Keynotes & Featured Speakers
Our speakers bring with them countless years of experience as well as the wisdom needed to chart a clear path toward edtech’s bright future.
Two Unforgettable Keynotes
This year, IETC is proud to welcome two nationally-recognized voices to the center stage as part of our popular keynote series.
Don’t forget – both of this year’s keynotes are open to both in-person and virtual attendees. These are two symposiums you won’t want to miss, so mark your calendars and make plans to tune in today.
Manuel is an educator, a speaker, and an illustrator. He specializes in sketchnoting, visual thinking, and design. Over the past 19 years, he has keynoted, led workshops, and consulted with districts and organizations across the country.
Manuel has illustrated books and designed graphics for a variety of businesses and school districts. Currently, he is the Coordinator of Learning Services for the Affton School District and an adjunct professor for Webster University, both located in St. Louis, MO.
"Drawing as a Thinking Process"
Thursday @ 8:30 AM
Every day in our classrooms, we ask our students to design and demonstrate their learning. They channel their efforts to develop presentations, videos, and prototypes. Often missing from the equation is the opportunity to help them develop their creative process. Something as simple as reaching for a pencil and paper can help students and teachers begin that journey.
Listen to Manuel share how using simple sketches can help students and teachers think openly about their ideas. Learn strategies to support your students to quickly generate designs, and then use them to share with others for perspective and constructive feedback. As you step into the sketch arena, Manuel will implore you to shift your mindset from seeing drawing as an artistic process to seeing it as a thinking process and beyond.
Mr. Reed is an author, rapper, proud husband, father, and public school teacher in Chicago, IL. In 2016, he released his viral music video, “Welcome to the 4th Grade,” which garnered millions of views, and catapulted him into an educational spotlight.
Reed believes relationships mean everything in education, and that every child, no matter their race or social status, deserves a fair chance at a quality education. His message to all is one of grace, love, and equity, and his aim is to rehumanize the learning experience for every scholar, everywhere.
"Being the Educator Your Scholars Need"
Friday @ 12:30 PM
Get ready to become the educator your scholars have needed all along!
Filled with tons of SEL, restorative justice practices, and trauma-informed talking points, Reed will help educators re-discover their WHY of teaching, and will emphasize the importance of building and maintaining positive relationships with scholars, both in and outside of the classroom.
Each participant will leave with dozens of practical, relationship-building strategies which can immediately be implemented in their classroom or school environment.
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