General Session 1
Will Richardson is known internationally for his work with educators and students
to understand and implement instructional technologies and, more specifically, the
tools of the Read/Write Web into their schools, classrooms and communities. A
former public school educator for 22 years, Will’s own weblog (Weblogg-ed.com) is
a leading resource for the creation and implementation of Web 2.0 technologies on
the K-12 level, and his is a leading voice for school reform in the context of the
fundamental changes these new technologies are bringing to all aspects of life.
His critically acclaimed best-selling book, Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful
Tools for Classrooms (March 2006, Corwin Press) is already being used by tens of
thousands of teachers to reinvent their practice, and his keynotes, presentations and
workshops to audiences around the world communicate a fresh and inspiring vision
of what schools can and must become. Through the Powerful Learning Practice
Network (http://www.plpnetwork.com/) which he co-founded with Sheryl
Nussbaum-Beach, he works with schools and teachers around the world to re-
envision their learning cultures and communities.
He is also a national advisory board member for the George Lucas Education
Foundation, and adjunct instructor at Seton Hall University, and a columnist for
District Administration Magazine.
Will lives along the Delaware River in beautiful western New Jersey with his wife
Wendy and his children Tess and Tucker, all of whom are bloggers.
General Session 2
David Warlick’s unique voice and message combine a wide range of experiences,
both in and outside the education arena. He worked for nearly 10 years as a middle
school social studies, math and science teacher — during which time he also wrote
award-winning intructional software and introduced hundreds of teachers to the
educational potentials of personal computers. Mr. Warlick served as the Director of
Technology in 1984, then as a technology integration consultant and built the
nation’s first state department of education website.
Since 1995, Mr. Warlick has been the owner and principal consultant of The
Landmark Project, a professional development and innovations firm in Raleigh,
North Carolina. During this time, he has spoken at conferences and delivered
workshops internationally. He is an innovator and leader in the field of educational
technology and a prolific programmer. His classrooom blogging site, “Class
Blogmeister,” serves more than 100,000 users, and his attribution tool, “Citation
Machine,” receives more than a half-million page views a day. These and all of his
other web tools for teachers are free.
David has also written three books about technology and contemporary literacy,
and has contributed to other publications including Technology & Learning Maga-
zine, ALA’s KnowledgeQuest, Education World, and CUE Online. He also has been
quoted in Education Week, The San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, Washing-
ton Post, and USA Today.
General Session 3
Mark Standley has been a research archeologist, professional educator, and an executive in the computer industry over the past 22 years in Alaska.
Mr. Standley is co-author of the books: The Technology Advisory Council (ISTE, 1993), School/Business Partnerships (Visions, 2000) and Global Project-based Learning with Technology (Visions, 2000), Technology Standards (Visions, 2001), Future Courses (TECHNOS, 2001), Teaching Powerful Storytelling: Book of Questions (Standby, 2002), and Handheld Leader: Book of Questions (Standby, 2002).
Prior to coming to Alaska he served as a English teacher for the U.S. Peace Corps and cross-cultural trainer for the U.S. Embassy in the Republic of Korea. Mr. Standley has presented for over twelve years in California, Alaska, Rhode Island, Hawaii, Texas, Washington, DC, Washington, Oregon, Ohio, United Kingdom, and Japan on subjects including the art of digital presentations, teaching powerful storytelling, global project-based learning, handheld technology for leaders, and school/business partnerships.
I serve as Director of Technology (1999) at the Urban School of San Francisco, a school on the cutting edge of curriculum innovation that spans far beyond technology. I will write more about the school and technology integration when time permits. Refer to the three articles about Urban’s technology efforts as published in Learning and Leading With Technology.
- Implemented a 1:1 student and teacher laptop program, the first high school in the San Francisco Bay Area to distribute laptop computers to all students and teachers
- Urban School is highlighted in the recent book, 1:1 Learning: Laptop Programs That Work, Pamela Livingston, ISTE, 2006
- Also see, One–to–One Computing: Pointers On Measuring Success — From Three Programs That Work, Stewart Crais, EdTech Focus on K12, Nov/Dec 2006
- Among the first schools nation-wide to implement Apple wireless laptops
- Technology at Urban is integrated throughout the curriculum to achieve natural and seamless use to support student learning, communication and organization – all without computer skills training classes
- Received the 2004 Leading Edge Award in Technology from the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
- Hosted the Bay Area Laptop mini-Conference, January, 2006
ISTE Member-Elect, Board of Directors
Elected to serve as PK-12 Schools Representative on the 2007-08 Board of Directors for The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) – see related news article
Kenneth Makuakane is recognized as an innovator in producing and in the recording of Hawaiian music. To date, Kenneth has produced over one hundred albums, many of which have been successful albums for their record companies. He performs with the Pandanus Club, a multi-award winning group. As producer for the Club’s albums, Kenneth also is the composer of the music. In addition, he engineers each release. A prolific songwriter, Kenneth’s compositions have been recorded by local artists like the Brothers Cazimero, Na Leo Pilimehana, Kapena, the Pandanus Club, Amy Hanaiali‘i Gilliom, Loyal Garner and Gary Haleamau, as well as international artists from Japan like Yuri Chika and Yuki Miyamae. He has received a total of twelve (12) Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, the Hawaii equivalent of the Grammy Awards. In 1990, Kenneth won a Hoku Award for Producer of the Year. 1990 also brought him the Composer of the Year award from the prestigious Kamehameha Schools. He has been recognized in the National Registry of Who’s Who. In 2006, the Kamehameha Schools inducted him into its Hall of Fame known as the Alumni Gallery. Kenneth owns and operates his own recording studio in Kailua.