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