September 29th @ 4pm Central US Time

The Internet. Tablets. 3D printing. Wearable Technology. All once outliers in discussions of possible future learning scenarios, unlikely developments in their early days according to the common wisdom, but each laden with enormous potential impact even then. Imagine if we could have anticipated these developments as they were happening and maximized their educational value early on. How might we have influenced them? Taken advantage of them? What would we have done differently? How could we have used them — right away — to the benefit of teaching and learning? For this edition of the NMC Beyond the Horizon we will have a focused conversation on the possible futures of technologies currently within our grasp, Internet privacy, the network, and machine learning.

Meet the Panelists:
Ruben Puentedura (Hippasus)
Dr. Ruben Puentedura is the Founder and President of Hippasus, a consulting practice based in Western Massachusetts, focusing on transformative applications of information technologies to education. He has implemented these approaches for over twenty-five years at a range of K-20 educational institutions, as well as health and arts organizations. He is the creator of the SAMR model for selecting, using, and evaluating technology in education, which currently guides the work of the Maine Learning Technology Initiative, as well as multiple other projects throughout the USA, Canada, Western Europe, Australia, and Southeast Asia. He is also the author of the EdTech Quintet, a categorization of the core technology toolset required for education derived from the Horizon Report. His current work explores new directions in mobile computing, digital storytelling, learning analytics, and educational gaming, focusing on applications in areas where they have not been traditionally employed.
Bryan Alexander (Bryan Alexander Consulting)
Bryan Alexander is a futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher, working in the field of how technology transforms education. He completed his English language and literature PhD at the University of Michigan in 1997, with a dissertation on doppelgangers in Romantic-era fiction and poetry. Then Bryan taught literature, writing, multimedia, and information technology studies at Centenary College of Louisiana. There he also pioneered multi-campus interdisciplinary classes, while organizing an information literacy initiative. From 2002 to 2014 Bryan worked with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), a non-profit working to help small colleges and universities best integrate digital technologies. With NITLE he held several roles, including co-director of a regional education and technology center, director of emerging technologies, and senior fellow. Over those years Bryan helped develop and support the nonprofit, grew peer networks, consulted, and conducted a sustained research agenda. In 2013 Bryan launched a business, Bryan Alexander Consulting, LLC. Through BAC he consults throughout higher education in the United States and abroad. Bryan also speaks widely and publishes frequently. His two most recent books are Gearing Up For Learning Beyond K-12 and The New Digital Storytelling.
Lev Gonick (OneCommunity)
Lev Gonick is an educator, technologists, and smart city architect. He has been teaching, working, and living on the Net for more than 25 years. Gonick is co-founder and CEO of OneCommunity, the award-winning non-profit organization enabling and celebrating innovation, collaboration, and productivity through next generation broadband networks and services throughout Northeast Ohio. Gonick was CIO at Case Western Reserve University from 2001-2013. He and his colleagues were internationally recognized for technology innovations in community engagement, learning spaces, next generation network projects, and organizational development. Lev's innovations, including the Case Connection Zone catalyzed national projects, including US Ignite and Gig.U
Tom Haymes (PBK Architects)
In 2017 I began a new position at PBK Architects as Director of Learning and Innovation. In this role I lead a team responsible for developing and implementing strategies that integrate technology, new forms of curriculum, and sustainability into designs and planning for educational institutions (both K12 and Higher Education). Additionally, I am responsible for promoting innovative thinking and a future focus throughout the firm. From 2001 to 2017 I taught government government to students and new media and technology to faculty at Houston Community College. In 2006, I became Instructional Design Coordinator at Northwest College and subsequently Director of Technology and Instructional Computing. Prior to working at HCC, I worked for several Internet startups in Austin, Texas where I filled roles as diverse as Project Manager, Business Intelligence Analyst, and Director of Marketing. My technical experience extends to 3 years working at Apple and Motorola in support roles. I have used computers since 1981 and have engaged in serious photography since 1982.
Wendy Shapiro (University of Massachusetts, Boston)
In the role of Associate Dean Dr. Shapiro provides strategic leadership and direction supporting and advancing teaching, learning, assessment and scholarship within the College of Advancing and Professional Development across the broad spectrum of educational technology and instructional design functions. In addition Wendy offers leadership in planning and policy related to curriculum development, e-learning, educational technology initiatives, technology enhanced learning environments, digital scholarship, and blended and online learning to support the College's strategic goals.