2015 Featured Presenters

Dave Burgess

Dave Burgess is a teacher from San Diego, CA, and a professional magician specializing in stand-up comedy magic. He was the recipient of the national 2014 Bammy Award for Secondary School Teacher of the Year, the 2001 and 2012 Golden Apple winner in the Grossmont Union High School District, and the 2007-2008 Teacher of the Year at West Hills High School. He has been voted a faculty standout for 17 consecutive years in categories such as Most Entertaining, Most Energetic, and Most Dramatic. He specializes in teaching hard-to-reach, hard-to-motivate students with techniques that incorporate showmanship and creativity. He is the New York Times best-selling author of "Teach Like a PIRATE" which has sparked an educational revolution all over the world.

Pedro Aparicio

Pedro Aparicio is a Google Certified Teacher with 20 years of experience teaching lower and middle school in Mexico City. He is a Cambridge Oral Examiner for young learners, KET, PET and First Certificate. He was selected to become a leader in Google Educator Group (GEG) in Mexico and became a Google Certified Teacher in 2014. He received the 2012-2013 Distinguished Teacher in Educational Technologies award.

Pedro's goal is to make a valuable contribution to enhance teaching effectiveness among children. He has demonstrated strong intellectual interests and personal commitment to education for several years and has an abiding respect and care for his students. He believes that parents are partners and co-educators of their children and that by working collaboratively, we can maximize the ability for students to achieve their learning potential. Pedro shares his ideas and resources on his blog, The Innovative Teacher.

Jason Bretzmann

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Jason Bretzmann is an award-winning social studies teacher, Innovation Integrator, and national speaker from Wisconsin. He has delivered engaging and practical presentations throughout the United States and in Canada on flipped learning, personalized professional development, and effective educational technology use. He is co-author and publisher of “Flipping 2.0: Practical Strategies for Flipping Your Class.” He also founded and consults with The Bretzmann Group on flipclass and edtech strategies. Jason has been learning with his students and encouraging innovation since the mid-’90s.

Lucy Gray

Currently a consultant advising a variety of organizations, Lucy Gray previously taught elementary grade levels in Chicago Public Schools and middle school computer science at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. She also worked at the University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute and the Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education.

More recently, she has led CoSN’s (Consortium for School Networking) Leadership for Mobile Learning initiative, developed strategic plans for edtech companies, and provided innovation coaching to schools. In 2007, Lucy founded the Global Education Collaborative, a network for educators interested in collaboration which has been expanded into the annual Global Education Conference.

Lucy has received the distinctions of Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Teacher, and recently was appointed an Education Fast Forward fellow and to the board of directors for Boundless Readers, a Chicago based literacy non-profit.

Michael Matera

Michael Matera is an innovative middle school social studies teacher at University School of Milwaukee. He ignites both his classroom and professional development audiences with interactive play, passion, and purpose-driven learning.

Known nationally and internationally as a gamification guru, Michael transforms the traditional classroom into a high-energy environment where active student engagement is paramount. He promotes student ownership of learning through experiential activities and the use of cutting-edge educational technologies that meet learning objectives as well as equip students for critical thinking beyond the classroom.

Discover his most recent pioneering endeavors by visiting his website mrmatera.com, co-founded educational blog edbean.com, and on Twitter @mrmatera.

Matt Miller

Matt Miller is a teacher, blogger, and presenter from West Central Indiana. He has infused technology and innovative teaching methods in his classes for more than 10 years. He writes at the Ditch That Textbook blog about using technology and creative ideas in teaching. He is a Google Certified Teacher (Austin ’14), a Bammy! Awards nominee, and winner of the WTHI-TV Golden Apple Award.

After trying to do the traditional “teach by the textbook” for a few years, he launched into a textbook-less path where learning activities were often custom-produced for his students as well as infused with technology. He likes the results a lot, and his students do, too.

Matt has presented to thousands of teachers at dozens of workshops on a number of topics related to educational technology, world language instruction, and more. He combines a conversational, engaging speaking style with loads of resources, leaving teachers equipped and inspired to move forward.

Pernille Ripp

As a mass consumer of incredible books and a former fifth-grade, but now seventh-grade, teacher in Oregon, WI, Pernille Ripp helps students discover their superpower. She is also the creator of the Global Read Aloud, a literacy initiative that has connected more than 500,000 students since 2010 through the use of technology.

Her first book will be republished this fall by Routledge titled "Passionate Learners - Giving Our Classroom Back to Our Students." Her second book, “Empowered Schools, Empowered Students - Creating Connected and Invested Learners,” was published in September, 2014. Her work has been featured by Edutopia, School Library Journal, MiddleWeb, Learning & Leading magazine, as well as in many podcasts and interviews.

Pernille is a Skype Master Teacher, as well as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert for 2015. She teaches others how to give the classroom back to students through webinars, as well as to anyone who walks into her classroom.
She is actively involved in furthering professional development worldwide through creation of EdCampMadWI, as well as being a trainer, writer, and speaker, both in-person and virtually. Always looking to change the way education is done to kids, she blogs regularly at “Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension.”
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