The Google Apps for 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! 

Keynote Day 1: Jaime Casap

Jaime Casap is the Senior Education Evangelist at Google, Inc. With more than 15 years of technology experience, he is responsible for working with K12 educational institutions and organizations to bring current and future technological innovations into the education environment. Mr. Casap evangelizes the power of technology and the use of Google tools, such as Google Apps and Chromebooks, to help students build the skills needed to succeed, close the digital divide, and help level the playing field. He has worked with hundreds of school systems and states to build the capability to bring Google tools to millions of teachers and students.

Mr. Casap is also a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University, where he teaches classes in organizational behavior, leadership, and innovation. He serves on the Advisory Board of Directors for New Global Citizens and the Arizona STEM Education Program, and is a member of the Digital Education Council. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the State University of New York at Brockport and a Master’s from Arizona State University.

We have been discussing the integration of technology in education for as long as most of us can remember.  In his keynote, Jaime will examine technology's role in education and why now it's no longer a question of whether we should integrate technology in education, but rather it is now a question of how we can leverage it to build the skills students will need to compete on a global scale.

Contact Information
Twitter: @jcasap
Google+: Jaime Casap

Keynote Day 2Daniel 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 before he realized that magnifying and understanding human intelligence was his real passion.  Twenty years ago he foreswore AI in favor of HI, and now enjoys teaching, learning, running and music, preferably all in one day.  He worked at Xerox PARC before it was, and was in the Advanced Technology Group at Apple where he wrote the first 100 web pages for using SimpleText.  He also worked at IBM and briefly at a startup that developed tablet computers before the iPad.  

His keynote focuses on what it means to be literate in the age of Google - at a time when you can search billions of texts in milliseconds.  Although you might think that "literacy" is one of the great constants that transcends the ages, the skills of a literate person have changed substantially over time as texts and technology allow for new kinds of reading and understanding.  Knowing how to read is just the beginning of it - knowing how to frame a question, pose a query, interpret the texts that you find, organize (and use) the information you discover, and understand your metacognition - these are all critical parts of being literate as well.  In his talk Dan reviews what literacy means today and shows how some very surprising and unexpected skills will turn out to be critical in the years ahead.

Contact Information
Google+: Dan Russell

Spotlight Speaker: Becky Evans

Becky Evans is a Community Manager on the Education team at Google. She works with teams of educators to bring Google Apps for Education to classrooms, schools, and districts across the globe. She's focused on managing the Apps for Education Certified Trainer and Google Certified Teacher programs. Prior to this she was an account manager for large school districts during their Apps implementations. Before Google, she happily taught at an elementary school in San Francisco and used her love for technology to boost student achievement and engagement. 

Contact Information
Google+: Becky Evans

Spotlight Speaker: Kevin Hodges

Kevin is the Chromebook account manager for Education as well as State & Local Government for Google.  He is focused on growing Google’s presence in Education with the Chromebook by building a growing user interest and is striving to drive Education technology in creative and unique ways.  He has ten years of technology and education experience with Apple, Inc.  He was continuously a top performer for Apple and helped grow the education business year after year.  He has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Sam Houston State University (Texas) where he was a collegiate athlete.  He's been married for eight years to his wife Kristy, who's a chiropractor and business owner.  They have no children and live in Austin, Texas. Kevin will lead a Chromebook overview and a Chromebook roundtable.

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Spotlight Speaker: Arthur Woods

Arthur Woods leads Partner Operations for YouTube EDU where we focuses on creating and maintaining YouTube's partnerships with some of the world's largest educators.

He also helps spearhead YouTube for Schools, an initiative to improve access to YouTube in the classroom. Before coming to Google, he co-founded the Compass Fellowship, a social entrepreneurship training organization with programs in over a dozen universities worldwide. Arthur also sits on the board of the Sierra Institute and a proud member of the EdTech community. Arthur graduated from Georgetown University with a BS in Operations and Information Management and International Business. He's an avid musician and skiier.

Contact Information
Google+: Arthur Woods

Spotlight Speaker: Jerome Burg

Before retiring, Jerome spent 38 years as a high-school English teacher. His work with educational technology began when, as a new teacher, his principal gave him the choice of either chaperoning dances or becoming the advisor to the school newspaper. Though never having studied journalism, he had chaperoned a dance. Thus he became a pioneer of educational technology integration in the earliest days of desktop publishing.

Toward the end of his teaching career, Jerome created the Google Lit Trips project, "as a paying it forward expression of gratitude to Mr. Kay, my own high school English teacher who changed the course of my life, and as an expression of gratitude for educators around the world who continue to inspire their own students as Mr. Kay inspired me."

His Google Lit Trips project has been featured in print and online by such notable organizations as Public Radio International’s “The World: Technology Podcast," The American Library Association, the School Library Journal, ISTE’s “Learning & Leading with Technology,” The George Lucas Educational Foundation’s edutopia, Open Culture: the best free cultural & educational media on the web” among others.

Contact Information
Twitter: @jburg

Spotlight Speaker: Rushton Hurley

One of the original Google Certified Teachers (in 2006), Rushton Hurley has worked and studied on three continents as a Japanese language teacher, principal of an online high school, teacher trainer, educational technology researcher, and school reform consultant.  He founded and is executive director of the educational nonprofit Next Vista for Learning
, which houses a free library of videos by and for teachers and students.  

Additionally, Rushton is the Program Director of MERIT (Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology) at the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College in Los Altos, California.  He holds masters degrees in Education and East Asian Studies from Stanford University.

Rushton has trained teachers around the United States, presenting at national and regional conferences.  His fun and thoughtful talks center on the connection between engaging learning and useful, affordable technology; the power of multimedia; and the professional perspectives and experiences of teachers at all levels. 

Contact Information
Google+: Rushton Hurley
Twitter: rushtonh
Skype: rushtonh
559-927-3251 (5599-AREA51) (Google Voice)

Spotlight Speaker: James Sanders

James Sanders is a classroom teacher at KIPP: San Francisco Bay Academy.  He was one of the first educators in the country to bring Chromebooks into his classroom. Through Google Apps, YouTube and other cloud-based tools, James has created a dynamic blended-learning environment for his students that demands collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.

In addition to his role in the classroom, James is a project manger for YouTube on EDU initiatives.  Since joining YouTube, his projects include YouTube Teachers, the YouTube Teachers’ Studio, and YouTube for Schools.   

James consults for both schools and companies on matters of education technology.  He specializes in helping schools leverage web-based tools to increase rigor and student engagement.   

Lastly, James is the creator and co-founder of the EduNationCast, a weekly video podcast that covers all matters of education technology. You can join the conversation Monday nights at 6:30 PST at

Spotlight Speaker: Jeff Utecht

Jeff Utecht is an international educator, educational technology consultant, and author. Over the past 10 years, Jeff has been teaching at International Schools in the Middle East and Asia. As a senior in high school Jeff won a community service award for his volunteer work in elementary classrooms. At Washington State University Jeff helped to pioneer a new approach to teaching math to elementary students and in 2001, in just his third year of teaching, Jeff received a Bill and Melinda Gates Grant for technology education. Based on his own experiences of using the Internet to connect with educators around the world, Jeff published his first book for educators titled Reach in June of 2010. Over the past 5 years Jeff has consulted with Web 2.0 companies, educational organizations, and helped to develop a Certificate of Educational Technology and Information Literacy program for international educators. Jeff is an Apple Distinguished Educator, a Google Apps Certified Educational Trainer and recently did a TEDx talk in Bangkok, Thailand. But most importantly it is Jeff’s belief in this current generation that drives his passion and his own learning To learn more about Jeff visit his website at

Started as an idea after taking the Google Certified Training couse, the ninja program is being used by over 200 educators around the world as a fun and engaging way to teach students about Google Apps. This session will talk about the philosophy behind the program and get you signed up and ready to start using the Ninja Program at your school. For more information visit

Contact Information
Google+: Jeff Utecht
Twitter: jutecht

Chris Bell

Chris Bell currently serves as the Assistant Director, eLearning for Julian Charter School, a K-12 independent study program based out of San Diego County. In this capacity, he oversees the online learning programs for students in grades 6-12. He currently teaches computer programming for middle/high school students, Leading Edge Certification courses for the online teacher, and is adjunct faculty for the University of La Verne School of Teaching and Educational Leadership.

Chris is a Google Certified Teacher, Google Apps EDU Certified Trainer, a Lead Learner for the CUEtoYOU Speakers Bureau, Orange County CUE Board President, and co-chair of CUE/iNACOL's e-Learning SIG (eLSIG). He is also a sitting member of several advisory boards with a focus towards online & blended learning. Chris is a core member of EdTechTeam and serves as the Director of Online Learning.

Contact Information
Skype: cbell619
Twitter: cbell619
Google +:Chris Bell

Jim Sill

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 Educational Technology Consultant.  He leads professional development workshops around the world on Google’s collaborative tools, social media, and video production. He is also an active member of several video instruction advisory boards.  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.

Contact Information
Twitter: mistersill
Google +: Jim Sill

Molly Schroeder

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.

Contact Information
Twitter: @followmolly
Google+: Molly Schroeder
Blog: FollowMolly

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.

Contact Information
Google +:markdwagner
Twitter: markwagner

Sean Williams

Sean currently teaches biology at La Entrada, an independent study high school, after teaching third and fourth grade for Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District. He is also adjunct faculty for the University of La Verne School of Teaching and Educational Leadership teaching face to face as well as on line. He works with fellow teachers to incorporate technology in a meaningful way to their lessons to improve teaching and learning. Sean is also a trainer and consultant for the Orange County Department of Education and presents at educational conferences throughout the state, including the Computer Using Educators annual conference in Palm Springs for several years. He also serves as on the board for the local affiliate O.C. CUE.
Sean helped to bring the first Edcamp to California and continues to be actively involved in educational technology events throughout California.
Most recently Sean became a Google Apps for Education Certified Trainer and aGoogle Certified Teacher.  
Sean earned his Bachelors degree in Human Behavior from National University and continued his education to include a Masters Degree in Education with CLAD certification, a preliminary Tier I Administrative Credential, and a single subject credential in biology.

Contact Information
Twitter: @seani
Moblie: 714-312-6065
Google+: Sean Williams