ReTHINK Philly EdTech

Thurs, April 10 (6:30pm–8:30pm) @ VentureF0rth

Come be a part of this very special evening!

This event, during Philly Tech Week 2014, mixes the inspiration of a TED conference with the exploration of an un-conference. Local EdTech leaders will each give a 10 minute talk about a powerful idea, experience, or project with the intent of making the audience think more deeply ('rethink') about a topic in educational technology. Then, audience members choose which speaker's interactive breakout session they will attend, with the option of staying in one session or using the 'rule of two feet' to move to a different speaker's session.


Presented by the Philly EdTech Meetup.

ReTHINK Philly EdTech

Thursday, April 10th 2014 at 6:30-8:30pm

Venturef0rth, 417 North 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Our featured speakers:

Marcie Hull: Students as Administrators

Technology Coordinator and Teacher, Science Leadership Academy

Marcie brings a powerful understanding of both the fine and digital arts and their role in schools. She has established a reputation as one of the top digital educators in the city. Marcie has presented at the National Educational Computing Conference, PETE&C, the NY Tech Forum and has worked training teachers all over the School District of Philadelphia.

Brendon Jobs: Developing "Thinkers" for the Unseen and Uncertain Future

World History & African American History Teacher, Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP)

Brendon teaches World History and African American History in the Social Studies department of the Girard Academic Music Program in Philadelphia, PA. He earned an M.S.Ed in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum at the University of Pennsylvania as a James Madison Fellow. He uses a combination of a class website, Edmodo, and Blogger to communicate with students and coordinate learning activities. Digital fluency is a key learning goal in the classroom environment he constructs each year.

Dan Lopez: The MOOC is Dead: ReThinking Online Education

VP of Engineering, Apprennet

A product of urban public schools in Rochester, NY, Dan has taught in Philadelphia public and charter schools. He's made use of his engineering background to found the Lessonsmith lesson sharing platform and to work on many other EdTech projects. Dan is determined to make online learning interactive, engaging and effective.

Brian McGowan: Why Learning Theory Is Insufficient to Drive Learning

Chief Learning Officer of ArcheMedX

Dr. McGowan is an author, educator, entrepreneur, and mentor. He has spent more than a decade studying how healthcare professionals and patients learn, and he and his company, ArcheMedX, are currently pioneering a new learning model focused on simplifying the 'natural learning actions.'

Meenoo Rami: Classrooms in a Connected World

English Teacher and co-chair of EduCon, Science Leadership Academy
Author, Thrive

Mixing moments of joy, laughter, risk and encouragement Meenoo pushes her students to think critically about their connection to the word and the world. She has shared her classroom practice at various conferences such as: NCTE, ISTE, ASCD, EduCon, Urban Sites Conference for National Writing Project, and #140edu. Meenoo also runs a weekly twitter chat for English teachers called #engchat which bring teachers from around the country together to discuss ideas related to teaching of English.

Christopher Rogers: Leveraging a Connected Learning Ecosystem through Technology

Media & Technology Specialist, Greene Street Friends School

Co-Founder, Chester Sound Digital Music Lab



Born and raised in Chester, PA, educated at Villanova, Cheyney, and Penn. Chris aspires (and persistently attempts) to merge the potential of digital literacy & the power of social justice education to inspire the next generation of leaders to dream bigger and love wider.