2017 Fall Conference

October 15-17, 2017
Iowa Events Center
730 3rd Street
Des Moines, IA

“It is a non-negotiable for me to attend ITEC conference every year! I love and believe it in so much that when the day comes that I would be forced to use a personal day or leave without pay, I would use either personal day or leave without pay in a heartbeat! It is no-brainer to attend this conference! It is a mini-ISTE and we are so fortunate to have this conference in the state of Iowa!” – 2017 Fall Conference Attendee

Monday Opening Keynote – Dr. Buddy BerryBuddy Berry

Buddy Berry has a passion for reinventing the K-12 school experience. His School on FIRE (Framework of Innovation for Reinventing Education) model is currently in it’s fourth full year of implementation and is seeing dramatic results. It is grounded on a model of mastery learning with systemic ICE (Interventions, Connections, and Enrichments). The School on FIRE begins with a mindset of Surprise and Delight, Next Generation skills, and utilizes student agency to provide lessons and learning that captures every child’s heart and imagination. Dr. Berry is in his 7th year as Superintendent of Eminence Independent Schools and developed the School on F.I.R.E. (Framework of Innovation for Reinventing Education) Model based on the CCSSO’s six core principles of innovation.

Tuesday Keynote – Dean Shareski

deanDean Shareski is the Community Manager for Discovery Education Canada. He taught grades 1–8 for 14 years and spent nine as a digital learning consultant for Prairie South School Division in Moose Jaw, SK. In addition, he teaches pre-service teachers at the University of Regina. His blog consistently ranks among the top educational blogs. Dean also blogs for Tech Learning and the Huffington Post. In 2010 he won the ISTE Award for Outstanding Leader of the Year. Dean has had the opportunity to speak to various education audiences both nationally and internationally. His passion remains helping teachers explore the affordances of technology for learning. Dean believes humor and humility go a long way in supporting and advocating transformational practices in teaching and learning.

2017 Featured Speakers

Tony Vincent

The only thing Tony Vincent likes better than teaching is learning. He enjoys technology because it continually gives him something new to learn. Since 1998 he’s been a pioneer in digital learning, having a class website where his fifth graders in Millard shared their writing, art, and projects with the world. In 2001 he had a 1:1 classroom full of Palm Pilots, and in 2004 he started one of the first podcasts by kids.

Today Tony Vincent lives in Council Bluffs, Iowa and works as a self-employed consultant. He’s on a mission to help teachers be their best by connecting them with technology. He has traveled to 40 states, Canada, Australia, England, and the Caribbean to facilitate workshops and to make presentations to K-12 educators. His areas of interest include project-based learning, personal productivity, and presentation design. Tony has authored books, produced videos, created infographics, co-developed an iPad app, and blogged about learning and technology. You can find his work online at learninginhand.com.

Tammy Lind


Tammy Lind is currently a Technology Integration Coach in Southeastern Wisconsin. She is a Google Education Trainer and a Google Certified teacher. Tammy is also an Intel for Education Master teacher.

Prior to becoming a technology integration coach Tammy worked as an elementary classroom teacher, a special education teacher and a math specialist in the Milwaukee Public and South Milwaukee School Districts. It was during her time as a special education teacher and an Assistive Technology team leader that Tammy became passionate about finding current web-based technologies that make the curriculum accessible to all learners.

Tammy is a co:contributor of the Teacher Tech Talk Podcast which highlights current classroom technologies and former contributor to the Mobile Reach podcast which highlights current issues in the area of mobile learning in schools. She is one of the two person team that brought the first Edcamp to Wisconsin and hosted the event in South Milwaukee.Tammy Lind is currently a Technology Integration Coach in Southeastern Wisconsin. She is a Google Education Trainer and a Google Certified teacher. Tammy is also an Intel for Education Master teacher.

Donnie Piercey

Donnie PierceyDonnie Piercey works in a hybrid role as a fifth grade teacher and district technology integration specialist for Eminence Independent Schools in Kentucky. He is always trying to find new and innovative ways to incorporate technology across the curriculum in order to increase student learning and engagement. You can always check and see what his students are up to by visiting his classroom website, http://www.mrpiercey.com.

Donnie has run a 1:1 iPad, Chromebook, and Macbook classroom over the course of his eleven year teaching career. Donnie received a B.A. in Theology from Asbury University and got his Masters in Education from Auburn University (Montgomery). Donnie is also a Google for Education Certified Innovator, a Google for Education Certified Trainer, and a Google GeoEDU Teacher Advisory Board (GTAB) member. He currently lives in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife and two children.

2017 Iowa Featured Speakers

Dan Butler

Dan Butler is passionate about leadership, positive relationships, continuous improvement, connected learning, and making differences in the lives of others. He serves as a moderator of #IAedchat, a weekly Twitter discussion at 8:00 PM on Sundays focused on the latest trends in education. Mr. Butler has presented at the local, state, and national levels about digital leadership, 21st century public relations/communication, continuous improvement and developing leadership capacity.

When not at school, Mr. Butler enjoys spending time with his family and friends, reading, watching and participating in various sports, and attending a variety of events within the Western Dubuque School District. Mr. Butler and his wife, Johna, reside in Epworth with their two sons, Mason and Nolan.

Read more about Dan by visiting his blog: danpbutler.com or follow him on Twitter: @danpbutler.

Patrick Donovan

Patrick Donovan

Patrick is a Technology Integration Specialist Ames High School and has been in this role since 2013.  He graduated from ISU with a degree in Physics and Secondary Education in the spring of 2004, then received his Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction Technology in May of 2015.  Patrick taught for 3 years at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids, IA teaching Physics, Astronomy, Principles of Technology and Environmental Science.  He then taught for 5 years at South Hamilton High School in Jewell, IA teaching Physics, Earth Science, Global Science, Principles of Engineering (PLTW class), and Horticulture.  In 2012, Patrick started teaching in the Ames Community School District teaching Physics at the High School while also teaching 7th grade Life Science and 8th grade Physical Science at the Middle School.

Patrick is a certified Google Education Trainer, a Google Education Innovator, and a Swivl Video Pioneer.

Aaron Maurer

Aaron MaurerAaron Maurer is currently serving as STEM Lead for the Mississippi Bend AEA and the Founder of a non profit called 212 STEAM Labs, Inc. Prior to this he served as an Instructional Coach for Bettendorf Middle School. He has been in education for over a decade teaching sixth grade social studies, literature and computer as well as spending many years teaching gifted education in grades 4-8 before taking on the new role of instructional coach. A former FIRST LEGO League coach for 8 years, Aaron is also a member of the Lego Education Advisory Panel, PBS Digital Innovator, PITSCO Tag Committee, Microsoft Innovator Educator Expert, Skype Master Teacher, Minecraft Global Mentor, Makey Makey Ambassador and was a finalist for the Iowa Teacher of the Year in 2014. He is an avid fan of STEAM, Makerspaces, and Project Based Learning. In his free time he loves to spend time with his three kids, Aiden, Addyson, and Ava, their bulldog Frankie May, and acting like the fourth child to his wife Amanda. Last, he is an avid coffee consumer frequently spotted wearing bow ties searching for the that perfect cup of joe. You can find all of his work on his website www.coffeeforthebrain.com. Twitter @coffeechugbooks and nonprofit https://www.212steamlabs.com/

Erin Olson

Erin taught middle school language arts for three years and high school English for seven. After serving as an instructional technology consultant for Prairie Lakes AEA for three years, she returned to her home district in 2016 where she currently serves as an Instructional Leader and Curriculum Director. As an educator, Erin used technology to eliminate classroom barriers and continues to do so as she supports technology integration. Erin speaks about the importance of empowering students through service, and supports educators in their quest to empower learners. Erin shares her passion for collaboration and creation. Speaker, instructional designer, and poet, Erin bridges technology and literacy. Erin advocates for student contribution explaining, “I do not want my students to be the best in the world, I want them to be the best FOR the world.” Connect with Erin on Twitter: @eolsonteacher and Instagram: @technoliteracies

Anna Upah

Anna is an Instructional Coach at Atkins Elementary, a PK-3rd grade elementary center in the Benton Community School District.  Anna’s love for integrating technology is inspired by her students’ fearlessness and their love of sharing.  This enthusiasm is fostered by her colleagues’ willingness to collaborate and learn from one another.  Anna’s passions include creating a personalized learning environment for students and growing makers out of her classroom.  Communicating with families and other school stakeholders through social media is one of Anna’s top priorities. You can connect with Anna on Twitter @AnnaUpah.