The Google Apps for Education Southern Summit brings together world-class educational technology leaders.
All presenters are Google Certified Teachers, Google Apps for Education Certified Trainers, Google Employees,
or teachers with local success stories!
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Google Apps for Education Team... and more Google engineers!
Keynote Speaker - Day One: Tina Ornduff
leads the Google Earth Education Outreach efforts at Google and has worked in the technology industry for over 20 years
. She is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in Education at Boise State University and is studying educational technology. She is a bay area native and lives with her family in Morgan Hill, California. She enjoys triathlons and running.
Keynote Speaker - Day Two: Chris Craft, Ph.D.
Dr. Christopher Craft is an award-winning educator and speaker based in South Carolina. He teaches students Spanish and Latin at CrossRoads Middle School in Columbia. He has been recognized both locally and nationally for innovative teaching with technology. 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 Apps EDU Certified Trainer. Find out more about Chris at www.christophercraft.com or follow him on Twitter @crafty184.
Spotlight Speaker: David Jakes
David Jakes has spent 27 years in education as a teacher, staff developer, and
technology coordinator. From his first Macintosh Classic to his current iPad and Chromebook, he has witnessed firsthand the changes in education that educational technology has empowered. Jakes shares this knowledge as a frequent speaker at technology conferences across the United States, and has spoken in Canada, Europe, and China. His interests in educational technology include design thinking, digital storytelling, mobile learning, and the development of spaces for learning. He currently maintains a web site (Jakesonline.org
), a blog (The Strength of Weak Ties
), and a variety of other resources (David Jakes Presentation Resources
) dedicated to improving the use of technology in education.
Laura Deisley is Co-Founder of Reimagine:Ed and Director of 21st Century Learning at The Lovett School. This unique role includes a dynamic range of responsibilities including educational visioning, strategic partnerships, innovative learning, global education, and the development of the school as a learning community. She designed and now manages key research partnerships with The University of Virginia and Georgia Institute of Technology; facilitates national and regional teaching and learning cohorts; serves on the NAIS Task Force for 21st Century Learning and Technology; and works with SAIS colleagues on strategic endeavors.
Laura has worked at the intersection of the intersection of business, education and technology for over 20 years. Her experiences range from large corporate business to educational media, professional development to parenting. Laura brings a unique voice and energy to conversations about learning and change. She is known for her strategic visioning, extensive networking, partnership building, and thoughtful approach to living and learning in a highly-connected, information-abundant culture.
Nic FinelliA former elementary school teacher and technology integration specialist, Nic is currently the Chief Learning Engineer for Blended Tech Learning, which provides a broad range of customized professional development, training, and consulting services, focusing on meaningful, efficient, and successful technology integration. With more than 13years of classroom teaching experience and years of service as a school-based technology-integration specialist, Nic brings an appreciation for the teaching and learning context, and an extensive first-hand knowledge base, that is unique and unmatched among full-time providers in the edtech field today.
Nic is both a Google Apps Certified Trainer and a SMART Certified Education Consultant and works with iPad integration as well. He is also a National Board Certified Teacher, a Google Certified Teacher, and a curator for YouTube for Teachers. He is advocate for the Google Chromebook Crew for Education and a Discovery Star Educator. Nic has a Masters in Teaching, has instructed graduate-level courses in technology integration for Coastal Carolina University and College of Charleston, and, as a full-time professional development provider, trainer, and consultant, has served education, business, and government organizations.
Google+: Nic Finelli
Wendy Gorton is an enthusiastic Google Certified Teacher, Google Apps EDU Certified Trainer, and lifelong learner. Currently, she is a 5th grade social studies teacher and technology developer in New York City. She has taught 4th graders in Los Angeles, and has been an elementary technology coordinator, a university technology specialist, an online teacher, a curriculum developer, and a research assistant. She is passionate about project-based learning and using technology like Google Apps to open her students up to collaboration and to the world! She is particularly passionate about international education, and was recently based out of India as a secondary technology integrator at an American school. She loves working with international teachers to find out how technology can make learning come alive for their students. She has been a conference and webinar presenter for ISTE and CUE, and she has lead educational workshops in Canada, the US, Jamaica, Austria, and the Czech Republic - on topics such as Google Apps, iPad applications in the classroom, professional development, curriculum development, project-based learning, grant-writing, and global collaboration.
Her Master's degree is in educational technology. Her research focused on exploring how real-world science projects using technology increased student motivation. She is interested in research experiences for teachers, and has helped bring the world of science and social studies to her students as an NOAA Teacher at Sea, Earthwatch Educator Fellow, PolarHusky Teacher Explorer, JR Teacher at Sea, National Geographic Challenge Teacher, NEH Fellow, and participant in a wide range of projects - from learning archaeology in Wisconsin, and helping build shelters for sick Tasmanian devils in Australia, to dog-sledding in Scandinavia. She enjoys reaching out and volunteering with international organizations, and currently is collaborating with teacher education projects in Jamaica and Nepal.
Molly Schroeder is an Elementary Technology Integration Specialist for Edina Public Schools. She previously taught 5th grade for 10 years prior to being the Technology Integration Specialist. She is responsible for training elementary teachers in how to better integrate technology into the classroom and curriculum. She is also owner of a Technology Consulting company, Flipped Education. Flipped Education produces unique, personalized professional development in technology integration for school districts around the country. In 2011, Molly helped to create and produce Flipped Education's first conference Superhero. Superhero is designed to match technology-education minded attendees with innovative and engaging presenters to change education through technology. Superhero is built to expand personal learning networks with a weekend of socialization, learning and fun in northern Minnesota.
She is a Google Certified Teacher and Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer. She has presented at the Google Teacher's Academy and she presents at conferences, workshops and National Conventions on how to integrate Google Apps and other emerging and engaging technologies into the classroom. Her background is in elementary education and she also holds a certificate in Educational Technology and Gifted Education.
Google+: Molly Schroeder
After almost a decade in the video and television industry, Jim Sill hung up his producer hat and embarked on a career in the classroom. Using his industry experience, he has created an award winning video production program at El Diamante High School in Visalia, CA. By involving his students in real world video projects, his students have garnered awards and recognition at the local, state, and national level. Each year, students in his program produce sports highlights for local television, a bi-weekly TV show and multiple industrial videos for non-profit organizations. As the administrator of an Apple Certified Training Center for Education, he also prepares his students for the Apple Certified Pro Certification Exam in Final Cut Pro.
Jim is a Google Certified Teacher, Apple Distinguished Educator, Final Cut Pro Certified Trainer, and an Ed Tech Consultant. He leads professional development workshops around the world on Google’s collaborative tools, social media, and video production. In 2009, Jim was awarded The Computer Using Educator (CUE) Outstanding Teacher award and nominated for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Outstanding Teacher Award.
Google +: Jim Sill
Mark Wagner, Ph.D.
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, which provides professional development and consulting services to learning institutions, non-profits, and for-profit entities around the world.
In this capacity, Dr. Wagner was the director of the Google Teacher Academy from 2008-2012. He has also been the educational technology coordinator for the California League of Schools (CLS), the director of professional development for California Vision Technologies (CVT), and the provider of the technology module for Orange County’s Administrator Training Program program. He also works directly with school districts, independent schools, and other for-profit entities 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.