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NEF/RILINK Summer Conference 2017: Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker Day 1: August 8

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Gowan Genis

Sylvia Martinez is a maker, mom, engineer, and the co-author of the book, Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, called “the bible of the classroom maker movement.” Sylvia speaks to and works with schools around the world evangelizing authentic, inclusive use of technology across the curriculum. She is president of Constructing Modern Knowledge Press, creating books and professional development advocating using modern technology for learning. Sylvia is also the principal advisor to the NSF-funded FabLearn Fellows program at Stanford University. Prior to that, Sylvia ran the educational non-profit Generation YES, designed and programmed educational software and video games, and was an aerospace engineer specializing in GPS navigation and high frequency receiver systems. 

Day One Keynote
Day One - Morning Breakout
Day One - Afternoon Breakout

Follow Sylvia on Twitter @smartinez

Keynote Speaker Day 2: August 9

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Lauren Mancia

Adam Gidwitz was a teacher for eight years. Now, he writes full time, which means he writes a couple of hours a day, and lies on his couch staring at the ceiling the rest of the time. He is the bestselling author of the children's books, A Tale Dark and Grimm, and its companions; The Empire Strikes Back: So You Want to Be a Jedi; and most recently, The Inquisitor's Talewhich has been named an Editor's Choice and Notable Children's Book by The New York Timesas well as one of 2016's Best Children's Books by both The Washington Post and The Wall Street JournalA product of six years of research, The Inquisitor's Tale has been lauded by Entertainment Weekly for its "complex themes (xenophobia, zealotry, censorship etc.)," and "addictive," "gradual intricacy." The Inquisitor's Tale has been listed as a Best Book by Kirkus ReviewsPublishers WeeklySchool Library JournalHorn Book Fanfare, and Booklist. A recent recipient of both the Sydney Taylor Book Award and a Newbery HonorThe Inquisitor's Tale is absolutely one of the most celebrated children's books of 2016. 

Day Two Keynote
Day Two - Morning Breakout
Day Two - Afternoon Breakout

Follow Adam on Twitter @AdamGidwitz