Pernille Ripp is a 5th grade teacher in Middleton, Wisconsin where she gets to inspire students to take control of their learning journey on a daily basis. She is also the creator of the Global Read Aloud (www.globalreadaloud.com), a literacy initiative that has connected more than 200,000 students since 2010 through the use of technology. Her first book will be published this March by Powerful Learning Press entitled "Passionate Learners - Giving Our Classroom Back to Our Students Starting Today." Her work has also been featured by Edutopia, School Library Journal, Learning & Leading magazine, as well as in many podcasts and interviews. She teaches others how to give the classroom back to students through webinars, as well as how to do student blogging.