Gala Keynote Speaker:
University of Minnesota
Learning Technologies Media Lab
Literally from apps to the Arctic to the Amazon, get ready to take a walk inside learning environments that are transforming students’ lives. Are you wondering how to design learning environments that engage millions of learners? Dr. Aaron Doering, professor of Learning Technologies and co-director of the Learning Technologies Media Lab (LTML) at the University of Minnesota, will engage you and take you on his journey to make a difference in peoples’ lives and education. He has taken online learning and design to a new level over the past decade through numerous of his initiatives. He will share with you the technology transformation principles behind many of the learning environments he and his team have designed, developed, and delivered around the world and show you how to put them into action within your classroom and designs. Some of these projects include North of Sixty, Earthducation, Geothentic and the newly launched WeExplore adventure learning environment.
To virtually experience some of Doering’s current projects, go to http://www.chasingseals.com or follow him on Twitter @chasingseals.
Conference Lunch Keynote:
Baruch College and CUNY Graduate Center
A professor of American colonial and revolutionary history, and women's history, Dr. Berkin has worked as a consultant for several PBS and History Channel documentaries, including "The Scottsboro Boys," which was nominated for an Academy Award in 2000. Dr. Berkin has also published several books, most recently Civil War Wives: The Life and Times of Angelina Grimke Weld, Varina Howell Davis, and Julia Dent Grant (2009).
Dr. Berkin's keynote will focus on Civil War Wives. The stories of these three women -- an abolitionist, the wife of the Confederate president, and the wife of U.S. general and president -- are engaging and humorous insights into the antebellum and Civil War eras in American history.