Tuesday Keynote Speaker
President and Chief Executive Officer, Digital Promise
Karen Cator is President and CEO of Digital Promise. From 2009-2013, Karen was Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, where she led the development of the 2010 National Education Technology Plan and focused the Office’s efforts on teacher and leader support. She also was a leading voice for transforming American education through technology innovation and research. Prior to joining the department, Cator directed Apple’s leadership and advocacy efforts in education. In this role, she focused on the intersection of education policy and research, emerging technologies, and the reality faced by teachers students and administrators. She began her education career in Alaska as a teacher, ultimately leading technology planning and implementation. She also served as Special Assistant for Telecommunications for the Governor of Alaska. Cator holds a Master’s in school administration from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor’s in early childhood education from Springfield College. She is a past chair for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills and has served on boards including the Software & Information Industry Association-Education. You can reach Karen at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday Keynote Speaker
Associate Vice Chancellor of eLearning and Emerging Mobilization Technology
Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR)
About Dr. Melton:
As TBR’s Associate Vice Chancellor of eLearning and Emerging Mobilization Technology, Melton’s innovative and ground-breaking work touches the daily lives of more than two hundred thousand students and educators served by Tennesee’s statewide education system.
Robbie Melton serves as the chief system-level administrator for the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), overseeing the system’s mission and initiatives for strategic mobilization planning and business models; mobilization quality assurances; faculty and student use of mobile devices related to teaching, learning, training, and workforce development; and the coordination of research, product testing, pilots, and security/safety networks. She has published and presented extensively on the impact and value of mobilization for education and the workforce and has acquired a new distinction as the world’s first “appologist”—a reference to her study of the pedagogy and best teaching practices with mobilization, her work on quality standards for the utilization of mobile apps, and her creation of a massive Mobile App Education and Workforce Resource Center. A nationally and internationally recognized authority on the transformation of education with technology, Melton currently serves the education community on the Sloan-C Board of Directors, on the WCET Executive Board, as Tennessee’s MERLOT Project Director, as IMS Global Learning Solution Higher Education Co-Chair, and as Co-Chair of the Global Educational Center. She was recently selected as one of the 2013 Apple Distinguished Educators and one of the Top 50 Innovators in Education for 2012 by the Center for Digital Education-Converge.
Personal quote: “Integrating technology into education requires a new approach to educational change that infuses new technologies with teaching and learning. How can any educator not be inspired to develop new and exciting ways to bring learning to life for and connect the classroom with a whole world of knowledge? Educators must understand the power of this technological transformation and apply it in redesigning institutions that meet the needs of today’s learners for tomorrow’s technological workforce.”