Featured Speakers


Richard Byrne


Richard Byrne is best known for his award winning blog,

FreeTech4Teachers.com which he started while teaching high school social studies in Maine. Today, Richard’s writing reaches more than5 00,000 educators every month. His favorite thing to do is help teachers develop creative and practical classroom uses of

technology. An energetic speaker, Richard has been invited to speak

at events on six continents and would gladly go to Antarctica too.

Richard’s focus is on free tools that teachers and administrators can

use to improve the learning experiences of their students. His

framework for using technology in education can be summed­ up in

three words; Discovery, Discussion, and Demonstration. That

framework is used for explaining the purposes of the tools that he

introduces during his presentations and workshops.

Richard is a five time winner of the Edublogs Award for Best Resource Sharing Blog. Richard became a Google Certified Teacher in 2009. 2012 saw Richard receive a Merlot Classics award from chancellor’s office of California State University. In 2010 he was a finalist for ACTEM’s (Association of Computer Teachers and Educators in Maine) educator of the year award. Tech & Learning Magazine named Richard one of their “people to watch” in their 30th Anniversary

celebration (http://techlearning.com/article/26660).


Dr. Chris Craft


Dr. Christopher Craft is an award-winning educator and speaker based in South Carolina. As a classroom teacher, he has been recognized both locally and nationally for innovative teaching with technology. Most recently he was selected from among more than 1,000 teachers to be one of 20 to visit the White House and meet with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Dr. Jill Biden for a dialogue on the current state and future of education. Dr. Craft was also named to the National School Board Association’s “20 to Watch” list for 2013. He has a B.A. in Spanish, an M.Ed in Educational Technology, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research from the University of South Carolina. Chris is a Google Certified Teacher, and a Google in Education Trainer, and was recently accepted to be an Apple Distinguished Educator. Find out more about Dr. Craft at www.christophercraft.com or follow him on Twitter @crafty184.


Leslie Fisher

Leslie Fishers interest in technology began while studying music at the University of Southern California. She quickly realized the value of utilizing computers for music mixing and recording. She grabbed her 300 baud modem, jumped on the Internet (before anyone really called it the internet) and started looking for music resources. She soon realized she was spending more time discovering technology than playing music so she changed her major and tried to figure out what geeky thing she could do for the rest of her life.

After graduating from USC with a Business and Marketing degree in 1989 and a quick stint as a Trainer, Leslie joined Apple Computer in 1992. When the Internet took off in 1994, Leslie was one of the first Apple employees assigned to study Internet growth and implementation.

In 1997, Leslie was roadkill on Apple's road to recovery and part of their massive lay off. Leslie planned to spend most of her huge severance package golfing and waiting a few months to look for a job. The day after her layoff, her phone began to ring with Apple customers requesting consulting, training and presentation services. Before she could say fore, Fisher Technologies Inc. was created to help educators with their technology implementations and decisions.

Fisher Technologies Inc. is now a worldwide company (meaning one employee named Leslie gets to travel the world teaching) specializing in presenting technology solutions for educators as well as Digital Photography, editing and workflow.




Steve Garton
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Steve Garton is a Senior Manager for Common Sense Education. He is an expert in meaningful technology integration, particularly in large-scale initiatives. He supports districts with professional development planning, program monitoring, student assessment, and communication across stakeholder groups.

Prior to joining Common Sense Education, Steve was the Coordinator of Educational Technology for the Maine Department of Education. While there, he led the professional development programs for the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, the state’s 1:1 program that supported over 12,000 teachers and administrators. As a member of the Department’s leadership team, he provided policy support and leadership.


Steve was co-chair of the Smarter Balanced Consortium Technology Approach Committee and led the initial technology readiness and assessment infrastructure work. Additionally he served as a member of the advisory council of the Maine School and Library Network, Maine’s statewide broadband network serving K12 schools and public libraries.



Alice Keeler

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Alice Keeler is a Google Certified Teacher, New Media Consortium K12 Ambassador, Microsoft Innovative Educator and LEC Admin & Online and Blended certified educator. She is  Co-Author of the book 50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom which continues to be a number one best-seller on Amazon in Computers and Technology Education.

She taught high school math for 14 years and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor of Curriculum, Instruction and Technology at California State University, Fresno. Alice Keeler has developed and taught online K12 courses, as well as the course for Innovative Educator Advanced Studies Certification (cue.org/ieasc). She has participated on collaborative teams for Google working on projects such as YouTube teachers and Google Play for Education. She has served on the New Media Consortium Horizon report advisory panel for 2013, 2014, and 2015 (http://goo.gl/iTM15) and has been a lesson developer for Bing in the classroom.

As a believer in the importance of connectivity she founded #coffeeEDU (coffeeEDU.org) and #profchat, two powerful communities for educators to collaborate and share innovative new ideas.  She holds a Masters in Educational Media Design and Technology and is a current Doctoral student at Boise State University in EdTech with a focus on gamification. She is passionate about reaching all students and using technology to change the way we approach learning and grading. Alice tweets @alicekeeler and blogs at alicekeeler.com.



Jeff Utecht


Jeff Utecht is an educational technology consultant, educator and author. Jeff began his career in the Elementary Classroom at a public school in Washington State. In 2001, he was the recipient of a Bill and Melinda Gates Grant called the Technology Leadership Program.

Jeff has taught at International Schools in the Middle East and Asia. Moving from a classroom teacher into technology facilitator roles and administrative positions, Jeff began sharing his passion for learning via his blog The Thinking Stick in 2005. Jeff authored chapters in numerous books, worked as the educational consultant for a wiki company, and began speaking at schools and educational events around the globe. He has worked with politicians in Washington DC and participated in The Educational Project at the invitation of the Prince of Bahrain. In 2010 Jeff was invited to present at the first TEDx conference in Bangkok, Thailand.

Jeff has started numerous businesses aimed at helping educators teach in a new connected world. Jeff co-founded the Certificate Of Educational Technology and Information Literacy program (coetail.com) in 2010. In 2014, he founded Eduro Learning Inc. (edurolearning.com) a professional development consulting and online course company. Also in 2014, Jeff helped to establish the Learning2 Conference as a Not-For Profit company, bringing this innovative conference to the world.



Tony Vincent


The only thing Tony Vincent likes better than teaching is learning. He enjoys technology because it continually gives him something new to learn. Since 1998 he’s been a pioneer in digital learning, having a class website where his fifth graders in Omaha, Nebraska shared their writing, art, and projects with the world. In 2001 he had a 1:1 classroom full of Palm Pilots, and in 2004 he started one of the first podcasts by kids.

Today Tony Vincent lives in Council Bluffs, Iowa and works as a self-employed consultant. He’s on a mission to help teachers be their best by connecting them with technology. He has traveled to 41 states, Canada, Australia, England, and the Caribbean to facilitate workshops and to make presentations.  Tony has authored books, produced videos, created infographics, co-developed an iPad app, and blogged about learning and technology. You can find his work online at learninginhand.com. And, if you spend a little time with Tony, you’re likely to hear about his twins, who turn 4 in December.