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Lisa Thumann: Formerly a K-6 technology teacher, Lisa Thumann has been with the Center for Mathematics, Science and Computer Education at Rutgers University in New Jersey since 2002. As the Center's Senior Specialist in Technology Education, Lisa facilitates professional development sessions on campus as well as travels throughout New Jersey going into districts helping teachers integrate technology into their classrooms. Her focus for the Center is her 21st Century Learning Initiative and helping teachers to develop and participate in their personal learning networks. Lisa also presents at State and National conferences such as Alan November's Building Learning Communities, ISTE (formally NECC) and the 2010 Global Education Conference. You can also find her speaking for the NJ Association for Educational Technology and the NJ Educational Computing Cooperative. She has been the Keynote presenter for the NJEA Technology Institutes, the NJETI 2010 Annual Conference and the 2010 NYAIS Education and Information Technology Conference.  Lisa has presented at the last six Google Teacher Academies and is a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer.

You can read more about Lisa on her blog at ThumannResources.com or follow her on Twitter @lthumann.


Katie Morrow is a former elementary teacher currently serving as technology integration specialist for O'Neill Public Schools.  In this role she has been fortunate to lead the school in a 1:1 laptop initiative called "24/7 Learning." Katie was a member of Apple's ACOT2 Curriculum Development Team and has worked extensively on the development, implementation, and sharing of Challenge Based Learning. She has been honored as NETA's "Technology Educator of the Year" and is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Teacher, and SMART Exemplary Educator.  Whether teaching in the classroom, leading professional development, or teaching graduate courses, she is passionate about her role in helping educators both near and far Teach42Morrow. Connect with Katie via her website www.mrsmorrow.com.

Lucy Gray is currently an independent education consultant, working with a variety of institutions on 21st century learning initiatives.  She has previously worked in a variety of capacities related to educational technology at the University of Chicago's Laboratory Schools, Urban Education Institute and Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education.  Her varied professional interests include mobile learning, digital equity, information literacy, global education, and the incorporation of social media technologies into educational settings. For further information, visit her web site at http://lucyconsulting.com.

Andy Crozier, Coordinator of Digital Learning Technology at Grant Wood Area Education Agency in Cedar Rapids, IA. Andy is a leader in the state of Iowa in technology integration and 21st century skills. Starting in July, Andy will take on a new role as Superintendent of Andrew Community Schools in Andrew, IA. Andy has lead professional development for superintendents, principals, technology directors, and teachers in many different areas of educational technology. Andy is currently leading the Google Apps statewide agreement in Iowa and has designed deployment and training support for nearly 200 schools in Iowa. Andy is a Google Certified Teacher, a Google Apps Certified Trainer, Apple Distinguished Educator, and Discovery Star Educator. This past year Andy was recognized by ISTE as an "Emerging Leader" and named by Tech & Learning Magazine as a "Top 100 in Educational Technology". You can follow Andy on twitter (@acrozier22) and read his blog at www.andycrozier.com

Julene Reed
is an educator with twenty years of experience as a classroom teacher, technology integration specialist, and administrator. Julene is currently the Director of Academic Technology for St. George's Independent School in Memphis, TN. She is also an Apple Distinguished Educator, Discovery Education Leadership Council member, Google Certified Teacher, and CUE Lead Learner. Julene serves on the Advisory Councils of Dr. Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots and Polar Bears International where she is the director of the Tundra Connections program. Julene consults professionally with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt as a presenter and author of professional development workshops related to technology integration. Julene was the National Chair of the 2010 Global Education Conference, and she is the Co–Director of iSummit. You can follow Julene on twitter (@julener) and visit her website at http://www.julenereed.com for further information.

As a consultant, keynote speaker, and workshop presenter, Julene has led professional development sessions internationally through conferences, webinars, and independent consulting work. Julene’s areas of expertise include global education, education technology skills, digital media projects, challenge based learning, 21st century skills for education, laptop initiatives, mobile media devices in education (i.e., iPods and iPads), technology planning, interdisciplinary education, web 2.0 tools, and more.

Jerome Burg is the founder of the Google Lit Trips Project. The nonprofit project has received international acclaim having been named a co-recipient of the 2008 Goldman Sachs Foundation Proze for Excellence in International Education in Media and Technology. For his work with Google Lit Trips, Jerome was recognized as a 2010 Laureate by The Tech Museum of Innovation to receive the Microsoft Education Award for Technology Benefiting Humanity. 

The project has also been featured in print and online by such notable organizations as Public Radio International's "The World: Technology Podcast," The George Lucas Educational Foundation's edutopia, The American Library Association, the School Library Journal, The International Society for Technology in Education's "Learning & Leading with Technology," the National Council of Teachers of English, and Open Culture: the best free cultural & educational media on the web among others.

Jerome is the c0-author of Bookmapping: Lit Trips and Beyond, recently published by the International Society for Technology in Education. 


Jerome spent 38 years as a high-school English teacher and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Computer Using Educators, the largest educational technology organization in the western United States, as an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Google Certified Teacher and as a very proud grandfather.


Kevin Morrow,Elementary PE teacher at O'Neill Elementary in O'Neill, Nebraska, is passionate about using technology to engage learners in the classroom as well as in the gym. He has presented at conferences across the state and beyond  on the power technology can have in promoting physical activity.   In addition to teaching elementary PE, he coaches several sports, serves on the NAHPERD Board and is also a Google Certified teacher and an Apple Distinguished Educator.  Whether using interactive audio and video podcasting, iPod touches, Blogger or Google Maps to name a few, you can see examples of integration of technology into his teaching and coaching at www.coachmorrow.com.



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