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What do a physicist, a professor and a third grade teacher have in common?

By Team ISTE
February 17, 2016
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Learning differently and thinking creatively are hallmarks of the ISTE community. But what does that look like in the real world?

At ISTE 2016, attendees will hear from three diverse and distinct voices — a scientist, an activist and an educator — whose messages span science, research and education.

Michio Kaku

Opening keynote speaker Michio Kaku, Ph.D., is a widely recognized scientist with a knack for popularizing science for all audiences – which is a tall order considering the weight of his résumé. He co-founded the string field theory (a branch of string theory based on the existence of cosmic string), and he continues Einstein’s search to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into one theory that summarizes the physical laws of the universe.

Many will recognize Kaku from his recent Turbo Tax commercials, because he uses his credentials to predict trends affecting business, commerce and finance based on the latest research in science. Kaku’s newest book, The Future of the Mind, is currently the No. 1 hardcover nonfiction book in the country. 

A Harvard grad and professor at The City College of New York for 30 years, Kaku will connect theory to practice in a seamless, entertaining presentation when he takes the stage the opening day of ISTE 2016 on Sunday, June 26.

Ruha Benjamin

Ruha Benjamin, a professor of African American studies at Princeton University, will share her driving question with ISTE attendees: How can we harness science and technology for greater equality?

Benjamin, who frequently speaks on empowering students and educators to be agents of change, teaches courses such as “Race Is Socially Constructed: Now What?” and “Black to the Future: Science, Fiction and Society.” She is also actively engaged in community initiatives that investigate the social impact and meaning of new biotechnologies, and she blogs about the broader questions of innovation and citizen science.

Don't miss her provocative talk on Tuesday, June 28.

Michelle Cordy

In keeping with ISTE’s tradition of sending attendees home inspired by the words of one of their own, teacher Michelle Cordy, who writes the popular blog Hack the Classroom, will close the conference on June 29 with her message to teach differently.

Cordy teaches third grade in a 1:1 classroom in London, Ontario, Canada, where she engages in classroom-based research with partners from academic institutions and industry partners. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Teacher and holds a Master of Education in mathematics and science.

“This year’s keynotes will hit us right between the eyes at the intersection of science, research and learning,” said Brian Lewis, ISTE CEO. “I love the provocative, inspiring folks we’re able to find for ISTE keynotes, and this year is no exception.”

Find out more about these thought-provoking keynotes and then check out the full ISTE 2016 program.