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This event occurred on
May 18, 2010
10:00am - 10:00am EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
United States

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Gever Tulley

Gever believes that we need to stop thinking about education as something that we do to people. Tinkering School can be seen as one alternative, but there’s something deeper that needs to be considered, and it may need to start earlier.

Michael Levine

Dr. Michael H. Levine is leading breakthrough learning in a digital age. As executive director for The Joan Ganz Cooney Center, Michael is currently exploring intergenerational learning through videogames, the phenomenon of “multi-media multi-tasking” and an analysis of children’s search behavior.

Anya Kamenetz

Anya Kamenetz covers technology, design, sustainability and social entrepreneurship as a staff writer for Fast Company magazine. In 2005, when she was 24, the Village Voice nominated her for a Pulitzer Prize for her contributions to the feature series Generation Debt, which became a book in 2006.

Billy McLaughlin

Billy McLaughlin is one of the great musical comeback stories of all time. For years, he pursued a singular vision: to make the acoustic guitar sound as big as a grand piano but play as fluidly as a violin.

Melody Moore Jackson

Dr. Melody Moore Jackson directs the Georgia Tech BrainLab. Working with students and faculty from both Georgia Tech and Georgia State University, the BrainLab is focused on enabling people with “locked in syndrome” (completely paralyzed and unable to speak) the ability to control computers and devices using their own brain signals.

Aron Solomon

Aron is CEO and Head of School of THINK Global School, the world’s first global high school, where students study in a different international city every quarter.

Aron Solomon

Aron is CEO and Head of School of THINK Global School, the world’s first global high school, where students study in a different international city every quarter.

David Fincher

Dr. David Fincher is headmaster of Greater Atlanta Christian (GAC), and has been with GAC since 1972, as teacher, principal, vice president and president. GAC has recently become the largest Apple partner school in the U.S. As a result of this partnership, every student has a MacBook and the campus is a tighter technological community with new possibilities for how and what they learn.

Bo Adams

Bo Adams is the head of the Junior High School at Westminster (one of Atlanta’s top private schools). His focus is transforming the traditional “egg crate” model of teacher-student relationship into more of a collective workshop, where students and teachers walk hand-in-hand as learners. This requires the skills of finding new questions, rather than the skills of giving answers.

Ricardo Bailey

Father Bailey serves as a teacher and chaplain at Blessed Trinity, an Atlanta-area Catholic High School. He has strived to impact the lives of young adults by “meeting them where they are”, even if it means through a Top 40 radio station. He has become widely known for his alter ego, “Father Crunk”, who makes occasional appearances on Q100 (WWWQ-FM).

Vanessa Gallegos

Vanessa Gallegos is a graduating senior at Central Gwinnett High School. Her early acceptance and full scholarship to Stanford University provides only a small, if impressive, clue about why she has been asked to speak.

Organizing team


Atlanta, GA, United States
  • Jenn Graham
    Speaker Liasion
  • Jenn Flemish
  • Sherry Duffy
  • Sheryl Jessing
    Executive Producer
  • David Cannon
    Planning Committee Member
  • Barbara Griffin
    Steering Committee Member
  • Leo Alvarez
    Steering Committee Member
  • Govantex Lowndes
    Steering Committee Member/Planning Committee Member
  • Tanya Coventry-Strader
    Steering Committee Member
  • Bill Nussey
    Steering Committee Member
  • Charles Green
    Steering Committee Member
  • Patty Tucker
    Steering Committee Member
  • Janice Rys
    Steering Committee Member
  • Dave Whitling
    Communications Design
  • Steve Hsu
    Website Design
  • Molly Hargather