Ed-Tech Conference Attendees to Engage with Internationally-Acclaimed Keynote Speakers

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Education professionals will have the opportunity to learn from six of the world’s top luminaries in the ed-tech community at FETC – the largest national education technology conference held on the East Coast – Jenny Lawton, David Moinina Sengeh, former Gov. Bob Wise, Adam Bellow, Lucien Vattel and Jane McGonigal.

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Adam Bellow, FETC 2015 Keynote

I love engaging with the vibrant attendees and other presenters who have been part of the event.

Education professionals will have the opportunity to learn from six of the world’s top luminaries in the ed-tech community at FETC – the largest national education technology conference held on the East Coast – Jan. 20-23 at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center. Each of FETC 2015’s stellar keynote speakers will challenge attendees to take what they learn at the conference and use it to think outside-the-box when integrating technology into their classrooms.

“We are proud to announce Jenny Lawton, David Moinina Sengeh, former Gov. Bob Wise, Adam Bellow, Lucien Vattel and Jane McGonigal as our FETC 2015 keynote speakers,” said Patrick Gallagher, Event Director, Education Events at 1105 Media. “These six ed-tech leaders will present exciting, thought-provoking material that will draw a clear connection between traditional teaching strategies and the rapidly-changing digital world.”

Lawton is the CEO of MakerBot and is responsible for the overall strategy and growth of the company including strategic partnerships, product development and retail. In addition to her work with MakerBot, she is a respected company builder, technologist and advocate for fostering entrepreneurship. In 1991, Lawton co-founded Net Daemons Associates, an IT consulting firm. Lawton serves as COO for Rockin’ Water and RAM Scientific and SVP Operations for Mercury Solar Systems. Read more about Lawton here.

Sengeh, a Sierra Leone native, engineer, designer and lyricist/rapper, will finish his doctorate next year at the MIT Media Labs, in the biomechatronics group focusing on the design of comfortable prosthetic sockets and wearable interfaces. A social entrepreneur, Sengeh is president and co-founder of NGO Global Minimum Inc., and owner/lead designer for Nyali Clothing. Read more about Sengeh here.

Former West Virginia Gov. Wise is president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, a nonprofit organization that has become a national leader for reforming the nation’s high schools so that all students graduate from high school prepared to succeed in college and a career. After serving a combined 24 years as governor, member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, Gov. Wise has become an advisor on education issues as well as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Education, White House and key policymakers in the U.S. Congress. Read more about Gov. Wise here.

Bellow has worked as a high school English teacher, district technology training specialist and senior educational technology director for the College Board Schools. He is the founder and CEO of eduTecher, eduClipper and WeLeanedIt – Web and app resources designed for teachers and students. Bellow has been working to have a positive impact on the educational technology community for many years. He is the co-author of the book Untangling the Web and has been a much sought after presenter at many conferences. Read more about Bellow here.

“As a former classroom teacher, technology training specialist and technology director, I have experienced many of the attendees’ current roles,” said Bellow. “These experiences have helped color what and how I talk about the future of educational technology and the system of education.”

Vattel is the CEO of GameDesk, a nonprofit organization reshaping K-12 education through games and game development. He also is the director and writer for Vattel Films and the founder and co-director of the PlayMaker school which offers a new approach to teaching and learning. Vattel was the co-founder and co-architect of the master’s and undergraduate game development program at University of Southern California. Read more about Vattel here.

McGonigal is the New York Times bestselling author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World and is the inventor and co-founder of SuperBetter, a game that has helped nearly a half million players tackle real-life health challenges such as depression, anxiety, chronic pain and traumatic brain injury. Her best-known works include EVOKE, Superstruct, World Without Oil, Cruel 2 B Kind, Find the Future and The Lost Ring. She is the director of games research and development at the Institute for the Future, a non-profit research group in Palo Alto, Calif. She is the founder of Gameful, “a secret headquarters for world-changing game developers.” Read more about McGonigal here.

“Among attendees, there is a deep passion to learn and share new ideas as well as personal connections to content and best practices for classrooms and schools. I love engaging with the vibrant attendees and other presenters who have been part of the event,” said Bellow. “As a fourth-year FETC presenter, educator and entrepreneur, I truly live and breathe in the ed-tech space, and I look forward to experiencing the energy that the attendees bring with them to the conference.”

About 1105 Media
1105 Media, Inc. provides integrated business-to-business information and media to qualified professionals in the public, academic and private sectors focusing on technology, products, policy, regulation and news delivered through an assortment of media, including print and online magazines, journals and newsletters; seminars, conferences, executive summits and trade shows; training and courseware; and Web-based services. The markets served by these offerings include Government, Education, Network & Enterprise Computing, Business Intelligence, Office Equipment, Industrial Health & Safety, Compliance, Security, Environmental Protection, Water & Wastewater and Home Medical Equipment. 1105 Media is based in Chatsworth, Calif., with primary offices throughout the U.S. and more than 350 employees.

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Note: Media representatives interested in attending and covering FETC 2015 can register online at http://www.fetcpress.org or on-site at the Orange County Convention Center in room S210E. FETC 2015 will feature an on-site Press Room where registered media representatives can schedule interviews, work stories or just relax. Media representatives are required to register and will not be admitted into any FETC venues without a badge issued by FETC press staff. There is no cost for media registration.

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