Assistan Research Professor, CRL/ALTec
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.
Director of Innovation and Digital Learning, Eanes Independent School District
Bio: Carl Hooker has been part of a strong educational shift with technology integration in schools since 1998. His education background, technical expertise and humor make him a driving force for this change. As director of innovation and digital learning at Eanes ISD in Texas, he helped spearhead a mobile learning program that put iPads in the hands of all 8,000 students across the district. He is also the founder of “iPadpalooza” (ipadpalooza.com), a three-day learning festival in celebration of the shift iPads have brought about in education and beyond. Hooker was named Tech & Learning magazine’s 2014 Leader of the Year, and he is a member of the Apple Distinguished Educator class of 2013.
Learning Coach, USD 497
Bio: My name is Debbie Garner and I'm the Secondary Special Education Learning Coach. In my previous life I was a math teacher. I'm on a journey of finding ways to integrate creativity and technology within the classroom.
Associate Director of Research & Evaluation, CRL/ALTec
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.
K-12 Educational Technologist Coordinator, Mobile Integration Specialist, Eanes ISD
Bio: After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Mathematics Education, I began my career working for the Bethlehem Area School District. During the first eight years of my career, I taught nearly every mathematics course offered at the secondary level. While teaching, I also pursued two master’s degrees through Wilkes University and completed my studies in Classroom Technology, as well as earning a post-master's Instructional Technology Specialist certificate. Additionally, I worked as a Technology Integration Specialist for six years, serving Bethlehem's two high schools, Freedom and Liberty. I was responsible for coordinating and managing many IT related items with the goal of successfully integrating technology across secondary content areas. Currently, I work for Eanes Independent School District in Austin, Texas, in the role of K-12 EdTech Coordinator and Mobile Technology Integration Specialist. In Austin, our district was an early adopter of iPad, providing an iPad for every student, K-12. I also offer professional development and learning opportunities to teachers and administrators, as well as presenting and speaking at educational conferences across the country.
Teacher, USD 497
Bio: Cyndi Danner-Kuhn
Workshop Resources: http://www.cyndikuhn.info
Blog/Technology Newsletter: http://www.technologybitsbytesnibbles.info/
paper.li: iPads in the Classroom: https://paper.li/cyndidannerkuhn/1315581508#!headlines
Curriculum Facilitator, USD 497
Integration Support Specialist, USD 497
Facilitator, Special Education, USD 497
Technology Instructional Support, USD259
Lawrence Public Schools