Steve Dembo will present four sessions Wednesday, three on Thursday as well as the Leadership Keynote on Thursday. Read more about the sessions below.

“VR is Visceral: Ready Player One-To-World”

VR has reached a watershed moment. Come experience how VR learning creates a level of presence that generates new understandings based on an experiences impossible to replicate IRL. We will share how VR ed design can invite new approaches to identity, empathy and social interactions, while driving future-forward learning.

“So You Think You’re Smarter than an EDtech Nerd?” 

You’ll be part of an Edtech Trivia Game featuring some lesser known Edtech tools and personalities of the past and present. Compete as a team or by yourself or just be part of the audience. Increase your knowledge of the industry and community while you have a good time!”

“More Stupid Ideas in Edtech (and Why You Should Totally Do Them)”

There is no shortage of trendy ideas in edtech, and some of them are truly stupid. However, with the right perspective and implementation, you may be surprised just how powerful they can be! We’ll explore weird, ridiculous and stupidly awesome trends and how they can make your classroom more awesome!

“Alexa, Help Me Use AI to Enhance Learning”

Let’s take a look at the power of artificial intelligence (Alexa, Siri) and how it can make learning more personal, accessible and automated.

“The New Permanent Record”

Teachers used to threaten that if students didn’t behave, it would go down on their permanent record.  But what does it look like in the age of social media? This presentation delves into specific actions that students are engaging in now that have long term consequences for them and how we, as educators, can guide them to the right path.  Instead of focusing on what not to do, we’ll explore how to navigate these waters in positive ways that give our students every advantage possible!  

“The Viral Video Effect: Even More Storytelling for the YouTube Generation!”

Over 4 billion videos are viewed on YouTube every day… and some of them don’t even feature cats on Roombas! In this session, we’ll explore how we can steal storytelling techniques from our favorite viral videos and learn nontraditional digital storytelling models that foster creativity throughout the curriculum. From elaborate viral videos to 360 degree action to virtual reality, we’ll also take a deeper dive into what’s NEXT for the YouTube generation… and how you can jump in on the action today.


A pioneer in the field of educational social networking, Dembo was among the first to realize the power of blogging, podcasting, Twitter, and other Web 2.0 technologies in connecting educators and creating professional learning communities.

Steve Dembo served for ten years as Discovery Education’s Director of Learning Communities and led their Innovation and Strategy team. He 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. He is currently serving as the president of the Skokie/Morton Grove District 69 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.

Steve Dembo is also a dynamic speaker on the capabilities of social networking, the power of educational technologies and online applications, and the ability of digital content to empower teachers to improve student achievement.