Conference Registration Fee: $ 175.00
June 14-15, 2017

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HSTI 2017 Keynote and Featured Speakers

Opening Keynote - Wednesday, June 14, 2017
9:00 a.m. - Hot Springs High School Auditorium


Jay Gross – ESSDACK

Keynote Session –  9:00 a.m.
“Door Handles & Eyes...  Continue to Bring the Passion”
In a world of test scores, content standards & benchmarks, and evaluation fears, sometimes the main purpose can be pushed aside, even forgotten. That is the kids.  Plain and simple they are the heart of what we do.  Let me be the reminder...

Followup Breakout Session –  1:15 p.m.
“Digital Citizenship: The Key to a Postive Future!”

Our youth today are growing up in a world of instant access... Sometimes positive and sometimes negative.  They are leaving a digital legacy that will follow them through life.  Listen and learn along with Jay as he explains the highs and lows of all aspects of our digital world and how he has found a way to lead by example and thought.  This session will cover everything from FaceBook and Twitter to dangerous apps and how they can be used to harm our kids.

"If I touch their minds, I might be remembered...But if I touch their hearts, I might  
embed in their souls"


Featured Speaker – Wednesday, June 14, 2017
10:45 a.m. – Hot Springs High School Auditorium


Joel Gordon – Why S.T.E.A.M.?
Joel has been a fabricator, artist, and designer for film and television and created exhibits for world-class museums of art and science. As an entrepreneur and business owner, Joel worked in industrial design and product development. He has loved, worked and played in the Maker Movement long before we used the term maker. He is the founder of the North Little Rock Mini-Maker Faire and co-founder, director and CEO of Arkansas’ first maker-space, The Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub. He was the contributor to the Convening of Makerspace Organizers at the White House and the Nation of Makers and is the Make Ambassador for the State of Arkansas. Joel consults internationally and designs for innovation centers and maker-spaces through Winrock International. He is passionate about education, making, and micro-manufacturing.


Featured Guests 

The EduTech Guys - LIVE at HSTI 2017

You will have a chance to watch and hear David Henderson of Southwest Arkansas Ed Coop and Jeff Madlock of Hope Public Schools present HSTI live coverage during the 2017 event.

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Featured Speaker


Susan Gilley

FEATURED SESSION – Thursday, June 15 – 9:00 –  Auditorium
Featured Session – “What’s NEW in Google!”
Learn about all the cool things that you can do with Google.  This featured session will be an overview of the world of Google for administrators, teachers, and students.  You might even learn something.  This session will cause you brain overload.  Be prepared!!!

Breakout Session – Wednesday, June 14 – 12:00 p.m. – Auditorium
“MakerSpaces and FUN Tech”

This session will be about cool fun techie stuff and how MakerSpaces can change they way you teach and how kids learn.  Susan and her colleagues will showcase some of the cool tools being used in the learning environment.  You will be able to take advantage of free and paid resources to enhance your technology integration skills.


Featured Speaker – Thursday, June 15, 2017
10:30 a.m. – Hot Springs High School Auditorium


Stony Evans –  “Code Word: Collaborate”

Stony Evans is a school library media specialist at Lakeside High School in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He earned his MS in Library Media and Information Technologies from the University of Central Arkansas. He was selected as AAIM Library Media Specialist of the Year in 2013. Stony is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and was selected as MIE Rookie of the year in 2016. Visit his blog at, email him at, or follow him on Twitter @stony12270


Featured Speakers - Thursday, June 15, 2017
11:45 – Hot Springs High School Auditorium


Dr. Matthew Sutherlin, Curriculum and Instruction – HSU
Michelle Johnson, Director of The STEM Center – HSU

”Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead: Coding and MakerSpaces in K12”



Closing Speaker - Thursday, June 15, 2017
2:15 p.m. - Hot Springs High School Auditorium

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Tim Cavanagh –  They’re LAUGHING at Me!
So, did you hear the one about the high school teacher who walked into a comedy club--and they hired him? That's where the Tim Cavanagh comedy story begins. For a full year, Tim taught teenagers by day. By night, he sang his funny songs in Chicago comedy clubs. "Not surprisingly, I found the biggest difference between the classroom and the nightclub was the drunks--which I generally let the principal handle," Tim says.



Conference Registration fee covers: both conference days, lunch and snacks, vendor exhibits, keynotes/featured sessions and access to all breakout sessions.

Arkansas Department of Education recognizes Hot Springs Technology Conference as a source for teacher "technology" in-service hours.  Attendees will be provided a certificate of attendance at the conference.