What is EdTech and what are the latest trends in this new wave of education?
  How can authors, illustrators, publishers, and librarians get involved?
  How do teachers use EdTech in the classroom and what digital materials are they seeking from publishers and digital developers?

Michelle Bisson

Senior Managing Editor for Capstone's Library division. She is involved in Capstone’s databases and ebooks, which are used in both libraries and classrooms to enhance learning.

Monica Burns

EdTech & Curriculum Consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator, and Founder of In her role as a classroom teacher, she used iPads one-to-one with her students to create engaging, differentiated learning experiences.

Vicki Cobb

Founder of iNK Think Tank and Nonfiction Minute, which are online organizations of award-winning nonfiction authors who help teachers deliver curriculum standards in ways that inspire and educate children.

Cyndi Giorgis

Former elementary school teacher and school librarian. She is a professor of children's and young adult literature and serves as Dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Abran Maldonado

Entrepreneur, scholar, music industry veteran, and the CEO and Founder of NuSkool, which fuses entertainment and education through professional development, student enrichment, and educational research. He is a Gates Millennium Scholar.

Roxie Munro

Author, illustrator, and creator of 35+ children's books. Expert on transitioning from print books to apps, nonfiction and concept books, gamification, and crossmedia.

Sarah Towle

Author-educator turned digital publisher of educational apps for children. She blogs about writing, app development, tech in education, and digital publishing.
Intensive 6 • Friday, June 10 • 1:00 PM

What's Going on with Digital Nonfiction?

Get an overview of digital products in the market for schools, libraries, and homes -- from e-books and apps to educational games and blended learning. Learn about the rise of computer coding, makerspaces, and gamification.
Presented by: Sarah Towle (Educator/Author/App Developer), Monica Burns (EdTech & Curriculum Consultant/Apple Distinguished Educator), and Abran Maldonado (NuSkool, Inc.)
Workshop 2E • Saturday, June 11 • 10:00 AM

Today's Educational Innovations in NF

A survey of what is going on in teacher training colleges and in classrooms – from virtual school visits, digital teaching and learning, and blended learning to makerspaces and educational games.
Presented by: Abran Maldonado (NuSkool, Inc.) and Monica Burns (EdTech & Curriculum Consultant/Apple Distinguished Educator)
Workshop 3E • Saturday, June 11 • 2:15 PM

Think Multimedia

When researching or producing a book or an app, think about the other media one can develop — books, ebooks, posters, merchandise, videos, audiobooks, and games. How can you best expand the market for your content and resources?
Presented by: Michael Hearst (Author/Composer) and Sarah Towle (Educator/Author/App Developer)
Workshop 5E • Sunday, June 12 • 11:15 AM

Making Apps and Transmedia Projects

How does research, writing, designing, editing, and illustrating an app differ from a printed book? How do app developers create and produce their products. How can you transition from printed books to apps and transmedia productions?
Presented by: Sarah Towle (Educator/Author/App Developer) and Roxie Munro (Author/Illustrator)
Friday, June 10 • 8:15 PM

Digital Natives Engaging with Nonfiction

Presented by: Abran Maldonado (NuSkool, Inc.)
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Our stellar faculty members include teachers, librarians, educators at university graduate schools of education, authors, illustrators, agents, app developers, marketing and social media consultants, editors, art directors, designers, book packagers, and publishers from:

Your conference registration includes: Panels, Workshops, Social Events, and Meals. This is your chance to make the connections and get the ideas that will empower you in the changing world of children's nonfiction. Don't miss this opportunity! Register now!
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