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Shiza Shahid, Co-founder and CEO of Malala Fund, shares the story of Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl who became an advocate for girls' education in the face of adversity. Together, Shiza and Malala have created a movement for access to education, cultivating a cadre of global leaders and working to redefine the meaning of school and learning. Shiza reminds us that girls matter -- and that educating young people worldwide is the most effective way to both address inequality and to foster development and imagination.

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Speaker: Ali Partovi
Ali Partovi of code.org outlines an effort to give students greater access to computer science education.
Speaker: Gabrielle Lyon
Gabrielle Lyon explains how her organization, Project Exploration, inspires kids to pursue careers in science.
Nic, and his organization Wikiseat, use chair building as a tactile backdrop for a variety of lesson plans.
Speaker: Marie Cini, PhD
Marie Cini explains how her institution personalizes the education process for adult learners.
Sproutel founders Hannah Chung and Aaron Horowitz discuss the educational healthcare toy they created: a stuffed bear named Jerry.
Speaker: Mo Qayoumi
Mo Qayoumi discusses how new technologies can be harnessed to transform higher education.
Michelle Fine discusses the importance of accountability to diverse needs in designing participatory action research.
Speaker: Larry Rosenstock
Larry Rosenstock of High Tech High describes his charter schools' approach to designing learning experiences.
Speaker: Sean Pica
Sean Pica describes how he developed an accredited, degree-granting college program for prisons.
Speaker: Chris Emdin, PhD
Chris Emdin speaks to student engagement in 21st century learning opportunities, such as dialogues hosted via Twitter.
Speaker: Taylor Mali
Poet Taylor Mali talks about how his poem "What Teachers Make" inspired a movement to create 1,000 new teachers.
Speaker: Nina Simon
Nina Simon discusses how social objects can bridge the gap between individual and collective experience.
Speaker: Matt Harding
Matt Harding, charts the growth of an of his big idea: dancing in the style of local communities to illustrate a world without fear.
Speaker: Joan Blades
Founder of MoveOn.org, talks about the lessons talk includes lessons in movement building, such as staying persistent and listening in...
Speaker: Khalid Smith
Khalid Smith, Education Leader at Startup Weekend, talks about the process of uniting educators with designers and entrepreneurs and --...
Speaker: George Lakoff
George Lakoff, Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at U.C. Berkeley, emphasizes that the bridge between existing...
Co-founders of Smarthistory, demystify traditional representations of images, widen access to art, and use technology to reform art history...
Speaker: Karen Cator
Karen Cator stresses the importance of creating the conditions for participatory learning, including the adoption of evolved digital-age...
Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey, President of Say Yes to Education, Inc., talks about creating structures that allow for educational innovations to...
Speaker: Kiff Gallagher
Kiff Gallagher explains how his organization MusicianCorps works as an "operating system" for a field of fragmented artists, and...
Speaker: Stephen Ritz
Stephen Ritz talks about seeding change by teaching his students how to grow, feed, build sustainably, and transform mindsets and...
Speaker: Naif Al-Mutawa
Naif Al-Mutawa, CEO of THE 99, fosters interfaith dialogue through a comic series that features Muslim characters and culture.
Speaker: William Brown
William Brown, Director of the Eli Whitney Museum, explains how teachers can use innovation, non-tradtional education models to bring out...
Speaker: Kimberly Bryant
Kimberly Bryant, Founder of Black Girls Code, explains how her organization is changing the face of education by teaching computer...
Speaker: Nirvan Mullick
Nirvan Mullick discusses his short film "Caine's Arcade" and how one boy's imagination transformed a moment of...
Speaker: Neeru Khosla
Neeru Khosla, of CK-12 Foundation, introduces a low-cost tool that lets teachers and students customize the learning experience.
Speaker: Jade Trinh
Business major Jade Trinh speaks of stumbling into an entrepreneurship course that revealed an unexpected and exciting new path.
Speaker: Martha Kanter
Martha Kanter. U.S. Dept. of Ed., emphasizes importance of accessible education, critical thinking to job success and democracy.
Speaker: Nasser Paydar
Indiana University East uses new models, fewer resources to go from lowest state retention rates to highest in four years.
Speaker: Gerald Richards
Gerald Richards, CEO of 826 National, describes unique storefronts where kids are stimulated to learn, create and share.
Speaker: Adora Svitak
At age eight, Adora Svitak began to teach students twice her age. Now 14, she shares revelation that learning is not a weakness.
Speaker: Lee LeFever
Lee LeFever and his wife make videos explaining complex things in minutes. Learn how they scale and spread a passion for learning.
Speaker: Jody Lewen
Jody Lewen, ED of the Prison University Project, explains fear of vulnerability is often the primary challenge for her students.
With higher ed. no longer the sole source of knowledge, and its traditions irrelevant, Greg Anderson says we must adapt or die.
Speaker: Danny Hillis
Danny Hillis, Chairman/Co-Founder of Applied Minds, asks us to imagine a learning map that goes beyond existing search engines.
Speaker: Brewster Kahle
Brewster Kahle’s mission to customize his son’s education led to scaling customized model beyond those who could afford it.
Univ. of St. Thomas engineering professor describes using sense of play to find science, engineering lessons in almost anything.
Speaker: William Ayers
Considering past inequities, Univ. of Illinois professor explores aspects of modern education we will one day find unimaginable.
Speaker: Barbara Chow
William & Flora Hewlett Foundation Ed. Program Director, Barbara Chow, makes case for policy as doorway to innovation and change.
Speaker: Georgette Yakman
Georgette Yakman’s immigrant grandparents, family with Asperger syndrome, artistic stepfather led her to add Arts into STEM.
Speaker: Mark Milliron
WGU Chancellor Mark Milliron’s radical proposal: Why not use data, technology to give learners real-time feedback on progress?
Enrique Legaspi teaches at forefront of student interests, helping them create, curate and share work using video, social media.
Speaker: Kaycee Eckhardt
Kaycee Eckardt, high school teacher, New Orleans' 9th Ward, advocates chancing innovation, prototyping and piloting new ideas.
Speaker: Diego Navarro
After his own traumatic life experience, Navarro founded a program empowering high-risk students to succeed in school and life.
Anastasoff had the idea to create a "domestic peace corps," recruiting STEM professionals to become full-time teachers.
Speaker: David Merrill
Evolving the way we interact with technology, David Merrill designed Siftables: cookie-sized computers used for creative learning.
Speaker: Stephen Breslin
Stephen Breslin, explains how letting kids play a key role in designing an interactive fountain freed their untapped potential.
Speaker: Maya Enista
Maya Enista of Mobilize.org argues that – if inspired and empowered – Millennials (born from 1976-1996) can start leading today.
Speaker: Sugata Mitra
In 1999, Dr. Sugatra Mitra placed an unattended computer in a city slum. Hear how his project proved curiosity can cause learning.
Speaker: Paul Freedman
Paul Freedman claims the real trick to accessing capital is to not worry. Learn how he funded online Ivy Bridge Community College.
Speaker: Trung Le
Trung Le sought to redesign schools with an aesthetic combining learning and design to stimulate discovery, growth, imagination.
Speaker: Curtis Wong
Curtis Wong outlines a tool allowing students to explore the full sky, or beneath Earth’s crust, and create tutorials/tests.
Speaker: Heather Joseph
Heather Joseph speaks on “SPARC,” a global alliance of librarians that works with many stakeholders to lift barriers to learning.
Speaker: Ariel Sacks
Arial Sacks explains Teacherpreneurship, the idea that teachers can help plan solutions to student problems with time, resources.
Speaker: Erin McKean
Erin McKean pioneered Wordnik.com, an interactive dictionary that has transformed the dictionary into a social gathering place.
Speaker: Christopher Rush
Hear how Christopher Rush co-developed a learning algorithm to test what students need, how they need it, and when they need it.
Speaker: Sharyn Gabriel
Sharyn Gabriel initiated a digital art program utilizing games to capture students' attention, merging technology and education.
Constance Steinkuehler started an after-school program for high school boys who do well in gaming, but struggle in school.
Speaker: Mark Horner
Mark Horner describes the process of creating free, open licensed, digital textbooks and an open press.
Speaker: Salman Khan
Khan Academy founder describes how a free online learning platform exemplifies the power of self-paced, web-based learning.
Speaker: David Calkins
David Calkins’ robot competitions changed contestants’ lives. He believes competition and collaboration can enhance education.
Speaker: Garry Gaber
After a decade of making Star Wars games, Garry Gaber, President/CEO Escape Hatch Entertainment, turned his talents to education.
Speaker: Tony Jackson
Inspired to make American students more globally competitive, Tony Jackson redesigned his schools using four innovative techniques.
Speaker: Sandy Shugart
Sandy Shugart, of Valencia Community College, is a published poet and songwriter.
He brings “music with a point” to BIF.
Speaker: Yvonne Chan
Coming from China at age 17, Yvonne Chan had a dream: changing our educational system. Find out how she did just that.
High School students Ashly Nand, Cesar Gomez explain how AVID and Roadtrip Nation have helped, empowered and guided them.
Speaker: Dr. Myra Strober
Dr. Strober, Stanford Univ., explains how less specialization will inspire innovation and creativity, driving educational reform.
Speaker: Kevin Johnson
Former-NBA-star-turned-mayor Kevin Johnson helped transform Sacramento’s lowest performing schools into the city’s top five.
Speaker: Deborah Quazzo
Co-founder of NeXtAdvisors, Deborah Quazzo, tells the story of Mr. Sun who changed the dynamic of public education of South Korea.
Speaker: Dr. Erik Duval
Dr. Duval believes that if we are able to create in abundance and fail, we can learn why we fail, opening a door to innovation.
Dr. Joel Westheimer, Univ. of Ottawa professor, believes policies like No Child Left Behind basically outlaw critical thinking.
Speaker: Matt Fritzinger
Matt Fritzinger, founder, NorCal High School Mountain Bike Racing League, explains its benefits to students, teachers, education.
Speaker: Neeru Paharia
Neeru Paharia and her colleagues posed the question: What if every person in the world could get a free online college education?
Speaker: Alan Kay
President of Viewpoints Research Institute, Alan Kay, articulates the differences between big ideas and powerful ideas.
Speaker: Gever Tulley
Understanding that kids are not "recipe learners," but instead like to make things, Gever Tulley decided to let them do just that.
Speaker: Brewster Kahle
Setting out to make all knowledge accessible to everyone via the internet, Brewster Kahle founded Internet Archive.
Dr. Bartels formed Exploratorium, where kids spend half the day in informal settings, exploring their own interests and passions.
University of Utah Associate Professor Dr. Erin O'Connell uses gangsta rap to help her students engage with Homer's The Iliad.
Speaker: Mike Marriner
A post-high school road trip to find his passion led Mike Marriner to scale his experience to help American high school students.
Speaker: Hal Plotkin
Hal Plotkin, Office of the Under Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Ed., explains President Obama's plans for the future of education.
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