Illinois Education and Technology Conference

Keynote Speakers


Luncheon keynote presentations will take place in the 2nd floor Ballroom on both Thursday, Nov. 17 and Friday, Nov. 18.








Thursday's Keynote: Catlin Tucker  

Google Certified Teacher, bestselling author, international trainer, and Edtech speaker

Luncheon Keynote Presentation: Place Students at the Center of Learning with Technology

Description:  Information is everywhere. Teachers no longer need to be fountains of knowledge. We have the opportunity to reimagine what teaching and learning look like. Classrooms must evolve to prioritize curiosity, collaboration, and creation to prepare students for a rapidly changing world. Educators need to embrace a new role as architects of learning experiences capitalizing on 21st-century tools to engage today’s learners.  Join teacher, international trainer, and bestselling author Catlin Tucker as she shares how she is using technology to allow students to construct knowledge and make meaning through inquiry, research, making/building, and cooperation in project-based learning.



Catlin Tucker's Thursday 50-minute Breakout Sessions



Using Technology to Analyze Complex Texts

Description:  It's important that students at various reading levels be challenged and supported. There are a variety of ways students can use technology tools to analyze complex texts and stay deeply engaged! In this session, you will explore online tools and resources you can use to activate student thinking and engage students online.



Using RSA Animation to Drive Higher Order Thinking

Description:  Learn how you can use RSA (whiteboard) animation to get students thinking deeply about a text, topic, issue, scientific process or historical event. With just a handful of devices, you can encourage students to collaborate, create and share RSA films with the world! Discover how play can lead to deeper learning!












Friday's Keynote:  Gregory M. Goins, Ed.D.

Superintendent, Frankfort CUSD #168 |  West Frankfort, IL. 62896

Luncheon Keynote Presentation: ReimaginED Schools


It's time to reimagine schools as a new generation (Gen Z) of students are demanding a much different school experience in today's digital age of technology. While many school districts continue to hold on tight to the "traditional" school model, it's time to reimagine what our schools can look like and how students can become more engaged through the use of mobile devices, social media and redesigned learning spaces that create a new culture of Future Ready Schools.


Gregory Goins' Friday 50-minute Breakout Sessions



Get Smart! How to Embrace Smartphones in Schools
Does your school still have a ban on cell phones? If so, then this session if for you as we discuss proven methods to embrace mobile learning strategies in the classroom. Learn how many innovative schools not only allow cell phones in the classroom, but they expect kids to use them as a relevant learning device for 21st century learning. It's time to lift the ban on smartphones and say goodbye to the "cell phone hotel".



Time To Rethink Learning Spaces
Does your classroom need a makeover? Is it designed for the Four C's of Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking? If the answer is no, then it's time to rethink your school learning spaces and take a bold, new approach to classroom design. From flexible seating options to turning hallways into "idea streets", it's time to create school spaces that work for kids.  


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