Opening Keynote - Steve Dembo
As a former kindergarten teacher and school Director of Technology Steve Dembo is a pioneer in the field of educational social networking. Currently serving as Discovery Education’s Director of Social Media Strategy and Online Community, Dembo was among the first educators to realize the power of blogging, podcasting, Twitter, and other Web 2.0 technologies in connecting educators and creating professional learning communities. He has been instrumental in the explosive growth of the Discovery Educator Network and its online presence at http://community.discoveryeducation.com.
Dembo is the co-author of the book Untangling the Web: 20 Tools to Power Up Your Teaching. The National School Board Association named him one of 2010's "Twenty to Watch," a list honoring individuals finding innovative ways to use technology to increase classroom learning. In 2013 he began serving the Skokie/Morton Grove District 69 as a member of the School Board. Dembo is a course designer and adjunct professor for Wilkes University where he serves as class instructor for the Internet Tools for Teaching course within the Instructional Media degree program..
In 2006, the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) website, which was created and managed by Dembo, was honored with an Award of Excellence from Technology and Learning magazine. The DEN site was honored again in 2007 with a Distinguished Achievement Award for Instructional Website from the Association of Educational Publishers, and in 2008 with a BESSIE Award for Best Professional Development Website. In 2009 the Discovery Educator Network was the recipient of the inaugural Best in Tech award for Professional Development and Resource Solutions by Scholastic Administrator magazine.
Steve Dembo is also a dynamic speaker on the capabilities of social networking, the power of educational technologies and Web 2.0 tools, and the ability of digital content to empower teachers to improve student achievement. He has delivered keynote and featured presentations at dozens of conferences including ISTE, TCEA, FETC, MACUL, GaETC, METC, CUE, ICE, TEDxCorpus Christi, #140Edu, EduWeb and the Social Media Masters Summit. Dembo also participated in Nokia Open Labs as an expert on mobile phone integration in education.
Closing Keynote - Buhle Dlamini
Buhle Dlamini is a global keynote speaker with consulting businesses based in Canada and South Africa. He speaks to top companies and conferences around theworld on personal greatness, leadership, organisational culture and managing diversity.
Born and raised in the Rural Zulu Village of Hlabisa, Buhlebethu (Buhle) Dlamini has risen and beaten the odds to become one of the top South Africans on the global stage today. Buhle has proven himself in the youth development field, business, public speaking, media and social entrepreneurship.
As a speaker Buhle always delivers a gripping and memorable experience with his genuine sense of humour, smile, and great content. He is as comfortable speaking to a group of top managers and CEO's as he is speaking to teenagers in a school prize-giving. One of his most common accolades is that he is able to connect with anyone and make them feel like they've always known him.
He has met iconic leaders like Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, started and run successful ventures, worked with youth in Germany, USA, and the UK and spoken to business audiences the world over.
He was also the founding member and served as the project manager in the development of the 2006 Heartlines Award-Winning 8 Films on Values for which he, alongside Garth Japhet (founder), received an award from Arch-Bishop (emeritus) Desmond Tutu. He is an author of six books in business and personal growth.