TELL 2017 Keynote Speakers

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jennifer casa todd headshotJennifer Casa-Todd

Educator & Author of SociaLEADia


I am currently a Teacher-Librarian in Aurora, Ontario Canada, and author of the book, Social LEADia, published by Dave Burgess Consulting. Before this, I spent six years at the District level as a Program Resource Teacher for Literacy and Literacy Consultant, respectively.

In my district-level role, I have had the honour of working with teachers from Kindergarten to grade twelve in practically every subject area to integrate technology in the classroom, to support literacy, assessment and differentiation, and to promote twenty-first century competencies.  I have also had the privilege to write curriculum for the Ministry of Education of Ontario’s 21st Century Learning office as well as the Catholic Curriculum Corporation.

I am a life-long learner currently studying at the University of Ontario, Institute of Technology with a focus on social media in education and Digital Citizenship.

Social LEADia - Presentation Deck.pdf

Jennifer Casa-Todd - Social LEADia: Moving Students from Digital Citizenship to Digital Leadership


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Beth Holland

Johns Hopkins University Doctoral Student & EdTechTeacher Instructor




Beth Holland brings over 18 years of experience in mobile learning, K-12 education, and differentiated instruction to help teachers create innovative learning environments. She blogs regularly for EdTech Researcher at Education Week as well as Edutopia and presents nationally and internationally at conferences. She holds a Master's degree from Harvard University as well as a Bachelor's degree from Northwestern University. In addition to being a doctoral student in the Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education program at Johns Hopkins University, she leads professional development workshops for EdTechTeacher.


Beth Holland - The Science of Improvement: How to Systematically Innovate Classroom Practice



janette hughes 234x247.jpg Janette Hughes


Canada Research Chair and Author of The Digital Principal




Students have unprecedented access to a growing stream of multimodal digital communication and social networking tools through engaging personal and mobile devices. Ahead of the curve, Dr. Janette Hughes, Canada Research Chair in Technology and Pedagogy, and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education is leading research to explore how digital media can best enhance learning in today’s technology driven society. Through her state-of-the-art STEAM 3D Maker Lab at UOIT, Dr. Hughes examines how emerging digital media and interactive tools can challenge traditional curricular and teaching/learning methods. Her research will provide greater understanding of the intersection of new digital technologies and pedagogies, and how they can be used to support technology enriched and practice-integrated active learning, in the classroom and the real world. She is focused on the development and evaluation of teaching practices that support active student learning, address the digital literacy needs of at-risk students, and promote greater interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through the Arts (STEAM).


Janette Hughes - Considerations for Leading the Maker Movement in Your School