2016 Keynotes

Lucy Gray

Global Education Conference Co-Convenor


Lucy is currently an education consultant advising a variety of organizations.

Lucy Gray previously taught elementary grade levels in Chicago Public Schools and middle school computer science at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.

In 2007, Lucy founded the Global Education Collaborative, a network for educators interested in collaboration which has been expanded into the Global Education Conference.

In her consulting life, she has led CoSN’s Leadership for Mobile Learning initiative, developed strategic plans and content for companies, provided professional development and innovation coaching to school districts, and presented at many conferences.

Lucy also has received the distinctions of Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Innovator and serves as an Education Fast Forward fellow.

Julie Lindsay

Julie Lindsay - The Dragon that Roars: Global educators, wake up to online collaborative learning and be the dragon that roars!
Why do more educators not take their learning global? Why is online global collaboration practiced by outliers and not embedded into the curriculum by more educators? Join Julie Lindsay who has over 20 years of classroom experience connecting learners to the world for authentic global experiences, as she shows how imperative it is for our young learners to know how to learn with the world, not just about it. Featured is the Connect with China Collaborative - a new learning experience that aims to connect learners within China to those beyond.

Julie works as a consultant, presenter, workshop leader and conference designer and is kept busy as Director of Learning Confluence, founder of Flat Connections, and Adjunct Lecturer at Charles Sturt University, Faculty of Education.

Julie is an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Google Certified Teacher and recipient of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) ‘Making IT Happen’ Award in 2013, and of the ISTE Online Learning Award in 2007. She is an ISTE Ambassador and former ISTE Board member, and a member of the Leadership team for the Global Education Conference 2010-14.

Julie is recognized for her academic achievements, MA Music (La Trobe University in Melbourne), MA in Education and Human Development specializing in Educational Technology Leadership (George Washington University in Washington, DC) and is completing her Education Doctorate (EdD) with the University of Southern Queensland with a focus on facilitating positive social change through effective pedagogy for technology-infused global collaboration.

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Ben Newsome

Ben Newsome founded Fizzics Education in 2004 to deliver science education across Australia, now reaching >250,000 students a year. A qualified science teacher, former CSIRO Education member, 2013 Churchill Fellow2014 CILC Pinnacle Award and 2015 Australian Small Business Education Services Winner. Ben is on the leadership team for the International Society for Technology in Education Interactive Video Conferencing group , the GWS Giants education advisory committee and the NSW Churchill Fellows Association committee.  In 2012 Ben co-founded Virtual Excursions Australia which includes over 40 cultural institutions plus school distance education managers. In 2015 he founded the Pinnacle Education Collaborative, a North American network of over 30 cultural organisations that delivers virtual excursions to schools. Twitter: @bennewsome_ or  @FizzicsEd

Dr Bron Stuckey

Dr Bronwyn Stuckey, Specialist in Gamification, Community of Practice and Open Badges

Bronwyn has been engaged in educational community and gameful practices in learning development for the past 15 years. She has worked to explore virtual worlds, games in learning and how we can cultivate identity, agency, citizenship, leadership, and community. Bronwyn earned her PhD in researching the core factors supporting successful online communities of practice. In that research she examined in depth the development of communities across many sectors; e-government, enterprise, military and not-for-profit. She has applied those research findings when consulting in the design of adult learning communities and workplace communities of practice. Since leaving lecturing and learning design in the higher education sector (UOW, QUT, UWS) her research, consultation and design have been in gamification and game-inspired designs for professional learning and communities of practice. 

Most prominent of this work was the gamification (badges) and community design of the PLANE professional community. PLANE was a $5.5 million dollar project and a flagship of the Australian Digital Education Revolution. Bronwyn also co-designed and coached  in the Foundations of Communities of Practice Online Workshop with Etienne Wenger, founder of the concept. This workshop inspired new community designs and supported workplace community developers to bring their personal projects from idea to viable product and to address concerns and roadblocks. http://cpsquare.org/edu/foundations/

Bronwyn is a co-facilitator of the OBANZ community and has for the past 2 years researched the efficacy of open badges in re-imagining and re-framing academic learning programs and contexts. She is a postdoctoral research fellow of the Arizona State University Center for Games & Impact and is global leader in the gamification for community and identity cultivation.


Significant and recent innovative research, speaking and consultancy projects demonstrating Bronwyn’s capacity for this project:

StartUpWeekend EDU Mentoring  (SWEDU)

Lisa Della Porte

Lisa DellaPorte is the Programs Operations Manager at Know My World and an international Social Justice educator working digitally with over 24 countries in the world. She has a Master of Professional Studies in Humanistic and Multicultural Education from SUNY New Paltz and has taught equity, women's empowerment and communication skills  with a focus on local communities in Ecuador, The Galapagos Islands and various cities in the US.

Alicia Recigno

Alicia Rescigno is the Educational Coordination Manager for Know My World, developing and moderating digital cross-cultural exchange for participants in over 24 countries. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University for grades K-8 with a concentration in English and Structured English Immersion. She also attended New York Institute of Technology and holds a Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology for grades K-12. She is a certified teacher in the states of Arizona and New York has TEFL/TESOL certification to teach English as a second language. Alicia specializes in bringing quality education and intercultural communication to Home School groups as well as students and families who are challenged by illness and special needs. She currently lives in New York.

Manhal Shukayr

Manhal Shukayr has been a member of Toastmasters since August 2011.  He has earned the highest level of educational award in the organization, the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award, twice.  In the process he has taught many workshops and helped many members of the Toastmasters organization gain their own self confidence in presenting and leadership.  He has been working on the pilot project of fully online clubs for the Toastmasters organization for the last 3 years.  Currently he is the number 3 ranking district officer in Toastmasters District 50 which encompasses the Northeast portion of Texas, including Dallas, Texas.