Holly Lu – Action Research (Thursday)
Dr. Holly Lu has been working in the fields of education, instructional design, technology, and online learning for the past 13 years. This passion for blending education with cutting-edge technology led her to pursue a doctoral degree from Pepperdine University in Educational Technology, where her research focused on gaming immersion in educational settings and fostering 21st century skills through Quest Atlantis. In 2007, Dr. Lu became Program Director at Full Sail University, where she launched the online Education Media Design and Technology Master’s degree program. Currently, she is the Senior Director for Program Development of the New Media Consortium (NMC), an international not-for-profit focused on sparking innovation and creativity in learning, where she manages the NMC Academy — the organization’s online learning initiative.
Prior to the New Media Consortium and Full Sail University, Dr. Ludgate strategized and deployed technology integration in K-12 classrooms, along with teaching campus and online classes for universities in several subject areas. Her passion for emerging technologies and their creative implementation into different areas, such as podcasting, web 2.0 applications, and digital tensions in the classroom, is steadfast. Dr. Ludgate earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and holds her Master’s in Instructional Technology from the University of Central Florida. In 2011, she was also selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) and currently sits on the Apple Education Board for ADEs, along with Apple’s Challenge Based Learning Board.
Tico Oms – Innovation (Saturday)
Tico Oms is a Singapore American Middle School deputy principal. Tico was an integral part of the school research and development program, organizing and attending visits with dozens of exemplary and innovative schools around the world, communicating the learning with the faculty and community, and launching many innovative educational programs.
Tico has an MEd from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and has an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to his teaching career, he had a successful ten-year technology career first at Dell Computers Asia Pacific followed by various companies in South East Asia.
Bambi Betts – The Future of EdTech (Friday)
Bambi Betts is the Director of the Principals’ Training Center for International School Leadership and has been actively involved with the PTC since its inception as a course developer, trainer, and co-trainer for the PTC’s Essential Skills courses. Bambi is also the CEO of the Academy for International School Heads (AISH).
She has held positions as Director of Escuela Campo Alegre , Deputy Superintendent and middle school Principal in Caracas, and also a senior school head in Portugal.
Bambi is a leading consultant on a wide range of topics in international schools and conducts on-site training modules related to the effective int’l school. She has written many articles on practical ways to improve international schools and authors a regular column on the PTC pages of The International Educator (TIE).