Closing Keynote: Steve Dembo, Co-author of Untangling the Web

stevedembo2For the first time in its history, the Student Engagement Conference will conclude the day with a closing keynote!  We are honored to have Steve Dembo as our finale!

As a former kindergarten teacher and school Director of Technology, Steve Dembo is a pioneer in the field of educational social networking. Currently serving as Discovery Education’s Director of Social Media Strategy and Online Community, Dembo was among the first educators to realize the power of blogging, podcasting, Twitter, and other Web 2.0 technologies in connecting educators and creating professional learning communities.

In 2010, the National School Board Association named Dembo one of “Twenty to Watch,” a list honoring individuals finding innovative ways to use technology to increase classroom learning. His work with the Discovery Educator network has earned an Award of Excellence from Technology and learning magazine, a Distinguished Achievement Award for Instructional Website from the Association of Educational Publishers, a BESSIE Award for Best Professional Development Website, and the Best in Tech award for Professional Development and Resource Solutions by Scholastic Administrator magazine.

Steve Dembo is a course designer and adjunct professor for Wilkes University, where he serves as class instructor for the Internet Tools for Teaching course within the Instructional Media degree program. he has delivered keynote and featured presentations at conferences around the world including ISTE, TCEA, FETC, MACUL, CUE, ICE, #140Edu, and TEDxCorpusChristi.

Steve lives in Skokie, IL, with his wife Jessica and two children, Aiden and Ruby. He currently serves on the school board for Skokie-Morton Grove School District 69. Weekends, he dresses up as a TIE Fighter Pilot and does charity work with the 501st Legion.

Steve is the co-author of Untangling the Web:  20 Tools to Power Up Your Teaching .

Closing Keynote

Building Bolder Schools:  It doesn’t hurt to be first

Who wants to be the line leader? Ask that in any elementary room and every hand would go flying into the air. And yet, schools seem to be terrified of being the first ones to adopt new ideas in technology. Somewhere between kindergarten and our last faculty meeting, the role of line leader seems to have gone from the best job on the board to a position that’s just a little terrifying. When did we become so terrified of being a trailblazer? During this presentation, we’ll explore the risks, benefits, and transformations that can occur when a school embraces risk and is willing to step up and be first.