Keynote and Featured Speakers 2018

Keynote Speaker Announced!


Kevin Honeycutt

The Technology Conference Steering Committee is happy to announce that Kevin Honeycutt will be back by popular demand to open our 20th Anniversary conference.

Kevin Honeycutt is a technology integrationist and a staff developer from Central Kansas. He spent 13 years teaching K-12 art and now travels the country and the world sharing ideas with educators. His website is a valued treasure house of resources for educators.

Kevin grew up in poverty and attended school in many cities across the United States. As he witnessed education around the country he collected powerful experiences that still influence his conversations and his work with educators. He spent 13 years teaching art K-12 in public school and for 17 years spent summers leading creative adventure camps for kids of all ages. In 1991 he received the Making IT Happen Award which is an internationally recognized awards program for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K-12 schools. The program identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation. In 2011 he became an Apple distinguished educator and he continues to train students and teachers in the use of Apple’s powerful learning tools. In his life he’s gone from being an at-risk kid doing stints in foster care to traveling the globe talking to audiences of educators, business people and kids.

Closing Speaker

Dean Shareski

Dean Shareski

 Dean Shareski has been one of our conference’s most popular speakers, and he is back by popular demand for our 20th anniversary show.

Dean has been the Community Manager for Discovery Education Canada since 2012. From 2002-2012, he worked as a Digital Learning Consultant with the Prairie South School Division in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada. Previous to that Dean taught grades K-8 for 14 years.

From Dean’s blog, Ideas and Thoughts:

Since late 2004 I’ve been immersed in understanding what the Read/Write Web is all about and how the new shape of knowledge changes how we all learn. I believe teachers and students ought to use technology to connect ideas and learners in safe, relevant, authentic ways to answer questions, share ideas and develop community. Learning can be, and should be, fun and personal. I was fortunate to be awarded the 2010 ISTE Award for Outstanding Leadership in Technology and Education. This honor is mostly a reflection of the great people I work with both within my school division and beyond. My greatest asset is that I know smart people and how to find them.

Featured Speakers


Hall Davidson



Hall Davidson has worked from think tanks in Turkey to classrooms in Tennessee. He has collaborated with thought leaders including teachers, superintendents, and departments of education. A former K-12 bilingual math teacher and college faculty member, he left the classroom to became part of an Emmy-winning team, creating math and technology integration programs. For forty years, he has been an educational innovator in important waves of change, first in broadcasting, then computers, and now digital learning. His talks blend humor, deep insight, and data from both education and industry and illustrate the big picture with nuts and bolts examples. He has worked with transformational industry groups, education ministries, and with thousands of students through guidance of the nation’s oldest student media festival. Across four decades of work with education, he identifies right now as the most transformative and important time for teaching and learning.



Lauren Hobbs

Lauren Hobbs

Lauren Hobbs, is a former educator with experience in district and school-based leadership around professional learning and the design of technology infused learning models. With expertise in leveraging curriculum, assessment and instructional assets to support inquiry based, student centered learning initiatives in a large school districts, she continues to fuel her passion for innovation promoting the development “failing forward” mindsets in support of the skills, behaviors, and dispositions learners need to be successful in our world today.

Currently, as an Education Strategist for Dell EMC, Lauren works in the field supporting institutions throughout the country in creating learning environments and systems to support digital transformation while leading both the creativity and professional learning solutions for the Dell Education team.






Dr. Mark Benno

Dr. Mark Benno has been one of our most popular and frequent speakers at our conferences over the years and we are excited to welcome him back for our 20th anniversary show.

Dr. Mark Benno is part of Apple’s Education team, working with school leaders to leverage technology to transform learning. Prior to Apple, Dr. Benno served as an adjunct professor, teacher, principal, and technology coordinator in Texas and Mississippi. He holds a Ph.D in Technology and Teacher Professional Development with a minor in Curriculum and Instruction, a Masters in Secondary Education, and a BS in Social Work.




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