EdTechTeam Global Summits featuring Google for Education
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August 13 & 14, 2015
East Career & Technical Academy

Two Full Days of Learning

This two-day high-intensity event focuses on deploying, integrating, and using Google Apps for Education (and other Google tools) to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education.

Google in Education Experts

The program features Google for Education Innovative Educators, Google for Education Certified Trainers, practicing administrators, and other solution providers.

East Career & Technical Academy
Las Vegas, Nevada
August 13 & 14, 2015

We are excited to announce the preliminary schedule

Check back often for details, including session titles, descriptions, and other fun events happening throughout the Summit

Day 1

7:30AM - 8:30AM

Breakfast

8:30AM - 9:30AM

Keynote: Jim Sill

10:00AM - 11:00AM

Session 1

11:30AM - 12:30PM

Session 2

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Lunch

1:30PM - 2:30PM

Session 3

3:00PM - 4:00PM

Session 4

4:30PM - 5:30PM

Demo Slam

Day 2

7:30AM - 8:30AM

Breakfast

8:30AM - 9:30AM

Keynote: Suan Yeo

10:00AM - 11:00AM

Session 5

11:30AM - 12:30PM

Session 6

12:30PM - 1:30PM

Lunch

1:30PM - 2:30PM

Session 7

3:00PM - 4:00PM

Session 8

4:15PM - 5:00PM

Closing Keynote: Chad Kafka


Open to attendees from around the globe

The Summit includes two keynote presentations, 8 breakout sessions, a demo slam competition and a closing capstone session. Participants will be able to attend beginner through advanced sessions on uses of Google Apps in the classroom.

Pre-Summit Workshops

Introducing One Day Pre-Summit Workshops

This one-day experience is designed to inform, inspire, and empower educational leaders. Workshops include sessions for leaders, educators, and technical staff. Breakfast and lunch are provided for all ticketed workshops.

August 12, 2015 (8:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

GET Authorized Bootcamp (for Trainers)

Google Educator Trainer (GET) Train the Trainer (T3) Bootcamp serves two purposes: to raise awareness about how Google tools can be used in education to; ignite inquiry, promote collaboration, and allow for authentic publishing and sharing, (with students and among colleagues), and to prepare participants to pass the Google Educator Test and submit their certification application. Become a Google Educator to be recognized for your mastery.

Each session includes an interactive overview, top tips from the Google Educator Training Center, hands-on activities, and inspiring ideas for how to use Google for teaching, learning, and professional collaboration. The activities are flexible, designed to help new users quickly understand the “core magic” of each app - and to challenge veteran users by revealing features and innovative uses they never imagined. The experience is grounded in Google culture, complete with high-energy fast-paced demonstrations and challenging activities that can truly be called “hard fun.” There is no better preparation for teaching and learning with Google Apps - or for passing the Google Educator tests.

Important Notes: Certification is not included in the bootcamp (passing five tests, submitting an application, and approval from Google are required following the event). Taking tests and applying for certification is not necessary for participating in the bootcamp.

World class presenters

EdTechTeam Summit Presenters

All presenters are Google for Education Certified Innovators, Google for Education Certified Trainers, Google Employees, or teachers with local successful stories!

Keynote Speakers

  • Jim Sill USA and Australia
  • Suan Yeo Google Australia
  • Chad Kafka

Spotlight Speakers

  • Jeffery Heil San Diego, California
  • Jessica Loucks
  • Michael Wacker Chief Learning Officer, EdTechTeam
  • John Bailey Program Manager for Geo Education at Google
Standard Registration

Group rates are now available online!

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A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. Should you have any questions regarding sponsorship, please contact Chris Craft at chris.craft@edtechteam.com.


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East Career & Technical Academy

East Career and Technical Academy

East Career and Technical Academy is a comprehensive magnet high school that offers several distinct program areas of study. Students select their program of choice when applying for admission. Students will follow a four­year sequence of courses as specified for their program area. Students can choose coursework in Education and Early Childhood, Medical Professions, Culinary Arts, Marketing/ Hospitality & Tourism, Automotive Mechanical Technology, Information Technology Systems, Construction Technology, and Electronic Technology. Honors and Advanced Placement classes are offered to prepare students to transition to post­secondary institutions. Rigorous coursework, hands­on projects, job- shadowing, and internships will give students first­hand experience in their selected program areas. In addition, students will have the opportunity to earn college credits through the Tech Prep program and through Advanced Placement Courses.

Host City:

Las Vegas, an ever­changing fantasy­land of a city, has seen unbelievable expansion since it emerged from the desert just over 100 years ago. The sights and sounds of Las Vegas are enjoyed by millions of visitors every year. They stay in some of the most glamorous, unique hotels in the world. They eat at five­star restaurants and expansive buffets. They play at casinos, pools, health spas and golf courses.

From world­class resorts, restaurants, and shops to endless entertainment options and attractions, Las Vegas allows you to create your dream vacation. One of the greatest things about Las Vegas is that there is something for everyone and seemingly never­ending options. Visit http://www.lasvegas.com/ for specific details on restaurants, shows, and activities.

Hotel Recommendations

Travel Information

Air Travel

McCarran International Airport

Airport Shuttle

The most economical way to get to your hotel. Shuttles can cost less than $10 for Strip/Downtown. Check with your hotel for schedules.

Car Rentals

The average price for an economy car in Vegas is around $25 to $30 per day, but the sky’s the limit if you want a little more extravagant.

Public Transportation

Car Rental at the Airport, Cab Services, UBER and LYFT available for the techies

Parking

Onsite parking at the event is available. We always encourage carpooling whenever possible.

About

Sessions include two keynote presentations, a demo slam competition, and a closing capstone session - plus two full days of informative breakouts, cutting-edge demonstrations, and hands-on workshops led by experienced and knowledgeable professional developers.

Open to attendees from around the globe, this summit offers unique and cost-effective advantages for all participants:

Credit

Certificate of Attendance

Certificates of Participation for the general conference will be available after the conference. Please complete the following form and once attendance has been verified, a certificate will be emailed to you.

Graduate Credit

Graduate credit is available from Adams State College. Registration is available here. Each 1 hr credit costs $55 USD. Please use a credit card to register. Contact Christine Archer with EdTechTeam with any questions. Note: Some additional coursework is required for credit.

Presenters

Keynote Presenters


Jim Sill

USA and Australia

After almost a decade in the video and television industry, Jim Sill hung up his producer hat and embarked on a career in education. Using his industry experience, he created an award winning video production program at El Diamante High School in Visalia, CA. By involving students in real world video projects, they garnered awards and recognition at the local, state, and national level. With experience producing local television and industrial videos for non-profit organizations, many of his former students now work in the industry.

As a Google Certified Teacher, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Education Trainer and Apple Certified Trainer, Jim leads professional development workshops on Google’s collaborative tools, social media, and video production.

In 2012, Jim was featured in Edutopia and their Teach2Learn series for his work in Building Career Skills in Video Production. He was also awarded The Computer Using Educator (CUE) Outstanding Teacher Award in 2009 and nominated for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Outstanding Teacher Award.


Suan Yeo

Google Australia

Suan heads up Google Enterprise Education efforts in Asia-Pacific, covering 48 countries in this multi-diverse region. He is responsible for promoting the adoption of Google technology at the institution level for schools and universities. Suan is passionate about Educational Technology, and is constantly advocating for collaborative learning, open access and innovative experimentation. He is a lifelong learner, and firmly believes that no child should be left behind in education.

A Google veteran of 10 years, Suan most recently managed the Enterprise SMB business in Asia-Pacific, growing annual revenues to $15M in 3 years. Prior to that, he managed various teams in the Ad Sales organizations, pioneering teams and offices in Europe and Asia. Starting in Mountain View (Google HQ) in 2002, he’s moved to Dublin, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore and now lives in Sydney with his wife and 2 kids.


Chad Kafka

Chad Kafka works as a Technology Integration Specialist for Franklin Public Schools near Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he meets to team plan with teachers and coaches them about best practice and uses for technology in the classroom. Chad was part of the implementation team in Franklin that introduced 1700 Chromebooks to students in grades 7-11 in September 2014. Chad has spoken at a variety of state/national conferences and worked with organizations and districts to put on sessions centered around Google Apps. Chad is proud to be part of the Google Education Trainer, Google Certified Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator programs. Chad co-hosts a podcast called “Teacher Tech Talk” where he participates in discussions about technology use in the classroom. Learn more about Chad or follow him virtually at [www.chadkafka.com](www.chadkafka.com).

 

Summit Presenters


Jeffery Heil

San Diego, California

Jeff is an instructional technology coach for the San Diego County Office of Education where he works with the Online/Blended Learning Unit and the Juvenile Court and Community Schools spreading the love of technology and learning throughout San Diego County. He spent eight years teaching high school in a residential facility for students impacted by homelessness where he developed his passion for technology integration and educational equity. In 2005, he was selected as a Distinguished Teacher in Residence at California State University, San Marcos where he still works as an adjunct professor of educational technology in the School of Education. For the past five years, he has been working with students in the single-subject program at CSUSM to facilitate, not only the integration of technology, but promote the power of the personal learning network (PLN) for connecting, learning and personal/professional growth. He also teaches in the newly created SDSU/SDCOE Collaborative MA Program. As a Google Certified Teacher and Google Education Trainer, Jeff specializes in Google Apps for Education integration and professional development in many districts throughout San Diego County. For the past two years, he has helped facilitate the integration of GAFE, 1:1 Chromebooks, and blended learning throughout the SDCOE Juvenile Court and Community Schools.


Jessica Loucks

Jessica Loucks been providing professional development on technology integration since her early days as a 7-12 Reading and Language Arts teacher. Now a Technology Integration Specialist for Manchester Public Schools in Connecticut, she has overseen Chromebook 1:1 deployment at both the high school and middle school levels, provided Google Apps training at the district level, and has even spearheaded her district's first MakerSpaces. As head of the Technology Department at Illing Middle School, she has presented at numerous conferences on how to effectively roll out technology in engaging ways. She is a Google Education Trainer and holds a Masters of Arts in English.


Michael Wacker

Chief Learning Officer, EdTechTeam

A former elementary teacher, Michael has since served as Online Learning Specialist on the student and adult learning side. This experience included designing and facilitating teacher and administrator professional development online courses and workshops. On the student side, his experience involves directing the build and design of online courses, technical development and course conversions, as well as curriculum course revisions and iterations. With more than six years of progressively responsible experience in eLearning and Blended Learning, he is consulted around ideas of strategic design and innovation in public and private schools internationally to support the professional development and redesign of classrooms, pedagogy, and traditional instructional models, to better serve all learners. Michael’s strengths are in helping to maximize learning opportunities through the design of dynamic spaces (online and face to face) of interaction, inquiry, and engagement for students, teachers, and administrators. Dedicated to educational innovation, he strives to utilize best practice eLearning techniques and leverage a pedagogy and technology that allows for anywhere, anytime learning.


John Bailey

Program Manager for Geo Education at Google

John is a current Googler and former volcanologist and university professor. He grew up in England and went to university in Canterbury where he studied physics and space science. However, after decided that their were limited fieldwork opportunities in space, he switched to the far safer field of volcanology and moved to Hawaii to complete a MS and PhD. After a brief stop in California, a postdoc with the Alaska Volcano Observatory took him to Fairbanks, AK, and he ultimately spent 8 years in the Arctic. Finally after almost two decades in academia John decided he needed a new challenge and returned to California to join the Google Earth Outreach team as Program Manager for Geo Education. John loves to travel and explore new places and landscapes for himself. To date he has visited over fifty countries across six continents and is always looking for the next adventure. His goal is to teach knowledge, understanding and stewardship of the planet we live on through the use of Google’s Geo tools and other innovative technologies.

Committee


Chris Bell

Chief Operating Officer

Chris Bell has been with EdTechTeam since the company incorporated and is now the Chief Operating Officer tasked with organizing and directing the systems and operations within the company. Chris oversees the Global Summits and works closely with all departments to align their goals and objectives to the mission of EdTechTeam.

Chris most recently was the District Coordinator of Instructional Technology for Saddleback Valley Unified School District in Southern California. In this capacity, he oversaw the instructional technology project implementations in the district including 1:1 classrooms utilizing Chromebooks, mobile device initiatives, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) classrooms, and online learning.

Chris has taught at all levels K-12 including online and has enjoyed working with pre-service teachers and online teachers. Chris was actively involved in the development of the Leading Edge Certification for Online & Blended Teaching, the Apps Certified Trainer program, and has developed online courses for Google (g.co/educourses). Chris is a Google Certified Teacher (Boulder 2009) and a Google Education Trainer


Chris Craft

Director of Online Learning

Dr. Christopher Craft is an award-winning educator and speaker based in South Carolina. As a classroom teacher, he has been recognized both locally and nationally for innovative teaching with technology. Most recently he was selected from among more than 1,000 teachers to be one of 20 to visit the White House and meet with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Dr. Jill Biden for a dialogue on the current state and future of education. Dr. Craft was also titled to the National School Board Association’s “20 to Watch” list for 2013. He has a B.A. in Spanish, a M.Ed in Educational Technology, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and Research from the University of South Carolina. Chris is a Google Certified Teacher, and a Google Education Trainer, and was recently accepted to be an Apple Distinguished Educator. Find out more about Chris at www.christophercraft.com or follow him on Twitter @crafty184


Ben Friensen

Director of Professional Development

Ben taught junior high science for 7 years and is now a Digital Content Specialist in the Hopkins Public Schools in Minnesota. He is Google Certified Teacher, an authorized Google Education Trainer and serves on the Google Geo Teachers Advisory Board. He enjoys traveling and sharing his passion for connecting students to the world. Ben is the Director of Professional Development – iOS Summits for the EdTechTeam.


Wendy Gorton

Director of International Education

Wendy Gorton is an enthusiastic Google Certified Teacher, Google Apps EDU Certified Trainer, and a lifelong learner. She has taught 4th graders in Los Angeles, been an elementary technology coordinator, a university technology specialist, online teacher, and curriculum developer and research assistant. She is passionate about project-based learning and using awesome technology like Google Apps to open her students up to collaboration and to the world!

Her Master’s degree is in educational technology, where she focused on finding out how real-world science projects using technology increased motivation in her students, and she particularly enjoys research experiences for teachers, helping bring the world of science and social studies to her students using technology as a NOAA Teacher at Sea, Earthwatch Educator Fellow, PolarHusky Teacher Explorer, JR Teacher at Sea, and NEH Fellow, everywhere from learning archaeology in Wisconsin to helping build shelters for sick Tasmanian devils in Australia to dog-sledding in Scandinavia!

Networking with groups such as the Google Certified Teachers amazes her in the ability to find new tools, new project ideas, and–her favorite!– new classes to collaborate with on real-world projects. She loves the power of a PLN (personal learning network) and can’t wait to continue learning with and from folks at conferences!


Monica Martinez

Director of Professional Development

Monica Isabel Martinez is the Director of Professional Development in Latin America and Southern US for the EdTech Team. In this position, Monica develops and facilitates professional development on the most current technology trends for the purpose of improving teaching and learning through innovative processes. She has developed many technology programs some of which have been adopted by districts, universities, and others that have been rolled out state-wide. Monica has experience teaching students and professionals at all levels including elementary, secondary, and higher education while working in the US, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Canada and Germany. Monica has a master’s degree in Educational Technology and is also a Google Apps EDU Certified Trainer and Administrator.


James Sanders

Director of Innovation

James Sanders is the Director of Innovation for EdTechTeam and founder of Future Ready Schools. Previously, James served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow at the White House working on education open data initiatives. He was the founder of the White House Film Festival (showcasing technology in education) and helped develop the President’s postsecondary education agenda.

Before the White House, James oversaw innovation for KIPP Schools in the San Francisco Bay Area where he managed the region’s blended learning and technology integration initiatives. In addition to his work at KIPP and the White House, James served as a project manager for YouTube EDU (Google). At Google he created YouTube Teachers and managed the K-12 video content curation project. James is also the co-founder of ClassBadges, a website that allows teachers to award digital badges to students. ClassBadges was acquired by EdStart in April of 2014. His career in education began teaching history in both South Los Angeles and San Francisco during which he pioneered a paperless, fully-blended, classroom model.


Molly Schroeder

Director of Professional Development

Molly Schroeder is a Global Digital Age Learning Specialist, Google Certified Teacher and Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer. She presents nationally and internationally at conferences, workshops and conventions on how to integrate Google Apps and other emerging technologies into learning. Her background is in Elementary Education and she also holds a certificate in Educational Technology and Gifted Education.


Ken Shelton

Director of Professional Development

Ken currently holds an M.A. in Education with a specialization in Educational Technology as well as New Media Design and Production. As a part of his active involvement within the Educational Technology community, Ken is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a Google Certified Teacher. Ken was also titled to the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Educational Technology Task Force. Ken, both nationally and internationally, regularly gives keynotes, presentations, and leads workshops, many of which are hands-on, covering a wide variety of Educational Technology, Technology Integration, Digital Age Literacies, Creative Expression, Photography, Visual Learning, Visual Storytelling, and Instructional Design topics. He formerly worked as an Educator for over 13 years, including teaching technology for 10 years at the Middle School level.


Jim Sill

Director of Professional Development

After almost a decade in the video and television industry, Jim Sill hung up his producer hat and embarked on a career in education. Using his industry experience, he created an award winning video production program at El Diamante High School in Visalia, CA. By involving students in real world video projects, they garnered awards and recognition at the local, state, and national level. With experience producing local television and industrial videos for non-profit organizations, many of his former students now work in the industry.

As a Google Certified Teacher, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Education Trainer and Apple Certified Trainer, Jim leads professional development workshops on Google’s collaborative tools, social media, and video production.

In 2012, Jim was featured in Edutopia and their Teach2Learn series for his work in Building Career Skills in Video Production. He was also awarded The Computer Using Educator (CUE) Outstanding Teacher Award in 2009 and nominated for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Outstanding Teacher Award.


Lisa Thumann

Director of Professional Development

Formerly a K-6 technology teacher, Lisa Thumann has been offering technology integration professional development since 2002. Lisa worked as Rutgers University CMSCE’s Sr. Specialist in Technology Education and Kean University SGEI’s Assistant Director of Emerging Learning Technologies until she joined EdTechTeam this year.

Lisa oversees EdTechTeam’s professional development offerings in the Eastern U.S. and works with districts and organizations to customize workshops and events.

Lisa is a Google Certified Teacher and an authorized Google Education Trainer. She has presented at ten of the Google Teacher Academies and presents at conferences, workshops and National Conventions on how to integrate Google Apps and other emerging and engaging technologies into the classroom. She holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching.


Michael Wacker

Chief Professional Development Officer

A former elementary teacher, Michael has since served as Online Learning Specialist on the student and adult learning side. This experience included designing and facilitating teacher and administrator professional development online courses and workshops. On the student side, his experience involves directing the build and design of online courses, technical development and course conversions, as well as curriculum course revisions and iterations. With more than six years of progressively responsible experience in eLearning and Blended Learning, he is consulted around ideas of strategic design and innovation in public and private schools internationally to support the professional development and redesign of classrooms, pedagogy, and traditional instructional models, to better serve all learners. Michael’s strengths are in helping to maximize learning opportunities through the design of dynamic spaces (online and face to face) of interaction, inquiry, and engagement for students, teachers, and administrators. Dedicated to educational innovation, he strives to utilize best practice eLearning techniques and leverage a pedagogy and technology that allows for anywhere, anytime learning.


Mark Wagner

Chief Executive Officer

Formerly a high school English teacher, Dr. Mark Wagner has since served as an educational technology coordinator at the site, district, and county levels. He now serves as President and CEO of the EdTechTeam, a global network of educational technologists which provides professional development and consulting services to learning institutions, non-profits, and for-profit education companies. The EdTechTeam is a California Benefit Corporation with a mission to improve the world’s education systems using the best technology and pedagogy available. They aim to inspire and empower other educators to do the same.

In this capacity, Dr. Wagner leads a global series of EdTechTeam Summits featuring Google for Education. He was the director of the Google Teacher Academy and the Google Workshops for Educators by Computer Using Educators (CUE) from 2008-2011. He has also been the professional development coordinator for CUE, the educational technology coordinator for the California League of Schools (CLS), and the provider of the technology module for Orange County’s Administrator Training Program. In addition, he works directly with school districts, independent schools, and other organizations that provide educational products and services.

Mark Wagner has a Ph.D. in Educational Technology and a master’s degree in cross-cultural education. His doctoral research focused on the use of video games in education, and specifically on the potential applications of massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs) as constructivist learning environments

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