The 2018 Lake Michigan Tech Conference Keynote Speakers

It is with great honor and excitement that I am able to announce the 2018 Lake Michigan Tech Conference keynote speakers. After great discussion between the organizers and careful consideration of the messages, we have selected two amazing keynote speakers. The two speakers that we selected fit the overall goals of our conference. Their messages are messages that the core planning committee think would benefit the great teachers that attend our conference and fit within the host districts goals and missions with technology in education.

We are extremely excited to have Dr. Liz Kolb and Nick Provenzano as our keynote speakers for the 2018 Lake Michigan Tech Conference. Learn more about each below! 

Monday, July 23rd – Dr. Liz Kolb – Is Technology the Snake Oil of Education?

Dr. Kolb HeadshotLiz is a clinical assistant professor at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. She authored Toys to Tools: Connecting Student Cell Phones to Education (published by ISTE in 2008), Cell Phones in the Classroom: A Practical Guide for the K-12 Educator (published by ISTE in 2011), Help Your Child Learn With Their Cell Phone and Web 2.0 (published by ISTE in 2013), Learning First, Technology Second (published by ISTE in 2017).  Liz is currently co-chairing an auxiliary committee for the U.S. Office of Education Technology on sustainable professional development in teacher education. She is a MACUL board member and a member of the COSN advisory board for mobile learning and emerging technologies. She is passionate about engaging students in education and leveraging learning opportunity through digital technologies. Liz is also the creator and coordinator of the Triple E Framework, which is an open-source framework for K-12 teachers and administrators to use to assess the effectiveness of technology in lesson plans.


Tuesday, July 24th – Nick Provenzano – Fighting Fear and Failure with Making

Nick Provenzano HeadshotNicholas Provenzano is a Technology Coordinator and Makerspace Director at University Liggett  School in Michigan. He is also an author, speaker, and consultant. He writes on his website,,, as well as many other prominent educational websites. He has been featured on, Education Week, The New York Times, and other media outlets. In 2013, he was awarded the Technology Teacher of the Year by MACUL and ISTE. Nicholas is Google Certified Innovator, Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, and a TEDEd Innovative Educator. His book, Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces was a best-seller can be found on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  Nicholas is sharing plenty of nerdy things on Twitter and Instagram at @TheNerdyTeacher.

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