We have two types of people: panelists (people talking and presenting f2f at NECC) and virtual presenters/ Facilitators. If you want to do something, host a "lan party" in your area to participate virtually, host an online space, or be at NECC as part of the backchannel, please add your name and bio information here as well as what you'd like to do:


In person at NECC

Vicki Davis

Teacher and IT Director - Westwood Schools, Camilla Georgia;
co-winner SIGTEL's Online Learning Award 2007; Taking IT Global Best Online
Learning Project 2006; Edublog Award for best Wiki 2006; Wikispaces Wiki of the
Month December 2005; Edublog Finalist for Best Teacher Blog 2006; Finalist
Edutopia's Totally Wired teacher Award 2007; Contributor to Wikis in Education
by Stewart Mader, Brown University; Authored articles for Cable in the Classroom
magazine, Leading and Learning, Technology and Learning; Bi-weekly blogger at
Techlearning.com; Author of the popular Teacher Blog Cool Cat Teacher;
presenter at NECC 2006; presenter at the Future of Education Conference, K12
Online 2006, K12 Online 2007; Maine Technology Conference 2007; Illinois
technology Conference 2008; Tech Forum - Chicago 2007; Georgia Educators
Technology Conference 2006, 2007; Keynote Presenter at the Center for Quality
Teaching and Learning at Columbus State University Columbus, Georgia;
co-founder Women of Web 2 (www.womenofweb2.com), and co-host of the
weekly WOW2 show at edtechtalk on Tuesday nights at 9 pm

Robin Ellis

Instructional Technology Specialist in the Quakertown Community
School District in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. She has been working in the
instructional branch of the technology department for the past 8 years. Her job
focuses on working with teachers and students in the classroom on anything that
relates to technology and the curriculum. Robin currently maintains the
Connecting Through Conversations blog, she teaches an online professional development
course OpenPD with Darren Draper. She has presented at several conferences including the
Pennsylvania Educational Technology Conference (2005, 2008), EduCon2.0 2008,
Utah Coalition for Educational Technology (2008) and the
Pennsylvania School Board Association Excellence Fair (2007).

Darren Draper

One of five Technology Curriculum Specialists for the Jordan
School District in Sandy, Utah. He has been working with educational technology
for the last 10 years and loves technology (when it works). His job also focuses
on helping teachers and students to use technology in learning. Darren currently
maintains the Drape's Takes blog. Darren authored the "Pay Attention" video and
has presented at several conferences including the keynote presentation at the
Teaching with Technology Idea Exchange (Utah, 2007), TESOL Macedonia Thrace
15th Annual Convention (Greece, 2007), and National Federation of Urban &
Suburban School Districts (West Virginia, 2007). Darren was also one of the
co-founders of the EduBloggerWorld international social network.

Kristin Hokanson

Kristin's background is as an elementary teacher and is
currently the Technology Integration Coach at the Upper Merion Area High
School, King of Prussia, PA for Pennsylvania's Classrooms for the Future
Initiative. Her project Hands Across PA was recognized with distinguished honors
for SIGTEL's Online Learning Award in 2005. She has presented at conferences
including the Pennsylvania Educational Technology Conference and Expo (2006
2007), Discovery Educator Network Regional Leadership Conference (2006),
Keystone Technology Integrator Summit (2006 / 2007), Pennsylvania Business
Educator Association Conference (2007), Eastern Business Leaders Association
Conference (2007), and Classrooms for the Future Boot Camp (2007). A
Keystone Technology Integrator, STAR Discovery Educator, PA Discovery
Educator Network Leadership Council Co-Chair, PAECT South Eastern Regional
Director, Kristin maintains The Connected Classroom Blog and Wikispace and
focuses her work on creating collaborative opportunities for teachers and

Kelly Dumont

is one of five Technology Curriculum Specialists for Jordan School
District in Sandy, UT. He has worked in that capacity for the last 9 years.
Previously he taught 5th and 6th grade in Jordan School District. His job is to
help teachers and students learn to use technology more effectively in the
classroom. He blogs and podcasts at The Educational Mac.com. He is a
Past-President of UCET (Utah Coalition for Educational Technology, an ISTE
affiliate) and currently serves as the Past-President Liason and ISTE liason for the
organization. He has presented at the UCET conference for the past 10 years
(1977-2007). He is an Apple Distinguished Educator (Class of 2007).

Carolyn Foote

is Eanes ISD District Librarian and Westlake High School Librarian,
and author of the "Not So Distant Future" blog. She is a recent finalist for TCEA
Technology Librarian of the Year(2007), and was featured in American Libraries
article, "Mattering in the School Blogosphere" and has recently presented at
TASSP 2007, Internet Schools West 2007, and TCEA 2008. Her role is to provide
leadership for her district and staff on emerging instructional technologies and
how they impact information literacy for students, particularly those involving
research and production.

Ryan Bretag

Facilitator to stream in Beth and participate w/ Beth!

Virtually (but on the panel)

Beth Ritter-Guth

Beth currently teaches English and Communication FT at Lehigh Carbon Community College and PT at DeSales University in Eastern Pennsylvania. Her use of Second Life in the classroom has been internationally recognized by USA Today, the BBC, Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. Her non-profit program, Literature Alive! in Second Life, seeks to provide open access learning environments to global educators, students, and SL residents. Literature Alive! is featured as one of the top ten places to visit in the text "Second Life for Dummies" by Sarah Robbins and Mark Bell. Current projects include The Edgar Allan Poe House of Usher, Dante's Inferno, The Gloria Naylor Project, The American Project, Camelot, Grendel's Lair, The Cantebury Tales Virtual Pilgrimage, the Kate Chopin and Regional Writers Classroom, The Women and War Classroom, The British Literature Classroom, Walden Farm, Spoon River Anthology, the Collaboration Station, and the Progressive Era Literature Project. The Literature Alive! wiki lists all of the current offerings. Ritter-Guth is active in the uses of Web 2.0 applications and supports and promotes ethical treatment of materials via the use of the Creative Commons license. She volunteers her time to teach faculty how to use Web 2.0 and virtual worlds as classroom enhancement tools. In August 2008, Beth will be starting a new position at The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, CT as the Educational Communications and Technology Facilitator.

Backup Panelists

Other people on the original proposal who may be here to help panel -- we haven't confirmed that all panelists are attending!

Stephanie Sandifer

High School Literacy/Instructional Coach in Houston, Texas and author of the Change Agency blog. Stephanie is also a blogger for the LeaderTalk blog, and has over eleven years of experience teaching art and technology applications courses at the high school, college, and community levels. Her experience also includes over five years in K-12 administration as a School Improvement Facilitator and Dean of Instruction, and her role as a high school Literacy & Instructional Coach revolves around providing professional development and support on a daily basis to teachers on the campus for the purpose of strengthening the overall instructional program of the school.

Virtual Presenters/ Facilitators

In person at NECC