EduTECH Masterclasses

2015 Masterclass Facilitators

Ian Jukes

InfoSavvy21 (CA)


About Ian:

Ian Jukes is the founder and Executive Director of the InfoSavvy Group, an international educational leadership consulting firm. He has taught at all grade levels, been a school, district and provincial administrator; a university instructor, and a national and international consultant. To date he has written or co-written more than a dozen books, 9 educational series and more than 200 articles that have been published in various journals around the world. His most recent books, otherwise known as the 21st Century Fluency series, are: Teaching the Digital Generation (with Kelly & McCain, 2008), Living on the Future Edge (with McCain & Crockett, 2010), Understanding the Digital Generation (with McCain & Crockett, 2010) and Literacy Is Not Enough (with Churches & Crockett, 2010). First and foremost Ian is a passionate educational evangelist. From the beginning, Ian’s focus has been on the compelling need to restructure our educational institutions so that they become relevant to the current and future needs of the digital generation - and to prepare them for their future and not just our past. Ian can be reached at

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Ewan McIntosh


NoTosh (UK)


About Ewan:

Ewan McIntosh is the founder of NoTosh Limited, an Edinburgh-based company with a global reputation for researching and delivering new learning opportunities for some of the world's top creative companies and school districts.


Ewan is also advisor on the digital agenda to the Vice President of the European Commission, Mrs Neelie Kroes, and sits on the ICT Excellence Expert Group advising the Cabinet Minister for Education in Scotland.


McIntosh's company, NoTosh Limited, develops products and services with creative companies on the one hand, and then takes the processes, attitudes and research gained there to the world of education. The company works with hundreds of schools and districts, providing ideas, inspiration and research on how to better engage kids.


Ewan was a French and German High School teacher, before moving from the classroom into technology research and leadership as Scotland's first National Advisoron Learning and Technology Futures. He later helped set up one of the most ambitious investment funds from a public service broadcaster in the UK, the $100m 4iP Fund from Channel 4 Television.


As well as heading up NoTosh's work globally with creative corporations, Governments and school districts, Ewan is a "Digital Angel" advisor on the digital agenda to the Vice President of the European Commission, Mrs Neelie Kroes.


Ewan and his team are all about engaging people, whether they're voters, customers or kids in a classroom.


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Dr Heidi Hayes Jacobs

Executive Director of the Curriculum Mapping Institute
President of Curriculum Designers Inc


About Heidi:

Dr Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Executive Director of the Curriculum Mapping Institute and President of Curriculum Designers, Inc., is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of curriculum and instruction having consulted  nationally and internationally on issues and practices pertaining to:  curriculum mapping, dynamic instruction,  and  21st century strategic planning.  She is the author of seven books, most recently, Curriculum 21: Essential Education for A Changing World published by ASCD and Mapping to the Core: Integrating the Common Core Standards  into Your Local School Curriculum with SINET in a new text and media format called LumiBook360.  Her publications with Solution-Tree, Leading the New Literacies: Digital, Media, Global , were released in 2014.

Dr. Jacobs has worked with a range of organizations. In January, 2010, Dr. Jacobs addressed  the United Nations Council on Teaching about the UN.  She has taught at Columbia University’s Teachers College in NYC from 1981 to the present. Dr. Jacobs has worked with the College Board, NBC Sunday Today Show, PBS Teacherline, the Discovery Channel, Children’s Television Workshop, CBS National Sunrise Semester, ASCD, The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, New York City Ballet Education Department at Lincoln Center, Peace Corps, the National School Conference Institute, the Disney Company, Prentice-Hall Publishing, the Near East School Association,  ESSARP in Buenos Aires, East Asian Council of Overseas Schools, The Tri-Association of Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean,  Pearson Learning of Canada,  the International Baccalaureate, the European Council of International Schools, and state education departments.  She has been interviewed and featured in the New York Times, Educational Leadership, and Child Magazine, NASSP’s High School and National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Nation” Broadcast.   Dr. Jacobs has published curriculum materials with Prentice Hall, Milton-Bradley, the Electric Company, and Bowmar Publishing.  ASCD features webinars and dvd’s focusing on Dr. Jacobs’ curriculum models.  She is featured on the world’s largest online professional development network, PD 360. 


Her doctoral work was completed at Columbia University’s Teachers College in 1981 where she studied under a national Graduate Leadership Fellowship from the United States Office of Education.  Her master’s degree is from UMASS at Amherst and her undergraduate studies were at the University of Utah in her hometown of Salt Lake City.  The fundamental backbone of her experience comes from her years as a teacher of high school, junior high school, and elementary children in Utah, Massachusetts, and New York.  She is married with two adult children and lives in Westchester County, New York


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Steve Wheeler

Associate Professor of Learning Technologies
Plymouth University


About Steve:

Steve Wheeler is Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at Plymouth University, in South West England. Originally trained as a psychologist, he has spent his entire career working in media, technology and learning, predominantly in nurse education (NHS 1981-1995) and teacher education (1976-1981 and 1995-present). He is now in the Plymouth Institute of Education, at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.

Steve is a global educator, teaching online, and on a number of undergraduate and post-graduate teacher education programmes in the UK and overseas. He researches into technology supported learning and distance education, with particular emphasis on the pedagogy underlying the use of social media and Web 2.0 technologies, and he also has research interests in mobile learning and cyber-cultures. Steve is regularly invited to speak about his work and has given keynotes and invited lectures to audiences in more than 30 countries across 5 continents. He is currently involved in several research programmes related to technology supported learning, digital praxis, social media and handheld technologies.

Steve is the author of more than 150 scholarly articles, with over 3000 academic citations and is an active and prolific edublogger. His blog Learning with ‘e’s is a regular online commentary on the social and cultural impact of disruptive technologies, and the application of digital media in education, learning and development. It currently attracts in excess of 100,000 unique visitors each month.

Steve is chair of the Plymouth e-Learning Conference, and between 2008-2011 was also co-editor of the journal Interactive Learning Environments. He serves on the editorial boards of a number of learning technology and education related open access academic journals including Research in Learning Technology (formerly ALT-J), the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL), the European Journal of Open, Distance and eLearning (EURODL) and Digital Culture and Education. He has served on the organising and executive committees of a number of international academic conferences, including ALT-C, ICL, EDEN, IFIP and AICT.

In 2008 Steve was awarded a Fellowship by the European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN), and in 2011 he was elected to serve as a member of the Steering group of EDEN’s Network of Academics and Professionals (NAP). Between 2008-2013 he also served as chair of the influential worldwide research group IFIP Technical Committee Working Group 3.6 (distance education) and is author of several books including The Digital Classroom (Routledge: 2008) and Connected Minds, Emerging Cultures(Information Age: 2009). He lives in Plymouth, on the South West coast of England.


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Eric Sheninger

New Milford High School


About Eric:

Eric is the award-winning Principal at New Milford High School located in Bergen County, NJ. His work focuses on leading and learning in the digital age as a model for moving schools and districts forward. This has led to the formation of the Pillars of Digital Leadership, a framework for all educators to initiate sustainable change to transform school cultures.  As a result Eric has emerged as an innovative leader and sought after speaker.  His main focus is the use of social media and web 2.0 technology as tools to engage students, improve communications with stakeholders, enhance public relations, create a positive brand presence, discover opportunity, transform learning spaces, and help educators grow professionally.


Eric is a Bammy Award winner (2013), NASSP Digital Principal Award winner (2012)PDK Emerging Leader Award recipient (2012), winner of Learning Forward's Excellence in Professional Practice Award (20 12), Google Certified Teacher, Adobe Education LeaderASCD 2011 Conference Scholar, author of "Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times", co-author of "Communicating and Connecting With Social Media: Essentials for Principals" and "What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Science", writer on education for the Huffington Post, co-creator of theEdscape Conference, sits on the FEA Board of Directors, and was named to the NSBA "20 to Watch" list in 2010 for technology leadership. TIME Magazine also idenfitied Eric as having one of the 140 Best Twitter Feeds in 2014.He now presents and speaks nationally to assist other school leaders embrace and effectively utilize technology. His blog, A Principal's Reflections, was selected as Best School Administrator Blog in 2013 and 2011 by Edublogs.


Eric began his career in education as a Science Teacher at Watchung Hills Regional High School where he taught a variety of subjects (Biology, Chemistry, Marine Biology, Ecology) and coached several sports (ice hockey, football, lacrosse). He then transitioned into the field of educational administration as an Athletic Director/Supervisor of Physical Education & Health and Vice Principal in the New Milford School District. During his administrative career he has served as District Affirmative Action Officer and is the current president of the New Milford Administrator’s Association. Eric received his M.Ed. in Educational Administration from East Stroudsburg University, B.S. in Biology from Salisbury University, and his B.S. in Marine/Environmental Science from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.


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Eric Mazur

physicist and educator
Harvard University (USA)


About Eric:

Eric Mazur is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University and Area Dean of Applied Physics. An internationally recognized scientist and researcher, he leads a vigorous research program in optical physics and supervises one of the largest research groups in the Physics Department at Harvard University.


After obtaining a Ph.D. degree in experimental physics at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands in 1981, Dr. Mazur came to Harvard University in 1982. In 1984 he joined the faculty and obtained tenure six years later. Dr. Mazur has made important contributions to spectroscopy, light scattering, the interaction of ultrashort laser pulses with materials, and nanophotonics.


In 1988 he was awarded a Presidential Young Investigator Award. He is Fellow of the Optical Society of America and Fellow of the American Physical Society, and has been named APS Centennial Lecturer during the Society's centennial year. In 2007 Mazur was appointed Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar. In 2008 Mazur received the Esther Hoffman Beller award from the Optical Society of America and the Millikan Medal from the American Association of Physics Teachers. In 2010 he was elected Director at Large for the Optical Society of America. Dr. Mazur is a Member of the Royal Academy of Sciences of the Netherlands. He is honorary professor at the Institute of Semiconductor Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing and has held appointments as Visiting Professor or Distinguished Lecturer at Princeton University, Vanderbilt University, the University of Leuven in Belgium, National Taiwan University in Taiwan, Carnegie Mellon University, and Hong Kong University.


In addition to his work in optical physics, Dr. Mazur is interested in education, science policy, outreach, and the public perception of science. He believes that better science education for all -- not just science majors -- is vital for continued scientific progress. To this end, Dr. Mazur devotes part of his research group's effort to education research and finding verifiable ways to improve science education. In 1990 he began developing Peer Instruction a method for teaching large lecture classes interactively. Dr. Mazur's teaching method has developed a large following, both nationally and internationally, and has been adopted across many science disciplines.


Dr. Mazur has served on numerous committees and councils, including advisory and visiting committees for the National Science Foundation, has chaired and organized national and international scientific conferences, and presented for the Presidential Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology. He serves as consultant to industry in the electronics and telecommunications industry. In 2006 he founded SiOnyx, a company that is commercializing black silicon, a new form of silicon developed in Mazur's laboratory. Mazur is currently Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Board for SiOnyx. In 2011 he founded Learning Catalytics, a company that uses data analytics to improve learing in the classroom. Mazur is Chief Academic Advisor for Turning Technologies, a company developing interactive response systems for the education market. He also serves on the Scientific Advisory Panel for Allied Minds, a pre-seed investment company creating partnerships with key universities to fund corporate spin-outs in early stage technology companies, and on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Lifeboat Foundation, a nonprofit nongovernmental organization dedicated to encouraging scientific advancements.


Dr. Mazur is author or co-author of 283 scientific publications and 23 patents. He has also written on education and is the author of Peer Instruction: A User's Manual (Prentice Hall, 1997), a book that explains how to teach large lecture classes interactively and the recently published The Principles and Practice of Physics (Pearson, April 2014). In 2006 he helped produce the award-winning DVD Interactive Teaching. He is the founder of Learning Catalytics, a platform for promoting interactive problem solving in the classroom, which is available in MasteringPhysics®.


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Past Masterclass Facilitators


Dr Sugata Mitra

Professor of Educational Technology
Newcastle University (UK)


Ewan McIntosh

Founder and CEO
NoTosh (UK)


Dr Gary Stager

Executive Director
The Constructivist Consortium (USA)


Alan November

International leader in education technology & Senior Partner
November Learning (USA)



Joyce Valenza

Teacher Librarian, Springfield Township High School & incoming Assistant Professor of Practice, Rutgers University School of Communication & Information (USA)



Neil Ballantyne

Learning Designs (NZ



Dr Yong Zhao

Presidential Chair, Associate Dean for Global Education, Director, Center for Advanced Technology in Education
University of Oregon (USA)



Conrad Wolfram

Director of Strategic and International Development
Wolfram Research, Inc. and Owner, Wolfram Research Europe Ltd




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