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Will Richardson, our Keynote Speaker, is an internationally-recognized speaker and leading thinker on the use of educational technology.  He is an advocate for change in schools and classrooms in the context of the diverse new learning opportunities that the Web and other technologies offer. He travels the world, speaking to tens of thousands of educators about the merits of online learning networks for personal and professional growth.  He is a national board member for the George Lucas Education Foundation and a regular columnist for District Administration Magazine. He, also, writes regularly for numerous professional journals and magazines, including Ed Leadership, Education Week, and English Journal.  His books include Learning on the Blog (Corwin Press, 2011), Personal Learning Networks: Using the Power of Connections to Transform Education (Solution Tree, 2011), and Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web 2.0 Tools for Classrooms (Corwin Press, 2010).  He is a former public school educator for 22 years, the father of two middle-school children, and, when not traveling, he lives in New Jersey with his wife, Wendy, and children.  Keynote Presentation
 

Nichole Pinkard, Ph.D.  is an Associate Professor in the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University in Chicago. She is the founder of Digital Youth Network and co-creator of Remix World. In collaboration with the Chicago Public Library, Dr. Pinkard helped found YOUmedia, a public learning space that immerses high school students in a context of traditional media – books – to make and produce new media artifacts like music, games, videos, and virtual worlds.  Dr. Pinkard is the recipient of a 2010 Common Sense Media Award for Outstanding Commitment to Creativity and Youth, the Jan Hawkins Award for Early Career Contributions to Humanistic Research and Scholarship in Learning Technologies, and an NSF Early CAREER Fellowship. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and Institute of Play. She holds a B.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, an M.S. in Computer Science from Northwestern University, and a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University.  


Dr. Connie Yowell is the Director of Education for the U.S. Programs of the MacArthur Foundation.  She oversees a $85 million program on Digital Media and Learning, one of the first philanthropic efforts in the country to systematically explore the impact of digital media on young people and implications for the future of learning. Prior to joining the Foundation, Yowell was an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, publishing scholarly work that examined the complex interplay among young people’s emerging identity, their social context and achievement. Her research integrated the fields of adolescent psychological development and organization change to address the problem of high school dropout among immigrant students in the United States. Yowell briefly served as Policy Analyst in the U.S. Department of Education during the Clinton Administration, and has worked closely with teachers and administrators to develop and implement literacy curricula for Latino youth, and as evaluator and program coordinator for youth development programs in New York City.