2015 Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference

For those of you who are too young to remember, Christa McAuliffe was our New Hampshire "teacher in space" astronaut who died in the Challenger shuttle launch on January 28th, 1986.
Dates 01 Dec 2015 12:00 am (UTC -5) 03 Dec 2015 12:00 am (UTC -5)
Place (View On Map) Radisson Hotel

In Christa's memory and in keeping with her spirit 2015 Christa McAuliffe Technology 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. Based upon the concept of collegial sharing, the focus is on what is possible with the resources we have available today. The conference also provides a forum for investigating new and emerging technologies.

2015 Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference Themes

  • Assessment
  • Differentiated Instruction
  • Digital Creation
  • E-Learning
  • Innovative Instruction
  • Leadership & Professional Learning
  • Library & Information Literacy
  • Mobile Learning
  • Technical Infrastructure & Support

2015 Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference Keynote Speaker

Sara DeWitt is Vice President of PBS KIDS Digital and oversees day-to-day development of PBS’ multiplatform content for kids and families. Sara has led innovative strategies to build connected and immersive educational experiences for kids across media platforms. This includes the Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning PBSKIDS.org site, which reaches over 13 million unique visitors per month and offers hundreds of games, videos and activities. Sara played an integral role in the launch of the PBS KIDS Video App, offering more free educational video content on mobile than any other children’s media brand. The app was named one of the “50 Best Video Apps for Parents” by Babble. Before coming to PBS KIDS, DeWitt worked as a preschool teacher and a management researcher.

Travis Allen is a young visionary promoting digital learning in the classroom. Before graduating from high school, Travis created a viral YouTube video on revolutionizing America’s education through the use of mobile technology. Today, he is a senior at Kennesaw State University where he operates his growing non-profit organization, iSchool Initiative. With the support of his team, Travis has presented in over 40 states and 7 countries, allowing him to reach an audience of over 200,000 people! He has been featured on CNN, Huffington Post and Forbes. In 2011, he was the winner of Google Young Minds competition; and in 2012, he was invited to the White House for Education Datapalooza. Travis is quickly becoming one of the most influential leaders of the emerging digital learning movement.

Dr. Sameer Hinduja works nationally and internationally with the private and public sector to reduce online victimization and its real-world consequences. The research at the Cyberbulling Research Center has been featured in hundreds of print and online articles, along with many national and international news programs and outlets. Dr. Hinduja has presented nationally and internationally to over 100,000 educators on the topics of cyberbullying and other forms of teen technology misuse. Research at the center has involved data from over 14,000 youth regarding their experiences with cyberbullying offending and victimization. The center is currently partnering with school administrators at a number of different districts to explore the nature of traditional and online victimization among their student body.

The 2015 Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference will be held at the Radisson Hotel Manchester Downtown (NH, United States) on December 1 - 3, 2015.

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