The Google in Education California 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 1: Dan Russell, Ph.D.
Daniel Russell is the Űber Tech Lead for Search Quality and User Happiness in Mountain View. He earned his PhD in computer science, specializing in Artificial Intelligence until he realized that magnifying human intelligence was his real passion. Twenty years ago he foreswore AI in favor of HI, and enjoys teaching, learning, running and music, preferably all in one day. He has run several successful MOOCs on search during 2012, and is looking forward to more of the same in 2013.
Keynote Speaker Day 2: Richard DeVaul
Rich is a member of the Google [x] Rapid Evaluation team, a small group led by Astro Teller and charged with finding, inventing, or discovering the Next Big Thing for Google. He works in a secret Google lab that may or may not be filled with roving robots, space elevators, and talking refrigerators.
At Google Rich works as a researcher, small team lead, rapid prototyping specialist and in-house skateboarding consultant. He writes code, builds stuff, does math, and usually avoids setting things on fire. In between filing patents and drinking coffee Rich specializes in failing productively as quickly as possible.
Prior to joining Google in mid 2011 Rich worked in Technology Advancement at Apple, investigating new technologies, features, and approaches for Apple products.
Rich holds Master of Science ('98) and Doctor of Philosophy degrees ('04) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Design from Texas A&M University (class of '93).
Featured Speaker: Melissa Daniels
Melissa is the Chromebook Community Manager for Google, responsible for working with any and all users who love and use Chrome OS devices. She actively maintains Chromebook Central (chromebook.com/community
) the official community for all things Chromebook. Melissa is passionate about helping users leverage technology in new and interesting ways and is an advocate for collaborative learning, the open web and hilarious cat videos on YouTube.
While Melissa has “Googled” things for as long as she can remember, she has officially been a member of Larry and Sergey’s team for two years. Prior to this, Melissa worked as a Community Manager at several other tech companies across the Silicon Valley, including Yahoo!.
Featured Speaker: Esther Wojcicki
For the past 29 years, Esther Wojcicki has been a Journalism/English teacher at Palo Alto High School, Palo Alto, CA where she built the journalism program from a small group of 20 students in 1985 to the largest high school journalism program in the United States winning major national and international recognition. The program has 590 students and is an elective program. It is an example of the power and effectiveness of Project Based Learning using journalism as tool to get students engaged. Engagement is the key to learning. Students learn critical thinking skills, writing skills, and Web 2.0 skills in the classes that include 590 students, five journalism teachers, and eight award-winning journalism electives.
She is V-Chair of the Board of Creative Commons and a strong advocate of Open Education Resources (OER) using Creative Commons licensing. She is a 2009 MacArthur Foundation Research Award recipient for the Student Journalism 2.0 project. She was chosen as California 2002 California Teacher of the Year (by Commission on Teacher Credentialing) and awarded the Gold Key Award by Columbia University for excellence in teaching and given the Charles O'Malley Award by Columbia. She has been consultant for Carnegie Foundation and Hewlett Foundation and a blogger for Huffington Post. In 2010 she was awarded a Knight Foundation Grant to create a 21st Century Literacy curriculum that targets ninth grade English language classrooms. In June, 2012, she was speaker at the G20Summit talking about the power of technology to transform teaching and learning.
As a life-long educator, Kyle Brumbaugh has had a variety of experiences around the use of technology in education as a Social Sciences Teacher, Technology Coordinator, Vice Principal and most recently, as Director of Technology for San Mateo Union High School District. He is also a proud CUE Board of Directors member. As a teacher, he wrote some of the first technology grants to obtain computers in his classroom. As Technology Coordinator, he advanced a variety of Educational Technology initiatives, including creating 6 courses to develop a Technology Arts Department.
Kyle created partnerships with local businesses to provide Internet access to students on free and reduced lunch, and been awarded numerous grants to increase student access and work toward increased equity awareness and sensitivity. As a result, Kyle was also a California League of Schools Teacher of the Year Finalist in 2007.
Kyle was one of the first 50 Google Certified Teachers and has led a variety of professional development sessions for Google, CUEtoYou, CLHS and MacWorld.
Elizabeth Calhoon is a Google Certified Teacher, Google Apps for Education Regional Leader, CUE Lead Learner, Leading Edge Professional Developer, FableVision Ambassador, California Retired Teachers' Association Scholarship Recipient, Grant-Writer and Academic Technology Specialist at Santa Clara County Office of Education. Heralding from a family of educators, Elizabeth began her career as a crossing guard and moved from adult teacher’s aide in elementary school to High School English-Language Arts Teacher/Curriculum Leader and has been an administrator in both High School and Middle School settings. Her expertise includes professional development on the following topics: Response to Intervention (RtI), Using Game Shows in Education, Google Apps for Education and iPad in Education. She loves her San Francisco Giants and does all her own stunts.
Wendy Gorton is an enthusiastic Google Certified Teacher, Google Apps EDU Certified Trainer, and lifelong learner. 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.
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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 Schoolin 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 Apps Certified Trainer and Apple Certified Trainer, Jim leads professional development workshops on Google’s collaborative tools, social media, and video production. In addition to consulting for educational institutions around the world, Jim consults for his wife in her 5th grade classroom. 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.
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 leads a series of Google Apps for Education Summits around the globe in partnership with Google in Education. He was the director of the Google Teacher Academy and the Google Workshops for Educators by Computer Using Educators (CUE) from 2008-2012. He has also been the professional development coordinator for CUE, 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. In addition, he works directly with school districts, independent schools, and other organisations 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.