Opening Keynote Speaker Abbey Futrell Digital Innovation Coach and Research Associate Professional Learning Collaborative at North Carolina State University's William & Ida Friday Institute for Education
Abbey Futrell is a Digital Innovation Coach and Research Associate with the Professional Learning and Leading Collaborative at North Carolina State University’s William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation. Her work with the Friday Institute encompasses a commitment to coaching teachers on how to create meaningful digital learning experiences for students, redefining professional development experiences, and serving as one of the lead facilitators for the North Carolina Digital Leaders Coaching Network. She frequently presents at national education conferences and has moderated Future Ready Summits sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Abbey’s spare time (whatever that is) is spent searching for new ways to help teachers help students, reading with a tall glass of lemonade, specifically Chick-fil-A or Simply Lemonade, and cooking beautiful meals while listening to New Edition. You can follow her on Twitter at @abbeyfutrell and abbeyfutrell.com.
Closing Keynote Speaker Liz Kolb, Ph.D. University of Michigan, School of Education Title: Advice about technology for my 1996 first-year teaching self
Liz is a clinical associate professor at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. She authored numerous books for ISTE including her latestLearning First, Technology Second (published by ISTE in 2017). Liz is currently co-chairing an auxiliary committee for the U.S. Office of Education Technology on sustainable professional development in teacher education. She is a MACUL board member and a member of the COSN advisory board for mobile learning and emerging technologies. She is passionate about engaging students in education and leveraging learning opportunity through digital technologies. Liz is also the creator and coordinator of the Triple E Framework, which is an open-source framework for K-12 teachers and administrators to use to assess the effectiveness of technology in lesson plans. She is also the creator of the 4T Virtual Conference, and the committee asked her to present the final keynote of this 8 year successful conference! Liz is a former social studies and computer technology teacher. In addition she spent 4 years a technology coordinator and integration specialist in Ohio