Highlighted Speaker BiosBoard of Trustees: Steve Veres, President (Seat No. 3), Tina Park, First Vice President (Seat No. 2), Nancy Pearlman, Second Vice President (Seat No. 6), Kelly Candaele (Seat No. 4), Mona Field (Seat No. 1), Miguel Santiago (Seat No. 7), Scott J. Svonkin (Seat No. 5), Daniel Campos, Student Trustee
An open discussion on the rising interest and use of online content as well as technology-based solutions. Hear panelists give examples on what technology strategies have been deployed and how they anticipate using them in the future.
Moderator: Dr. Gabe Veas USC Ed Network


Dr. Lance Ford

Cisco, Educational Technology Advocate
Dr. Lance Ford is an educational technology advocate for Cisco. For the seven years prior, he served as a teacher and technology facilitator/coordinator for Howe Public Schools in Howe, Oklahoma. Howe is a rural district in southeast Oklahoma with a student population of 500 students. The district incorporates a wide variety of technological tools to reach its 21st century student population. Central to these tools is the infusion of video technologies at all levels. The elementary site is implementing a one-to-one laptop initiative that provides students with access to tools from personal video conferencing and collaboration to individual podcasting projects. Middle school science students have participated in collaborative projects with students across the country conducting research and comparing results. Students in the high school participate in video production classes responsible for shooting, editing and producing bi-weekly webcasts. Live and on-demand streaming of videoconferences has been an active part of the Howe integration over the past ten years. Currently, the school uses their equipment for everything from broadcasting basketball games live via the Internet to student created virtual field trips.

Lance has been a speaker for both state and national conferences on technology integration. He has presented for the Oklahoma Technology Association Conference, Missouri Distance Learning Association, Arkansas Distance Learning Association, Texas Distance Learning Association, EduComm in conjunction with InfoComm, NECC/ISTE, and US Secretary of Education's Virtual School House. Lance has been named Wal-Mart regional teacher of the year, Oklahoma Technology Administrator's Technology Director of the Year, and the recipient of the Polaris Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2007 Lance was recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator, was awarded the 2008 Long Term Service Award from the Oklahoma Distance Learning Association, and received the Technology Facilitator of the Year award from the National Association for Educational Communications and Technology. Additionally, Lance received the Gold Leadership Award from the United States Distance Learning Association in the spring of 2008. He completed his PhD in Educational Administration, Curriculum and Supervision in the summer of 2009 from the University of Oklahoma. As a technology trainer, Lance has had the opportunity to train over 2500 teachers from Alaska to Maine and Canada to Texas in the effective implementation of video conferencing technologies into the classroom.

Lance is the president of the Oklahoma Distance Learning Association, and is a member of ASCD and ISTE. Currently, he is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maine, Farmington where he teaches a graduate course in technology integration for teachers. He enjoys having the opportunity to work with other technology directors and teachers across the nation in the process of direct integration with curriculum. Lance's focus is not the technology. Instead he is focused on impacting individual students and helping them attain their maximum potential through the personal interactions made possible with various technical tools. Students in an information age need to focus beyond the facts. They must be able to access, synthesize, and present materials to their colleagues in a meaningful engaging and interactive fashion.


Sophia Viklund

backCODE, Principal
Sophia Viklund first got the programming bug with C++ as a teenager in college. Working in software and web development since 1998, she became an entrepreneur. backCODE, a game development studio in Pasadena focusing on Serious Games (including for military applications) and Entertainment projects, is the 4th technology company that she has founded. Sophia was named in Forbes in July 2012 as one of a select group of "Female Founders to Watch", and again in March 2013 as part of a group of "Women in Gaming to Watch."

With strong commitments to both technology business initiatives and bringing women into technology, Sophia is an active mentor for STEM (Science, technology, engineering and mathematics) for the White House Equal App challenge and UC Irvine Computer Science. Department and her mission is to bring more women into technology/STEM education and business entrepreneurship.

Sophia holds a masters degree in linguistics with concentration in speech recognition and multiple technical certifications, and has a special interest in teaching programming languages. She also completed a Masters program in Environmental Design at UCLA with a thesis in BIM (building informational model) and is LEED AP certified (US Green Building Council).

She is a co-organizer of Girl Geek Dinners/Los Angeles chapter, on the board of Directors of 50/50 leadership, a co-founder of PyLadies, a non-profit that taught women programming in Python, and on the executive board of Caltech Enterprise forum. She speaks at and participates in or moderates numerous panels at many conferences, actively promoting women's participation in technology and entrepreneurship.

Forbes links:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/tarabrown/2013/04/16/women-in-tech-were-inittogether/
http://www.forbes.com/sites/women2/2013/03/29/12-women-in-gaming-to-watch-entrepreneurs-edition/ http://www.forbes.com/sites/women2/2012/06/23/silicon-beach-female-founders-2012/
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