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Cyndi Crosby–Morell

Language Charlotte, US
I am married and have an 18 year old son who is a freshman studying Computer Science at UNC Charlotte I have a BA in Psychology from UNC Charlotte and a MS in Speech-Language Pathology from Winthrop University. I have worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School System since 1979. I enjoy doing articulation therapy and using my iPad for therapeutic practice and reinforcement.

Martine Oglethorpe

Parenting skills AU
Martine is a mother to 5 boys, a family and youth counsellor and a cyber safety consultant. Martine gives regular presentations on what it means to parent in the modern world, with a particular focus on the implications of technology and the online world. Martines personal experiences with her own family coupled with her professional work and research allows for a very realistic approach to some of the challenges faced by parents today, which she also blogs about regularly at themodernparent.net.

Colin Bridgewater

Education London, GB
After 16 years of teaching middle school English and social studies in New Hampshire and London, I became the middle school technology coordinator at the American School in London in 2008. In addition to helping teachers integrate technology into their classes, I work with students to help them understand their digital citizenship rights and responsibilities, and I offer parent sessions to help them understand the world their children are living in.

David E Gillen

Software/app development Dublin, IE
Father of three with a background in software engineering. Active mentor for CoderDojo D15, teaching children to build websites, code, and explore technology.

Eric Sorenson

Early years professional Toronto, CA
I am the Director of Research & Content at Kidobi. Prior to Kidobi, I worked in the Preschool Language Lab at the University of Toronto, where I did linguistic fieldwork at schools and daycares under the guise of puppet shows. I have extensive experience with preschool kids as a researcher, tutor, product developer, and nose-wiper. I am passionate about lifelong education and I believe that technology can (and should) be a force for good.

Erika Brodnock

Child development London, GB
Erika Brodnock is one of the UK’s leading experts on the subject of raising happy, successful children. Offering her unique insight into techniques she uses to bring up her own five children, Erika’s mission is to ensure every parent has the chance to learn skills that will allow them to raise their children to be happy and emotionally-balanced, as well as helping them through childhood ups and downs to ensure they emerge as contented, confident young people ready to deal with life on their own. Erika also coaches children through their problems, helping them to learn to manage and counter any difficulties they are facing or having to deal with.

Matt Wells

Education AU
Apple Distinguished Educator 2009 Google Certified Teacher 2011 High School Teacher eLearning Coordinator

Shamblesguru Smith

Education TH
Chris Smith [shamblesguru], digital nomad evangelist, TEDx speaker, author, consultant, living in Thailand … has been working mainly with schools in S.E. Asia for more than 25 years. Previously the ICT Advisor for the English School Foundation (ESF) in Hong Kong , Head of their teacher Professional Development Centre and ICT guru. In 2002 he established a consultancy “The Education Project Asia” He's well known by many teachers worldwide for the "Shambles" website, http://www.shambles.net, which he founded in 2002 and manages. In 2007 he established International Schools Island in Second Life (3D online virtual world).

Ben Cook

Careers Birmingham, GB
I co-founded a series of children's storybooks called Clever Tykes to inspire and empower a generation of young people. There are too few innovative and entrepreneurial role models for young people today, yet these are the very people who will create jobs and drive economic growth as they become the employers of tomorrow. Check out the website for more about them. Having had a career spanning the most weird combination or roles including working as a door supervisor, a personal trainer and as a full-time model; I went back to my economics-grad roots. Lover of health and fitness, food and cinema.

Karina Linch

Education New York, US
SVP of Product Management at BrainPOP. Friend of Moby. Former NYC Public School Teacher. Ed Tech Nerd.

Yehuda Mesinger

Education IL
Teching and Interactive Whitrboards specialist ICT teachers guide.

Chana Kanzen

Education
I am director of Jewish Interactive - a charity dedicated to integrating technology into Jewish education through apps, digital resources and training. We are experts in how to utilise 21st Century technology into schools and offer training for teachers/ parents on a range of skills including iPad workshops, coding, collaboration, blogging and web safety. In addition we produce apps for learning underpinned by a spiral curriculum and educator resources as well as a separate parent and student zone. We also have a 4 kidzbykidz section of our site dedicated to digital creations made by kids for kids with over 200 entries from 4 continents.

Brett Laniosh

Education Catshill, GB
Brett Laniosh is an award winning and independent ICT expert who helps schools reduce their workload by delivering first class support to teachers, pupils and parents. His company Catshill Learning Partnerships (www.catshill.com) offers a wide range of school based solutions to establishments seeking to maximise the effective use of ICT and promote online safety . He applies a friendly approach that is jargon free. Brett is an education practitioner with over 30 years of experience working in both the local authority and private sector. He is the founder of Business in Education (www.busined.com) which connects businesses and schools for the benefit of both.

Maureen Weinhardt

Child development North Attleborough, US
My name is Maureen, and I've been teaching for almost 10 years. I am a life-long learner who is interested in just about everything! I have a deep love of reading, writing, traveling, hiking, yoga, music, teaching, exploring and much more. I'm a published author and experienced educator who has worked with students ranging in age from 2-18 through classroom instruction, tutoring, mentoring and as an in-home care provider. This has given me a unique and comprehensive understanding of child development. I now share my knowledge and experiences regarding real-life applications of child development, behavior management, mindfulness and more through my workshops and website, GrowingWithYourChild.com.

Pamela Salmon

Education New York, US
I am an ESL teacher in a special education school and district (75) in the NYC public schools. I am working on an App that promotes happiness in children ages 6 - 12.

Gaurav Walia

Education Jalandhar, IN
I am a marine engineer with three years of experience and a lot of ideas. I have been helping many home schooled parents as a coach to help improve and motivate them. I have a passion for designing and maintaining tanker and gas ships. I am Born and raised in India. I've studied BS Marine Engineering from BITS, Pilani. I am an official member of the Internation High IQ Society and have started an organization, KATSAG Education, for improving the mental performance of students.

Barbara Hobbs

E-safety East Kilbride, GB
I have an undergraduate honours degree in Psychology and I am currently working towards my Masters degree in Occupational Psychology. I have previously been an IT consultant for over 10 years, working with some of the world's largest consultancies on a variety of projects around the world. I have also worked in a school as a data manager. I have now set up Technomum, an eSafety consultancy, bringing together my wealth of experience. I am particularly interested in understanding internet use from a psychological standpoint.

Jodie Cole

Technology Birmingham, GB
I have been running JC Social Media since August 2011, and we provide social media management and training for companies and individuals. Having spoken to a lot of parents about their children and social media, I am very interested in hearing the rules and guidelines parents have in place to protect their children on social media. I hope to collect information to help educate more parents who are confused about the subject.

Debra Billings

Early years professional La Crescenta-Montrose, US
I have an extensive back ground related to the field of Child/Family and Human Development. This being over twenty years working in group child care, and fourteen of those years have been in a corporate setting. I have an AA Degree in Child Development and a Bachelors/Masters in Human Development. While working my day job, I am writing parental support guides and books as well as offering support to families of young children and beyond. I love to travel and spend time outdoors. My "Happiest place" I call it are the Hawaiian Islands where I spend time hiking and snorkeling. I have a beautiful 26 year old daughter who I raised as a single parent. She taught me everything I know about being a good parent.

Rhys Froggatt

Education Stroud, GB
A teacher of computer science, ICT, business studies and e-safety at a boys Grammar School in Gloucestershire. Previously a web developer/network manager/ computer engineer.

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