Keynote Speakers

Alec Couros. University of Regina (Canada)

Alec Couros

About Alec Couros

Alec Couros is a professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina, in Saskatchewan, Canada. An award-winning educator, Alec helps his undergraduate and graduate students take up the incredible affordances of our connected world through the integration of educational technology in teaching and learning. Alec is also a well-recognized scholar and researcher who has given hundreds of keynotes and workshops around the globe on diverse topics such as connected/networked learning, digital citizenship, social media in education, and critical media literacy, providing educators, students, and parents with the knowledge necessary to take advantage of and thrive in our new digital reality. Finally, Alec is a passionate advocate of openness in education and demonstrates this commitment through his open access publications, considerable digital presence and contributions, and highly successful MOOCs and open boundary courses.

Jennie Magiera. Des Plaines School District 62 (USA)

Jennie Magiera

About Jennie Magiera

Jennie Magiera is the Chief Innovation Officer for Des Plaines School District 62 and the author of Courageous Edventures. She was previously the Digital Learning Coordinator for the Academy for Urban School Leadership and a Chicago Public Schools math teacher. A White House Champion for Change, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator and TEDx Speaker, Jennie has been working to redefine teaching and learning through innovative new practices. Jennie is also passionate about transforming professional learning, having served on the Technical Working Group for the US Department of Education’s National Educational Technology Plan and co-founding PLAYDATE and other new conference concepts. Jennie holds a B.A. from Columbia University in Psychology and History and a M.S. in Mathematics Education from University of Illinois-Chicago. Aside from her students, her great loves in life are sci-fi, mashed potatoes, Tabasco sauce, her dog and her husband.