Josh Mika is currently the Library Resource Center Director at Beebe Elementary in Naperville District 203. He taught 4th & 5th grade in the regular ed classroom for eight years before transitioning into the library/media center for the past seven. Mr. Mika received a B.A. from Knox College, a Masters degree from Cambridge College, and a Doctorate of Education from Aurora University studying the mobile generation. One of 75 Americans named to the Apple Distinguished Educators program in 2011, Mr. Mika was also one of 200 ADEs from around the world selected for the 2012 Global Institute in Cork, Ireland. He currently serves on the US ADE Advisory Board and is responsible for planning and implementing annual summer institutes.
Kristin Ziemke has been teaching and learning from children in both urban and suburban schools for the past 13 years. She engages her first grade students in authentic learning experiences where reading, thinking, collaboration, and inquiry are at the heart of the curriculum. Co-author of Connecting Comprehension and Technology, Kristin is an Apple Distinguished Educator, National Board Certified Teacher, and Chicago’s Tech Innovator of the Year. She constantly seeks opportunities to transform education through technology innovation, pairing best practice instruction with digital tools to capture thinking, foster creativity, differentiate instruction, and increase collaboration in the classroom and beyond. You can follow her on Twitter: @1stgradethinks.
Jon Bergmann is considered one of the pioneers in the Flipped Class Movement. He co-wrote the book on the Flipped Classroom. Jon believes educators should ask one guiding question: What is best for my students in my classroom? To the best of his abilities he has done this in his twenty-four years as a high school science teacher. He received the Presidential Award for Excellence for Math and Science Teaching in 2002 and was named Semi-Finalist for Colorado Teacher of the Year in 2010. He is a co-founder of the Flipped Learning Network, a nonprofit organization which provides teachers the resources needed to implement flipped learning (http://flippedlearning.org) . He serves on the advisory board of TED Education. He is the father of three teenagers and is happily married to the love of his life.
Currently an education consultant advising a variety of organizations, Apple Distinguished Educator 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 has worked at the University of Chicago’s Urban Education Institute and the Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education. In 2007, Lucy founded the Global Education Collaborative, a network for educators interested in collaboration which has been expanded into the Global Education Conference. For more infomation about her wide ranging projects and interests, please visit http://lucygrayconsulting.com/.
After thirty-three years as a K-8 general music teacher in Illinois, Carol Broos retired from the classroom and is currently the Technology Coordinator for the Golden Apple Foundation. She is a 2008 Fellow and Chair of the Academy of Fellows. The Golden Apple Foundation is a non-profit organization that works to inspire, develop and support teacher excellence in Illinois, especially in schools of need. Her passion is integrating the arts with technology and sharing with others online. She has presented across the country and all of her presentation materials can be found on http://musictechie.pbworks.com She is the moderator for the bi-month podcast aRTs Roundtable on edreach.us. The 2008 Illinois Music Teacher of the Year, 2008 Google Teacher Academy Educator, and is a 2009 Apple Distinguished Educator. Her blog, www.beatechie.com, is where she discusses music and technology, with her 21st century music curriculum curriculum located at http://beatechie.pbworks.com. Finally, her “innovate and create” website using transliteracy is found at www.carolbroos.com
Since 1999, Carolyn Skibba has served as the technology coordinator at Burley School, a public elementary school in Chicago’s Lakeview community. At Burley, she has taught technology classes for grades 1-8, developed technology curricula and integration strategies, led professional development for the school and district, and implemented a 1:1 laptop program. She currently supports the school’s iPad initiative in grades 1-6 and presents frequently on iPad curricular integration and program implementation. Before joining Burley, she was a third grade teacher, an Upward Bound instructor, and received her master’s degree in Technology in Education. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a recipient of the 2012 Chicago Public Schools “Ones to Watch” award. Learn more about Carolyn and Burley’s iPad program at ipadsatburley.blogspot.com, or by following Carolyn on Twitter, @skibtech.
Jennie Magiera is the Digital Learning Coordinator for the Academy for Urban School Leadership (a network of 30 Chicago Public Schools), and previously taught math to 4th and 5th graders. As an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Teacher and Chicago Public School's 2012 Tech Innovator of the Year, Jennie has been working to redefine education through effective technology use. She explores how to leverage 1:1 devices such as Chromebooks and iPads to increase student metacognition, self-efficacy and creativity. Aside from her students, Jennie's great loves in life are sci fi, mashed potatoes, Tabasco sauce, her dog and her husband. You can follow Jennie on Twitter at @MsMagiera or through her blog TeachingLikeIt’s2999.
Autumn Laidler, a fourth grade science teacher at National Teachers Academy, will explore how the iPad can capture student thinking and document learning in the science classroom. A Chicago Public Schools Ones to Watch awardee, Autumn has spoken about iPad innovation across the country and recently provided the keynote at the EdTechTeacher iPad Summit. In her session Redefining the Science Workshop, Autumn will guide teachers to explore multimedia science journals, blogging in the content area, and using creation applications like iMovie. She will also share resources for creating collaborative partnerships and projects with other classrooms. Participants will download the app Mental Note, explore its features, and learn how it supports student video creation and multimedia journaling in all subject areas. Following the exploration time, the group will discuss questions, and pros and cons of these apps and practices. You can learn more about Autumn's work on her blog Science in the City or on Twitter, @MsLaidler.