Presenters and Workshop Leaders

Vicki Davis

(Flat Classroom Project co-founder)

vicki.jpgVicki Davis is a teacher and the IT director at Westwood Schools in Camilla, Georgia. Vicki co-created three award winning international wiki-centric projects, the Flat Classroom project, the Horizon project, and Digiteen with teacher Julie Lindsay, currently at Qatar Academy. These projects have linked more than 500 students from both public and private schools in such countries as Austria, Australia, Bangladesh, China, Japan, Spain, Qatar and the US. These collaborative projects harnessing the most powerful Web 2.0 tools available including wikis, blogs, digital storytelling, podcasts, social bookmarking, and more. Vicki is a cofounder of the Women of Web 2 and has been featured in various media including Thomas Friedman's book, The World is Flat, the Wall Street Journal, and the Boston Globe.

Vicki blogs at the Cool Cat Teacher blog which won the 2008 Edublog Award for Best Teacher Blog and is currently ranked the top teacher blog in the world according to Technorati. She was named a pioneer in Open Source Virtual World Technology in October 2009. Vicki is a Google Certified Teacher and Discovery S.T.A.R. Educator. Vicki is also a freelance writer and conference presenter.
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Julie Lindsay

(Flat Classroom Project co-founder)

Julie_Lindsay_May08.jpgJulie Lindsay, currently E-Learning Coordinator at Beijing (BISS) International School, China, is an enthusiastic, global-minded education leader and innovator. Originally from Melbourne, Australia over the past 10 years she has been teaching and leading the use of technology in schools in Zambia, Kuwait, Bangladesh, Qatar and now China. Her wealth of diverse work experience is complemented by Masters of Arts degrees from La Trobe University in Melbourne and George Washington University in Washington, DC. She is also co-winner with Vicki Davis of ISTE's SIGTEL's Online Learning Award 2007 and Taking IT Global Best Online Learning Project 2007 for the Flat Classroom Project.

Julie is recognized worldwide for her innovative programs using a wide array of Web 2.0 tools to transform learning for the emerging digital, "world-is-flat" educational landscape. From ubiquitous mobile technology programs to the Flat Classroom Project Julie brings front line experiences to share with teachers, school leaders and policy makers alike. Julie is a frequent presenter on the world stage, she is a tireless volunteer leader for professional associations, and she is an inspiration to colleagues and collaborators demonstrating just how different world-class education will be in this 21st Century. Julie blogs at E-Learning Journey's. More information can be found on Julie's digital portfolio.

Bernajean Porter

Bernajean.jpgAKA writer, speech and debate coach, inventor, auntie, teacher of possibilities, media maker, futurist, master of survival techniques when working with adolescents, professional speaker, technology consultant, teacher of teachers, long-term technology user, promoter of anything that increases outrageous possibilities in all aspects of life for kids and adults and now. . . a digital storytelling guide and Second Life learner. Her work reflects a belief that technology can accelerate all students in rediscovering their joy, spirit and personal success as learners. Bernajean’s philosophy of work uses cutting edge organizational processes for building local capacity to translate the power of technology’s potential into actual classroom practices for ALL students. Her enthusiasm and vivacious presentations create an energetic climate for all learners. When it comes to doing the hard or impossible things now necessary in schools to ensure students having out-of-this-world possibilities, Bernajean’s personal motto of “Da Um Jeitinho”- there is ALWAYS a way – sets the tone for her dedicated long, term work with national and international educators.
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