Keynote Speakers

9:00AM SLT

Keynote Speaker: Ken Hudson, Loyalist College (Kenny Hubble-SL) is the e-Learning Facilitator at Loyalist College, Belleville, Canada. He was educated at the University of Toronto and at IPSA, the Institute for the Psychological Study of the Arts (UF). For the past decade Ken has been an artist, writer, and media consultant. Ken joined Loyalist College in August 2006 and has since revivified their e-Learning center. He is responsible for establishing a virtual campus for the college in the social networking simulation Second Life™ which gained the college international notoriety as the first college in Canada to teach in a virtual world.

11:00AM SLT

Keynote Speaker: Bill Moseley/Pirate Shipman (SL) is a Professor of Computer Studies at Bakersfield College in California and an Adjunct Faculty in Pepperdine University’s Masters in Educational Technology Program. He is currently finishing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with a focus on the ways today’s learner relates to technology, information and learning. His interests include alternative learning environments, virtual worlds, and video games in learning. When he isn’t teaching he can be found developing software, building Lego robots, and skateboarding with his four kids. Bill has been participating in virtual worlds and online multiplayer games and environments for almost as long as they have been available. His relationship with Second Life began a few years ago when he ventured into the newly opened world to explore and investigate the technology. More recently he began bringing students into the world to explore the possibilities that a virtual environment can provide. In the last year, his students’ projects have been featured in the Christian Science Monitor and the New York Times. In his work, Second Life has become a proving ground for the idea that education should be student-centered, dynamic, and most of all - fun.

1:00PM SLT

Keynote Speaker: Sarah Robbins/Intellagirl Tully is an American blogger, best known for blogging, speaking and educating in Second Life. She has been profiled in the New York Times, USA Todaypursue his dream of becoming a teachera award [1]. Robins also presented at the 2007 MIT Beyond Broadcast conference. She is currently co-authoring Second Life for Dummies with Ryan Hupfer.

5:00PM SLT

Keynote: K-12 Panel Presentation with Peggy Sheehy, Catherine Parsonsand Kevin Jarrett. Peggy Sheehy (Maggie Marat-SL) is the Media Specialist/Instructional Technology Facilitator at Suffern Middle School in the Ramapo Central School District , Rockland County , New York . She has planned, developed, and implemented Ramapo Islands on the Teen Grid and currently hosts 400 8th grade students in the virtual platform. She has presented this project for NYSCATE and LHRIC and will be presenting at NECC as well as offering coordinating teacher training seminars beginning this summer. Ms. Sheehy is a graduate of Empire State University and received her Master’s Degree in Educational Computing from Stony Brook University . She will be earning her MLIS this year from Southern Connecticut State University. Catherine Parsons (Victoria Gloucester-SL) is currently the Model Schools Staff Specialist at Dutchess County BOCES in Poughkeepsie, New York. She works with 14 school districts, 8,000 educators and 47,000 students, as well as sustaining support to the non-public schools in her region. Her programming as a PreK – 12 curriculum specialist focuses on supporting the effective and efficient integration of technology into the teaching and learning process. Goals of her programs include enabling schools to define their paths towards instructional technology integration by facilitating customized planning and assessment in addition to offering staff and curriculum development as ongoing components of systematic school reform and improved student achievement. Her classroom teaching experience with students PreK – 12 allows her to support educators with direct knowledge of their experiences and classroom needs. Her work in professional development has been strongly accepted internationally as compassionate and effective. She is active regionally, statewide and nationally in multiple professional organizations. She holds a BS Elementary Education, an MS in Early Childhood Education, and a CAS in Educational Administration, all from the State University of New York. She is presently a Doctoral Student (EdD) in Educational Leadership and Curriculum/Instruction at the University of Phoenix. Kevin Jarrett (KJ Hax-SL) is a part-time faculty member at Walden University, teaching in the M.S. in Education program specializing in Integrating Technology with Curriculum. During the day he is a K-4 Technology Facilitator at an elementary school in Southern New Jersey. In March 2007, Kevin received a $10,000 Faculty Excellence Grant from Walden to take a four to six month sabbatical and immerse himself in the world of Second Life. Since then he has been exploring, observing, networking and assisting educators from all over the world get established and productive in Second Life. Kevin is helping organize the International Society for Technology in Education's Second Life Docent (Volunteer) Program, which aims to have representatives at ISTE HQ at various times throughout the day to answer questions and promote membership in the organization. Kevin is a Google Certified Teacher and has been teaching just four years. He left a career in the business world in 2002 to pursue his dream of becoming a teacher. He holds two business degrees including an M.B.A. and was certified to teach in New Jersey via the Alternate Route to Teaching program.

7:00PM SLT

Keynote Speaker: Lindy McKeown has been developing local, national and international online learning communities for professional development and curriculum projects for schools since 1994 and using computers in education since 1980. Lindy has worked with educational organizations across Australia, the UK, the USA and New Zealand to integrate technology into professional learning and school education. Lindy is a freelance consultant specializing in the application of online technologies for professional learning and a leader in the use of Action Learning in both face-to-face and online settings. Lindy is also the Digital Strategy Project Officer for the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) managing their Second Life assets. She is currently completing a Ph.D. at USQ where she is conducting research into the design of purpose-built 3D online virtual environments for professional development using Action Learning. In recognition of the value of this research to the wider adult learning community, Lindy is the recipient of a Queensland Government ‘Growing the Smart State’ PhD Grant. In acknowledgment of her extensive work with educators, Lindy is the 2006 recipient of the state, national and international ‘Outstanding Leader in the use of IT in Education’ awards from the Queensland Society for Information Technology (QSITE), the Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE) and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).