Meet Your Host, Alan November


Alan November

Founder, November Learning, Marblehead, MA

An international leader in education technology, Alan November began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at a reform school for boys. Today, he thrives on challenging educators' thoughts about what is possible in teaching and learning. Recognized as one of the nation's most influential thinkers, Alan has delivered keynotes and workshops in all 50 states, across Canada and throughout the UK, Europe, Asia and Central America.

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Meet Our Esteemed Keynote Presenters

Alan November selects each keynote speaker and featured presenter based on a personal connection with the ground-breaking qualities of his or her work. There is no request for proposals to find these innovative minds. Varied and valuable, the topics covered by our esteemed guests draw an array of participants for a truly global experience. Get to know more about these powerful practitioners of transformative education – including Alan November himself, BLC’s host.

Education Conference 2015 - Keynote Speaker

Jennie Magiera

Chief Technology Officer, Des Plaines School District 62

Jennie Magiera is the Chief Technology Officer for Des Plaines School District 62, previously the Digital Learning Coordinator for the Academy for Urban School Leadership and a Chicago Public Schools math teacher. A White House Champion for Change, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator and TEDx Speaker, Jennie has been working to redefine teaching and learning through innovative new practices. Jennie is also passionate about transforming professional learning, serving on the Technical Working Group for the US Department of Education’s National Educational Technology Plan and co-founding PLAYDATE and other new conference concepts. Aside from her students, Jennie’s great loves in life are sci-fi, mashed potatoes, Tabasco sauce, her dog and her husband. You can follow Jennie on Twitter at @MsMagiera or through her blog Teaching Like It’s 2999.


Education Conference Keynote Speaker

Dr. Dylan Wiliam


Dylan Wiliam, PhD, is a consultant who works with educators all over the world to develop effective, research-based teaching. He is former deputy director (Provost) of the Institute of Education at the University of London. From teaching in urban public schools to directing a large-scale testing program to serving in university administration, his professional path has led to a variety of positions at the forefront of education.He has written over 300 books, chapters and articles including a major review of research on formative assessment coauthored with Paul Black. He left the University of London in 2010 to focus on working more directly with teachers, and now spends his time working with teachers all over the world on improving teaching and learning.

Education Conference 2015 - Speakers using TED TALK Style
Keynote Panel

Lainie Rowell

Education Consultant, Huntington Beach, CA

Lainie Rowell is an independent professional developer and consultant. She works closely with classroom teachers, principals and district administrators guiding educators to find innovative ways to integrate technology to improve teaching and learning.Prior to this, Lainie taught Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd and 6th grade. In 2002, she took on a role as a site-level professional developer which progressed to a position as a district-level K-12 educational technology coordinator supporting 22,000 students and 1,200 teachers at 33 schools.Lainie’s client list ranges from Fortune 100 companies like Google to school districts and independent schools. She is also a part of Alan November’s November Learning team and a presenter at local, regional and international conferences including TEDxManhattanBeach, Building Learning Communities (BLC), Macworld, ISTE and the CUE conference.In 2010, Lainie became the Program Coordinator for Leading Edge Certification, a national certification program in educational technology and curriculum innovation created by an Alliance of nonprofits, universities and educational agencies.Lainie is honored to be an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Teacher, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer and STAR Discovery Educator. She has also been recognized as Teacher of the Year and was featured in OC Family Magazine as one of 10 Teachers Making a Difference. In 2011, she was elected to Computer-Using Educators’ Board of Directors and is currently serving as Secretary.Lainie has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from San Diego State University. She has also earned a Multiple Subject Credential and Master of Arts in Educational Technology from California State University, Long Beach where she is a guest speaker.


Amy Burvall

IB TOK Teacher, Le Jardin Academy, Kailua, Hawaii and History for Music Lovers, YouTube Oahu, HI

A Humanities teacher for 23 years in several of Oahu’s private schools, Amy is a leader in educational technology professional development programs. After teaching Theory of Knowledge at Le Jardin Academy International Baccalaureate (IB) “world school” she has recently embarked on a new adventure with John Kao’s EdgeMakers as Vice President of Academic Affairs. Amy is well known for her YouTube channel “History for Music Lovers” (in collaboration with Herb Mahelona, the other half of “Historyteachers”), which features history-based parody music videos with over 11 million views, has appeared in Wired magazine, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Honolulu Magazine, CBC, NPR, and international blogs and media. She and Herb were privileged to present at TEDxHonolulu 2011 and Amy served as co-curator for TEDxHonoluluED 2013. She has presented Ignite talks at SXSWedu, ISTE, and Ignite Honolulu, and keynoted at RSCON,  The Association for Advanced Computing in Education, Hawaii Island TechED Collaboration (opposite Adam Bellow), CUE E-Learning Symposium (Dec. 2014), Region One (Texas) and Huntington Beach TechFest. In July 2015 she will keynote at Alan November’s Building Learning Communities. She was named Webmaker Fellow by the Mozilla Foundation and was a featured artist in the “Art and Culture of the Web” track at Mozfest 2014 in London. She is also a Google Certified Teacher and attendee of Google Teacher Academy Atlanta 2014. Other presentations and workshops include EdTechTeacher iPad Summit, Punahou Lab School, the Hawaii Independent Schools Association’s Schools of the Future Conference, Kamehameha Schools Tech Slam and Imagine Conferences, and the British Columbia Social Studies Teachers Association Conference. Amy has been an active participant-learner in several MOOCS (#etmooc, #edcmooc, and #teachtheweb) and is a firm believer in radical openness, remix, and maker culture. Her favourite themes to explore are Creativity, Media Theory, Transparency in Education, and New Literacies.


Ozgur Akas

Head of Mathematics Department,Robert College, Istanbul

Recognized globally for her pioneering work in innovation and educational technology,  Özgür Akas has 20 years of experience in education as a Mathematics teacher, core staff member, MUN (Model United Nations)-EYP (European Youth Parliament) advisor, and Head of Mathematics.  She has been an Apple Professional Development Authorized Trainer for two years. She is also a co-author of a geometry book called ’ Take Time to Think About Geometry’.

As an advocate of professional development, she is on the steering committee of the annual ATC (Autumn Teacher Conference) in Istanbul, Turkey, which is designed around the concept of Teachers Teaching Teachers.

Ozgur is a pioneer is tapping students’ creativity through assigning purposeful work within traditional curricula. She is the designer of an award winning project where her students have been teaching mathematics and geometry to blind children.  Through their direct experience and research, her students have developed a hands-on mathematics curriculum for visually impaired kids. This work will be globally published in 2015.  

Ozgur has also designed and presents a highly acclaimed training to parents to help them to understand 21st century learning skills and necessity of technology in education.

Blake Copeland

Student and iOS Developer, Waco, TX

As student who wouldn’t accept no for an answer when the school system wouldn’t (or couldn’t) teach him something, Blake took learning into his own hands. After writing an iPhone app at the age of 14, Blake decided that wasn’t enough and built two more the following year. Both apps centered around helping students succeed in and out of the classroom. Today, Blake has started over four tech companies, built corporate apps, and designed programming curriculum for students all while attending Baylor University. He’s assisted in the last 5 BLC conferences, presented at both BLC and Ignite, and co-keynoted with Alan at TexasASCD.

Additional Presenters

The following presenters have been invited to speak at BLC15. This list will be updated as we invite and confirm more presenters.

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