2021 Keynote Speakers

Deirdre Hodson

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Deirdre works in the European Commission’s department for Education, Youth, Sports and Culture in Brussels. For the past five years she has been responsible for digital education and was on the team drafting the Commission’s Digital Education Action Plan (2021-2027). She also worked with the Commission’s Joint Research Centre to create the free online SELFIE tool to help schools review how they are using technology for teaching and learning. Deirdre is currently working on a number of projects related to teacher digital competence and Education for Sustainable Development. Deirdre is also a student on the MSc programme on Digital Education with the University of Edinburgh. Her research focus is on computer science curricula in school education. Deirdre studied at Trinity College Dublin, Institut d’Etudes Politiques, Grenoble and the College of Europe, Bruges

Resources from Deirdre’s keynote are available on Wakelet

The recording of this keynote is now available

Silver Lining for Learning

Silver Lining for Learning is broadcast live on YouTube Live from 5:30 to 6:30pm US EDT on Saturdays and archived at silverliningforlearning.org. Those participating span the globe and the topics have universal appeal to those engaged in education.  An approach was made to the group about the possibility of connecting with Ireland by way of our conference.  The response was an immediate and positive one.  Those taking part in the discussion are as follows.

The livestream is available below:

Curt Bonk

Curt Bonk is Professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University where he has published a dozen books, including his groundbreaking 2020 volume with Routledge, MOOCs and Open Education in the Global South. He also has more than 100 journal articles and over 50 book chapters on research related to various emerging learning technologies, online and blended learning, MOOCs and open education, and the global impacts from collaborative technology. In 2020, Curt was awarded the IU President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Technology.

Shuangye Chen

Shuangye Chen currently works at the ​Faculty​ of Education, East China Normal University. She is the executive associate editor for ECNU Review of Education. ECNU Review of Education is an international and open access scholarly journal initiated by the East China Normal University (ECNU) in Shanghai of China. This peer-reviewed journal, indexed in ERIC, DOAJ, and Scopus, aims to publish impactful research and innovative articles related to current educational issues in China and abroad.


Professor Chris Dede

Professor Chris Dede whose fundamental interest is in developing new types of educational systems to meet the opportunities and challenges of the 21st century. His research spans emerging technologies for learning, infusing technology into large-scale educational improvement initiatives, developing policies that support educational transformation, and providing leadership in educational innovation. He is currently conducting funded studies to develop and assess learning environments based on virtual worlds, augmented realities, transformed social interaction, and online teacher professional development. Dede is a leader in mobile learning initiatives and has developed a widely used Framework for scaling up educational innovations. From 2001 to 2004, he served as chair of the Learning & Teaching area at HGSE.

Professor Punya Mishra

Professor Punya Mishra is Associate Dean of Scholarship & Innovation and Professor in the Division of Educational Leadership & Innovation in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. He also has an affiliate appointment in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. He is internationally recognized for his work in technology integration in teaching; the role of creativity and aesthetics in learning; and the application of design-based approaches to educational innovation. He (with Dr. M. J. Koehler) developed the Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework, which has been described as being “the most significant advancement in the area of technology integration in the past 25 years.” He is an award-winning teacher, an engaging public speaker, as well as an accomplished visual artist and poet.

Professor Yong Zhao

Professor Yong Zhao is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas and a professor in Educational Leadership at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education in Australia. He previously served as the Presidential Chair, Associate Dean, and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he was also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership. Prior to Oregon, Yong Zhao was University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, where he also served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, executive director of the Confucius Institute, as well as the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Education and a fellow of the International Academy of Education.

Moderator: Dermot Walsh

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Dermot Walsh is a member of the CESI executive, a primary school principal, and a Ph.D. candidate at the C.R.I.T.E. lab in Trinity College Dublin, investigating the relationship between teachers’ pedagogy beliefs and their educational use of technology at school.  His interest in digital learning developed following his experiences as a M.Sc. student in Technology and Learning, and networking with practitioners from the CESI T.P.N and the CESI mailing list.  Dermot is an advocate of socially constructivist, constructionist and socio-cultural educational use of technology at primary school.  His students utilise a range of digital tools including, G-Suite, Moodle, Scratch, Makey Makeys and Micro-bits, and experience 21st century learning through design models such as The Bridge21 Model, The Design Thinking Model, and Expansive learning cycles, to prepare for their legitimate participation as citizens in the 21st century knowledge economy.  Along with Helen O’Kelly and Hassan Dabbagh, Dermot co-hosts CESI’s popular podcast ‘The CESI Staffroom’ which explores digital learning in Irish education and features special guests including Adrienne Webb (CESI chair), Dr. Richard Millwood, Tony Riley (NCCA) and Micheal McNamara (PDSTTIE).