ISTE 2013 kicks off on June 23 in San Antonio, and this year’s conference promises informative and interactive sessions on mobile devices, digital learning tools and strategies, the future of learning, and more.

Three keynote speakers promise to engage attendees and spark discussion about ed-tech trends and learning successes.

Opening Keynote
June 23, 5:30 p.m.
Jane McGonigal

Jane McGonigal is today’s leading speaker on gamification—the application of game-design to real-life challenges. She has created games for the World Bank, Olympic Games, American Heart Association, New York Public Library and many others. Her book, Reality Is Broken: How Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World, is the definitive modern work on gamification.

McGonigal is a specialist and designer in the field of alternate reality games. Players of the games she designs face various challenges, from surviving peak oil to establishing a local sustainable business. Through persistence, energy, collaboration, creativity, sense of purpose and hard work, gamification restores to contemporary life the kind of heroism and communal striving that most of us struggle so hard to find.