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Adam Welcome

Adam Welcome is currently a Director of Innovation and Technology, and former Elementary Principal for six years. Adam also taught elementary school for seven years and set up one of the first GAFE domains in his county. Adam was Principal of the Year for his ACSA region, a 20 To Watch for the National School Board Association, guest blogger for EdWeek, NAESP magazine, ACSA and also writes his own blog on a weekly basis. Adam also consults and works with many education technology companies as a way to improve their product for others!

Adam is passionate about technology integration with all educators and a huge advocate of social media and connecting with other educators from across the country. Adam makes it clear that kids come first and has preached the message of Team Kid for many years. Adam believes leaders should stand on the tables, ride tricycles and do whatever it takes to connect with kids!

He is also the co-founder of Kids Deserve It with Todd Nesloney, and their book is currently on Amazon for order. This book will also be available for sale at CORE Academy.

Adam has an amazing wife (Stacy) and two young children (Greta and Tilden) that keep life at home exciting and active.

Lisa Highfill

Lisa Highfill (@lhighfill) is an Instructional Technology Coach in the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned her Masters in Educational Technology Leadership and has been a classroom teacher for over 20 years. As a Google Certified Innovator, and a YouTube Star Teacher, she travels the country presenting at EdTech conferences and speaking about lesson design and learning theory. Lisa is the co-creator and co-author of The HyperDoc Handbook.

John Bailey

Dr. John Bailey is an English-American former volcanologist turned Googler. As an undergraduate, he studied physics & space science at the University of Kent at Canterbury and Penn State University, but decided there were limited fieldwork opportunities in space. So he switched to the far safer field of volcanology, and at the University of Hawaii completed a MS and PhD, specializing in the remote sensing of volcanoes. This was followed by a move to Alaska as a postdoc with the Alaska Volcano Observatory at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and later as a member of the UAF Geography Faculty. Finally, after almost two decades in academia he decided he needed a new challenge and in 2014 joined the Google Earth Outreach team as Program Manager of Geo Education. John loves to travel and explore new places and landscapes for himself, and has visited over fifty countries on all seven continents. Having also lived in locations spread across 21 timezones, he generally has great uncertainty on where he considers home. His goal is to use Google's Geospatial Tools and other innovative technologies to teach knowledge, understanding and better stewardship of the planet we live on.

Eric Patnoudes

Eric Patnoudes, former teacher and instructional technologist, is a K-12 Education Strategist at CDW-G, a leading provider of technology solutions and services to education, government and healthcare. In this role he provides school districts with insight, resources and strategic advice for successful and sustainable technology implementations. Eric holds a M.Ed. in Curriculum, Technology and Education Reform, is a Level 2 Google Certified Educator, Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer, he was a U.S. representative at the Microsoft Global forum in Barcelona as an MIE Expert and has experience as an adjunct professor. He is a co-founder of the Connect IT blog on EdTech K-12 Magazine and you can follow him on Twitter @NoApp4Pedagogy.

Josh Brown


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In partnership with educators, Best Buy Education turns classrooms into active learning environments, and schools into powerful, efficient organizations that prepare students for college, career, and life beyond school walls. Josh Brown, Senior Education Account Manager, will lead engaging sessions on the latest in virtual/augmented reality, including Google Expeditions, and how to infuse it in the classroom to create valuable learning experiences.

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