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CUE 2013 Spotlight Speakers






Dave Edyburn, Spotlight SpeakerDave Edyburn

Dave L. Edyburn, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Department of Exceptional Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Dr. Edyburn’s teaching and research interests focus on the use of technology to enhance teaching, learning, and performance. He has authored over 150 articles and book chapters on the use of technology in special education. He is an Advisor for the National Center for Universal Design for Learning. He is the Past President of the Special Education Technology Special Interest Group (SETSIG) in the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) as well as a past president of the Technology and Media (TAM) Division of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). He is a frequent conference presenter and national workshop leader.


Practical Strategies for Making Text Accessible for Struggling Readers

This session will introduce tools and strategies that can be used to modify text in order to improve the curriculum accessibility for struggling students.

Universal Design, Research, and Report Writing

One type of learning project that is commonly found in classrooms is the requirement that students select a topic to research and then prepare a report on their findings. The purpose of this session is to illustrate how the use of an assignment calculator can support all students.


Special Education Technology Research: What Have We Learned Lately?

Participants in this session will learn how to access the latest research on special education technology and how research can be used to answer important questions about special education technology.

Shanika Hope

Shanika Hope, Spotlight SpeakerDr. Shanika Hope possesses over 20 years of experience in education. Shanika is a former elementary school teacher, principal and high school turnaround specialist. She has managed and/or supported more than three dozen DC public schools and public charter schools in various capacities. Prior to her current role as Senior Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Discovery – Shanika served as the Assistant Superintendent for Elementary and Secondary Education for the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education.

Dr. Hope earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Education Leadership and Masters in math and science education from Old Dominion University, where she was selected as a Holmes Scholar.

Sponsored by Discovery Education.



Teachers, Technology and the Common Core Transition 
Explore high-impact instructional practices designed to support educators with their transition to the Common Core State Standards. Participants will examine practical strategies for using digital content and technologies to engage students in today’s 21st Century classrooms to
improve learning for all students.




Rules of Engagement for Sustained Change
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a new set of expectations designed to assure all students achieve college and career readiness.  This session will facilitate a conversation amongst participants to examine current goals and initiatives to determine if they are the “right” goals for tomorrow’s leaders.




David Thornburg, Spotlight SpeakerDavid Thornburg

David is an award-winning futurist, author and consultant whose clients range across the public and private sector across the planet. His razor-sharp focus on the fast-paced world of modern computing and communication media, project-based learning, 21st century skills, and open source software has placed him in constant demand as a keynote speaker and workshop leader for schools, foundations, and governments. His current work on new learning spaces resulted in the creationg of the Educational Holodeck – and immersive, interactive, learning environment suited for interdisciplinary exploration of academic topics through realistic simulations.

As a child of the October Sky, David was strongly influenced by the early work in space exploration, and was the beneficiary of changes in the US educational system that promoted and developed interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills. He now is engaged in helping a new generation of students and their teachers infuse these skills through the mechanism of inquiry-driven project-based learning.

In addition to his work with technology, David also consults on the relationship between classroom design and learning. In this capacity he is Senior Consultant to the architecture firm, Fielding Nair, and is currently writing a new book, From the Campfire to the Holodeck: How Place Matters in Education.

Flipping the Flipped Classroom: Tools for Technology-Based Inquiry 
Short "challenge starter" videos provide entree into inquiry for students. See examples, learn how they are made, understand how they will stimulate cross-curricular creativity and problem solving in your class.


Seeing Tomorrow, Today: How to Find Emerging and Future Educational Technologies
Learn a variety of lenses through which technologies can be seen with the goal of identifying those that not only meet today's needs, but also have the power to last.


From the Campfire to the Holodeck: How Place Matters in Education
Explore the powerful role physical and virtual spaces can have on education, including the Campfire (lecture space), Watering Hole (collaborative space), Cave (reflective space), and Life (application space).