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Opening Keynote: Learning is an Epic Win

Sunday, June 23, 5:30 p.m.
Jane McGonigal
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McGonical face Jane McGonigal is today’s leading speaker on games and the application of game-design to education. Referencing lessons learned through her work creating games for organizations such as the World Bank, the Olympic Games, the American Heart Association, and the New York Public Library, McGonigal will discuss the powers of gameplay to solve real-world challenges, and to teach 21st century skills like resilience, urgent optimism, and extreme-scale collaboration.

In the best designed games, our engagement is perfectly optimized: we have important work to do, we’re surrounded by potential collaborators, and we learn quickly and in a low-risk environment. When we’re playing a good online game, we get constant useful feedback, we turbo-charge the neurochemistry that makes challenge fun, and we feel an insatiable curiosity about the world around us. None of this is by accident.

McGonigal will explore the concepts of resilience, how character evolves through gaming, and how gamers, constantly presented with the prospect of failure in-game, develop an ability within their real lives to attempt multiple avenues for solving problems. Like 21st-century learners, their solutions are built on an appreciation for change and collaboration.

McGonigal is an advisor and affiliate researcher with the Institute for the Future (IFTF) in Palo Alto, California, where she has served for four years as the director of game research and development. Her book, Reality Is Broken: How Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World is the definitive modern work on gamification. Learn more about Jane McGonigal and follow her on Twitter.

McGonigal will be available immediately following the keynote to sign books at ISTE Central, East Registration.

ISTE President Kecia Ray and ISTE CEO Brian Lewis will provide welcoming remarks.

Tuesday Keynote: Where Good Ideas Come From

Tuesday, June 25, 8:30 a.m.
Steven Johnson
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Best-selling author Steven Johnson, one of the foremost thought leaders in today’s interdisciplinary, collaborative and open-minded approach to innovation, will bring his experience writing for Wired, The New York Times, and other influential publications to the ISTE 2013 stage.

Join Johnson for an inspirational talk on the intersection of science, technology and personal experience, as he explores the concept of where and how good ideas originate. Drawing on examples from both inside and outside of education, Johnson will identify real-life learning environments that operate as incubators of creativity. Along the way, Johnson will discuss how innovative learners solve problems by borrowing ideas from multiple fields of thought, and how both educators and students leverage peer networks to mobilize as agents of change.

Steven Johnson is co-founder of three websites and the author of eight books. His latest, Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age, examines interconnectedness as a force in politics and society. His book Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation points out key patterns through history in the development of breakthrough technologies.

Steven was chosen by Prospect magazine as one of the Top Ten Brains of the Digital Future. He unites a deep understanding of scientific progress with a sharp sensitivity to contemporary online trends. Together, those traits give him an unmatched insight into how ideas emerge and spread and how they affect the world today. Learn more about Steven Johnson and follow him on Twitter.

Johnson will be available immediately following the keynote to sign books at ISTE Central, East Registration.

ISTE President Kecia Ray and ISTE CEO Brian Lewis will introduce the keynote, and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro will make brief welcoming remarks.

Closing Keynote: You’re Invited to Change the World

Wednesday, June 26, 2:30 p.m.
Adam Bellow
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More than ever before, as educators, we can all make a difference using the technology so readily available at our fingertips. This is something to celebrate! Author and educational technologist Adam Bellow will deliver the closing keynote of ISTE 2013 with a high-energy presentation reveling in the joys found only in being an educator in these amazing times. Sharing anecdotes about both successes and failures in his experiences as a classroom teacher, administrator and entrepreneur, Bellow’s presentation will motivate you far beyond the coming academic year. Showcasing stories of inspiration from classrooms around the world, Bellow will invite you to challenge yourself to make a difference in your school with creativity and kindness.

Founder and president of the eduTecher website and eduClipper digital tool, Bellow works with educational leaders, teachers and students from around the U.S. to help them infuse technology successfully into the classroom. He recently co-authored Untangling the Web, which takes an in-depth look at essential web tools for the classroom. Follow Adam Bellow on Twitter.

Bellow will be available immediately following the keynote to sign books outside Hall A.

The closing keynote will be preceded by a special panel featuring Richard Culatta, Acting Director of the Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education; Former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise, President of the Alliance of Excellent Education; and FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel.

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