.
Dr. Rowland travels to local, state and national venues and conferences including ISTE, NSDC and CEC, working with educators on professional learning, digital-age instruction, Project Based Learning, distance education, and the general integration of technology. Amber was recognized as one of the 20 emerging leaders in education technology by the National School Boards Association “20 to Watch” initiative.
Education Technology Integration Coordinator & Faculty, Kansas State University
Bio: I am a faculty member and the Education Technology Integration Coordinator for the Kansas State University College of Education. I am an educational futurist who works to leverage technology for the benefit of learners. I am an educator, digital storyteller, blogger and digital change agent, artist and friend. I address a range of topics related to technology integration, distance learning, education, business and twenty-first century literacy. I am a catalyst for creative engagement and collaborative learning. Additionally, I am an experienced graphic designer, website designer, author and technology consultant. I have written and facilitated over $850,000 in technology grants in Kansas.
Bear in mind, I am not a geek/techie. I know many geek/techies, and I am absolutely NOT one of them. Geek/Techies are excited by creating the technology. I am excited by what that technology can do and about discovering the possibilities. Technology is changing the way we do business, teach, and learn, in the 21st century, I am a part of that change.
KSU University Distinguished Scholars New Media Literacy Fellow 2011 Blog
Technology BIts, Bytes & Nibbles Blog:
Opening Minds with a New Set of Keys Wiki (Resources, Resources and More Resources): http://technologykeys.wikispaces.com/
Celebrate Kansas Voices Digital Storytelling Project
A learning community empowering digital witnesses of Kansas oral history.
Education Development Executive, Apple
Bio: Dr. Jeff Oldfield is a Development Executive with Apple Inc. He is a former Engineer with Apple and has worked in some capacity with Higher Eduction for the last sixteen years. Jeff holds a PhD in Systematic Theology from the University of St Andrews in Scotland, a Masters degree in Systematic Theology from King’s College London and BA in Philosophy from California Baptist University. He has served as an IT director, System Administrator, Apple Genius, Graduate Student teacher and Baptist Student Minister. Dr. Oldfield speaks to both national and international groups on the role technology must play in engaging 21st century digital natives.
Curriculum Specialist, ESSDACK
Bio: I have an intense belief in the power that educators have as agents of change in the world. We have the ability to literally change the future through our interactions with kids. So everything I do is focused on finding ways to develop skills that support success in learners – inquiry, problem solving, risk taking, literacy. My hope is that after our time together, teachers and administrators walk away excited about the learning process, with ready-to-use strategies and resources that prepare students for their future.
Glenn’s educational career began at Derby Middle School, finding ways to help thirteen year olds enjoy American History. Wiebe earned his Masters in American History in 1995 and continued developing innovative practices and sharing them with his students. He spent five years working in higher education, designing effective instruction and integrating video games into social science classrooms. Glenn now travels across the country as an ESSDACK education consultant providing keynotes, presentations, and curriculum development.
Assistant Research Professor, Center for Research on Learning
Bio: Jana Craig Hare, PhD, is an Assistant Research Professor at the Center for Research on Learning, University of Kansas. She is a former secondary teacher, Technology Integration Facilitator, District Technology Coordinator, State Educational Technology Director and University Instructor. With 20+ years experience in education, she brings a classroom perspective to school improvement models, including best practices in research-based instructional strategies and technology integration.
Owner, Blogger, Keynote Speaker, Workshop Presenter, EdTech Influencer, Shake Up Learning
Bio: Kasey Bell is an award-winning digital learning consultant, speaker, and blogger with a passion for technology and learning. Kasey offers engaging staff development for all levels of educators, specializing in training, presentations, keynote speaking engagements, and consulting. As a skillful facilitator, Google Certified Innovator and Google Certified Trainer, Kasey has led a variety of digital learning workshops, including presentations at ISTE, FETC, TCEA, Google Summits, and iPadpalooza. Kasey received a Digital Innovation in Learning Award given by EdSurge and Digital Promise, in the “Sharing is Caring,” category, and she was recognized as a Top Ten EdTech and E-Learning Influencer for her work sharing educational resources on her blog and across social media. Kasey is also an Amazon Education Thought Leader and was a finalist for the 2015 Instructional Technology Specialist of the year given by TCEA. Kasey is co-leader of the North Texas Google Educator Group and has also been featured on edtech podcasts, EdTech Magazine, Edsurge and more.
Kasey’s website and blog, ShakeUpLearning.com, provides teachers and educators with digital learning resources, tech tips and tricks, and classroom technology integration ideas. Here you will find great resources for Google apps, including guides and cheat sheets, mobile learning and apps, iPad tips, and social media tips for educators. Shake Up Learning, was recognized as a Must Read EdTech Blog for 2014 and 2015, and a 2014 and 2015 Edublog Awards Finalist for best edtech resource blog. Also, Kasey’s resources and tips have also been featured on other blogs and websites including Edsurge, Edudemic, EdTech Magazine, Emerging Edtech, and more. As a blogger, Kasey uses her blog to create and share original technology integration ideas, resources, cheat sheets, and more!
TOSA-Social Studies, USD 497
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Technology Integration Specialist, USD497
Bio: USD 497 Integration Support Specialist, Information Technology
Learning Coach, USD 497
TOSA-Equity, USD 497
Teacher, USD 233
Instructional Technology Teacher, USD 233
Kristl Taylor - Facilitator
Social Studies Teacher - SWMS, USD 497
Learning Coach, USD 497