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Sep. 21, 2016 11:21 am

4 edtech leaders to watch at this year’s Education Technology Innovation Summit

We're giving away two tickets to the event hosted by Mindgrub on Wednesday, Sept. 28. Enter today to win.

Baltimore city has a vibrant edtech community, supported by local Meetups sponsored by nonprofits such as the Digital Harbor Foundation.

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This is a guest post by Mindgrub marketing manager Kelly Brown.

As new technology continuously shapes the world around us and how we interact with it, we discover new ways of doing things we have always done.

In educational spaces, technology is becoming more and more ingrained into modern learning. Educators and innovators are bringing experiential learning tools into the classroom through the use of virtual reality, augmented reality, the Internet of Things and gamification, allowing students the opportunity to see and experience the world through realistic applications and hands-on expeditions. These tools will allow educators to bridge the gap across the digital divide to conquer challenges and create new ways of digesting information and applying unique skill sets.

Come discuss all of this and more at this year’s Education Technology Innovation Summit (#ETIS16) hosted by Mindgrub on Wednesday, Sept. 28. at McHenry Row Campus (1215 E. Fort Avenue) during Baltimore Innovation Week 2016.

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At this year’s Education Technology Innovation Summit (#ETIS16), you will experience a multidimensional day of learning from a wide variety of speakers to include, but not limited to:

Frank Bonsal, III of Towson University

A venture capitalist and angel investor, Frank Bonsal, III is a pioneer in the field of education technology and investment. He has 25 years of experience advancing efficacy, innovation and productivity in and around education and the knowledge economy. As the first Director of Entrepreneurship at Towson University, Bonsal has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs. His direct investment experience includes over 25 education companies.

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Greg Williams, Ed. D. of University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Greg Williams has over 25 years of experience as a professor, K-12 teacher, instructional designer, eLearning developer, trainer and consultant. He is the director of UMBC’s graduate program in instructional systems development. Williams completed his B.A., M.S. at The State University of New York and his doctorate at George Washington University.

Joseph Manko, Principal of Liberty Elementary School

Joseph Manko is the principal of Liberty Elementary School in Baltimore. Out of 155 schools, Liberty is the second highest performing of high poverty schools in Baltimore. Liberty boasts the largest field trip program in the city with each child going on eight to ten field trips each year. The school is also the site of the first one-to-one mobile program in Baltimore with 440 iPads and 100 Chromebooks being used daily by students. Manko is a National Board Certified Teacher, Fulbright Scholar, America Achieves Fellow, New Leaders For New Schools Cohort Member and Teach For America Corps Member. He also serves as an educational advisor to the United States Secretary of Education as one of four Principal Ambassador Fellows in the country. In 2014, Manko was named by Education Week as one of nine educators to shape education in the next ten years.

Gretchen LeGrand of Code in the Schools

Gretchen LeGrand is the cofounder and executive director of Code in the Schools, a Baltimore based nonprofit. LeGrand and her husband, Mike, formed Code in the Schools in 2013 to address the inequities they observed in computer science education and the lack of diversity in computing fields. Starting with a small after-school group of 20 high school youth, Code in the Schools now serves thousands of Baltimore City students each year through in-school enrichment, out-of-school time clubs and high school computer science classes. In 2015, it launched the Prodigy Program, a job training program for youth aged 17-21. Prior to founding Code in the Schools, LeGrand worked for over a decade in the community and in the nonprofit sector as a teacher and social worker, teaching everything from math to life skills. In 2014, LeGrand was recognized by the Baltimore Social Innovation Journal for her work, and she has presented on the importance of computer science education at conferences around the country.

Sergio Marrero of Anyone’s Learning Experience

Sergio Marrero is an entrepreneur and cofounder of ALEX, Anyone’s Learning Experience, a platform for the future of higher education and workforce training. He graduated with a Masters in Business Administration and Public Policy from the Harvard Business School and the Kennedy School of Government in May of 2016. Previously he worked at Doblin, an innovation consultancy; Deloitte in the Strategy & Operations group; Teach For America in the Strategy & Innovation group and DFJ Gotham Ventures, a venture capital firm based in New York City. His passion and focus is launching mission driven ventures at the intersection of business, design and technology.

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