• Tuesday Keynote Speaker
    Olivia Van Ledtje

    @TheLivBits, Keynote Speaker, Book Activist, Dreamer

    Olivia Van Ledtje (“LivBit”) is an eleven-year-old reader, thinker, and kids' voice believer. Using technology to inspire empathy, equity, and activism, Olivia’s mission is to share messages with the world that are hopeful, kind and true. Olivia is the creator of LivBits—short videos for kids and teachers about reading, thinking, and life. Her work is featured internationally as a model for digital citizenship and kid creation. She is a seasoned keynote speaker, with her own podcast, The KidLit Show, and co-author of Spark Change: Making Your Mark in a Digital World. Recently, Olivia was honored at Google Headquarters in San Francisco, CA with a Digital Rock Star award as well as a #Digital4Good award for her work on LivBits. Olivia looks forward to engaging with authors and educators who share her drive to promote reading, thinking, and digital citizenship for kids. Above all, Olivia prides herself in creating “heartbeeps” for the world. Connect with Olivia on her social media accounts @thelivbits or by visiting her website: www.theLivBits.com
  • Wednesday Keynote Speaker
    Pernille Ripp

    Teacher. Author. Creator. Speaker. Mom.

    Pernille Ripp is an expert in literacy and technology integration and passionate advocate for education. She dedicates her research and practice to developing engaged and empowered students and communities. In 2010, Pernille founded The Global Read Aloud, a global literacy initiative that began with a simple goal in mind: one book to connect the world. From its humble beginnings, the GRA has grown to connect more than 4,000,000 students in more than 80 different countries. Pernille has authored multiple books focusing on creating learning spaces and communities where students thrive and all stakeholders are empowered and passionate about learning. Her work has been featured in many print and online journals including Edutopia, School Library Journal, The Guardian, and MiddleWeb. You can follow Pernille’s work on Blogging Through The Fourth Dimension, her personal blog and a frequent Teach100 top-rated education blog. With her mentoring, her own students’ blogs have had more than 600,000 unique views since they began. Pernille’s current research interest is in creating passionate literacy environments within the restriction of our current educational systems to helping students fall in love with literacy again. She uses her own classroom as a laboratory, as well as learns from the many educators she works with across the world. Pernille is a Skype Master Teacher; recipient of the 2015 WEMTA Making IT Happen Award; and the 2015 ISTE Award for Innovation in Global Collaboration.
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Christa McAuliffe was our New Hampshire "teacher in space" astronaut who died in the Challenger shuttle launch on January 28th, 1986.

In Christa's memory and in keeping with her spirit this conference is designed to highlight the sharing of successful technology practices among educators. The conference serves as a forum for exchanging technology-based success stories, integration tips, instructional strategies, technical solutions, and management techniques, that really work in the learning environment.

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