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Meet the EdCampers! Spring, 2015


Marie Legenski - @MsLegenski
from Geneva
https://sites.google.com/a/d303.org/ms-legenski-s/home
How many EdCamps have you attended?
This is my first!
Tell us about your day-to-day career:
Grade 6 ELA Teacher


Thomas Steele-Maley - @steelemaley
from Chicago
http://steelemaley.net/
How many EdCamps have you attended?
Four
Tell us about your day-to-day career:
Director of Innovation (CINO) at GEMS World Academy-Chicago and GEMS Americas


Steven Rick - @StevenMRick
from Woodstock

How many EdCamps have you attended?
This is my first!
Tell us about your day-to-day career:
Assistant Principal


Megan Ryder - @MrsRyder58


How many EdCamps have you attended?
Two
Tell us about your day-to-day career:
Instructional Coach


Billy Spicer - @MrBillySpicer
from Des Plaines
http://www.lz95.org/classes/room316_bspicer/
How many EdCamps have you attended?
Two
Tell us about your day-to-day career:
5th Grade Teacher / Integration Specialist

Jayne
from Naperville

How many EdCamps have you attended?
This is my first!
Tell us about your day-to-day career:
ELA Teacher - MS


Geoff Schmit - @gcschmit
from Naperville
http://pedagoguepadawan.net
How many EdCamps have you attended?
This is my first!
Tell us about your day-to-day career:
Physics and computer science high school teacher, FIRST Robotics mentor




June Still-Flores - @june1300
from Oswego

How many EdCamps have you attended?
One
Tell us about your day-to-day career:
Technology Specialist at Parkview Christian Academy in Yorkville



Jackie Stone - @MathEdJax
from Willowbrook

How many EdCamps have you attended?
Three
Tell us about your day-to-day career:
High School Math Teacher (Algebra and AP Stats)



Mary Klepper - @MaryKlepper


from Glen Ellyn

How many EdCamps have you attended?
Two
Tell us about your day-to-day career:
Reading Specialist



Joanna Malinger - @jmalteaches
from Algonquin
http://jmalteaches.blogspot.com
How many EdCamps have you attended?
This is my first!
Tell us about your day-to-day career:
Third grade teacher

Jen Osman - @ozreading
from Plano

How many EdCamps have you attended?
This is my first!
Tell us about your day-to-day career:
Literacy TA, K-6 certified

Brett Jennings - @bjenningsedtech
from Whiting, IN
www.brettjenningsedtech.com
How many EdCamps have you attended?
This is my first!
Tell us about your day-to-day career:
MS/HS Ed Tech Teacher


Kelly Budd - @kellybudd
from Plainfield
www.christineeustice.com
How many EdCamps have you attended?
Two so far.
Tell us about your day-to-day career:
Assistant Principal


Heather Mayor - @hmayor512
from Montgomery

How many EdCamps have you attended?
One so far.
Tell us about your day-to-day career:
First grade teacher


Christine Eustice - @chrise07
from Chicago
www.christineeustice.com
How many EdCamps have you attended?
One so far.
Tell us about your day-to-day career:
Technology Coordinator & 4th Grade Computer Science Teacher



Sendhil Revuluri - @revuluri
from Chicago


How many EdCamps have you attended?
This is my very first!
Tell us about your day-to-day career:
My team and I work with teachers and administrators to improve students’ learning of mathematics in K–12 districts. Right now we work mainly in suburban Cook County. Our work includes “traditional” professional development, coaching, strategic advice, and a LOT of support for collaboration and joint problem-solving.

Chiquita Thompson 
from Park Forest

How many EdCamps have you attended?
This is my very first!
Tell us about your day-to-day career:
 Educator, 3/4 grade

Katherine Cairns - @MsKCairns
from Oak Park
http://cairnseducation.blogspot.com/


How many EdCamps have you attended?
This is my very first!
Tell us about your day-to-day career:
 I teach kids!

Jai SG - @jaisimmons09
from South Suburbs

How many EdCamps have you attended?
This is my very first!
Tell us about your day-to-day career:
 Teacher, Principal, Child Advocate


Karen Johnson - @kaycjay10
from Naperville

How many EdCamps have you attended?
This is my very first!
Tell us about your day-to-day career:
 Instructional Coach


Krista Wyman - @K_Dub1492
from Gurnee Dist 56
http://mrswyman.weebly.com/

How many EdCamps have you attended?
This is my very first!
Tell us about your day-to-day career:
 I teach gifted language arts and math to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders.


Keisha Rembert - @klrembert
from Plainfield

How many EdCamps have you attended?
This is my very first!
Tell us about your day-to-day career:
8th grade ELA and History teacher



Brett Kueker - @BrettKueker
from Aurora
Oswego Schools

How many EdCamps have you attended?
This is my very first!
Tell us about your day-to-day career:
 Assistant Principal


Cynthia Gandy 
from Aurora

How many EdCamps have you attended?
This is my very first!
Tell us about your day-to-day career:
FACS Teacher


Michael Linden 
from Yorkville

How many EdCamps have you attended?
This is my very first!
Tell us about your day-to-day career:
 Teacher

THIS YEAR'S LEAD ORGANIZER:

Sam LeDeaux - @sledeaux84
from School District 308
sledeaux84.wordpress.com

How many EdCamps have you attended?
Three
Tell us about your day-to-day career:
 I teach kids. :)


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Meet the EdCampers! 
Fall, 2014 edition...

Sara Chao - @Sarara
from Clarendon Hills, IL

How many EdCamps have you attended?
This is my first!





Liana Bracker - @LBracks
from Chicago, IL

How many EdCamps have you attended?    Three!

Gail - @G840
from Lake in the Hills, IL

How many EdCamps have you attended?    One

Brian Linhart - @MrLinhartTweets
from Vernon Hills, IL

How many EdCamps have you attended?
Five!




Elaine Simos - @DGNLitCoaches
from Downers Grove, IL

How many EdCamps have you attended?    Two


Brook Von Stein - @mrsvonstein
from West DesMoines, IA

How many EdCamps have you attended?    Two




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Meet the EdCampers! 
Spring, 2014 edition...

Jeff Zoul - @jeff_zoul
from Lake Forest, IL

Day-to-Day Career:
I currently serve as Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning with Deerfield Public Schools District 109. Prior to this, I served as a school improvement specialist with Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). I have also worked as a principal with Forsyth County Schools in Cumming, Georgia, and with North Shore School District 112 in Highland Park, Illinois, and as a classroom teacher for 18 years in the State of Georgia, teaching elementary school, middle school, and high school English. Author of several books relating to education, including Improving Your School One Week at a Time: Building the Foundation for Professional Teaching and Learning and The 4 CORE Factors for School Success, co-authored with Dr. Todd Whitaker.
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
All students, teachers, and administrators working together to create a culture in which all are engaged, inspired, and empowered to reach their fullest potential as teachers and learners.
How many EdCamps have you attended? 2
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Anything on leadership, school culture, innovative teaching techniques, standards based learning, and personalized professional development.

Elaine Simos - @DGNLitCoaches
How many EdCamps have you attended? This is her first!

Angel Villarreal - @angelv102
from Waukegan, IL
I am 4th grade teacher in Waukegan, IL. I try to incorporate technology into daily lessons to build 21st century learners. 
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
I would change the assessments. It's not fair the amount of assessments these students have to endure. 
How many EdCamps have you attended? This is his first!
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Use of Chromebooks in the Classroom
Blogging in the Classroom
Augmented Reality

Bill Stepien - @zenmasterbill
from St. Charles, IL

Day-to-Day Career:
I am the Lead Teacher for Media & Technology at St. Charles East High School and the Instructional Technology Coordinator for CUSD #303. I live in the messy places where 21st Century Learning theory and practice collide.
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
So tired of lamenting our reliance on test scores, so instead I will lament our view of education (K-grad school) as a giant credentialing process instead of a growth process.
How many EdCamps have you attended? 2
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
21st Century learning models for students and staff.
How will we recognize you? 
I'll be the guy wearing black Chuck Taylors and asking a lot of questions.

Alison Mahoney - @anmahoney
from Palatine, IL
I am an Instructional Technology Facilitator in D15, a 20-school, K-8 district. My main focus is to support our 13,000 students and 900 teachers in using our 5,000 iPads to support student learning.
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
Every student would have happy, enthusiastic, engaged teachers who love their content area and can't wait to share their knowledge and inspire students.
How many EdCamps have you attended? This is her first!
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Stories of successful use of shared iPads in K-8 classrooms.
Best ways for a two-person department to provide well-received PD for 900 teachers (the magic wand applies to this question too, right?).

How will we recognize you? 
I'll be the one taking notes on a pad of paper rather than an iPad!

Mary Dooms - @mary_dooms
from Palatine, IL
I'm a 7th grade math teacher teaching in a unit district.
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
Learning shouldn't be confined to classroom walls.
How many EdCamps have you attended? This is his first!
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
PBLs 

Tricia Fuglestad - @fuglefun
from Arlington Heights, IL
I'm a k-5 art teacher who just became 1:1 with iPads in my art room and integrating technology in my art instruction and art production.
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
More collaboration amongst teachers. I think we struggle too much on our own.
How many EdCamps have you attended? This is her first!
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
I'm very curious to learn about successful ways to integrate 3D printing into art education. I want to learn about interactive art-making with Maker tools and strategies (LED lights, and gadgets integrated into art/sculpture).
How will we recognize you? 
Glasses are the new contacts.

Paul Solarz - @abendelow
from Arlington Heights, IL
How many EdCamps have you attended? 2






Jackie Stone - @MU_Jax
from Willowbrook, IL

Day-to-Day Career:
I'm a high school math teacher. I've taught everything from a math foundations course that students take while they are co-enrolled in Algebra in order to help improve their skills all the way up to AP Statistics. I've served as the Mathletes coach for several years. I enjoy volunteering for Snowball weekends and have been the Student Council/Homecoming sponsor in the past.
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
Make it more interesting for students. So many are not dialed into school.
How many EdCamps have you attended? This is her first!
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Flipped classrooms, using Desmos.com to improve instruction, PBL

Devorah Heitner - @devorahHeitner
from Chicago, IL
How many EdCamps have you attended? 
This is her first!


Christopher Bays - @cbays_phs
from Cary, IL
1:1 Social Studies teacher at Palatine High School trying to stay afloat with AP US History and American Studies!
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
I would give teachers more time to plan with fewer students per class. There are so many directions in which teachers are pulled and pushed that it prevents teachers from focusing on their students.  
How many EdCamps have you attended? This is his first!
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Not sure! This is my first one.
How will we recognize you? 
I'm the handsome bald guy. 

Steven Mullooly - @SPMullooly
from Chicago, IL

Day-to-Day Career:
Social Studies teacher: Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep
How many EdCamps have you attended? This is his first!
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Teaching with technology for beginners

Kim Onak - @KimberlyOnak1
from Lockport, IL
thewikiness.blogspot.com
Day-to-Day Career:
I am a special education teacher from Stagg High School. I co-teach biology and am the lead teacher for our special education department. I have a 1:1 grant this year and have had Chromebooks in my class first semester and iPads this semester.
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
I'd put more devices into the hands of students and have them direct their learning.
How many EdCamps have you attended? This is her first!
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Twitter for educators; How to Flip your class when students access to technology outside of school is limited
How will we recognize you? 
I will be the one with the excited, deer-in-the-headlights expression as this will be my first edcamp so I will need some directions!

Rhonda Jenkins - @ILluv2teach3rd
from Aurora, IL
google.com/+RhondaJenkins61
Day-to-Day Career:
I am a third grade teacher who loves her students and loves to use technology! I am a Google Certified Trainer, building technology liaison, reading specialist, and a member of m District's Google Firestarter Team-we are working on developing PD for the summer.
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
If I had a magic wand, I would remove the fear and apprehension for all teachers who think that technology is too hard or too much to handle!
How many EdCamps have you attended? This is her first!
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Since this will be my first experience, I'm not sure what to expect. However, I would like to see that all levels K-12 are included in learning opportunities. How are people, especially in elementary, using technology on a day-to-day basis?
How will we recognize you? 
I'm sure I'll be wearing something red!

Andrew Bendelow - @abendelow
from Oak Park, IL
thewikiness.blogspot.com
Day-to-Day Career:
HS English teacher
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
Connections for all!
How many EdCamps have you attended? This is his first!
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Ideas for using PERA, Common Core, PAARC, etc. to catalyze positive changes in learning.
How will we recognize you? 
I will be the older gentleman with a spirit to learn new things.

Lesley - @Mrsc789
from Crystal Lake, IL
I teach 5th grade Gen.Ed in an at risk building. Our building is entering restructuring next year. 
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
All children would be motivated and engaged in learning all the time!
How many EdCamps have you attended? This is her first!

Jon Samuelson - @ipadsammy
from Austin, TX
http://www.ipadsammy.com/
Day-to-Day Career:
I have been an elementary teacher for 18 years in Chicago, Las Vegas, Alaska, and Austin, Texas. I left the classroom this year to work for an edtech startup. 
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
I would drastically reduce the amount of focus on standardized testing, and let students be creative. 
How many EdCamps have you attended? 
I'm an EdCamp FREAK!
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
I like some of the California EdCamp sessions: Things that Rock/Things that Suck, and Teacher Confessions. 

Kevin Konsler - @kevinkonsler
from Chicago, IL

Day-to-Day Career:
I'm an Instructional Technologist at Ridgewood High School in Norridge IL. I meet and work with teachers on a daily basis planning lessons and providing feedback to help them grow as professionals. I'm also the professional development chair at my school.
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
-More real world assessment
-Students creating more....really anything, just create and thinking critically

How many EdCamps have you attended? This is his first!
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
-Professional Development
-High School iPad workflow
-21st Century Classroom/School design (learning spaces)

Steve Wick - @nvwick
from Naperville, IL

Day-to-Day Career:
I am a full-time Technology Coordinator and full-time Science Teacher at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL. (Yes, there is only one of me. I like to pretend that I do the work of two people.) We are a Google Apps district and I believe that you are only old if you stop learning. I am also extremely motivated to improve how my students and I learn together. 
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
I'm not sure I need a magic want because I believe the shift to Learner-Centered Classrooms is already happening. I guess I might wish it was happening faster. I'd also like to know all there is to know about using EdTech to facilitate student-centered learning. 
How many EdCamps have you attended? 5
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
I'm always interested in how people manage digital PLN's. I also always want to talk about Google Apps for Education. Overall, I just enjoy the chance to meet teachers and listen to them talk about the great things that are happening. I'd also like to organize and EdCamp in the Fox Valley area next year. 
How will we recognize you? 
Check out my Twitter feed, the picture even looks a bit like me and my cluttered office is in the background. I'll also have my trusty Toshiba Chromebook (looks a bit like a MacAir) in hand. 

Jimmy Juliano - @edtechavenger
from Wauconda, IL

Day-to-Day Career:
I'm a technology coach and Google Certified Trainer at Lincolnshire-Prairie View SD 103. I co-teach, lead workshops, design professional development and work with students.

If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
I'd love to see more problem-based learning, community collaboration and open, modern and diverse learning spaces.
How many EdCamps have you attended? This is his first!
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Flipping professional development.
How will we recognize you? 
I tend to laugh a lot, so look for the guy smiling and giggling at some stupid joke (probably my own). I also may be chatting Game of Thrones Season 4 with anyone that will listen - just don't spoil it for me because I haven't read ahead.

Lynda Hartman - @lshartman
from Vernon Hills, IL

Day-to-Day Career:
I am an assistive technology consultant. I work for a special education cooperative that supports 18 school districts in the northern Chicago suburbs. My background is as a special education teacher. My day to day responsibilities include supporting school teams by doing assessments and/or consultations for individual students, a lot of professional development and technology integration coaching.
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
Hmm. Too soon after spring break to really think about this. How about decisions made based on best practice and in the interest of students rather than $$s? Better support teachers so they can better support students. Reduce the amount of testing. 
How many EdCamps have you attended? 1
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
- Using a decision making process to match instructional strategies and technology tools to student learning targets and to evaluate effectiveness. (In other words - not starting with the cool tool.)
- Examples of effective technology integration in the learning environment
- Supporting diverse learners using Chromebooks (we have a lot of districts moving to this tool for 1:1)

Christine Collins - @cmcollins13
from Arlington Heights, IL

Day-to-Day Career:
I am an assistant principal of a PreK-5 school in Mount Prospect, IL.
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
I would like to allow more self-directed learning for both students and educators.
How many EdCamps have you attended? 2
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Anything that will help me use tech more effectively!
How will we recognize you? 
I'll be the one smiling because I'm at EdCamp Chicago...oh, wait, that'll be everyone!

Sean Scanlon - @polonerd
from Orland Park, IL
I am technology integration specialist that spends his day teaching video editing and working with teachers and students to make their tech usage more efficient and enjoyable.
After school coaching swimming and water polo for 23 years.

If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
I would take the textbook crutch away and give every teacher 1 year to gather the resources they need to teach without it. There are too many other great resources out there, and it allows the students to explore and discover more than being handed information from a 10 year old book.
How many EdCamps have you attended? 1
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Hands-on use of iPads in each curricular area at the high school level.
How will we recognize you? 
Maybe I'll wear my "money pants" in my twitter photo.
Otherwise I'll be the tall guy in my Marian Catholic Gear.

Sam LeDeaux - @sledeaux84
from Schaumburg, IL
sledeaux84.wordpress.com
Day-to-Day Career:
K-5 elementary principal supporting educators, students, and families to do stuff, try new things, take risks, reflect, revise, learn, grow, share, repeat. 
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
Fixed mindset educators especially those that find themselves with titles of leadership (i.e. administrators) 
How many EdCamps have you attended? 2
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Any session focused on administrator influence to open the flood gates to try new things and take risks!

Michelle Hemming - @Michele_Hemming
from Bettendorf, IA

Day-to-Day Career:
I teach students about CAD and VEX robotics through the Gateway to Technology (GTT) program. My day begins with 7th graders, shifts to 6th graders, and ends with my 8th grade students. It's challenging and awesome at the same time!
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
I would want more teachers to understand that today's students are NOT the students of yesterday. We need to be open to new ideas that will work with the youth of today.
How many EdCamps have you attended? 4
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Flipped classroom; blended classroom
How will we recognize you? 
will be wearing a hot pink shirt that represents my school, Williams Intermediate, on the front and my class, STEM/GTT, on the back.

Jessica Johnson - @jessaraejohnson
from Woodridge, IL
positivelysuccess.blogspot.com
Day-to-Day Career:

I'm a first year teacher working on using data driven, personalized instruction in her 2nd grade classroom. I love technology integration and am using Genius Hour to get more tech in my class.
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
Less whole group instruction, more personalized student-driven learning.
How many EdCamps have you attended? This is his first!
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Genius Hour in Primary Grades or Blogging with elementary students
How will we recognize you? 
I'll be on my pink iPad mini reading and tweeting.

Steve Hayes - @SteveHayes_RB60
from Roanoke, IL
http://ateacherscoda.com/ and http://www.byotchat.com/ 
Day-to-Day Career:
I'm the Director of Bands for Roanoke-Benson CUSD 60. In addition to my teaching duties, I also serve as the district's webmaster and as a tech coach. I'm also the founder and co-moderator of #BYOTchat. #BYOTchat occurs every Thursday at 8:00 PM CT. More information about #BYOTchat is available at http://www.byotchat.com/ 
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
We focus too much on the final product and not enough on the journey to the final product. If we focused on the journey, I believe students (and teachers) would be more engaged in learning and that learning would not be confined to the classroom. #TLAP  
How many EdCamps have you attended? 3
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
How to plan and execute the differential instruction.
   
Claire - @pritchclaire
from Chicago, IL

Day-to-Day Career:
I teach music half time, tech half time, spend half my time coming up with cool new ways to use the things that are given to me and the other half of my time I write grants to get the cool new things. It's a lot of things. 
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
It would all be problem based, hands on, exploratory and student driven. 
How many EdCamps have you attended? This is her first!
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
I've only been doing the tech thing for three years so I mainly want to sit and soak up anything I can, especially stuff related to Making and Maker Ed.
How will we recognize you? 
I'm short, I'm quiet and my iPad case is electric blue with owls on it. 

Robin Yokas - @yokasedtech158
from Huntley, IL
I am a Technology Integration Specialist in a 3-5 building. My building is a 1:1 learning environment using Android tablets. I help teachers integrate technology into the curriculum.
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
There is a lot more to teaching than worksheets!!!!!  
How many EdCamps have you attended? This is her first!
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
A little bit of everything! I may or may not be obsessed with all things Google so I'd like so learn more about GAFE.

Maggie Essig - @maggieessig
from Oak Lawn, IL
www.d124ell.weebly.com

Day-to-Day Career:
I'm the ELL Coordinator for Evergreen Park District 124.
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
Less paperwork and more time with students! 
How many EdCamps have you attended? 1
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
I'm open for anything!

Eric Rovin - @ericrovin
from Schaumburg, IL

Day-to-Day Career:
My day to day career has me working in multiple roles. I have three official titles (School Psychologist, RtI Coordinator, and Special Needs Coordinator) but ultimately I am a child advocate that is a problem solver and interventionist.  
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
My magic wand would create and learning environment that is non judgemental that is student centered on both academic and socio-emotional achievement. Learning would be individualized based on each students true abilities and fostered in a positive, encouraging, and caring environment. Education would be delivered in an artistic and scientific manner.
How many EdCamps have you attended? This is his first!
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
-inclusion of children living with Autism in the general education classroom
-maintaining the art of teaching while incorporating scientific and research based teaching techniques
-how to motivate fellow teachers to see the value of keeping special education students in the general education classroom

Amy Frank - @turtleyluvteach
from Crystal Lake, IL
I'm a multi-age classroom teacher for 4th and 5th grade students who has a passion for utilizing technology within the classroom.
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
I would like to remove the restrictions that prevent all students from reaching their highest potential. 
How many EdCamps have you attended? This is her first!
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Genius Hour, Subtext, Google Apps for Education, iPad/iPod Touch integration
How will we recognize you? 
I'll be the one with the confused face as this is my first time attend an EdCamp activity. I'm excited and ready to collaborate!

Betty Buenning - @EBBTexan
from Palatine, IL

Day-to-Day Career:
I am a middle school librarian in the first year of a 1:1 roll out in my district. We're trying to make the library and our resources available to students 24/7. Sometime we feel like we are hanging onto a speeding train!
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
Much less standardized testing!
How many EdCamps have you attended? This is her first!
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Resources to benefit and engage my students. Canvas, Schoology new ways of making citations more interesting to my students.
How will we recognize you? 
Short and friendly, wearing a librarian shirt

David Karnoscak - @dkarnoscak
from Fox River Grove, IL
http://blog.d30.me/dkarnoscak/
Day-to-Day Career:
I have been teaching for 11 years and is a successful Global Educator. I began my career teaching inner city children in one of the roughest neighborhoods on the Southside of Chicago. I now teach fifth grade in Glenview, Illinois at Willowbrook Elementary School in a 1-to-1 iPad setting. I attended Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL for his undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. I earned my masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction in 2009 from National Louis University in Chicago, IL. I strives to give each child that walks into my classroom the very best education possible. I incorporates technology into my lessons each and every day in the hopes that kids will latch on to my approach and soar. I utilizes Skype and Google Hangouts into my routines every week so children can interact with people from all over the world. Last year I was able to Skype with over 40 countries on all 7 continents. I have presented virtually and at multiple conferences around the state on topics related to global education. I believes that every child is capable of learning and being successful if given the right tools to succeed. I takes a constructivist approach and believe that students will generate knowledge and meaning from interaction between experiences and their own ideas. My passion is for Global Education, collaboration, and connections with teachers and students from all over the world.
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
I would change the perceptions that teachers have about learning and sharing. To often I hear comments like, "I haven't been trained on this so I can't do it". My response to that is usually, "I am so sorry to hear that." Instead I should say, "I have never heard a student tell me he/she can't use a laptop or iPad due to the lack of training and PD on the device!" 
How many EdCamps have you attended? 2
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Global Education, Global Projects, PLN connections, Putting you and your students work "out there" for the world to see. 

Angie - @amhmarx
from St. Charles, IL

Day-to-Day Career:
I'm an Instructional Coach in a middle school. I'm always looking to refine my craft and bring new structures to my building. I work to improve student learning through working with teachers. 

If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
One thing we are looking to balance is utilizing high leverage strategies and the reality of responding to standardized testing data.
How many EdCamps have you attended? This is her first!
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Not sure! First time at Edcamp, looking forward to a new experience.

Garnet Hillman - @garnet_hillman
from Crest Hill, IL
garnethillman.blogspot.com
Day-to-Day Career:
I am a high school Spanish teacher who is passionate about Standards Based Learning and Grading. I enjoy not only facilitating learning in my classroom, but learning myself! Looking forward to another edcamp opportunity to grow and improve my craft.
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
If I had a magic wand, I would get rid of grades. Learning would be the primary focus in schools and students would be allowed the time and space to master standards and move when proficiency is reached.
How many EdCamps have you attended? 5
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Anything on 1 to 1 iPads and apps.

Kate (Sayre) DaGraca - @KateDaGraca
from Palatine, IL
https://sites.google.com/a/student.leyden212.org/kdagraca/ or https://www.facebook.com/kate.dagraca
Day-to-Day Career:
I currently teach special education in a 1:1 environment. My subjects include English, Math, and World Readiness to students with behavioral/emotional disorders, significant learning disabilities, and cognitive impairments (a level between 211's general studies and SWEP program). Many of my students take the IAA.  
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
I wish there were more mature programs available that assist teachers in differentiating instruction and supporting individuals with disabilities.  
How many EdCamps have you attended? 
Too many to count!
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Anything related to Chrome, special education, or assistive tech 
How will we recognize you? 
Lots of hair!

Melissa Rosen - @MelissajRosen
from Hainesville, IL
I am a 6-8 technology teacher. I teach basic computer skills including tables, columns, bullets, breaks, spreadsheets, etc. to my 6th graders. I also teach my 6th graders typing, presentation skills, citations, creative commons and website evaluation. My 7th graders learn about copyright, plagiarism, cyber safety, cyber bullying, searching skills, typing, and more. I teach 8th grade elective classes on animation and movie making.
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
I would want all students to have equal access to EVERYTHING. I would want all students to have a desire to learn and intrinsic motivation. Students would want to do more. 
How many EdCamps have you attended? This is her first!
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
I would like see something on programming (any language), STEM/STEAM, Makey Makey, Google Apps, Scratch, Alice, student portfolios, Tynker, Searching Skills, animation, GIMP/Pixlr/Photo Editing, and/or Digital Citizenship

Jen Krause - @jenkrause3
from Palatine, IL

Day-to-Day Career:
I teach English and serve as department chair at Palatine High School. I also teach ed. tech. courses for other teachers in my district, as well.
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
More time!
How many EdCamps have you attended? This is her first!
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Google scripts (Doctopus, Goobric, etc.)
Infographics

Robert Schuetz - @robert_schuetz
from Libertyville, IL
www.rtschuetz.net
Day-to-Day Career:
Lead learner, innovation coach, actual job title is Technology Coordinator at Palatine High School. Love my job because it's still about learning and relationships. Even though my classroom has changed, I am a school lifer!
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
I am a fan of 20% time. I would emphasize self-determined learning, along with sharing to authentic audiences.
How many EdCamps have you attended? 2
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
I would like to participate in a conversation about digital portfolios built on a blog platform.
How will we recognize you? 
Not sure, I have a bright yellow Minion t-shirt that is eye-catching.

Cathy - @cathygrochowski
from Crystal Lake, IL
www.makethegradetraining.com
Day-to-Day Career:
Full time middle school science teacher. School District 300. Own a SMARTBoard training business. I train teachers nationally. 
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
We'd have greater tech integration support within the district and great access to tech tools. We'd also have a great digital literacy curriculum district-wide. 
How many EdCamps have you attended? 3
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Edmodo, google anything, TechSmith Camtasia and SNAGIT.

Tim O'Connor - @toconnor851
from Barrington, IL
I am in the first year at Barrington High School as a Digital Age Learning Coach. I help teachers at BHS develop their curriculum for the 21st century. Before working in Barrington, I was a social studies teacher at Grayslake North High School and Morgan Park High School for nine years.

If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
In my current position, my goal is to break down the wall of isolation that exist in schools. I recently read a great quote from Robert Meehan on education that sums up my beliefs best: "The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other. Without collaboration our growth is limited to our own perspectives."
How many EdCamps have you attended? 1
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
I would really like to see a session on instructional coaching. I am the only instructional coach at my high school and feel isolated at times. It would be great to learn about the success and failures that other instructional coaches are having at their schools.

Sue Brinkman - @suezb1616
from Palatine, IL

Day-to-Day Career:
I am a fourth grade teacher.
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
I would stop the relentless testing and focus and student growth.
How many EdCamps have you attended? 1
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Standards based learning. Using Ipads in the classroom. 

Jessica Spethmann - @jesspethmann
from Palatine, IL
I am a self contained 6th grade teacher. So all subject areas with my dandy 11/12 year old all day :) It is my third year teaching (same grade level and school) - and I am a HUGE technology advocate in the classroom. Don't know what I'd do without it!
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
I wish I could co-teach with amazing educators all day long. I think having the power of two teachers in a classroom is amazing. 
How many EdCamps have you attended? This is her first!


Lynn Garb - @LynnGarb
from Arlington Heights, IL

Day-to-Day Career:
I teach a 5/6 grade self-contained gifted class in Palatine. Nerd Camp last summer changed my life!
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
I would add creativity, instilling a love of reading and a passion to learn to Common Core. It upsets me that those elements are missing!
How many EdCamps have you attended? 2
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Genius Hour...of course!
Creativity and Common Core

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Jim Hayward - @mrjimhayward
from Oak Park, IL
Fifth grade teacher
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
More tricks and tools I can use on a daily basis.
How many EdCamps have you attended? This is his first!
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Anything on 1 to 1 iPads and apps.

Erica Roberts - @iteachcomputers
from Carol Stream, IL
www.iteachyoucomputers.com
Day-to-Day Career:
I am the Technology Curriculum Coordinator for Young Women's Leadership Charter School in Chicago. Member of the school's Instructional Leadership Team. Administered the installation and implementation of 17 interactive white boards and 140 staff and student laptop computers. Design the school's technology curriculum in accordance with the NETS and CSTA standards. Manage and coordinate the school's Measurement of Academic Progress Assessment program. Collaborate with classroom teachers to identify opportunities for integrating technology into their curriculum. Collaborate with the Technology Services Coordinator to manage and maintain the school's networking resources. Promote the use of Google Apps and other Web 2.0 tools for use by the students and staff. Develop and deliver formal and just-in-time technical professional development for staff. Administered the PowerSchool Student Information System. Troubleshoot various hardware and software problems for students and staff. Established the Technology Department website in order to facilitate communication with school students and staff.
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
Make it more equitable. Students from poor neighborhoods are more likely to receive poor educations.
How many EdCamps have you attended? One
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Not sure.
How will we recognize you on 10/26/13?
I will likely be tired!

Jason Nowaczyk - @nostresstech
from Chicago, IL
www.nostresstech.com
Day-to-Day Career:
I am currently the Technology Integration Coordinator for Wheaton Warrenville South High School in Wheaton, IL.
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
Learning shouldn't equate to having to spend a lot of money.
How many EdCamps have you attended? This is his first!
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Popular free web 2.0 tools to be used at the 9-12 level.
How will we recognize you on 10/26/13?
I will have my building ID badge on with my lanyard so feel free to come introduce yourself!

Michelle Russell - @michellerussell
from Chicago, IL

Day-to-Day Career:
I am a Technology Integration Coach in Mount Prospect, IL. I 
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
I would make sure all students had equal access to technology no matter where they lived. Free wifi for everyone.  
How many EdCamps have you attended? Two
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Technology 
Coaching
Chromebooks

How will we recognize you on 10/26/13?
I will be shy at first around people I do not know. Once I meet you/know you, I am a very outgoing person.  

Karen - @Karen_C_Wild
from Villa Rica, GA

Day-to-Day Career:
Elementary principal in my third year
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
The freedom to allow for interest driven high quality learning experiences to run rampant in classrooms!
How many EdCamps have you attended? This is her first!

Mary Yockey - @maryyockey
from Naperville, IL

Day-to-Day Career:
I get paid to spend my day having conversations with students in 6th-8th grades and learners/teachers of all ages. My job is to offer them the tools to aid in exploring the world, following their curiosity, organizing their findings, and design presentations. Oh, and I also get to have Book Conversations about pretty much any topic - the intricacies of Civil War era politics, nanoparticles, what it would feel like to wake up in the body of a new person every morning, pretty much any time I want, since I'm the Library Media Specialist in my middle school with over 1200 students and 100 teachers.  
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
I would revamp the system of grading. Instead of giving one grade for one assignment, I would help design a "portfolio" system of assessment where every hour at our school is Genius Hour. Students would demonstrate their learning by DOING and DEMONSTRATING, not by regurgitating or simply following the rubric. 
How many EdCamps have you attended? This is her first!
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
How to ease into Genius Hour classes by starting with an extra-curricular UNclub. How to organize it and then let students run it, with teachers, parents, and community members as mentors. 
How will we recognize you on 10/26/13?
I'll be wearing my Exclusive Anderson's Bookshop T-shirt.

Elizabeth Nystedt - @MsNystedtMusic
from Lisle, IL
I teach 1st-6th grade general music. I also teach an EN1 class and an MLP class and do chorus after school. 
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
I wish more people would value the arts and integrate it more into the rest of the curriculum. Specifically in my district, I would bring the specials back to Kindergarten and change it so we have more contact minutes with our students.
How many EdCamps have you attended? One
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
I'll have some of everything. (Just heard that on a show I'm watching and thought it was appropriate.)
How will we recognize you on 10/26/13?
I'll have all of my purple technology with me.

Miles MacFarlane - @milesmac
from Winnepeg, Manitoba
http://milestomes.com
Day-to-Day Career:
I'm a teacher of all subjects to 13-14 year old students in an amazing school with a great staff and an awesome community. We have fiddled with blogging, Minecraft, multimedia creation, and BYOD. 
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
Mass transportation on demand. Then we could be out of the building learning in authentic spaces.
How many EdCamps have you attended? Three
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Strategies for managing state standards exams without sacrificing student voice and choice in day-to-day learning.
How will we recognize you on 10/26/13?
I'll be the one wearing the name tag that says, "Miles MacFarlane"  

Bill Marsland - @billmarsland
from Chicago, IL
http://wmarsland.wordpress.com/
Day-to-Day Career:
I am a K-8 music teacher in the Chicago Public Schools, where I teach general music during the day and chorus and musical theatre after school. I also teach online courses for Michigan State University in their EdTech Certificate program.
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
I would change the access students in urban public education settings have to technology and other resources. It's not that students in these environments don't have access, it's just not always equitable nor is it always well-maintained and supported in the school.
How many EdCamps have you attended? One
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Using technology to foster creativity, design thinking, "maker" culture in our schools.
How will we recognize you on 10/26/13?
I will be with numerous other colleagues who reside in Chicago and are associated with Michigan State University's educational technology program. 

Mindi Rench - @mindi_r
from Northbrook, IL
ngitworkinthemiddle.blogspot.com and http://nextbestbook.blogspot.com
Day-to-Day Career:
I am a junior high literacy coach. 90% of my job is coaching teachers in their classrooms, 10% is working with striving readers. 
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
The insane focus on testing and assessment.
How many EdCamps have you attended? Two


Christine Collins - @cmcollins13
from Arlington Heights, IL

Day-to-Day Career:
I am an assistant of a K-5 elementary school in Mount Prospect, IL. 
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
I would like to allow more self-directed learning for both students and educators.
How many EdCamps have you attended? This is her first!
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Anything on using social media to increase learning opportunities.
How will we recognize you on 10/26/13?

I'll be alone, dancing you know it baby!

Zach Crowley - @Zach_Crowley
from Palos Hills, IL

Day-to-Day Career:
I am the Health and Physical Education Teacher at Koraes Elementary School. I teach every class in our school (preschool - eighth). I am also in the process of completing a Master's Degree in Christian Education. My Master's Thesis is titled, "How do Physical Education classes in a K-12 Christian School contribute to the spiritual growth of children?" 
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
I would give free personal development to every teacher so that students would receive a higher level of education.
How many EdCamps have you attended? This is his first!
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Technology in the classroom for low-income schools.
Getting teachers and administrators on the same page.

How will we recognize you on 10/26/13?
I guess I could wear a name tag...if I really have to.

Steve Wick - @nvwick - from Naperville, IL
http://pivotcollective.com/
Day-to-Day Career:
.4 Science Teacher (Environmental Science)
.6 Technology Coordinator

If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
Fully shift instruction from teacher led classrooms to student centered collaborative workplaces. It would also be nice to have enough money to support this with technology rich learning spaces. 
How many EdCamps have you attended? 2
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
Twitter
Google
Professional Learning Communityies

How will we recognize you on 10/26/13?
I'll have an iPad and a Chromebook. Probably out at the same time. 

Steve Hayes - @SteveHayes_RB6 - from Roanoke, IL
http://ateacherscoda.com/
Day-to-Day Career:
Director of Bands for Roanoke-Benson School District, Co-Founder and moderator of #BYOTchat www.byotchat.com, and Dad to an amazing daughter. 
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
My magic wand would give courage to the teachers who are afraid of trying new things. (or maybe it would just zap them into 2013!)
How many EdCamps have you attended? 1
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
BYOT / BYOD
Right-Brain thinking skills
Ways to promote STEAM not just STEM
 

How will we recognize you on 10/26/13?
I'll be the one with the Steve Hayes name tag - unless there is another Steve Hayes coming!

Matt Coaty - @mcoaty - from Lake Zurich, IL
http://educationalaspirations.com
Day-to-Day Career:
Elementary gifted specialist
How many EdCamps have you attended? 2


Samara Silverman - @samarasilverman - from Chicago, IL
Day-to-Day Career:
Instructional assistant to high school freshman
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
I would spend more time in differentiated learning.
How many EdCamps have you attended? 3
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
New start up companies and sites teachers are using in class. 
How will we recognize you on 10/26/13?
I look like a student.

Tricia Brawley - @MsBrawley24 - from Arlington Heights, IL
Day-to-Day Career:
I am a resource teacher for a Lutheran School in Mount Prospect. I teach students from Kindergarten through eighth grade and run around like a maniac! I love every second of it. I am kept on my toes and am so excited for my future as a special education teacher. I also like to blog... one day I will be better about it! 
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
I really love technology in the classroom and I would love to change the perception that technology is bad or not good for students. When used in the right ways students and lessons can be so amazing! 
How many EdCamps have you attended? 1
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
I can't decide yet! 
How will we recognize you on 10/26/13?
I'm super short =] I'll probably be bouncing around technology events! 

Karen Gluskin - @kegluskin - from Buffalo Grove, IL
Day-to-Day Career:
I graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in Inclusive Elementary and Special Education. I taught 3 long-term leaves as a second and third grade teacher and special education resource teacher. Last year, I taught second grade full-time. This year, I am working as an instructional assistant for first grade where I will be assisting certain students, co-teaching, and working with small groups.
If you had a magic wand, what would you change about the current reality of learning?
I would allow more time to dive into topics to do fun, exploratory projects that let kids discover and create!
How many EdCamps have you attended? 3
What sessions would you like to see at EdCamp Chicago?
More topics related to or that can be applied at the lower elementary level and not just technology based.
How will we recognize you on 10/26/13?
Not sure what I'll be wearing, but my ipad or phone will be attached to me!








Note: All posts under this line are for EdCampers who attended 


EdCampChicago in April of 2013...



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 Veronica Hetler


@hetlerveronica 


Favorite quote, tagline, or saying, or brief bio 

 "Virtue can only flourish among equals.
Mary Wollstonecraft"


What is your current role in the education world?

Social Science Teacher at Northside College Prep High School.  I currently in my eighth year of teaching World Studies for 9th grade and my second year teaching Anthropology with is a 11-12th grade elective

 Describe your experiences with an "Unconference" such as this one? 

This will be my first, and hopefully not my last "Unconference" experience.

 What topics/themes are you hoping to discuss at EdCamp Are you hoping/planning on leading any of these sessions? 

I am trying to experiment with more technology in my classes this year, though I would not consider myself much of a tech expert.  I have been working on projects where students create commercials/trailers using programs like Windows Movie Maker (which is available at school) as well as activities involving free web-based programs like edu.glogster and prezi.com

If you were going to dream big for schools/teaching what would your dream be? 

Pretty simple - smaller class sizes, teacher collaboration time, professional development that includes pedagogy, content study and technology applications

Do you have a website or blog?

http://www.nscollegeprep.cps.k12.il.us/ncphs/depts/social_science/vhetler/vlh_home.htm

 Any resource, site, or tool, you'd ike to share? 

edu.glogster, prezi.com







Shawn McCusker


@shawnmccusker



Favorite quote, tagline, or saying, or brief bio  

We are what we think, with our thoughts we make the world. Buddha

What is your current role in the education world?


I am a teacher at William Fremd High School in Palatine, IL.  I am also the creator of #1to1techat and a Co-Leader of #sschat.  I also like to plan #edcamps like #edcampss and #edcampchicago.  I love being a teacher.


Describe your experiences with an "Unconference" such as this one? 

I have been to 5 Edcamps so far (Edcampchicago, Edcampsocialstudies, EdcampMKE and Edcamposhkosh. Its a bit of an addiction for me. The honest sharing and ability to control topics is what makes them so great.  No one is deciding for us, we choose what we need to grow. #gowhereyougrow

 What topics/themes are you hoping to discuss at EdCamp Are you hoping/planning on leading any of these sessions?

I want to learn more about 1:1 programs and I would also like to discuss key social skills necessary for 1:1 learning environments.

If you were going to dream big for schools/teaching what would your dream be? 

I would make an educational center that made my lessons a bit like a Blue Man group performance.  Music, audience participation all on an amazingly big scale.  #gobigorgohome

Do you have a website or blog? 

http://gowhereyougrow.wordpress.com

 Any resource, site, or tool, you'd like to share?

Twitter.  If you are an educator and you are not on twitter, you are slowly falling behind whether you like it or not. 

Justin Vail




Twitter 

 @ED_SHIFT



Favorite quote, tagline, or saying, or brief bio 

Be the change you wish to see in the world.

What is your current role in the education world?

I teach 7th grade social studies in a 1:1 school in Wabash, IN.  I read, write, and breath education. 

Describe your experiences with an "Unconference" such as this one? 


I attended Edcamp Indy over the summer and working with others to organize an Edcamp Fort Wayne (Indiana).


 What topics/themes are you hoping to discuss at EdCamp Are you hoping/planning on leading any of these sessions? 

I would like to learn about engaging and innovative ways to explore standard-based content.  I would be happy to facilitate sessions on Google Apps, Project Based Learning, progressive assessment methods, How to be a Internet Search Samurai, or my favorite web tools

If you were going to dream big for schools/teaching what would your dream be?  

A completely project-based curriculum based on student generated projects that integrate all content areas.  I would like to break down age barriers and the industrial model of education that plagues our nation.  

Do you have a website or blog? 

http://www.ed-shift.com/ http://experimenting-in-education.blogspot.com/

  Any resource, site, or tool, you'd ike to share? 

Google Apps, Reader/Twitter, LiveBinders, or ThingLink



Kristin Ziemke

 @1stgradethinks    


Favorite quote, tagline, or saying, or brief bio

 1st grade teacher in Chicago Public Schools, 1:1 iPad classroom, 33 students

What is your current role in the education world?

 Teacher, staff developer, author, advocate

 Describe your experiences with an "Unconference" such as this one? 

I was part of the Chicago Public Schools iPad Academy's unconference. It was my first time, but I loved it! 

 What topics/themes are you hoping to discuss at EdCamp Are you hoping/planning on leading any of these sessions?

"I'd like to learn more about archiving student work and connecting with classrooms around the world. 


I would be happy to talk about elementary iPad use--going beyond the apps and creating, assessing and thinking big picture about technology in the early grades.  "


If you were going to dream big for schools/teaching what would your dream be?  

I want all kids to have access to a quality education and to love learning! I want my students to know that their thinking matters! I dream of schools where kids work authentically and engage in learning that extends beyond the classroom. 

Do you have a website or blog? 

literacyspark.wordpress.com
http://stephanieharvey.com/kristin-ziemke



Anna Lisa Searcy


@misssssearcy 


Favorite Quote,

Esse quam videre. 

What is your current role in the education world

APUSH and World History wrangler in Chicago by way of North Carolina. 13 lucky years on the job. See also: 1:1 experimenter, dance enthusiast, Southern cook.

Describe your experiences with an unconference such as this one.

"I haven't had much- though, for two years in a row, we've hosted a retreat conference day at Northside with fellow teachers in Chicago. We've had themes that we loosely organize around, and those knowledgeable naturally emerged as coaches and mentors. It was at one of these conferences that I heard about EdCamp and was immediately intrigued.

I've spent 13 years learning under the old ""Sage on the Stage"" model of professional development. Teaching is trending away from that model, and as such, so should professional development (which is , in essence, teaching!)."


 What topics/themes are you hoping to discuss at EdCamp Are you hoping/planning on leading any of  these sessions?


"1:1 teaching and technology integration
Specifically, how can we incorporate tech to still allow for analysis and production rather than just consumption? I'd also love to meet others that are experimenting with the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) model of 1:1 learning. For those just starting out 1:1 with tablet computers, I can offer my experiences of 3 years piloting the program. (we're now shifting to BYOD)

AP classes and teaching trends
How are people moving away from the lecture and the massive amounts of homework sometimes necessary to do well on the test? Is it even worth it anymore?

Social Justice and Teaching
How are people incorporating activism or citizenship models in their teaching?"


If you were going to dream big for schools/teaching what would your dream be? 


"1. A Year Abroad for every high school student. Mandatory.
2. Free computers and internet access for all students who cannot afford them.
3. The return of trade and craft skills for all- even college prep students.
4. Classes taught only 4 days a week- 5th day would be a ""community day""- volunteering, museum visit, personal project, etc.
5. No grades. "


Do you have a website or blog? 

http://www.northsideprep.org/ncphs/depts/social_science/asearcy/searcyhomepage.htm

 Any resource, site, or tool, you'd ike to share? 


Socrative! DyKnow! Google Moderator! Today's Meet!



Caroline Holtgrewe 

 @MrsHoltgrewe212









Class website: https://sites.google.com/a/leyden212.org/mrs-holtgrewe-s-site/

Favorite quote,

Teaching is lighting a fire, not filling a bucket.

 What is your current role in the education world?

High school social studies teacher.

 Describe your experiences with an "Unconference" such as this one?

Last year's EdCamp unconference was very helpful considering the amount of relevant and applicable strategies people were able to share.  Without the rigid framework of a traditional conference, the dialogue is organic and ideas flow pretty freely.

 What topics/themes are you hoping to discuss at EdCamp Are you hoping/planning on leading any of these sessions?

I'm really interested in exploring tech-based assessment ideas, but I'd rather someone else lead this session.

  Any resource, site, or tool, you'd ike to share?

Socrative (teachers go to t.socrative.com, students go to m.socrative.com).  I use this everyday as a bell-ringer activity because it gets everyone involved in the class topic.


Edcampers 2011

Naomi Harm






Naomi Harm

@nharm







Meet another EdCamper- 

Erica Roberts


Erica is a middle school technology teacher looking forward to her first EdCamp!

If you'd like to be featured as a EdCamp Chicago Attendee, fill out this form
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Erica Roberts

@iteachcomputers





http://www.iteachyoucomputers.com/

Meet another EdCamper- 

Sue Gorman


Sue is a technology coordinator interested in  discussing Challenged Based Learning

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Sue Gorman

@sjgorman








https://sites.google.com/site/suejgorman/

There are too many to pick just oneMeet another EdCamper- 

Pernille Ripp


Pernille is a 4th grade teacher excited to attend her first "unconference" 

If you'd like to be featured as a EdCamp Chicago Attendee, fill out this form
(Thanks to EdCamp Philly for the inspiration)









Pernille Ripp

4thgrdteach








There are too many to pick just one

Meet another EdCamper- 

James Gubbins


Jim is a district technology coordinator looking forward to talking about educational reform. 

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James Gubbins

@JMGubbins







Zenodotus


Currently, my favorite online application is http://paper.li because it allows me to aggregate all the information shared on Twitter based on hashtag into one daily newspaper.

Meet another EdCamper- 

Josh Stumpenhorst


Josh is a middle school social studies and LA teacher who is very excited to attend his first "unconference".   
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Josh Stumpenhorst

@stumpteacher







My dream would be a school where kids came when they wanted and choose what they learned based on interest and needs not curriculum and testing schedules

I blog at http://www.stumpteacher.blogspot.com/
Here is a handful of video tutorials I have created for a few of my favorite tools. 

Meet another EdCamper- Tiffany Zarling



Tiffany is a high school English teacher.  This will be her first "Unconference"! 

If you'd like to be featured as a EdCamp Chicago Attendee, fill out this form
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Tiffany Zarling 

@tdzarling


"Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow." Anthony J. D'Angelo





Much more individualized education than is currently available. Allowing students choice and control over their education has been helpful in my classroom. It would be even better if it were applied across the board.


English Companion Ning  An amazing resource for ELA teachers of ALL ages!

Meet another EdCamper - A.J. Giese 

AJ is a Middle School Math Teacher.  This will be his first "Unconference"! 



AJ Giese 

@agiese


"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other. - John F. Kennedy "




I would dream that schools would be a place where relationships and character education took more of a precedence than content.


"My co-worker, Julie Colque, created a 30-Day Reflection Challenge that has you answer a question each day to reflect on yourself as an educator. 

http://learningtoteach-julie.blogspot.com"


Meet another EdCamper- Debbie Gleason 



Debbie is an Education equality activist & writer who is excited to attend EdCamp Chicago!

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Debbie Gleason
@MissShuganah



"I am education's little black rain cloud. Dream big and dare to fail -- Norman Vaughan, Antartica explorer "







I would like to form a DFA-style grassroots organization that would help field genuine education reform candidates



Educollab
Fumbling About in the Dark

1 comments:

Christopher Nyren said...

Hey EdCampers,

Just thought you would have interest that next Friday September 26, StartupWeekend Education returns to Chicago at National Louis University. I created a 40% off promo code for you under "EdCamp."

For those not familiar, StartupWeekend is a weekend-long "hackathon" and its Education events allow educators, developers and edupreneurs to pitch new ideas and then collaborate to build actual plans and products. This is an opportunity to bring your classroom experience to start-ups.

Coaches come from policy, EdTech and start-up schools (DevBootcamp, Starter League). Prizes include free admission (and airfare) for 4.0 Schools Essentials and team meetings with the heads of the DV X EdTech Incubator, Kaplan Techstars, Pearson Labs and more.

If you’d like to join go to the Chicago SWEDU site and use our "EdCamp" code for 40% off: http://www.up.co/communities/usa/chicago/startup-weekend/4009

I also wrote up more on my own experience at EdReach: http://edreach.us/2014/09/12/swedulove/.

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