EdTechTeam Global Summits featuring Google for Education
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Indiana Summit Featuring Google for Education

April 11 and 12, 2015
Franklin Community High School

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.

Franklin Community High School
Franklin, IN
April 11 and 12, 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

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

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


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.

April 10, 2015 (8:30 AM - 3:30 PM)

Admin Console Technical Retreat

Do you manage Google Apps for your school or district? Have you configured your Admin Console around the best practices? The default console does not come configured for a school environment so find out what settings you really should change by attending this technical session. In the session will provide a deep dive of the Admin Console, which will include tips on how to manage users, groups, services and Chromebooks with ease. As well as a look at the third party services which will make your life easier and protect and secure your domain.

Topics covered include:

  • EDU focused Admin Console best practices
  • Deep dive walkthrough
  • OU Structures
  • Services
  • Groups
  • Chromebooks
  • Essential Third Party Tools
  • Deployment Best Practices
  • Asset Management
  • Troubleshooting
  • Security and Compliance
  • Backup
  • User Training

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

  • Jaime Casap Chief Education Evangelist
  • Ken Shelton Los Angeles, California
  • Lise Galuga Technopedagogue (Ontario, Canada)

Spotlight Speakers

  • David Chan
  • Jeffery Heil San Diego, California
  • Tracy Arner
  • Alice Barr
  • Chrystal Hoe Tech Integration Coordinator, Hopkinton Public Schools
  • Jesse Lubinsky
  • Chris Scott
  • Lisa Thumann Director of Professional Development
  • Michael Wacker Chief Learning Officer, EdTechTeam
  • Adam Seipel
Standard Registration

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Franklin Community High School

The EdTechTeam Indiana Summit featuring Google for Education will be held at Franklin Community High School in Franklin on April 11 & 12, 2015. Franklin Community Schools - where education is student-centered and innovative, and learners are inspired to become great! Franklin Community Schools believe in a safe and nurturing environment, students: learn at different rates and in different ways, earn more effectively while actively engaged, and develop positive relationships with adults and peers.

Host City

Indianapolis is just about 20-30 minutes to the north of Franklin. With fine dining, entertainment, and an assortment of activities this would be great for those that crave the large city life. If museums are the desire then make sure to visit the Indy 500 museum, the world’s largest children’s museum, the art museum, or the Eiteljorg Museum.

You may not want to miss visiting Victory field (Recognized as the “Best Minor League Ballpark in America” by Baseball America and Sports Illustrated) or the NCAA Hall of Champions. Let’s also not forget about the Colts or Pacers.

Hotel Recommendations

Hotel accommodations in Nashville, Indiana (further away (30-40 minutes) from high school), but rustic. - Brown County Inn; 51 St Rd 46 Nashville, IN (812) 988-2291 - The Abe Martin Lodge; 1405 St Rd 46 Nashville, IN (812) 988-4118 - The Seasons Lodge; 560 St Rd 46 Nashville, IN (800) 365-7328

Hotel accommodations in Edinburg (close to Outlet shopping) - Comfort Inn (Walk to the mall); 11711 North U.S. 31, Edinburgh, IN (812) 526-9899 - Hilton Garden Inn Columbus/Edinburgh 12210 N Executive Dr, Edinburgh, IN (812) 526-8600 - Hampton Inn Columbus / Taylorsville / Edinburgh 12161 U.S. 31, Edinburgh, IN (812) 526-5100

Nearest hotel recommendations: - Quality Inn 150 N Lovers Ln, Franklin, IN 46131(317) 346-6444 - Hilton Garden Inn; 5255 Noggle Way, Indianapolis, IN (317) 888-4814 - Holiday Inn Express; 1180 Wilson Dr, Greenwood, IN (317) 881-0600 - Candlewood Suites; 1190 N Graham Rd, Greenwood, IN (317) 882-4300

Travel Information

Air Travel

Indianapolis Airport

Driving Directions

From US 31
Remain on US 31 until you reach Cumberland Drive. There is a stop light at the intersection of US 31 and Cumberland Drive with a KFC restaurant on the east side of the intersection. Turn west onto Cumberland Drive. The high school is just ahead on the north side of the road. Take the first entrance into the school and proceed north on the drive until you reach the school.

I-65 South bound
Exit I-65 at the Whiteland exit (exit 95) and head west to US 31. Go south on US 31 until you reach Cumberland Drive. There is a stop light at the intersection of US 31 and Cumberland Drive with a KFC restaurant on the east side of the intersection. Turn west onto Cumberland Drive. The high school is just ahead on the north side of the road. Take the first entrance into the school and proceed north on the drive until you reach the school.

I-65 North bound
Exit I-65 at the Franklin exit (exit 90) and head west to US 31. Go north on US 31 until you reach Cumberland Drive (just north of Wal-Mart and Lowe’s). There is a stop light at the intersection of US 31 and Cumberland Drive with a KFC restaurant on the east side of the intersection. Turn west onto Cumberland Drive. The high school is just ahead on the north side of the road. Take the first entrance into the school and proceed north on the drive until you reach the school.

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


Jaime Casap

Chief Education Evangelist

Jaime Casap is the Chief Education Evangelist at Google, Inc. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of the web, technology, and Google tools as enabling and supporting capabilities in pursuit of creating powerful learning models. Jaime works with educational organizations around the world, helping them find ways to continuously improve the quality of education by utilizing and enabling technology capabilities. Jaime is a member of the Google for Education Team and works across other Google teams, including, Google Fiber, the Google Policy Team, the YouTube Team, and the Google Capital Team.

In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves on the Board of Directors for the Arizona Science Foundation, New Global Citizens, Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, and serves as an advisor to dozens of organizations focused on education and access, including South by Southwest EDU (SXSWedu,) the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and is on the GSV Advisors Advisory Board. Jaime is also an adjunct professor at Arizona State University, where he teaches classes and guest lectures.


Ken Shelton

Los Angeles, California

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 named 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.


Lise Galuga

Technopedagogue (Ontario, Canada)

As a Google for Education Certified Innovator, Google for Education Certified Trainer and a technopedagogue in support of provincial digital schools initiatives, Lise Galuga demonstrates how the effective use of technology in the classroom can strengthen pedagogy and increase student engagement. An engineer by training, but a teacher by nature, Lise offers professional development sessions across North America and beyond on the pedagogical integration of new technologies.

Professional development topics include technopedagogy, digital citizenship, ​and critical thinking. ​Professional development opportunities ​are developed and customized to meet the specific needs of ​each organization​. Lise's target audience includes: school board leadership, school administrators, teachers, parents and students. All services are available in either French or English.

 

Summit Presenters


David Chan

David Chan is currently the Director of Instructional Technology at Evanston Township High School (ETHS) in Evanston, IL. In his first year, he led the District's 1:1 Digital Learning Initiative where over 800 Chromebooks were deployed to all incoming Freshmen. He taught math and science for 10 years prior to becoming the Technology Integration Specialist for 5 years at ETHS. David is also an online instructor with Northwestern University's Gifted Learning Links program, a technology consultant, and a Google Certified Teacher and Google Education Trainer. He presents regularly at local, regional and national conferences on a variety of education technology topics.


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.


Tracy Arner

Tracy Arner, Coordinator of Innovation and Learner Engagement at Riverside Unified School District is responsible for the management of the Google Apps for Education and Haiku Learning Management System domains along with many of the other district wide applications for the 43,000 students and corresponding parents and 4,000 teachers/staff members. Ms. Arner began her career in education 12 years ago when she accidentally discovered an affinity and passion for inspiring teachers to implement technology in the classroom. Ms. Arner is constantly searching for innovative ways to use technology in the classroom and coaching and encouraging teachers to try new things to increase engagement and improve student learning. Ms. Arner attends and speaks at conferences around the country regarding ways to inspire teachers to be innovative and break new ground using multiple forms of technology in the classroom, especially leveraging the technology that students carry with them everyday. She supports the idea of educational democracy and allowing students to have a voice in how they demonstrate evidence of learning.


Alice Barr

Alice has lived, taught and traveled on five continents. She is the Instructional Technology Integrator for Yarmouth High School, an Apple distinguished School, in Yarmouth, Maine. She has facilitated a 1:1 laptop environment in grades 9 – 12, since 2004. Alice works directly with teachers and students integrating technology into the curriculum.

Alice teachers at The University of Southern Maine and provides professional development sessions locally and nationally during the year. A semi-finalist for the 2011 Maine Teacher of the Year, Alice is also a Google Certified Teacher and has been a member of [[email protected]](http://edtechtalk.com/seedlings) since 2006.


Chrystal Hoe

Tech Integration Coordinator, Hopkinton Public Schools

Chrystal Hoe is a Integration Coordinator and Certified Google Apps for Education Trainer. She presents and trains at conferences and workshops on how to integrate Google Apps and other emerging technologies into learning. Her background is Modern Language Pedagogy and she also holds a license in French, Educational Technology and Administration.


Jesse Lubinsky

Jesse is the Director of Technology and Chief Information Officer for the Irvington Union-Free School District. He has an instructional background in secondary mathematics and computer programming. Prior to entering education, he was a technology consultant for Fortune 500 companies. He was published in the book 'High-Tech Teaching Success!' by Prufrock Press and was named one of BestCollegeRanking.org’s 100 Top Experts in #eLearning and #EdTech. Jesse is also a Google Certified Teacher (NYC 08) and Google Education Trainer. He is a co-founder of NY TECH ED, an organization centered around instructional technology use in the Hudson Valley, as well as a co-chair of NYTEN, a regional group focused on technology leadership. He is also currently a co-leader for the Hudson Valley GEG.


Chris Scott

Chris, father of 3 boys, is a full time history teacher who has introduced and developed several technology programs within his district. His student-lead Geek Squad built and maintains the technology resources within his district including the K-1 Open Source computer lab. Chris proposed and has successfully implemented a 1:1 netbook program that uses Open Source software, making a cost-effective and easily manageable program. He loves using Design Thinking, Agile project management in the class and seeing his students love learning. Besides being a History and Technology teacher, he’s currently the President of Santa Barbara CUE, a Google Teacher Academy UK 2012 grad and a CK-12 Champion. He regularly presents at conferences on technology and classroom culture. Most recently he has built a MinecraftEDU server to offer his students freedom to explore, build and collaborate.


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 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.


Adam Seipel

Adam Seipel started incorporating GAFE into his classroom as soon as he started teaching in 2008. Shortly thereafter, he started helping other teachers in his district incorporate Sites, Docs and other tools into their instruction. Later, Adam continued his leadership role in introducing educators to Google Apps by piloting a 1:1 Chromebook pilot in his high school English class in which his students self-published an anthology of their own writing.

Adam is an Educational Technology Coach in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School district where he helps teachers transition to blended learning models in a BYOD environment. Additionally, Adam has his Master’s degree in Instructional Technology, co-leads the GEG NC, is a Google Education Trainer and Google Certified Teacher.

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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