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About EdmodoCon

EdmodoCon is a free, live online global event where educators from around the world connect with each other to share how they’re using Edmodo and other digital tools to personalize learning. The educational professional development event of the year, EdmodoCon will help you collaborate with other teachers, discover valuable new resources, and harness the power of edtech in your classroom.

“EdmodoCon was an absolute blast! I know that a lot of time, effort and planning went into this event, and it shows! I felt invigorated for the upcoming school year.”
Jennifer Kindred, Ventura, California, EdmodoCon 2016
“As a speaker at EdmodoCon, I met so many amazing people: Edmodo staff and teachers from all over the world. I got to learn so many new and interesting ideas. Thank you, Edmodo, for your creativity, for taking care of us and for your big, big hearts! It was an experience I will never forget!”
Iwona Kowalik, Wroclaw, Poland, EdmodoCon 2016
“Because of EdmodoCon, I have been published in Edtech Digest, presented at conferences in and out of state, and have been able to bring a whole new level of credibility to what I do as classroom teacher. The Edmodo team sought out ways for me to continue to share my Edmodo story with anyone who would listen.”
John Choins, Waco, Texas, EdmodoCon 2015
“I’m a pretty introverted guy and had never gotten to present in front of others before. EdmodoCon made such a big difference in my life and in the lives of my students! After EdmodoCon, my Twitter feed blew up. I was a 24-hour celebrity! I also received a little publicity at my school district, and that led me to getting the job I have now as an instructional coach with a technology focus.”
Randy Fairfield, Richland, Washington, EdmodoCon 2015

EdmodoCon 2017 Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Sal Khan

Founder and CEO of Khan Academy

Salman "Sal" Khan is the founder of Khan Academy, a nonprofit with a mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Khan Academy began as a passion project when Sal tutored his cousin remotely and posted educational videos on youTube. So many people watched the videos that eventually Sal pursued Khan Academy full time. Nearly ten years later, more than 52 million registered users access Khan Academy in dozens of languages across 190 countries.

Sal is a former Teacher of the Year at Princeton Review, where he taught physics, biology and chemistry to MCAT students. Sal also had a fellowship at MIT to research educational software. He has been profiled by 60 Minutes, featured on the cover of Forbes, and recognized as one of TIME's "100 Most Influential People in the World". Sal holds three degrees from MIT and a MBA from Harvard Business School.

Keynote Speaker

Richard Culatta

CEO of International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

Richard Culatta currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Prior to joining ISTE, Culatta served as the Chief Innovation Officer for the state of Rhode Island and, before that, Director of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology. In this role, Culatta was at the helm of numerous efforts to expand connectivity to schools across the country, promote personalized learning and develop the National Education Technology Plan.

Culatta began his career in the classroom as a high school teacher and, across his career, has coached educators and national leaders around the world on using technology as a tool to reimagine learning. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Spanish teaching and a master's in educational psychology and technology, both from Brigham Young University.

Keynote Speaker

Steven Farr

Senior Director of Classroom Leadership with Teach For All

Steven Farr began leading training and support efforts at Teach for America fifteen years ago and now works with Teach For All as well, looking across geographical and cultural differences to study and share innovations in transformational learning and leadership. He is the author of Teaching As Leadership: The Highly Effective Teacher's Guide to Closing the Achievement Gap and his work has been featured in the Atlantic Monthly, on National Public Radios's "All Things Considered", and on ABC World News Tonight.

A graduate of the University of Texas's Plan II Honors program and Yale Law School, Steven taught high school English and English as a second language as a part of the 1993 Teach For America corps in the Rio Grande Valley.


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Tuesday, August 1

7:00 AM Opening Keynote: Richard Culatta
7:35 AM Edmodo Introduction and Updates
8:00 AM Break
8:10 AM Worldwide Education with Anthony Salcito
8:45 AM Global Classroom Collaboration
9:20 AM Bridging Gaps and Cultivating Student Curiosity
9:50 AM Break
10:05 AM Project Based Learning in Math
10:40 AM The Accessible and Empowering Educator
11:15 AM Redefining the Classroom with Collaborative Technologies and Partners
11:45 AM Break
12:30 PM Panel - Formal and Informal Teacher Professional Development
1:30 PM Break
1:40 PM Virtual Handshake: Growing Your PLN Near and Far
2:15 PM Building and Supporting a National Community of Teachers
2:45 PM Break
2:55 PM Aumentando la Evaluación con Edmodo
(Scaling Assessment in Edmodo)
3:30 PM Conectando con Estudiantes de Escuelas Rurales (Accessing Students from Afar)
4:05 PM Fireside Chat with Sal Khan
5:05 PM Closing Keynote: Steven Farr

Opening Keynote: Richard Culatta

7:00 AM – 7:30 AM
Richard Culatta
CEO of International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

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With a vast array of experience in education, from classroom to the U.S. Department of Education to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Richard Culatta identifies emerging trends and key principles of 21st century teaching and learning. In an era when technology is present in students' lives beyond the classroom, it is more important than ever before to define how and when education and technology can best complement each other.

Edmodo Introduction and Updates

7:35 AM – 8:00 AM
Ved Sinha
VP of Product, Edmodo

Follow the Edmodo Topic: https://www.edmodo.com/topics/8407/EdmodoCon-2017-Edmodo-Updates

Edmodo welcomes all attendees and speakers to the 7th annual EdmodoCon event! With this introduction comes some exciting updates from Ved Sinha, VP of Product at Edmodo.

Worldwide Education with Anthony Salcito

8:10 AM – 8:40 AM
Anthony Salcito
VP of Worldwide Education, Microsoft

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With a belief that educators will forever be the heroes of the classroom, Anthony Salcito presents a passionate, open, knowledgeable and playful look at how together we can create a better future through education and through the inspiration of educators, students, education thought leaders and school leaders from around the world.

Global Classroom Collaboration

8:45 AM – 9:15 AM
Alessandra Pallavicini
English as a Foreign Language Gorizia, Italy
High School Educator

Follow the Edmodo Topic: https://www.edmodo.com/topics/7901/EdmodoCon-2017-Global-Classroom-Collaboration

Edmodo can help teachers open their students' eyes to the world around them and connect their students with other cultures and languages. Italian educator Alessandra will share her journey of how she and a fellow Edmodo teacher from Ukraine joined forces to expand the worlds of their students from very different cultures and languages.

Bridging Gaps and Cultivating Student Curiosity

9:20 AM – 9:50 AM
Sharon Clark
4th and 5th Grade English Language Arts Educator
Brownsville, Tennessee, USA

Follow the Edmodo Topic: https://www.edmodo.com/topics/7905/EdmodoCon-2017-Bridging-Gaps-And-Cultivating-Student-Curiosity

Sharon uses Edmodo to encourage her students' exploration in a manner that enables them to bridge gaps and quench their thirst for knowledge. She is excited to share those special "aha moments" gleaned from the minds of her inquisitive student leaders, particularly those of her 4th and 5th grade technology students using Edmodo to direct their own learning through research and other assignments.

Project Based Learning in Math

10:05 AM – 10:35 AM
Jennifer Parker
High School Math Educator
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Follow the Edmodo Topic: https://www.edmodo.com/topics/7904/EdmodoCon-2017-Project-Based-Learning-In-Math

Finding good projects for math classes can be a challenge. Fortunately for the math teachers out there, Jennifer has embraced this challenge. She will share how she harnesses the power of Edmodo and other classroom tools to incorporate more project based learning into her math curriculum on a daily basis.

The Accessible and Empowering Educator

10:40 AM – 11:10 AM
Rachelle Dene Poth
Spanish and STEAM Emerging Tech Educator
Oakmont, Pennsylvania, USA

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Rachelle found Edmodo when she was struggling to connect with her students beyond the school day. She was frustrated that she was not available to answer their questions and share resources with them when they needed her most - after the class bell. With Edmodo though, she was able to connect better with her students and witness their transformation as more involved, organized and reflective learners, both in and out of the classroom.

Redefining the Classroom with Collaborative Technologies and Partners

11:15 AM – 11:45 AM
Simon Withey
Computer Science Educator
Poulton le Fylde, Lancashire, United Kingdom

Follow the Edmodo Topic: https://www.edmodo.com/topics/7906/EdmodoCon-2017-Redefining-The-Classroom-With-Collaborative-Technologies-And-Partners

Using Edmodo as the primary delivery method for his classes and the SAMR framework as the backbone of his pedagogy, Simon has revolutionized his teaching practice. He share his success story of how the SAMR model, through Edmodo, has allowed him to make the most of several partnerships such as that of O'Reilly media through Safari Books.

Panel - Formal and Informal Teacher Professional Development

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Heather Askea
University IT Coordinator, Wise, Virginia, USA
Christi Collins
5th Grade Educator, Wise, Virginia, USA
Carol Weintraub
Director of New York Partners for Technology Innovation
Commack, New York, USA
Dr. Anubhuti Yadav
New Media Professor
New Delhi, India

Follow the Edmodo Topic: https://www.edmodo.com/topics/7907/EdmodoCon-2017-Formal-And-Informal-Teacher-PD

Teachers around the world use Edmodo to transform the way their students learn, but these teachers from the US and India have also discovered powerful ways to use Edmodo to transform the way teachers learn. This panel will highlight some of the most innovative ways Edmodo can enhance both formal and informal professional development practices for teachers.

Virtual Handshake: Growing Your PLN Near and Far

1:45 PM – 2:10 PM
Resa Mai
Elementary School Librarian
Windsor, Colorado, USA

Follow the Edmodo Topic: https://www.edmodo.com/topics/7908/EdmodoCon-2017-Growing-Your-PLN-Near-And-Far

Resa shares how she grew her professional learning network (PLN) using Edmodo within her school community and across her online teacher education program. With teachers, peers, support staff and administrators in her district, Resa's PLN is strong, but it is enhanced with the inclusion of classmates and professors from across the US and around the world. Edmodo allows Resa to optimize her PLN by making everyone's valuable insights and resources available at her fingertips each day.

Building and Supporting a National Community of Teachers

2:15 PM – 2:45 PM
Lucia Bartolotti
High School Educator and ICT Support
Trieste, Italy

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Lucia has been teaching Engish as a Foreign Language (EFL) in Italy for 25 years. As a translator, she has been heavily invested in the development and growth of the Edmodo platform and community in Italy. With her support, the Italian community has exploded over the past couples years. Lucia will share some of her tips and tricks on how to grow and nurture a national community of educators on Edmodo.

Aumentando la Evaluación con Edmodo
(Scaling Assessment in Edmodo)

2:55 PM – 3:25 PM
Oscar Mendoza Vega
Humanities Professor
Apaxco, Mexico

Follow the Edmodo Topic: https://www.edmodo.com/topics/7914/EdmodoCon-2017-Assessment-in-Edmodo-Aumentando-La-Evaluaci-n-Con-Edmodo

Teaching in a large learning institution in Mexico, Oscar and his colleagues must manage and deliver assessments for thousands of students each day. With Edmodo, they have been able to revolutionalize their testing processes for both professors and students. Learn how Edmodo has allowed for a more efficient creation, administration and grading of assessments across the university

Conectando con Estudiantes de Escuelas Rurales (Accessing Students from Afar)

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Cristian Gaviria
Elementary and Intermediate Level English Educator
Manizales, Colombia

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Cristian teaches English in a small village in the outskirts of Manizales, Colombia. By mixing the communicative-approach methodology and the features of Edmodo, Cristian has been able to reach his students both near and far to connect them with the joys of learning English and enhancing their digital skills at the same time.

Fireside Chat with Sal Khan: Education Reimagined

4:05 PM – 5:00 PM
Sal Khan
Founder and CEO of Khan Academy

Follow the Edmodo Topic: https://www.edmodo.com/topics/7948/EdmodoCon-2017-Education-Reimagined-With-Sal-Khan-Khan-Academy

Salman "Sal" Khan will discuss his beginnings at Khan Academy, as well as the organization's mission to educate millions of individuals worldwide. Sal will also share his thoughts on what education - if reimagined - could look like and how his dream of "providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere" could become a reality.

Closing Keynote: Steven Farr

5:05 PM – 5:35 PM
Steven Farr
Senior Director of Classroom Leadership with Teach For All

Follow the Edmodo Topic: https://www.edmodo.com/topics/8134/EdmodoCon-2017-Teaching-As-Leadership-With-Steven-Farr

Steven Farr leads the Global Learning Lab at Teach For All seeking out and spreading insights and innovations from transformational classrooms in oppressed and marginalized communities around the world. The Lab seeks to challenge and change education systems in order to fulfill the potential of students as leaders who will shape a better future for themselves and all of us. Steven began his career teaching high school English and English as a Second Language as a part of the 1993 Teach For America corps in the Rio Grande Valley. He is a graduate of the University of Texas's Plan II Honors program and Yale Law School, and he taught civil rights in the Institute for Public Representation at Georgetown University Law Center before returning to Teach For America as Vice President of Training & Support in 2001. He joined Teach For All in 2011. His work has been featured in The Atlantic, on ABC Nightly News, and on National Public Radio.

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