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Sameer Hinduja

Co-Director, Cyberbullying Research Center Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University

Hinduja Sameer transparent resizedDR. SAMEER HINDUJA works nationally and internationally with the private and public sector to reduce online victimization and its real-world consequences. He has written six books and his interdisciplinary research is widely published and cited in a number of peer-reviewed academic journals. His most recent book for educators and parents is the award-winning Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying. Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying and Make Kindness Go Viral is his most recent book for youth. Dr. Hinduja provides training to schools, parents, teens, and youth organizations to encourage, empower, and equip them to deal with online misuse and abuse. He is frequently asked to provide expert commentary by news organizations, and he has been featured in venues that include CNN's Anderson Cooper 360, NPR's All Things Considered, the BBC, and The New York Times. In 2015, he received Auburn University's Global Anti-Bullying Hero Award, won Florida Atlantic University’s Researcher of the Year award, and presented on cyberbullying at a Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill.

The Cyberbullying Research Center is dedicated to providing up-to-date information about the nature, extent, causes, and consequences of cyberbullying among adolescents. It is intended to be an information clearinghouse for families, educators, counselors, mental health professionals, law enforcement, and others who work with youth. The site provides bullying and cyberbullying statistics, resources, presentations, downloads, activities, events, facts, examples, stories, and so much more to help you prevent and respond to victimization.

 Visit the Cyberbullying Research Center website at: http://cyberbullying.org


Words Wound: Delete Cyberbullying & Make Kindness Go Viral

How can educators help change the pattern of offline and online peer harassment and build an environment marked by kindness and compassion? Join Dr. Hinduja as he shares what the research says regarding the prevalence, scope, and frequency of cyberbullying. Learn how non-technological and technological cases have created legal precedent to specifically inform your policy and programming. Realize the importance of creative responses and see how anonymous reporting systems and community members can help. Finally, discover how to create and maintain a positive school climate to prevent misbehaviors while encouraging teens to safeguard their online experiences and reduce their vulnerability.

Dr. Hinduja conducts the following concurrent sessions in Salon A:

Sexting, Electronic Dating Violence, & Other Online Relationship Issues on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

Digital Reputation: What Your Students Need to Know & Do on Tuesday at 12:00 p.m.

Dr. Hinduja also conducts a Pre-Conference workshop on Monday afternoon from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Curriers:

Cyberbullying: Actionable Strategies for Administrators

We are also excited to announce a FREE presentation for parents on Monday evening from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in Salon A:

Parents’ Role Regarding Cyberbullying, Sexting, & Unwise Social Networking

Sara DeWitt

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Visionary, Author, & Educator - Vice President of PBS KIDS Digital at PBS (Public Broadcasting Service)

DeWitt head shot transparent resizedAs Vice President of PBS KIDS Digital, SARA DEWITT oversees day-to-day development of PBS’ multiplatform content for kids and families. Sara has led innovative strategies to build connected and immersive educational experiences for kids across media platforms, including the Kidscreen- and Webby-award winning PBSKIDS.org site, which reaches over 13 million unique visitors per month and offers hundreds of games, videos, and activities. Sara also manages production of mobile content, such as the PBS KIDS video app which offers more free educational video content on mobile than any other children’s media brand.

Before joining PBS KIDS, Sara worked as a preschool teacher and a management researcher. She studied media habits of children in rural United States for the Stanford University Spencer Project for Youth and Families, and co-authored with Dr. Shirley Brice Heath a study for the Poynter Institute on youth and newspapers. She holds both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s in English from Stanford University and a certificate from Stanford’s Children, Society, and Public Policy program.

For more resources, visit the PBS KIDS website at: http://pbskids.org


The Changing Landscape of Digital Learning

Technology is changing rapidly, and today's children have access to "educational" content on more platforms every day. How has today’s widespread technology altered the ways that kids interact with and learn from media? And, more importantly, how do we know what kids are learning from digital, mobile, and gaming content? Sara DeWitt dives in to how the ever-changing digital landscape is impacting the ways teachers teach and students learn, as well as highlighting PBS KIDS research that showcases real learning in the digital world.

Sara also conducts the following concurrent sessions in Salon A:

A Transmedia Approach to Learning on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

Using Digital Media to Cultivate Innovative Thinking in the Classroom on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.

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Travis Allen

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International Motivational Speaker - President & Founder of the iSchool initiative

Travis Allen headshot transparent resized TRAVIS ALLEN is a young visionary promoting digital learning in the classroom. Before graduating from high school, Travis created a viral YouTube video on revolutionizing America’s education through the use of mobile technology. Today, he is a senior at Kennesaw State University where he operates his growing non-profit organization, iSchool Initiative. With the support of his team, Travis has presented in over 40 states and 7 countries, allowing him to reach an audience of over 200,000 people! He has been featured on CNN, Huffington Post and Forbes. In 2011, he was the winner of Google Young Minds competition; and in 2012, he was invited to the White House for Education Datapalooza. Travis is quickly becoming one of the most influential leaders of the emerging digital learning movement.

"I had the pleasure of seeing Travis Allen present at the Palm Beach Tech Conference in March of 2011. Travis talks to teachers as if he has been doing it for a decade – he is comfortable, funny, and loaded with insights on how mobile technologies can be of value in an educational setting. Travis is a dynamic presenter, and I suspect will be a favorite on the education circuit for years to come." — Rushton Hurley, Executive Director at Next Vista for Learning and CMTC 2014 Thursday Keynote Speaker

Check out available resources from the iSchool Initiative at http://www.ischoolinitiative.com and visit www.isitravis.com for information about Travis


Becoming a Lifelong Learner

Take a journey with college student Travis Allen and learn what it means to be a lifelong learner. This concept has an entirely new definition in today's Information Age and it requires us to create new skills, while at the same time embracing our inner student. Discover how schools, teachers, and the students themselves unintentionally obstruct their own path for the best possible education. And, most importantly, learn how to cultivate the right environment to break past these barriers.

Travis also conducts the following concurrent sessions in Salon A:

Top Ten Challenges for Mobile in the Classroom on Thursday at 10:00 a.m.

Becoming a Key Influencer with Social Media on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. 

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Keynote Speakers 2014

Sylvia Libow Martinez
A Global Revolution Goes to School: The Maker Movement

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Ken Shelton
The Art of Iteration: Embracing Failure for Learning

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Rushton Hurley
Creativity, Inspiration, and Excellence

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Keynote Speakers 2013

Kevin Honeycutt
Trends, Tools, and Tactics for 21st Century Learning

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Jaime Casap
Unleashing the Power of Technology in Education

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Heidi Hayes Jacobs
Leading the New Literacies: Digital, Media, & Global Project Based Learning

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Keynote Speakers 2012

Angela Maiers
Habitudes of a 21st Century Learner

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Richard Byrne
Everything Is Free, Now What?

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Scott Kinney
Moving Learning...Beyond the Information Age

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