Ohio Educational Technology Conference Announces Keynote Speakers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (2013-12-03) — 

The Ohio Educational Technology Conference has announced the slate of keynote speakers scheduled to present during the 2014 conference, taking place January 27-29 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. This year’s theme, Learning in Ohio, speaks to the opportunity for attendees and presenters to focus on statewide progress and initiatives.


“Ohio is one of the most connected and innovative states when it comes to educational technology,” said Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor John Carey. “The Conference is a great opportunity for educational technology instructors and enthusiasts to collaborate and convene on every education technology topic imaginable.”


Monday morning’s keynote address will be delivered by Kevin Honeycutt, a teacher, curriculum designer, and “tradigital learning” advocate. Currently serving his ninth year as a technology integration specialist at ESSDACK, an educational service center based in Hutchinson, Kansas, Honeycutt is passionate about meeting the needs of at-risk learners and works with kids in juvenile detention, developing approaches to re-engage the "lost" learner. He is the author of Don’t Stay Under the Couch: Starbuck and The Bully, and has developed online safety, anti-bullying, and cyber-bullying curricula.


Jack Uldrich will give the Monday afternoon keynote. A global futurist, business speaker, and best-selling author, Uldrich has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, and National Public Radio. His books include The Next Big Thing is Really Small: How Nanotechnology Will Change the Future of Your Business and Into the Unknown: Leadership Lessons from Lewis & Clark’s Daring Westward Expedition. His most recent works include Higher Unlearning: 39 Post-Requisite Lessons for Achieving a Successful Future and Foresight 2020: A Futurist Explores the Trends Transforming Tomorrow.


Colonel Casey Wardynski, Tuesday’s keynote speaker, is one of eSchool News’ 2013 Tech- Savvy Superintendents of the Year. Prior to being appointed superintendent of Hunstville City Schools (Huntsville, AL), Wardynski, a retired U.S. Army Colonel, pioneered the innovative use of game technology and new media to support Army marketing. He also conceived and led Army-wide deployment of new talent management strategies and technologies to integrate and improve all functions associated with developing, retaining and employing the varied skills and talents of the Army’s 60,000 officers. As Huntsville’s superintendent, he oversaw a bold digital initiative that issued laptops and iPads to the district’s more than 23,000 students across all grade levels.


Wednesday’s keynote address will be given by international educational technology leader Alan November. Named one of the nation’s 15 most influential thinkers of the decade by Technology and Learning magazine, November has been director of an alternative high school, a computer coordinator, a technology consultant and a university lecturer. His writing includes numerous articles and two best-selling books, Empowering Students with Technology and Web Literacy

for Educators. November was co-founder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership through Technology and was also selected as one of the original five national Christa McAuliffe Educators.


In addition to the speakers, more than 300 sessions will be scheduled on subjects such as gaming, mobile learning, new classroom technologies, digital learning models, and Ohio education initiatives such as the PARCC Assessments and Common Core curriculum. Student robotics competitions and intensive training opportunities on Google Apps, iLearn Ohio and more also will be part of the OETC 2014 slate of events.


Keynote Schedule Details



9:30 am            Kevin Honeycutt

3:45 pm            Jack Uldrich



9:30 am            Casy Wardynski



9:30 am            Alan November


Additional featured speakers at the 2014 Conference include:


Drew Minock and Brad Waid, 2 Guys and Some iPads

Susan Van Gundy, Associate Director for Assessment Technology, Achieve

Kirk Ross, Ohio Department of Education

Cindy Moss, Discovery Education




About the Ohio Educational Technology Conference

The Ohio Educational Technology Conference is the third-largest state educational technology conference in the country, where more than 6,500 educational innovators gather once a year and share their successes and challenges with one another. The conference is an opportunity for educators to honestly share their experiences – what works and what doesn't – for the benefit of their peers.


More information, including a complete conference schedule, can be found at http://www.oetc.ohio.gov.

About the Ohio Board of Regents

The Ohio Board of Regents is a nine-member advisory board that advises the Chancellor on issues of statewide importance affecting higher education. Responsibilities of the Board include developing an independent annual report on Higher Education in Ohio, improving statewide commercialization efforts among the university research and business community, and graduating more students and encouraging them to remain in Ohio upon graduation. The Ohio Board of Regents assumed management of the Ohio Educational Technology Conference in July 2013.

Contact Information: 

Jeff Robinson                                                                                                                                                        

Office: 614.752.9487

Email: jrobinson@regents.state.oh.us