Mark Edwards
Mark Edwards, Ed.D. currently serves as superintendent of the Mooresville Graded School District (MGSD) in Mooresville, NC. Previously, Dr. Edwards was superintendent of the Danville, and later, Henrico, VA districts. He was Virginia Superintendent of the Year in 2001 and was named a Harold W. McGraw Prize In Education recipient in 2003.
Following graduation from the University of Tennessee, Dr. Edwards began his career in education as a science teacher in Brooksville, Florida. He obtained a Master of Arts degree in school administration from Tennessee Technological University, and his doctorate in educational leadership from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. For more than thirty years, he has served students in Tennessee, Virginia, Florida, Alabama and North Carolina as teacher, assistant principal, principal, dean and most recently, superintendent. Dr. Edwards is considered a pioneer of 1:1 computing in public schools. He is currently leading his second district 1:1 laptop initiative, equipping more than 5600 MGSD students with 21st century tools via laptops, interactive boards, and iPads. The district was recognized as a ComputerWorld Laureate in June 2012, and was presented with the Sylvia Charp award at the 2012 ISTE Conference. As both a renowned public educator, as well as a father of three, he exemplifies the MGSD motto, Every child, Every day.

Breakout Session: TIES2012_Digital Conversion for Student Achievement

Mark Coppin
Mark has 25 years of experience working in various capacities at the Anne Carlsen Center. He began as a special education instructor in 1987, and also served four years as director of summer programming, and two years as interim director of educational services. He was a classroom teacher until 1992 when he became Director of Assistive Technology and Director of IT. As Director of Assistive Technology, he coordinated the provision of assistive technology services for the Center. He is also a member of the outreach technology team, which provides evaluations and consultation services throughout North Dakota. Coppin has attended and presented at state, regional, and national conferences on such topics as technology and teaching, special education, video production, assistive technology, iPad and iPod touch, and autism. He holds two bachelor’s degrees from Moorhead (MN) State University in speech communications and in special education and has a Masters in Educational Media Design and Technology. Mark is also a certified ATP (Assistive Technology Practitioner) through RESNA. In 2009, Coppin was chosen as an Apple Distinguished educator. He currently serves on the advisory board for the Apple Distinguished Educator program. Coppin was nominated for the 1988 North Dakota ARC Teacher of the Year and the 1992 National Association of Private Schools for Exceptional Children Teacher of the Year.

Breakout Session: TIES2012_Accessing Abilities

Kristin Daniels
Kristin has been in education since 2000 when she began as an elementary teacher. She left the classroom in 2006 to pursue her goal of working with teachers as a Technology Integration Specialist. Before coming to Stillwater, she worked for TIES in St. Paul, MN as an Education Technology Specialist. Currently she is hard at work implementing and supporting Flipped Learning models in Stillwater.

Preconference Workshop: TIES2012_3002 Flipped Learning: Using Video For Teaching and Learning
Breakout Session: TIES2012_ Faces of the Flipped Classroom

Seann Dikkers
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Dikkers is an assistant professor in Educational studies at Ohio University. His fields of scholarship include curriculum and instruction, educational technologies, and educational leadership. Previously he served in the public schools as a teacher and principal for fourteen years. As the founder and director of GamingMatter Labs, Dikkers is investigating new media integration strategies for educational leadership, teaching, and learning. His work bridges pedagogical, leadership, and policy studies seeking practical solutions for schools. His work includes projects like CivWorld, ParkQuest, History in our Hands, Mobile Media Learning, Augmented Reality and Interactive Storytelling editor (ARIS), the Comprehensive Assessment for Leadership in Learning (CALL), and the Teacher’s Toolbox. His co-edited books Real-Time Research: Improvisational Game Scholarship (2009) and his latest book, Mobile Media Learning: Amazing Uses of Mobile Devices for Learning, released this last summer from ETC Press.

Preconference Workshop: TIES2012_4004 Mobile Adventures Workshop

Breakout Session: TIES2012_Technology for Relevant Learning

Breakout Session: TIES2012_How Games-Based Thinking Shaped My Classroom

Aimée Bissonette
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Aimée is a lawyer, teacher and writer. Through Little Buffalo Law & Consulting, she assists clients with copyright, trademark, and rights licensing issues. She also works with schools on the legal issues associated with technology in the classroom. She is the author of Cyber Law: Maximizing Safety and Minimizing Risk in Classrooms (Corwin Press 2009).

Preconference Workshop: TIES2012_2012 Minnesota Nice? The Effect of Bullying on Students, Schools and Communities
Breakout Session: TIES2012_Cyberbullying and Schools: Reducing the Risk of Litigation

Zoran Popovic
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Zoran Popovic is an Associate Professor in computer science at University of Washington. He received a Sc.B. with Honors from Brown University, and M.S. and Ph.D in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. Zoran's research interests lie in computer graphics and interactive games research, focusing on scientific discovery through game play, learning games, high-fidelity human modeling and animation, and control of realistic natural motion. He recently lead the team that produced Foldit, a biochemistry games whose outcomes are now published in Nature. His contributions to the field of computer graphics have been recently recognized by a number of awards including the NSF CAREER Award, Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship and ACM SIGGRAPH Significant New Researcher Award.

Breakout Session: TIES2012_Engaging Learners and Developing Teachers Through Gaming

Aaron Sams
An educator since 2000, FLN chair Aaron Sams recently became the Director of Digital Learning and Director of Admissions at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. Prior to this, he was a chemistry teacher at Woodland Park High School in Woodland Park, CO. He was awarded the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching and recently served as co-chair of the Colorado State Science Standards Revision Committee. He frequently speaks and conducts workshops on educational uses of screencasts and the Flipped Classroom concept. He believes strongly in student-centered learning environments, where students are encouraged to learn and demonstrate their understanding in ways that are meaningful to them. He holds a B.S. in Biochemistry and an M.A.Ed. both from Biola University. Additional information can be found at

Preconference Workshop: TIES2012_3002 Flipped Learning: Using Video For Teaching and Learning
Breakout Session: TIES2012_To Flip or Not to Flip

Leslie Fisher
Fisher's interest in technology began while studying music at the University of Southern California. She quickly realized the value of using computers for music mixing and recording. Soon, 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 with a business and marketing degree and a quick stint as a trainer, she joined Apple Computer in 1992. Fisher was one of the first Apple employees assigned to study Internet growth and implementation. In 1997, she left Apple and formed Fisher Technologies, Inc., to help educators with their technology implementations and decisions.

Breakout Session: TIES2012_Gadgets
Breakout Session: TIES2012_Cell Phones in the Classroom

David Treichel, Susan Meyer and Steve Austin
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David Treichel has been an Instructional Technology Facilitator for the Anoka-Hennepin School District for the last nine years. Beyond the scope of his professional career which includes iPad integration, he is a proud father of a five year daughter with autism. His background offers a unique perspective on how the iPad changes the life of a child with autism, while at the same time offers school districts the opportunity to continue, in a consistent model, the interventions necessary to the success of a special needs child.

Susan Meyer is a development executive with Apple, focusing on curriculum and implementation of technology in schools districts in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota to help to engage students and accelerate learning. Prior to joining Apple, Sue was the Director of Instructional Technology at Becker Public Schools in Becker MN. During her time in that position, she helped to implement a 21st Century learning initiative that included the addition of over 1500 mobile devices, including a 1:1 program in the high school. Sue has also taught technology courses as an adjunct professor for St. Cloud State University.

Steve Austin is an 11th grade PSEO student, attending both Coon Rapids High School and Anoka-Hennepin Community College. Steve started making videos about the benefits of using iOS devices to communicate as a way to share his experience with how iPod Touch devices and iPads can substantially improve the quality of the users' lives. Steve has presented on this topic at Apple events, and in the spring of 2011, Steve was honored by the Minnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Association for his willingness to help others by sharing his story. Steve has since published a free book with embedded videos on the iBooks bookstore as a way to reach an even wider audience with his message of the benefits of using iOS devices to communicate

Breakout Session: TIES2012_It's Personal: iOS Devices and Special Needs

Jim Hirsch
Jim Hirsch is associate superintendent for academic and technology services in Plano ISD, a district of 55,000 students. He directs all curriculum, instruction, fine arts, professional development, special education, instructional technology and infrastructure/technical support activities. He is past-chair of the Board for the Consortium for School Networking and serves on the editorial advisory boards for Scholastic Administr@tor and eSchool News. Hirsch was a Technology + Learning magazine Ed Tech Leader of the Year finalist and was in the eSchool News Impact 30 group of educational technology leaders and on the ComputerWorld Premier 100 List. He is author of over 120 articles and three books on the use of technology in education. He spent the first 21 years of his career with the Anoka-Hennepin School District in Minnesota, leading a variety of technology implementations, including one of the first large districtwide area networks.

Breakout Session: TIES2012_Learning Jams: Improvising BYOD Learning Opportunities

Molly Schroeder
Molly Schroeder is a technology integration specialist for Edina Public Schools. Before working at the district level, she taught 5th grade for 10 years. She is a Google Certified Teacher and Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer. She presents at conferences, workshops and national conventions on how to integrate emerging and engaging technologies into the classroom. Schroeder is one of the founders of Flipped Education, a company dedicated to providing relevant technology integration professional development for educators and technology education consulting. She has been a part of the CORE team producing the Google Apps for Education Summits around the United States and world in 2012.

Breakout Session: TIES2012_Classroom in the Cloud: Mobilizing the Learning Landscape

Leslie Conery
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Leslie S. Conery, PhD, CAE, interim chief education officer, is a creative and results-driven leader with over 20 years experience developing strong teams to meet organizational goals. She has experience developing partnerships and working collaboratively with government, nonprofit and privately held organizations for the purpose of improving student learning through the use of digital age technologies. Conery has provided non-profit leadership as ISTE’s Deputy CEO, chair of ISTE’s educational technology conference and exhibition, and as a member of ISTE’s NETS (National Educational Technology Standards) leadership team. She is currently serving as the interim chief education officer and working collaboratively to help shape ISTE’s current and future impact on education globally. Conery has served on numerous boards and advisory groups supporting innovative educators on every continent and has collaborated with educators and policy-makers globally to bring about systemic change in education. Recent projects include developing resources through UNESCO to showcase effective uses of ICT in Primary Education, increasing the representation of women in technology, developing assessments for digital age learning skills, and bringing computational thinking skills to the K12 classroom.

Dr. Conery holds a master’s of science degree in Computer Science Education and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with research emphases in the areas of educational technology and professional development.

Breakout Session: TIES2012_National Technology Trends, Local Implementation: Let's Talk!