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World-renowned Physicist Michio Kaku to Explore Crossroads Between the Brain and Learning in ISTE 2016 Opening Keynote

Posted on 06/24/2016

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) External link opens in new window or tab will present three thought-provoking keynote speakers who will inspire attendees to learn differently and think creatively at ISTE 2016, June 26-19 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

“This year’s keynotes will hit us right between the eyes at the intersection of science, research and learning,” said Brian Lewis, ISTE CEO. “I love the provocative, inspiring folks we’re able to find for ISTE keynotes, and this year is no exception.”

The 2016 conference Opening Keynote on Sunday, June 26, is Michio Kaku, Ph.D., one of the most widely recognized scientists in the world today. Kaku, a theoretical physicist and best-selling author, has a knack for popularizing science for all audiences. As the co-founder of string field theory (a branch of string theory, a cosmological theory based on the existence of cosmic string), he continues Einstein’s search to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into one unified theory that summarizes the physical laws of the universe. Additionally, he predicts trends affecting business, commerce and finance based on the latest research in science. Some may recognize Kaku from his recent Turbo Tax commercials.

On Tuesday, June 28, Ruha Benjamin, an interdisciplinary scholar who examines the relationship between science, technology, medicine and society, will present the second ISTE 2016 keynote. Benjamin is a professor of African American studies at Princeton University and a frequent speaker on empowering students and educators to be agents of change.

As an author and professor, Benjamin's driving question is always "how can we harness science and technology for greater equality?” Her popular courses cover topics like "Race Is Socially Constructed: Now What?" and "Black to the Future: Science, Fiction and Society."

She is actively engaged in community initiatives that investigate the social impact and meaning of new biotechnologies and blogs about the broader questions of innovation and citizen science.

In keeping with the tradition of sending ISTE conference attendees home inspired by the words of one of their own, Michelle Cordy, teacher and author of the popular blog Hack the Classroom, will share her mission to teach differently at the ISTE 2016 Closing Keynote Wednesday, June 29. Cordy currently teaches third grade in a 1:1 classroom in London, Ontario, Canada. An elementary and middle school teacher for nearly 15 years, she has also taught in college and university teacher education programs.

Cordy engages in classroom-based research with partners from academic institutions as well as with industry partners. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Certified Teacher and holds a master's of education in mathematics and science.

Part idea incubator and part collaborative workspace, the ISTE Annual Conference & Expo is the epicenter for leading-edge thinking about the thoughtful and appropriate integration of technology in learning and teaching. It's where educators and education leaders share discoveries and develop solutions for their greatest challenges all while connecting with a global network of education resources. Additional information about the ISTE 2016 keynote speakers can be found at here External link opens in new window or tab.

Source: ISTE Connects, February 17, 2016 External link opens in new window or tab